SDP election candidates
The SDP have two candidates in the elections in the Borough of Swindon.
Both in Walcot & Park North Ward
Why the bloody hell are they both in the same ward?
If you only have two candidates you put them in separate wards, that way twice as many people know that you exist.
Let us imagine that in a two seat ward there are 1,000 electors willing to vote SDP.
Two SDP candidates may only get around 500 each.
The two Labour candidates could get 550 and 540 votes and are elected.
One SDP candidate would have got 1,000 votes and romped home.
Small parties should NEVER make it difficult for the voters to elect the party of their choice.
Are you likely to get a victory by putting up candidates in lots of different wards, or by concentrating your fire power in one ward?
Swindon Council have changed all their ward boundaries, and for this reason the whole council is up for election this year.
This means there are 3 vacancies for councillors in each ward, and so each individual voter has 3 votes this year.
Last year in 2011 UKIP put up 16 candidates in Swindon. All the effort and leafleting was spread over 16 wards and the top UKIP candidate got about 11%. So there is plenty of opportunity for voters to pick an anti-EU candidate in Swindon.
In Swindon the Labour and Conservative Parties are putting up 3 candidates in each ward this year.
There are a huge number of anti-EU parties fighting elections this year. UKIP is the biggest of the minor parties. The Social Democratic Party probably the smallest of the minor parties.
where in what towns are the SDP standing candidates in the local elections this year
The SDP are only a small party, but they are putting up candidates in both Swindon and Birmingham
Originally Posted by markf
Originally Posted by markf
The SDP will be putting up 11 candidates in the May 2012 council election.
5 South Wales
2 Swindon, Wiltshire
I understand that there were three seats vaccant in the Swindon Ward in which the SDP candidates stood. It was correct that they both stood in the same ward instead of in separate wards. If only one candidate stood in a ward, and electors had three votes. The situation would be that if the first choice of candidate had been SDP, electors would have two other votes which if used would have cancelled out the vote cast for the single SDP candidate.
Have a look at the Birmingham city council elections 2004. Hodge Hill Ward. where I just missed becoming the first UKIP councillor in Birmingham. I stood on my own where there were three vaccancies following boundary changes. We put a candidate in other wards making up the Hodge Hill parliamentary constituency instead of having supporting candidates to me in Hodge hill. The result would have caused quite a stir. More so as I returned to my natural political home in the SDP
Originally Posted by ANGLO-STAFFS