Grange and Kingsway – Gloucestershire County Council Elections 2013 – Lets Go!

Friday night was the night of Candidate selections for the County Council elections in 2013.  These events are always interesting and I found myself surprisingly nervous as the selections got underway.  But after giving a presentation, being grilled by the members, I was delighted to have been selected as the Labour candidate for Grange and Kingsway. 

This election will be the first one with the new county Boundaries that put Kingsway and Grange together, which I think could work well in my favour because I have been working already with residents in both of these wards.

The format of the evening was to be a short presentation by each candidate to the members of the CLP, followed by questioning from the members.  To ensure fairness, all the candidates had to stay outside the meeting in a holding office while the others went in and did their thing.  After we had all represented ourselves, the members had to choose who was going to represent in each ward so so we had to wait for them to complete that.  Finally, we were then called down and informed to the decision. 

I was one of the last on the list to face the membership and I have to say it was a really well attended meeting so while it was quite nerve-racking with the waiting, it was also really good to feel like I was really fighting for my place.  I only had a short period of time to get my points across, but it seemed to disappear in the blink of an eye, then I was getting pelted with questions covering things from Education to my least favourite MP.  It is one of these events which is really hard work at the time, but when you finish you do get that feeling of a job well done (or not if its been a bad one). 

But, in reality, that was the easy bit, the hard bit is now to come, working with residents in the Grange and Kingsway ward, there is going to be leafleting, canvassing and telephoning going on int he next 10 months to ensure that people know that I am standing, what my values are and what I can bring to the ward, and the County at large, if I am elected. 

If you want to get involved, no matter how big or small.  If you are able to talk to your next door neighbour, or deliver them a leaflet for me, then that would be great, or maybe you could deliver some in your street or maybe make a few phone calls?  Any support you could give would be fantastic, just drop me a line to find out more 🙂 – [email protected] – ring or text me on 07951330534 or [email protected]_k on Twitter.


7 Comments so far:

  1. amanda kirby says:

    I might help as you asked so nicely 😉

  2. Joe K says:

    Thanks for reminding me about the boundary changes. I’m still waiting to hear if Barton & Tredworth has been extended, as per the request of the County Council Labour Group, Sonia Friend having apparently decided to ignore a constituent’s emails. The partnership was suppsed to add a new map to the revised constitution, but didn’t, and even after I reminded them of this, I have seen no action. I suppose I may end having to ask that Steve McHale again. At least he does reply…

    So, who is your least favourite MP..?

  3. Barry says:

    HI Joe,

    You can find the maps of the boundary changes here :

    Sheet 4 covers the west side of B&T and 5 the east, so whichever side is mroe approporiate. Heath warning though – they are very detailed PDFs so are quite big, hope they answer your query though.

    http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-west/gloucestershire/gloucestershire-single-member-ward-review/

    The draft ones nearest the top were the ones that were accepted by Parliament.

  4. Barry says:

    Just realised I forgot your second question, and am going to give you a different answer to the one I gave on the night becuase while my comments still stand about how ineffective our own MP is, I think I can add to the distinguished list by submitting Theresa May and Danny Alexander.

  5. Joe K says:

    Thanks, Barry. I’m confused about the distinction between electoral division boundary and ward boundary, though. Our constitution always stipulated the ‘political electoral ward’, so that would mean we are bigger now, but I have really got to get an acknowledgement that Parry Hall, for example, is now within the partnership’s boundaries.

    And sorry, but even if multiple choices were allowed, there must still be far worse MPs than Graham. Competition is that fierce… 🙂

  6. Barry says:

    For this, the Electoral Boundary is the County Boundary, the Ward is the City Wards that make up the county polling area.

    Hope that helps,

    Who would your choice for least fave MP be?

  7. Joe K says:

    I find I’m hoist by own petard there, in that there are so many different criteria for disliking MPs. Louise Ellman, for example, because she speaks like she’s supporting a ten pound weight with her sphincter.

    Maybe the question itself is too ‘negative’. The question when put to you, Barry, practically compels the answer you gave, but the question, ‘Who’s your favourite MP?’, would be more revealing, I think. For me that would be Frank Field, who stands out from a pretty uninspiring bunch.

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