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April 21, 2005

Final list of General Election Candidates

Follow-up to General Election Candidates from Luke's blog

A while ago I put up a list of election candidates in the local constituencies. This is now the final list. For details of other constituencies, click here.

Outgoing MPs are marked with a '*'.

Coventry South:

William Brown, UK Independence Party
Jim Cunningham, Labour*
Vincent McKee, Liberal Democrat
Irene Rogers, Independent
James Rooney, Families First
Heather Wheeler, Conservative
Rob Windsor, Socialist Alternative

Rugby and Kenilworth:

Richard Allanach, Liberal Democrat
Brian Hadland, Independent
Andy King, Labour*
Lillian Phallikaropoulos, Independent
John Thurley, UK Independence Party
Jeremy Wright, Conservative

Warwick and Leamington:

Ian Davison, Green
Linda Forbes, Liberal Democrat
James Plaskitt, Labour*
Greville Warwick, UK Independence Party
Chris White, Conservative

If you want to find the voting records of outgoing MPs, there's a handy site here.


An antidote to Party propaganda

There seems to be a proliferation of posts at the moment extolling the virtues of one political party over the others, so here is my definitive guide to why you shouldn't vote for any of them. I'm trying to present a broad view which doesn't make my own prejudices too clear.

Labour:

  • The War with Iraq.
  • All the accompanying shenanigans re. intelligence, WMD, etc.
  • The despicable Prevention of Terrorism Act (2005) and the Anti-Terrorism, Crime, and Security Act (2001), which drew comparisons with Stalinist Russia from a Law Lord.
  • Top-up fees being introduced in spite of promises that they wouldn't be.
  • Smug, pious, sanctimonious wanker Tony Blair.
  • Alistair Campbell.
  • Hazel Blears.
  • PPP/PFI. Especially on the London Underground.
  • Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
  • Botched reform of House of Lords and office of Lord Chancellor.
  • The proliferation of 'special advisors' paid for by the tax-payer.
  • Dodgy dealings with postal votes.

Conservative:

  • Michael 'something of the night' Howard being an utter gobshite.
  • Lowest common denominator campaigning.
  • Gave way on the Prevention of Terrorism Act when they had the government by the balls.
  • Commercial rates on student loans.
  • Don't manage to be a credible opposition, let alone a credible government.
  • You can't trust them as far as you can throw them.
  • Supported Iraq war.
  • Memories of the Major administration.

Liberal Democrat:

  • Give opportunists a bad name.
  • 'These are my principles – if you don't like them, I have others.'
  • Oppose government actions right up until the government start carrying them out.
  • 'Chatshow Charlie' Kennedy who opposed the Prevention of Terrorism Bill so much that he and a number of his MPs didn't bother to turn up when they could have defeated the government.
  • Half-hearted opposition to the Iraq war.
  • Pretending that tuition fees have been abolished in Scotland.

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