Posts tagged with ‘ candidate selection ’

The French Primary Election: What lessons for British political parties?

, 11 October 2011

A novel experiment in democratic participation is under way on the other side of the Channel. Following recent rule changes, the French Socialist Party (PS) has offered all registered voters the chance to vote on the party’s candidate to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s presidential poll. The first round of these new primaires...

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You don’t need to be a professional to be an MP

, 6 October 2011

The Conservatives were the first party in the UK to use primary elections to select parliamentary candidates. At the fringe event it was surprising to note the lack of controversy surrounding primaries, particularly compared to the debate in both the Liberal Democrat and Labour parties about whether they should be introduced. Indeed, Andrew Adonis...

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Making parties more popular

, 3 October 2011

Ed Miliband is not the first party leader to talk bullishly about increasing the number of party members/supporters. All new Opposition leaders set a target of boosting party membership. They usually succeed to a limited extent in the short-to-medium term as their parties become more electorally successful. But they invariably fail in the long-term...

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Primary colours: Should parties open up candidate selection to the public?

, 29 September 2011

This Tuesday in Liverpool, a roomful of Labour MPs, councillors and party activists discussed whether the party should introduce primary elections for the selection of candidates for parliament or other posts such as elected mayors. Primary elections have been used in the USA for decades, but until recently political parties in the UK have...

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Barriers to entry

, 20 September 2011

Speaking on Saturday at an Institute for Government event co-hosted with CentreForum at the Liberal Democrat annual conference, party chairman Tim Farron declared that the party had “failed” on diversity. At present, the Liberal Democrats have just 7 women MPs (this fell from 10 in 2010), and all 57 of the party’s MPs are...

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