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Bad night for Cameron ‘cuties’ and his hand-picked ethnic candidates

They were meant to be the bright young stars of a new Cameron Government, but there were mixed fortunes for Conservative ‘A-listers' on election night.

The list was drawn up by David Cameron to increase the number of female and ethnic minority MPs and fast-track rising stars.

There was a high-profile failure in Westminster North for Joanne Cash, a 39-year-old barrister.

Cash, wife of one of Cameron's Eton contemporaries, was widely tipped for a future Cabinet role.

In Cheltenham, Mark Coote lost by nearly 5,000 votes. Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, the so-called ‘Black Farmer', was unsuccessful in nearby Chippenham.

In Eastleigh, Maria Hutchings was unable to win a seat that was 11th on the list of Tory targets.

Elsewhere, the Liberal Democrats increased their majority in Sutton and Cheam.

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Philippa Stroud, head of the Centre for Social Justice and a key contributor to the Tories social policy, lost after a series of unfavorable newspaper headlines in the last week of her campaign.

Shaun Bailey, a black youth worker standing in Hammersmith, was unable to win despite visits by David Cameron and several leading party members.

However, ‘chick-lit' author Louise Bagshawe fared better against an incumbent Labour MP, winning Corby on a 3.4% swing.

Sam Gymiah, a black 33-year-old former CBI Entrepreneur of the Year, held on to a substantial majority in Surrey East, and Nicholas Bole, former director of Policy Exchange, won the safe seat of Grantham and Stamford.

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