Election of the Speaker: the Candidates

Margaret Beckett MP  Labour

Sir Alan Beith MP Liberal Democrat

John Bercow MP Conservative

Sir Patrick Cormack MP Conservative

Parmjit Dhanda MP Labour

Sir Alan Haslehurst MP Conservative

Sir Michael Lord MP Conservative

Richard Shepherd MP Conservative

Ann Widdecombe MP Conservative

Sir George Young MP Conservative 

The voting begins after the candidates give a short election address in the House of Commons at 2.30pm.  A series of secret ballots will take place until one candidate has a majority of the votes.

They Want to Work For You

There is an interesting Wiki which was set up last month by Paul Youlten who is also the founder of Yellowikis (a user generated yellow pages on the web).

The stated aim of They Want to Work For You is to create a complete guide to each and every candidate planning to stand for Parliament in the next UK General Election.  New media expert Seb Bacon conceived the idea  in a blog post at MySociety.org in 2006 inspired by their TheyWorkForYou site.  Paul Youlten launched the wiki in May 2009.

At the moment the data is incomplete but it has the potential to be a fascinating crowd sourced database in the run up to the election.

Miliband Ducks on Today

On the Today programme this morning David Miliband effectively completed the task he began in August last year when he ducked out of a challenge for the Labour leadership.  The task in question was to finally put an end to any prospect that he might one day be prime minister.  

Not only did he name Alan Johnson clearly as the number one challenger, but he avoided direct enquiries about his knowledge of a plot against Brown.  Time after time he ignored Jim Naughtie’s questions to deliver prepared statements about the Labour ‘project’.   He even bizarrely asserted that the forced bail out of  Lloyds Bank was an example of a ‘radical new phase’ in government policy.

The only thing that was absolutely clear in this interview is that he is too weak and indecisive to ever lead the party.

European Election Results 2009

 

Votes

 

MEPs

 

Party

Total

%

Total

+/-

Conservative

4,198,394

27.7

25

+1

UK Independence Party

2,498,226

16.5

13

+1

Labour

2,381,760

15.7

13

-5

Liberal Democrats

2,080,613

13.7

11

+1

Green Party

1,303,745

8.6

2

0

British National Party

943,598

6.2

2

+2

Scottish National Party

321,007

2.1

2

0

The 2004 European Election Results

As we prepare for the results of this week’s European election, here are the results of the last vote in June 2004.  The turnout in the UK was 38.2%.

PARTY % VOTES MEPs
Conservative 26.7 4397090 27
Labour 22.6 3718683 19
UK Independence Party 16.1 2650768 12
Liberal Democrat 14.9 2452327 12
Green 6.3 1028283 2
British National Party 4.9 808200 0
Respect – The Unity Coalition 1.5 252216 0
Scottish National Party 1.4 231505 2
Plaid Cymru 1 159888 1

The Long Knives

Today has been an extraordinary day in British Politics.  In July 1962 Prime Minister Harold Macmillan organised a major Cabinet reshuffle known as the ‘the night of long knives’ (after the nazi purge of the brown shirts).  Eight Ministers were sacked in one go. 

Today the knives have been directed at the prime minister.   Less than 24 hours after criticising James Purnell for his resignation Caroline Flint added hers to the growing list of ministerial resignations.  Her resignation became public knowledge whilst Brown was in mid press conference insisting that he would continue to lead the country and the party and though neither “arrogant” nor “complacent” believed himself to be the best person for the job.  Whilst resolute Brown’s assertions were reminiscent of  Thatcher’s insistence at a Paris press briefing in 1990 that she would stand in a second ballot for the Tory leadership.  She didn’t.

When the European results heap more humiliation on Labour on Sunday the heat will be turned up another notch.  Next week like so many before it will be a long one for Labour and for Brown.

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