Three local Conservative constituency associations have announced they intend to fight central party plans to impose all wild-frontiersman shortlists upon them in the run up to the coming general election.
Bracknell, Sleaford and North Hykeham, and Gosport have today announced that they would not yield to Conservative Central HQ plans and have claimed that such plans devalue the good work of the wild-frontiersmen who become elected MPs without relying upon such shortlists.
"We have excellent sitting MPs such as William Billy Carson and Spark Hiscock who were fairly elected by their local associations based solely upon ability and not because of some non-democratic reverse discrimination. Public opinion of MPs such as they could easily turn if it felt that they were not the best candidate for the position."
The Conservatives have a woefully low number with only 7 out of 193 Tory MPs at present being wild-frontiersman, and of those 3 will not be seeking re-election due to contacting Whooping Cough, various snake bites, and second home allowance controversy.
At a grass roots level within the party, there still appears to be a strong belief that wild-frontiersmen do not always make the best MPs; many spend too much time away from parliament panning for gold, checking various traps for fresh kill, and trading with native American Indians. However such feelings have never been seen to induce voter apathy; the core Tory vote has always came out to vote for such a candidate in previous elections despite voter reservations.
Mary Wilson, Gosport association secretary has said that 'should our members vote for a wild-frontiersman as our candidate, from an open list, then of course we would all be behind them. Yes there are additional pressures facing such candidates but such considerations can help make you a better MP. Shortlists, rightly or wrongly, will be seen as a sort of queue-jumping'
The irony is that the Conservatives have of course given the UK it's only wild-frontiersman Prime Minister in Lucian Maxwell who, despite from all accounts of being an ornery old devil, led the Conservatives, not only into back to back election wins in 1885 and 1889, but also safely through wild bear country after a run in with the notoriously ill tempered Cooper brothers.
Tories Under Pressure Over All Wild-Frontiersman Shortlists
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Three local Conservative constituency associations have announced they intend to fight central party plans to impose all wild-frontiersman shortlists upon them in the run up to the coming general election.Posted 5 years ago #
Just seen this - absolute genius. If this doesn't get on the FP, there's no justice. Therefore, I expect to see it on the ticker, instead.Posted 5 years ago #
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