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Electing a New Candidate

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Electing a New Candidate

The Tory voters of Totnes have voted in a 'Primary' to decide who will be their next candidate.  A local GP won, beating  2 local government candidates.
Could this be a more democratic way of choosing candidates in the future:
http://tinyurl.com/mhpxqj
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Re: Electing a New Candidate

Well it's better than the alleged voting of candidates by the local tory blue rinse brigade  Wink
Maybe all parties should do something similar -
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Re: Electing a New Candidate

Seems very democratic I think.
They have been experimenting with various ways of involving the rank and file in the selection procedure but I think this is the first all postal trial.
pierre_pierre
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Re: Electing a New Candidate

what you forgot to say that any body could vote, left right or centre
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The party sent all 69,000 Totnes voters a postal ballot, rather than limiting it to the 700 local party members.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8182833.stm
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Re: Electing a New Candidate

Didn't forget PP.  Interesting interview with William Haig in which he covered the point well.  Looks like this could be used in other constituencies in the future.  Could certainly help to get more interest in politics.
VileReynard
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Re: Electing a New Candidate

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Teds31
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Re: Electing a New Candidate

The £40,000 could be a problem,but it might be an idea for new candidates ,perhaps goverment funded.
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Re: Electing a New Candidate

I think there could be a problem with government funding.
So far the experiments that have been made have been party funded. 
Teds31
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Re: Electing a New Candidate

Dont know how many there has been but at £40,000 each they would be expensive for each party to do the whole country,dont they do some thing simular in America.Not that I'suggesting useing the American idea of democracy. Undecided
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Re: Electing a New Candidate

I guess once a candidate is selected by this method there would be no need to repeat it at each election.
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Re: Electing a New Candidate

Unless they've had their moat cleaned. Smiley

pierre_pierre
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Re: Electing a New Candidate

Its a bit confusing as the candidate was elected by the same mob who will vote in the actual election, but with other party candidates,  did the other ranks elect a person who they knew didnt have a cat in hells chance, or would they vote the same?
Bit typical dodgy games to me