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229 Responses to “Seats by region”

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  1. I cannot remember what thread I saw this on, but there is now a law in place (which wasn’t there in 2005) which prevents candidates from standing in multiple seats

  2. Indeed, Matt. You saw it here!

    My question is would it disbar candidates in every seat they tried standing for; as a hypothetical example, if Mr B.Barrel stood in Barrow in Furness and Oldham East, would he be disbarred from standing in BOTH seats or just one of them?

  3. I’m no expert in this, but I guess it comes down to which seat he registed in 1st

  4. The Candidate’s Consent to Nomination form asks the candidate to make this declaration:
    ” I declare that I am qualified to be elected and that I am not a candidate at an election for any other constituency where the date of poll is the same as for this election”

    That form has to be signed and witnessed. So, taking your example, if the candidate withdrew his candidature from Oldham East before the close of nominations, then I imagine he would be eligible to stan in Barrow.

  5. Ah, but you see nominations close, I believe on the SAME day, and if a candidate/agent ignores or misses out that bit on the form (#possible), how is the Returning Officer or Deputy going to know that the candidate is standing elsewhere PRIOR to close of nominations? He isn’t! Therefore it would take an objection from….someone….whether it be an elector from that PARTICULAR seat or just anyone, I don’t know, to say that this is against electoral law.

    In short, a complaint made against the candidate prior to the Election….

    Calling all electoral law experts, PLEASE!

  6. Matt . I think your answer is wrong, because you have not considered the declaration in the candidates consent to nomination form.

  7. Smokey, our Posts crossed.

    Please see my last one prior to this. Otherwise a salient point, but your scenario depends on the candidate being honest/not cocking things up.

  8. Having never stood as a candidate, I am not that au fait with the process

  9. Btw, according to UKIP’s website, John Whittaker is standing in Hazel Grove AND Oldham W & Royton!!!

  10. OK Ray. to answer your question on page seven.

    There is a Nomination Paper.
    There is a Candidate’s Consent to Nomination Paper.
    There is a Guidance Book published by the Electoral Commission, for Candidates and Agents.
    There is the Deposit of £500.00

    Nominations close at 4.00 pm on 20th April.
    A Candidate may withdraw by 4.00 pm also on 20th April.
    Maybe the Electoral Commission will check centrally by name and address matching software whether any candidates stand nominated in more than one seat.

  11. Maybe they will. But maybe they won’t.

    We shall see….

  12. Alan Freeman is listed as UKIP candidate in a St Helen’s seat AND Wigan.

  13. Several candidates from minor parties have stood in multiple constituencies. There was Catherine Taylor-Dawson who stood in all the Cardiff seats (getting just 1 vote I think it was in one of them, or was it 2). Howard Marks of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance stood in both Norwich seats. I think others have done the same. There’s nothing to prevent that – but of course if one were to be ELECTED for more than one seat it would be a different matter. WRT the above UKIP candidate, I’d say not half, pop pickers.

  14. Barnaby – it is NOW illegal:-

    ” I declare that I am qualified to be elected and that I am not a candidate at an election for any other constituency where the date of poll is the same as for this election”

  15. Ray L:
    Not sure you are right about St Helens. UKIP web site has Gary Robinson for St Helens North, and John Sumner for St Helens South & Whiston.
    Alan Freeman is listed on UKIP site as cand. for Wigan.
    Often candidates get ‘selected’ for a particular seat and then get ‘re-arranged’ when the party sees where the gaps are, and often the web site is slow to get the change updates resulting in ‘double entry’ candidates. This site (UKPR) wil need updating if the UKIP web site is correct.

  16. I don’t really want to see any candidates get excluded for this reason – but it will be a precedent if any do.

    I expect you’re right about UKIP, just they hadn’t updated the site I looked at!

  17. Ray & Matt are wrong with their assertion that John and Alan of UKIP are standing in two constituencies – We have checked the UKIP site and we can confirm this is not the case. One can only assume the gentlemen in question are out to smear UKIP……..

    Vote UKIP.

  18. Tom and Jerry – I am NOT trying to smear UKIP.
    Quite the contrary; I was pointing out that on the source I looked on, that was what they said, and I am pleased for you that you have different candidates standing in different wards. I would not want any party trying to put up the same candidates in different seats, and then getting any candidates disqualified for that. In fact, I was hoping UKIP would pick this up.

    So, please refrain from ‘the gentlemen in question are trying to smear UKIP’, BECAUSE IN MY CASE THAT IS FUCKING BOLLOCKS.

  19. I refer the UKIP gentlemen to my previous post:-

    ‘I don’t really want to see any candidates get excluded for this reason – but it will be a precedent if any do.

    I expect you’re right about UKIP, just they hadn’t updated the site I looked at!’

