Sunday, 10 April 2011

House of Lords result: Green Party picks its candidates

Remarkably, I beat one of the panel's chosen 'top 5' on 1st preferences. An unprecedented achievement in Green Party Lords candidate-selection contests.

Irritatingly, I then apparently slipped narrowly below him on transfers... Boo to AV. Bring back FPTP! ;-) [Just joking, obviously -- if one lives by AV, then sometimes one will suffer from it, too... That's democracy.]

Thanks so much to all those who supported me, and congratulations to my fellow 6 'selected' candidates. If the Coalition stick to their word (Don't hold your breath! (Would you buy a 2nd-hand car from Nick Clegg?)), we 7 will become Lords...:Here's the relevant passage from the Coalition agreement:

"We will establish a committee to bring
forward proposals for a wholly or mainly
elected upper-chamber on the basis of
proportional representation. The committee
will come forward with a draft motion by
December 2010 [Note: Obviously the timetable has slipped].
It is likely that this will advocate single long terms of office. It is
also likely that there will be a grandfathering
system for current Peers. In the interim,
Lords appointments will be made with the
objective of creating a second chamber that
is reflective of the share of the vote secured
by the political parties in the last general election."

(Page 27 of http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/sites/default/files/resources/coalition_programme_for_government.pdf)

In other words, the Coalition agreement COMMITTED the ConDems to giving (presumably) those Parties who won seats at the 2010 election a proportional number of seats in the Lords, up to the time when House of Lords reform occurs. THIS WOULD MEAN THAT THE GREEN PARTY SHOULD GET 7 SEATS.

[AT PRESENT, WE HAVE ZERO. Note: Given that, presumably, only Parties elected to the Commons will count, so there won't be any Lords seats, on this basis, for UKIP nor for the BNP, etc.]


Here are the final results; Counted: 8/9 April 2011:

1. Jenny JONES
2. Emma DIXON
3. John WHITELEGG
4. Shahrar ALI
5. James HUMPHREYS
6. Rupert READ
7. Alan FRANCIS
1st reserve: Jessica GOLDFINCH
2nd reserve: Rebecca JOHNSON
3rd reserve: Stuart JEFFERY

Here are the candidates' 1st preferences:

Jenny JONES 692
Emma DIXON 439
John WHITELEGG 335
Shahrar ALI 328
Rupert READ 202
James HUMPHREYS 180
Jessica GOLDFINCH 94
Alan FRANCIS 78
Rebecca JOHNSON 72
Larry SANDERS 50
David AHERNE 49
Stuart JEFFERY 46
Nic BEST 44
Hazel DAWE 31
Tony SLADE 27
Stephen PLOWDEN 19

Re-Open Nominations 27

Total Valid Vote 2,713

1 Comments:

Blogger Rupert said...

I got more than twice as many 1st prefs as anyone else in the '2nd tier' of the Panel's recommendations. I do think that the way the Panel went about its business could be considerably improved, for next time. Not only myself but also everyone else in the '2nd tier' was unhappy about the way that they (we) had been deprioritized below the 5 put in the '1st tier', which made it very hard for us (me) to overhaul any of those 5 in the voting. I managed to do so on 1st prefs, but by the look of it some people reverted to what the panel had seemingly implied, at the 2nd et. pref level.
...Anyway, maybe that's a learning point for the Party for next time. Now, it's time to focus on the May elections; and, after that, on getting the places in the Upper House that, being a Party now represented in the Commons, we are entitled to.

10 April 2011 at 09:39  

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Remarkably, I beat one of the panel's chosen 'top 5' on 1st preferences. An unprecedented achievement in Green Party Lords candidate-selection contests.

Irritatingly, I then apparently slipped narrowly below him on transfers... Boo to AV. Bring back FPTP! ;-) [Just joking, obviously -- if one lives by AV, then sometimes one will suffer from it, too... That's democracy.]

Thanks so much to all those who supported me, and congratulations to my fellow 6 'selected' candidates. If the Coalition stick to their word (Don't hold your breath! (Would you buy a 2nd-hand car from Nick Clegg?)), we 7 will become Lords...:Here's the relevant passage from the Coalition agreement:

"We will establish a committee to bring
forward proposals for a wholly or mainly
elected upper-chamber on the basis of
proportional representation. The committee
will come forward with a draft motion by
December 2010 [Note: Obviously the timetable has slipped].
It is likely that this will advocate single long terms of office. It is
also likely that there will be a grandfathering
system for current Peers. In the interim,
Lords appointments will be made with the
objective of creating a second chamber that
is reflective of the share of the vote secured
by the political parties in the last general election."

(Page 27 of http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/sites/default/files/resources/coalition_programme_for_government.pdf)

In other words, the Coalition agreement COMMITTED the ConDems to giving (presumably) those Parties who won seats at the 2010 election a proportional number of seats in the Lords, up to the time when House of Lords reform occurs. THIS WOULD MEAN THAT THE GREEN PARTY SHOULD GET 7 SEATS.

[AT PRESENT, WE HAVE ZERO. Note: Given that, presumably, only Parties elected to the Commons will count, so there won't be any Lords seats, on this basis, for UKIP nor for the BNP, etc.]


Here are the final results; Counted: 8/9 April 2011:

1. Jenny JONES
2. Emma DIXON
3. John WHITELEGG
4. Shahrar ALI
5. James HUMPHREYS
6. Rupert READ
7. Alan FRANCIS
1st reserve: Jessica GOLDFINCH
2nd reserve: Rebecca JOHNSON
3rd reserve: Stuart JEFFERY

Here are the candidates' 1st preferences:

Jenny JONES 692
Emma DIXON 439
John WHITELEGG 335
Shahrar ALI 328
Rupert READ 202
James HUMPHREYS 180
Jessica GOLDFINCH 94
Alan FRANCIS 78
Rebecca JOHNSON 72
Larry SANDERS 50
David AHERNE 49
Stuart JEFFERY 46
Nic BEST 44
Hazel DAWE 31
Tony SLADE 27
Stephen PLOWDEN 19

Re-Open Nominations 27

Total Valid Vote 2,713
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