General Election - May 7th 2015

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BertieWooster replied the topic: General Election - May 7th 2015

LibDems have a candidate

www.libdemvoice.org/gareth-epps-to-stand...-election-44601.html

He;s quite well thought of by LDs, which makes it somewhat astonishing he'd want to run in Keighley, where he'll be fighting the Greens for the joy of coming fourth. If he's lucky.

So, of the five candidates, we have three elderly, white, males (Hopkins isn't that old, but he acts it), one youngish white male and one youngish white female. The true diversity of the constituency reflected right there

EDIT to add, a quick google of Mr Epps reveals not only a parody twitter account (@garethdepps) but some fairly interesting allegations about sexual harassment and lies and all sorts. Got some enemies in the local Labour Party

www.muckspreading.com/?tag=/gareth-epps
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BertieWooster replied the topic: General Election - May 7th 2015

Green candidate is tweeting at @rosforkeighley
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rufus replied the topic: General Election - May 7th 2015

The spineless, treacherous, slack-jawed, pointy headed, swivel-eyed Miliband will sell us out and shack-up with the SNP in order to crawl into Downing St. where they will support him as a rope supports a hanged man. We in England will then spend five years following the dictats of the SNP, the TUC and Unite. What a way to exist. And expect inflation and un-employment to rocket with a weakling illiterate like the cringeworthy Miliband, in office.. He will do as he is told by his handlers/controllers from Scotland, whose leaders, naturally, hate the English.. It should also be remembered that this slippery creep didn't hesitate before knifing his brother in the back and boot-licking the unions for their backing, which he got because they knew that he didn't have the guts to man-up and defy them. How could we possibly trust this callow quasi-Marxist fantasist to run the country? I say to you now: Go back to your constituencies, and prepare for government
by Salmond and Sturgeon.
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solarplexus replied the topic: General Election - May 7th 2015

I'm bored by the whole thing, the parties & the media have sucked all the life out of it & we still have 3 & a bit weeks to go.
I'm not surprised people don't bother to vote.

Why on earth does it need to drag on & on - each of the party manifestos should be mailed to everyone a week or two before the vote, two weeks of campaigning, then we vote.
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Lowside replied the topic: General Election - May 7th 2015

Well done Rufus. I do like an intelligent and considered political analysis which avoids personal insult and doesn't resort to over simplification and generalisation. Just what we've been lacking in the campaign so far.
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solarplexus replied the topic: General Election - May 7th 2015

solarplexus wrote: .... each of the party manifestos should be mailed to everyone a week or two before the vote,


Party Manifestos for the 6 candidates standing in the Shipley constituency:

Labour - pdf
Conservative - pdf
Liberal Democrat - pdf
Green Party - pdf
UKIP - pdf
Yorkshire First

Candidates Shipley: Steve Clapcote (Lab), Philip Davies (Con), Darren Hill (Yorkshire First), Waqas Ali Khan (UKIP), Andy Martin (Lib Dem), Kevin Warnes (Greens)

Candidates for Wharfedale (Burley & Menston) - Bradford Council:
Wharfedale: Cameron Herbert (Green), Bob Jones (Lib Dem), Ryan Preston (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts), Niccola Swan (Lab), Jackie Whiteley (Con).

Also there's going to be a vote for Burley Parish Councillors - 10 candidates for 9 places.
See: BPC Candidates pdf
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solarplexus replied the topic: General Election - May 7th 2015

Seems the pollsters, not for the first time, got the outcome completely wrong :-
LibDems wiped out all over the shop; Labour wiped out in Scotland - SNP taking 56 of 59 seats; Conservatives getting a 12 seat majority.
UKIP polling 3 million votes (13%) but only getting one seat. By comparison Cons - 11m & 331 seats, Lab - 9m & 232 seats.
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Jasper replied the topic: General Election - May 7th 2015

Observing the Labour leadership competition..........there seems to be a worrying issue of real lack of candidates with requisite experience and relevant qualifications in this ( and other ) parties? How can this be when there are so many M. P.s?

Maybe due to a combination of the trend to selecting candidates to meet narrow sectional and local interests together with the Uni to political researcher to candidate for M.P. career path? Also too much nepotism about...sons of Kinnock, Blair, Prescott etc all chasing safe seats.

Why do so few seek to enter parliament after mid-life career change when they could demonstrate real commitment to public service, long term party affiliation and demonstrable leadership, public speaking , team working and inter-personal skills?
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