Super Saturday Selection fun

Published On October 16, 2010 » 2080 Views» Gloucester, Politics

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.

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6 Responses to Super Saturday Selection fun

  1. trollhunterx says:

    Hi, Barry. I may have missed something, but what does ‘EC’ stand for..?

  2. bazkirby says:

    Apologies, EC is Executive Committee.

  3. trollhunterx says:

    Cheers. And I assume ‘members of that Ward’ refers to members of the Labour Party who live in that ward? You’re going to tell me again, I’m sure, that I should sign up if I want a say in selections, but I still think that this ‘Executive Committee’ should take note of more than just Labour supporters in deciding who would make good candidates. And I still haven’t heard an authoritative voice on the Sajid Patel affair…

  4. bazkirby says:

    Yes, the party members are those of that ward. and yes you could be one too….

    However, I think you also have to consider that Its not like the party have a monopoly on candidates, people can stand as independents and at the city level there is no cost to it. (unlike parliamentary where you have to lay a deposit).

    I think we do take into account outside thoughts, lets face it, we want to put someone forward who we feel is electable, and therefore someone who can not only keep current labour voters, but inspire non labour voters to support them. Otherwise its a waste of effort.

    As for the “affair”, to be honest, I forgot to chase it down, which is annoying as I saw Said today too.

  5. Eddie says:

    Congratulations on being selected.

  6. bazkirby says:

    Thanks Eddie, that’s appreciated.

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