Another step in my journey in political education happened today. Gloucester CLP (Constituency Labour Party) held a “Super Saturday”, the main aim being that the CLP can choose its candidates for the City Council Elections next May.
The selection of candidates is governed by the Labour Party Rule book and made what seemed like an easy process, rather complicated.
Basically, the candidate gives a short speech and then takes questions. The main audience are the EC (Executive Committee) members and the members of that Ward. The candidate then leaves the room and a vote is taken to accept the candidate (or not), the candidate is then informed of the result. Simples!
But no, not quite. Some candidates are also EC members and therefore should be in the audience, however they can not sit until they are chosen themselves (or not). I did not help matters by taking my Kids down as well as Amanda was helping with the NCT nearly new sale. Therefore the corridor was very crowded with candidates waiting their turn, ward members waiting to support their candidate, and my kids with their megablocks and stuff.
Anyway, I got in the room, and did my bit. I do always feel uncomfortable talking about myself and what I do, but I got over it and told everyone jsut how wonderful I am for a few minutes. The floor was then open for questions and I got asked about my top priority which I talked about the perception of anti-social behaviour and what I feel needs to be done, then we got into more questions on how to engage the youth better and the use of PCSOs .
I left the room and after a couple of minutes Sonia Friend came out and gave me the good news that I had been selected.
We did not select every ward candidate for a number of reasons, but I believe we got the majority of candidates in place, so Parmjit Dhanda could brief a good crew as to the campaigning that lies ahead.
As Richard Gough said on my twitter – The hard work starts now.