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 🙂 – Barry@barrykirby.co.uk – ring or text me on 07951330534 or tweet @baz_k on Twitter.