Would-be Tory MPs are being quizzed on their knowledge of Love Island to make sure they are hip enough to be selected.
Party chiefs in Cambridgeshire have asked candidates to ‘talk convincingly, off the top of their heads’ for three minutes about the reality TV show.
But the novelty question has sparked anger from local candidates who have demanded that Conservative Party headquarters step in to stop it.
Tory MP Michael Fabricant, who appeared on Celebrity First Dates on Channel 4, told MailOnline: ‘I think most Tory candidates would struggle to talk for three minutes about EastEnders.’
Party chiefs in Cambridgeshire have asked candidates to ‘talk convincingly, off the top of their heads’ for three minutes about the reality TV show Love Island – which saw Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham (pictured together on the show) crowned winners
The Conservatives are desperately trying to boost their popularity among young people, who have deserted the party and flocked to Jeremy Corbyn instead.
But Tory candidates in Cambridgeshire have railed against the questioning, The Sun reports.
One Tory member told the newspaper: ‘Why are we always limping behind the latest fad or fashion but never catching up, and succeeding only in making a fool of yourself.
‘We should be asked how to negotiate the difficult path to Brexit, fight terrorism and many other serious issues.
‘We desperately need men and women who are articulate, well read, and have experience of the real world. In short – gravitas. Who on earth selects these interview panels?
Tory MP Michael Fabricant (pictured last year in the House of Commons), who appeared on Celebrity First Dates on Channel 4, said most Tory candidates would struggle to talk for three minutes about EastEnders
‘Whoever chooses these questions should be sacked and replaced with someone in touch with the real needs of the Great British public.’
But a Conservative party source defended the line of questioning, saying it is important that candidates are taken out of their comfort zone.
The last series of Love Island smashed records, with the final breaking ITV2 viewing records with a peak of 4.1 million viewers tuning in to watch Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham be crowned winners.
Several MPs are big fans of the show – with Labour MPs Stella Creasy, Jess Phillips and Lucy Powell dubbing themselves ‘super fans’.
The trio have a WhatsApp group where they talk about the show, and have appeared on TV to talk about about how much they like it.