The Bury St Edmunds Constituency Conservative Association has shortlisted 11 people in the process to decide its new parliamentary candidate for the area.
The association’s selection committee met at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters in London to sift applications.
Competency tests for shortlisted candidates will now be carried out in Bury St Edmunds this month.
The association’s executive council will then interview the candidates on Saturday, October 25.
A special general meeting of the association will vote by secret ballot to decide the candidate on Tuesday, November 4.
It follows MP David Ruffley’s decision to stand down at next year’s general election.
The associationchose the ‘long process’ involving competency tests to ensure ‘full involvement of all local party members’.