THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
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To become a candidate in your constituent or council for this party at the next elections, all you need is to become a member for FREE by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org your name and address (put MEMBERSHIP in the subject) have common sense, a passion for Democracy, £500 (if we get enough members/donations we will pay this for you, this is only needed for MP candidates) and 10 signatures from people on the electoral list in your constituent/council. All cultures welcome to join, if you live in England we are sure you want the best for you and your family. Only English independence to stop throwing your money away will achieve this. We want to be a fair representation of the people in England via having candidates that reflect the people.
INFORMATION TO POTENTIAL CANDIDATES
Please remember we are a registered political party. If you are standing as a candidate you are representing The Democratic Party. Don’t do or say anything that could reflect badly on the party.
Rule 1. You must be a member of The Democratic Party if you want to stand, see the JOIN tab for more details to join and donate.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF ELECTION
You’ve got your £500. A few days after the announcement (allowing them time to get them printed), go to your Election Office and ask for:
1. Candidate’s Consent to Nomination paper, entitled Election of a Member.
2. Appointment of Election Agent paper (most, but not all, authorities have these). If they don’t you’ll have to write on a letter heading in which the Candidate nominates him/her as the Agent, and he/she agrees to be that Agent. (You don’t have to have an election agent if you don’t want one).
3. Nomination Papers, entitled Nomination Paper – Election of a Member. This form has space for the Names of a Proposer, Seconder, and eight Assentors. (For a Mayoral election you will need 28 Assentors.)
4. The electoral roll for the constituent you wish to stand in.
GETTING YOUR SIGNATURES
You will need to obtain the signatures of at least ten people who are registered on the current electoral roll as living in the constituency in which you are to stand for election. Ask for a copy when you get your other papers. Use this also toplan your campaign.
A good tip is to have the names of people + a few extra ready months in advance. That way you will not have to go searching for names at the last minute. You can also make sure that they are on the electoral register in advance, and don’t hand them in at the last minute. Do it a few days in advance if you can, then if anything does go wrong you can sort it.
PUTTING YOUR PAPERS IN
When you collect your papers, they should also give you an Election Timetable. Find out when nominations close and plan accordingly. You must get your papers and £500 in cash or bankers draft in before the nominations close. They are mega strict about this – even a few seconds late and you’ve blown it. If you’re dressing up and meeting the media beforehand take this into account (taking pix can take time).
Every Parliamentary candidate (and you’re not a candidate until your nomination forms have been accepted) is entitled to have one election address delivered free of charge to every household in the constituency. All you have to pay for is the printing. The Post Office will nominate one of their employees (usually a middle manager) to oversee the delivery of election material. They will also retain the right to decline to deliver if they feel your Election Address is unsuitable . Before you rush to print, first contact the Post Office with the artwork. They will also tell you when they want your election address, how it can be folded, how many they want in each bundle etc. You must put on all election material:
Printed by: ………….. and Published by …….. Your name and address or that of your agent and at the top of your Election Address: [Constituency Name] Election Communication.
This now applies to all your posters and leaflets.
There are strict rules about putting up posters. In some areas you are not allowed to put up posters on lamp posts or verges etc, in others the rules are quite strict, ranging from how high they have to be and what they are tied with etc, so get all the information from your local electoral officer and make sure you abide by it. If you are not sure ask. If you can have all the leaflets designed and ready to go before any election is called. This will save you time nearer the day (you haven’t got much).
You should aim for a local venue – within the constituency – as your H.Q. Preferably one that serves refreshments so you can also hold fund raising events and meetings there.
Once a member and have made the decision to stand, we will hold meetings on campaigning, to hold think tanks about the various options to aid your quest.
Twitter follow us @SolihullMP, Facebook, YouTube and as many more you can think of, as being free mostly it is a perfect way to start getting noticed.
At all times you should let the local papers know you are there. The occasional letter for their letters page on some topical interest, will normally be enough to arouse interest and start getting your name about. It helps if you make it funny, as most letters are boring, and a pic if you have one is helpful. Send them a copy of our manifesto, and get to know reporters. However don’t impose on them.
RADIO AND TV
You may well be invited to appear on the TV or a Radio phone-in program. It is vital you ascertain the format of the show, will all candidates be appearing or are you the only one? Make sure you aren’t left out. This is quite a complex area. Our recommendation is that, in the first instance you contact us as soon as you’re approached.
Because we tend towards the mass coverage of the voters, loudhailers are often used to get over our message. Be careful….Apart from annoying the people you’re trying to encourage, it should be noted that no loudhailers should he used after 8pm, or within 100 yards of a polling station on election day.
The Election Agent is responsible for deciding, with the Candidate, who gets in to the Count. You’ll be allowed 10-15 Counting Agents (people allowed right into the centre where the votes are counted, to scrutinize the tables and see fair play), and 10-15 more as spectators in the public gallery. You will need to supply the names and addresses of your people before you are issued with tickets. The Police, who supervise the security at the Count, are dead strict about this. So, no ticket, no show. Your Counting Agents will be the ones who are on TV, so they must dress up (it’s not so important for those in the spectators gallery) The Candidate may give a speech after the Count is over. Traditionally, the winner speaks first, then the second and third etc. We usually recommend a speech (well rehearsed) of no more than two minutes, thanking the Elections Offices/Police etc for doing their job, the Agents and supporters and of course the many people who voted for us.
AFTER THE ELECTION
It would be really helpful if you could contact HQ to let them know exactly how many results you have received, and other information like, How many you stood against, who they were, your previous result, and where exactly you stood. This saves us having to check our records in an already busy time.
When it’s all over, the Election Agent is responsible for submitting an account of expenses. The maximum you’re allowed to spend on a campaign varies between £25,000 – £30,000 ! Drawing up the account isn’t difficult (they’ll give you a form). However you must fill in the form and send it in, even if your expenses were nil.
This information is not designed to frighten you off, rather to advise, where possible, of some of the pitfalls, so you can learn from others’ mistakes. It’s also not a comprehensive list of what you should/shouldn’t do -Things are changing all the time so try to keep informed. If you’re not sure, please contact the party and they’ll do all they can to advise. We are sure you will have your own ideas for campaigning, but we will meet often to think tank. GOOD LUCK!!