  20. Who do Brown, Mandelson and Darling think they are kidding?

  21. OK Ray thanks I’d forgotten about that.

  22. The Governor – in what sense? It doesn’t sound like a question related to polls to me.

  23. I am just watching them on BBC News 24 now.

    They are trying to rebut the National Insurance allegations.

  24. When Gordon Brown talks about “Taking 6 billion pounds out of the economy” What does he really mean?

  25. Brown understands public finance, but doesn’t have a clue about business finance. If Labour had their way then there would be 25million civil servants in the UK and then he could control everything.

    If 200,000 people lost their jobs in the private sector then this would have a huge negative impact on public services. Brown’s comments represent a huge lurch to the left for Labour…….’we can manage money better than the individual’. The problem for Mr Brown is that recent events shows that he can’t!

  26. Are us Labour supporters allowed to join in or is this a private forum for people to praise Tory policies & ridicule Labour ones?

  27. There is a petition on the Number 10 Petitions web site, asking that it should be made law that never again should one person be permitted to be Chancellor for more than five years.

  28. How can you accurately predict elections by asking just one thousand people in a country with 650 constituencies, and each constituency is individual and different.

  29. You can’t, at least not with any certainty. Nor can you accurately state who has and hasn’t got a chance of winning an election in a given seat based on what happened five year ago.

    All you can do, ultimately, is use past form, the snapshots provided by opinion polls and where you’re aware of them, key local factors to work out what might happen in a given scenario.

    But the bottom line is that you’re still trying to make a guess (albeit an educated one) at something that you can’t know because it hasn’t happened yet. And that’s the fun part…

  30. @the governor
    and what should be the sence of this petition??

  31. Hi Barnaby

    Anyone can join the debate….I’m all ears!!!

  32. Shouldn’t Colchester be in the list for Eastern Region? I can’t find it from there, but I can find from the alphabetical listing.

  33. Please note that I am the PPC for NW Cambs

  34. Chris York: Would that be as an Independant candidate?

  35. What if?

    What if Tony Blair had not resigned as PM, would things have been any different?

    Would Labour be doing any better in the Polls if Harriet HGarman was PM?

  36. Do we yet know exactly which constituencies are counting on Thursday night and which are waiting to Friday? I thought I heard Jack Straw pronounce before the election that Returning Officiers were encouraged to count on Thursday night…is there any definitive list anywhere?
    I suppose we can assume that enough seats will be counted on Thursday to give us a result….i suppose i better be prepared to be sat in front on telly all day Friday as well?

  37. In a welcome u-turn by returning officers, it seems only about two dozen seats will now count on Friday. Iain Dale had the following list

    Argyll & Bute
    Berwick Upon Tweed
    Blyth Valley
    Broadland
    Buckingham
    Cheltenham
    Copeland
    Henley
    Hexham
    Huntingdon
    Kenilworth & Southam
    Lancaster & Fleetwood
    Morecambe & Lunesdale
    NE Hampshire
    Norwich North
    Oxford West & Abingdon
    Penrith & the Border
    Saffron Walden
    Skipton & Ripon
    St Ives
    Torridge & West Devon
    Wansbeck
    Wantage
    Warwick & Leamington
    Westmorland & Lonsdale

  38. A fair few of these areas, (Argyll & Bute, Berwick Upon Tweed, Copeland, Hexham, Penrith & the Border, Skipton & Ripon, St Ives, Torridge & West Devon, Westmorland & Lonsdale) have fairly remote polling stations in rural communities. St Ives, Argyll and Bute and Berwick Upon Tweed (Holy Island) have some offshore ones. Possibly DW & T too (Lundy).

    However, there are offshore ones (not connected to the mainland or the counting centre by road) in Orkney and Shetland, the Western Isles, Ayrshire North and Arran. When are they counting?

  39. Information correct as at 28 April, 2010

    PLAN TO BEGIN COUNTING ON POLLING DAY 627
    PLAN TO BEGIN COUNTING AFTER POLLING DAY 22

    POSTPONED POLL (THIRST & MALTON) 1

    And as you asked….

    Orkney and Shetland – plan to count on polling day
    Na h-Eileanan an Iar – plan to count on polling day
    North Ayrshire and Arran – plan to count on polling day

  40. Day after polling day;

    Argyll and Bute
    Berwick upon Tweed
    Blyth Valley
    Broadland
    Buckingham
    Cheltenham
    Copeland
    Hexham
    Huntingdon
    Kenilworth and Southam
    Lancaster and Fleetwood
    Morecambe and Lunesdale
    North East Hampshire
    Norwich North
    Penrith and the Border
    Saffron Waldon
    Skipton and Ripon
    St Ives
    Torridge and West Devon
    Wansbeck
    Warwick and Leamington
    Westmorland and Lonsdale

  41. Thanks doktorb!

  42. The decision that Cheltenham is delaying to the next day is a disgrace IMO: it usually is one of the first seats to declare on election night. It’s an extremely compact seat – all the ballot boxes can be at the counting centre within about 30 minutes of the polls closing. Compare this to the situation in Wales where every seat is counting on the night and Scotland where every seat apart from one is doing so.

