Thursday, April 19, 2007

Conservative Mayoral Timetable Announced

*Applications must be submitted by Monday the 16th July
*Applications will be processed and a shortlist drawn up by Friday the 3rd August
*The Conservative Party will hold a series of hustings in first half of September
*A London-wide Primary will be held in September with the ballot closing on Wednesday the 26th September.
*The Conservative Party Candidate will be announced before the Party’s Annual Conference in Blackpool, starting on the 30th September.


Anonymous said...

But hasn't Dave already decided that anyone who isn't called 'Greg Dyke' isn't good enough ?

Surely what we need is a televised hustings on Doughty Street with some of that facile 'vote to evict x, phone this number' nonsense.

And a light going out on the losing candidate so we don't see their tears of pain / relief at not being chosen.

Why do they need an official Tory candidate anyway ? Couldn't all 40 be on a very long ballot paper, as was used in the first democratic elections in South Africa ?

Then the people could decide ?

Anonymous said...

SO we get someone as Mayor of London with 1000 votes?!

Yeah, GREAT idea..

Anonymous said...

Why aren't there any black candidates in the frame ? Isn't it time for some affirmative action to help represent the diversity of London's population ?

Anonymous said...

I think gay, black, ethnic minority and female candidates should be fast tracked past the hustings stage to overcome any institutional prejudice and ensure they get a fair crack of the whip in the final ballot. It would help ensure that the rich and vibrant diversity in the electorate for London Mayor is fully represented

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:54

"Why aren't there any black candidates in the frame ? "

Colour of the candidates is not important. This is a racist comment.

"Isn't it time for some affirmative action to help represent the diversity of London's population ? "


Iain you missed out the last bit of the timetable:

*The Conservative Party Candidate will lose to Ken Livingstone in the London Mayoral election, starting in 2008.

Anonymous said...

Iain, Is it not time to produce a 'runners and riders' guide for us to see who is in the frame to be London Mayor ? Guido suggests that there are some 40 candidates, but I haven't heard of over half of them.

Anonymous said...

"Colour of the candidates is not important."

Fine, and one of demonstrating that would be to ensure we don't have an 'all-white' shortlist.

"This is a racist comment". Don't be ridiculous - how could avoiding an all-white shortlist be anything of the sort ?

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Dale,

Where does one send their CV?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I think 'ugo Chavez would make a good London mayor..

He would certainly get the 'Chav's vote...

Praguetory said...

This appears to have been rushed out.

Anonymous said...

anonymous said...

At least make up a name so we can distinguish one anonymous from the other.

Is there a real conversation going on in here or just one guy talking to himself? Who knows!

Anonymous said...

Steve Norris is the only way we can win now.