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  • #252351
    ALB
    Keymaster

    We will be standing in two constituencies in the general election on 4 July: Clapham and Brixton Hill in London and Folkestone and Hythe in Kent. South Wales branch were intending to contest Swansea West again but withdrew at the last moment and will concentrate instead on advertisements in the English-language Welsh press.

    Nominations open on Monday 3 June and close on Friday 7 June. Which does not give us — or reportedly even the Conservative Party — much time to organise things. At present we are engaged in collecting the signatures of the ten electors a candidate requires to be validly nominated.

    #252392
    ALB
    Keymaster

    The nomination papers for our candidate in Clapham and Brixton Hill, Bill Martin, were handed in this morning and accepted. We won’t know who are opponents will be till after nominations close at 4pm on Friday. But they are certain to include the same gang of five (Labour, Tory, Liberal, Green and ReformUK) as at the GLA elections last month.

    Incidentally, the 10 subscribers from amongst local electors required to be nominated were all either members, sympathisers or contacts so we didn’t have to do any cold calling on electors.

    Meanwhile the election communication which Royal Mail will distribute free to all 47,700 households in the constituency has been prepared.

    #252400
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Kent and Sussex branch report that the nomination papers for our candidate in Folkestone and Hythe, Andy Thomas, were also handed in and accepted today.

    They also report that, judging by large ads placed in the local papers, one of our opponents will be the Fairer Voting Party. Its founder, who lives in Folkestone, has devised what he considers to be the perfect voting system. It’s not very straightforward And of course won’t make any difference to the way that the capitalist economic system works.

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    #252403
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Wikipedia are quick off the mark, referencing this thread. Must be one of us?

    Scroll down to Elections.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clapham_and_Brixton_Hill_(UK_Parliament_constituency)

    #252418

    Edmund Griffiths has put together this table of left candidates in UK general elections:

    https://edmundgriffiths.com/leftge.html

    I’ve culled our record our (I can’t get tables to work here, so I’ll have to use an image).

    #252419
    imposs1904
    Participant

    February 1974 was the last General Election where the SPGB didn’t put up a candidate.

    I’m curious to know why the Party didn’t contest Feb ’74 but did end up contesting Oct’74. Does anyone know? Was there a debate within the Party at the time about whether or not we should put up candidates?

    #252420
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Here’s our best election result ever:

    https://www.andrewteale.me.uk/leap/ward/9721/

    That’s what it will be like in the last days of capitalism when it will be a straight fight between the socialist party and all the capitalist parties coalesced into the Labour Party!

    #252425
    ALB
    Keymaster

    The Who Can I Vote For site is reporting that TUSC is fielding a candidate in Folkestone and Hythe:

    https://whocanivotefor.co.uk/elections/parl.folkestone-and-hythe.2024-07-04/folkestone-and-hythe/

    They may be one in Clapham and Brixton too but to know we will have to wait till 5 o’clock this afternoon.

    #252434
    ALB
    Keymaster

    It has now been officially confirmed that there are 8 candidates standing in Folkestone and Hythe. Besides ourselves they are:

    Conservative
    Labour
    Liberal Democrat
    Green
    Reform UK
    TUSC
    Fairer Voting Party

    The same number as in 2019.

    #252435
    ALB
    Keymaster

    TUSC have published their list of candidates. There are only 40. They are not standing in Clapham and Brixton Hill but we still don’t the names of all who are.

    They say this of their candidate in a Folkestone and Hythe:

    “Meanwhile, in Folkstone & Hythe, the TUSC banner is being carried by the anti-war campaigner and Folkestone Stands With Palestine group member Momtaz Khanom.”

    So here they are going for the local anti-Gaza vote rather than the usual militant trade unionist one.

    The TUSC candidates on July 4th

    #252436
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Lambeth Council has just announced the list of those validly nominated in Clapham and Brixton Hill. Besides us they are the usual 5 (Labour, LibDem, Green, Conservative, ReformUK) and an Independent:

    https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2024-06/Statement%20of%20Perons%20Nominated%2C%20Notice%20of%20Poll%20and%20Situation%20of%20Polling%20Stations%20Clapham%20and%20Brixton%20Hill.pdf

    #252444
    Lizzie45
    Participant

    Here’s our best election result ever:

    https://www.andrewteale.me.uk/leap/ward/9721/

    Sad that your candidate in that election defected to a capitalist party a decade later.

    #252446
    ALB
    Keymaster

    We were already out in Brixton High Street this morning:

    https://draft.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/10048538/4337472891561440316

    #252459
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Here’s the independent candidate in Clapham and Brixton Hill and what he stands for:

    https://whocanivotefor.co.uk/person/117508/jon-key

    If that photo is if him then he’s the author of this book:

    #252461
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Just received approval from Royal Mail of the artwork of the official Election Communication they will be distributing free to all 47,700 households in the Clapham and Brixton Hill constituency. The artwork is being sent to the printers tomorrow.

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