  43. I’s say the following constituencies have good reason to delay the count to the next day

    Argyll and Bute
    Berwick upon Tweed
    Copeland
    Hexham
    North East Hampshire
    Penrith and the Border
    Skipton and Ripon
    St Ives
    Torridge and West Devon
    Westmorland and Lonsdale

    The others don’t

    Blyth Valley
    Broadland
    Buckingham
    Cheltenham
    Huntingdon
    Kenilworth and Southam
    Lancaster and Fleetwood
    Morecambe and Lunesdale
    Norwich North
    Saffron Waldon
    Wansbeck
    Warwick and Leamington

  44. Chris:

    I agree with your list except for maybe NE Hampshire which is by no means the largest seat in Hampshire yet it’s the only one delaying until Friday. Nor is it particularly isolated compared to, for example, New Forest West.

    One interesting fact is that St Ives counted on the night in both 1987 and 1992 but then went back to counting the next morning in 1997. The reason I mention this is that I’ve read countless comments on many different election blogs to the effect that St Ives has always counted the next day because of the Isles of Scilly being part of the seat. This is not correct. They must have used a helicopter in 1987 and 1992 to transport the ballot boxes to the mainland; the result was declared by 3am on both occasions. (I know because I’ve got videos of the election night programmes. They’re all available on my youtube channel with the name ajs41).

    One other piece of info: only 3 seats have always counted the next day as far as I know. They are: Argyll&Bute, Berwick Upon Tweed, Skipton&Ripon.

    Argyll & Bute used to count on the Saturday until 1979.

  45. And until recently, the Northern Ireland seats!

    And by the way Andy I’ve seen that youtube channel and it’s fabulous.

  46. I don’t get why the counting has to be done overnight. Why not wait until the following day all across the country?

    Who wants to sit up all night counting papers and supervising the counting of same? I think there are greater chances for errors with people very tired and under pressure to be the “first to declare”.

    Much better to count the next day and also wait for declaring until everyone has finished and do the lot in one.

    The overnight counting and declaring one at a time is more dramatic and entertaining, but is it sensible.

    I seem to recall, but could be wrong, that the EU elections are not counted overnight.

  47. Caroline, the EU results are announced overnight – just not the night of the ballot. This is because the UK holds its election on the Thursday, but other nations hold it at the weekend, and the results aren’t announced until Sunday night (Monday morning on the Western Isles, as the Council there insists on keeping the Sabbath) so as to prevent early results from affecting voter behaviour later on. In fact, counts do get underway as soon as the European polls close.

    In terms of the arguments for or against counting on the night, I agree that having constituencies getting into a stupid race over being the first to get on the telly but I’m in favour of it being done ASAP. Firstly, I think the argument that people will do a worse job at night is a bit of a slight to night-shift workers everywhere.

    Secondly, I think it has become a general point that we’re used to waking up to knowing who will be forming the next Government – Tony Blair’s landslide victories were announced at roughly 0330 which is five and a half hours after the polls closed. Start at 0900 the following morning and even the most certain, clear cut victory isn’t confirmed until mid-afternoon and a day’s planning and work has been lost. Keeping standard business hours for the count in an election as uncertain as this one will lead to the General Election result not being known until the weekend and that’s certainly not a positive development.

    Thirdly, don’t forget that a lot of voters will also have a ballot in their local Council elections. Moving the General Election count back until Friday morning pushes the Local Election count back even further and again, that makes it difficult for the same Council officials saying how easier Friday counting is to plan and deal with any new administration coming in.

    Finally, what does unsettle me is how the markets would react if the count took place during the day. We’ve already had a small run on sterling thanks to fears of a hung parliament and given the current uncertainty of the result, having results announced during the day would lead to a difficult day of trading on the FTSE. Particularly as even if there were a Tory landslide, the earliest that a new Chancellor could be put in place would be early Friday evening after the markets had closed.

    Essentially, there are a lot of things wrong with the voting system, but the night-time count isn’t one of them and if we’re looking to make changes, we need to focus on electoral reform.

  48. Postal voting has complicated the situation in recent years, as all the postal votes need to be validated before they can be counted.

  49. Yes, Christof,
    Postal voting is the problem with over 20% of voters having a postal vote. What amazes me is that people get a postal vote because they, supposedly, would find it difficult to get to the polling station.
    Yet, they are entitled to deliver their ballot papers to the polling station right up to the close of poll.
    The solution seems simple to me. Put a deadline on receipt of postal votes at the polling station – say 5pm. They could then be validated before the close of poll and the count start as soon as the ballot boxes reach the venue of the count..
    Our count in Gloucester does not start until 11.30pm. (Our Council election count starts at 2pm on Friday.)
    Let’s not forget that those doing the count will have been at the polling stations since 7.00am.

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