Monday, August 15, 2005

Yet another election...

Just when you thought it was safe to stay at home and not deliver any more focus leaflets for a couple of weeks...Mike Olley, a lab councillor in Tyburn, has resigned to take on a politically restricted job.
The Lib Dems have already delivered their first leaflet, and have a candidate in place, John Line. He used to be Chair of the Erdington Labour Party, but left due to the direction that Blair was taking the party, and the promises that Blair was breaking. John joined the Lib Dems early in 2004 and has been campaigning since then. He was often in Hodge Hill to help Nicola Davies.
The Erdington Labour Party now seems to be in open revolt against the regional party. Region has imposed an all female shortlist, even though 8 of the 11 councillors, including the blogging Cllr Hopkins, in the constituency are female. Why on earth they've taken this decision now, when all 6 Labour candidates in the Aston and Bordesley Green were male is a mystery.
Makes you glad to be a Lib Dem where there are no imposed short lists, and members are given the final say.

2 Comments:

At 8:57 pm, Blogger zoe hopkins said...

I'm not disagreeing with your point Dave, but given the Lib Dems are considering advertising for candidates in the papers, perhaps they have more important concerns regarding representation at the moment. And I'd imagine that certain people might have had a greater say on candidates in Birmingham in recent years than the average Lib Dem member..

 
At 2:04 pm, Blogger Radders said...

Personally, I think the idea of widely advertising for candidates is a bit bonkers. But put it down to the Rev Hughes speaking without engaging.
The fact is that we do advertise at present, but only in LibDemNews, and you have to be on the approved list. We advertise so that all eligible members have the opportunity to put themselves forward.

 

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