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A job well done

Today, democracy was at work in the Conservative Party. Our MP, Peter Atkinson, who has represented us for 16 years, is retiring at the next election.
Over 100 people had applied to be considered and Officers of the Association had to short-list, leaving about 21. The Executive Committee gave up a whole week-end to study these people and reduced them to 6. They swear blind that the 3 of each sex was by chance and I believe them!
Today we completed the process of deciding on the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to fight the seat when the election comes.
The large Hall was full. About 150 people? All paid-up members were eligible to attend and vote.
Each of the 6 candidates had 5 minutes to speak and then they had to answer a number of questions that had been put forward by members this morning, before the meeting. A very able Conservative from outside the Constituency ran the interviews and asked the questions - 25 minutes being allowed. Then we had a few minutes to mark the candidate before handing in the sheet we had been given. (The system used is under trial by the Party, so I will not describe it in any more detail.)
As you will gather, each candidate took about 1/2 hour, so the 6 took a little over 3 hours. It was quite a marathon! There was a break of about 10 minutes and then the result was announced.
A gentleman called Guy Opperman was the lucky person to be chosen. A very happy result. I wish him well.

Posted at 15th Nov 2008 - 05:08PM   Posted by Withy Brook   A job well done Comments: 3

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Jackofall's Avatar Having worked with, and liked, Guy Opperman in a previous life I am sure he'll do a good job, he is a fine young barrister.

Posted by: Jackofall on 15th Nov 2008 at 05:53PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Thank you for that Jacko. He seemed very able and a pleasant personality. Hexham constituency is even more mixed than most, with the towns on one side and the farming community and the families who have been here since Doomsday. They all ask for something different from their MP!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 15th Nov 2008 at 09:49PM

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Fennie's Avatar Hi Withy - a fellow political freak! Though I think technically I am still a lifelong member of the Conservative party I have fought three Parliamentary elections against them and don't think I have ever attended a conservative meeting. Still all politicians share more than they care to admit. What I enjoyed about the European Movement (of which I was Chair in Wales for 4 years) was the opportunity to work with people from other parties rather than against them.

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Nov 2008 at 09:09PM

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