Candidate selections 277 seats not yet selected.
Back in March I wrote a blog post called “Candidate selections 290 seats not yet selected”. And now writing this blog, five months later, it appears that only 13 seats more seats have been selected. (I understand that the seat of Darlington is being selected tonight.)
To make any sort of dent candidates surely need 6 months in post. So if the aim is to have all seats worked by a candidate for 6 months there will have to be a minimum of 60-70 candidate selections a month. That is some pace!
There was once an accepted wisdom that active and focused candidates could negate most of any incumbency advantage – IF selected 2 years before an election. If that is still true I don’t understand why we haven’t selected more seats already. There must be keen candidates and even keener associations? What about building capacity for 2020?
I fully understand the financial and family pressures of a candidate fighting a seat for 24 months before an election and the argument will be that the 40/40 seats selected candidates early for that very reason. But where is the long term planning?
Have a look at some of the seats that have not been selected yet – they may not be “easy wins” or even “maybe wins” in 2015 – but many are surely seats that should be worked with a view to a decent result in 2020 – or is that too far away?
If you know of any seats that are being selected soon, or have already been selected but are not on the list, please let me know in the comments below.
Update – as of 22/08/14
Eastleigh – Mims Davies (31/07/2014)
Bethnal Green and Bow – Matthew Smith (31/07/2014)
Birmingham Edgbaston – Luke Evans (01/08/2014)
Ynys Mon – Michelle Willis (02/08/2014)
North West Durham – Charlotte Haitham-Taylor (06/08/2014)
North Durham – Laetitia Glossop (06/08/2014)
Kingston upon Hull North – Dehenna Davison (09/08/2014)
Kingston upon Hull East – Emma Ideson (09/08/2014)
Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle – Mike Whitehead (09/08/2014)
Mitcham and Morden – Paul Holmes (12/08/2014)
Birmingham Selly Oak – Alex Avern (13/08/2014)
Bolton North East – James Daly (13/08/2014)
Darlington – Peter Cuthbertson (13/08/2014)
Batley and Spen – Imitaz Ameen (14/08/2014)
Congratulations to all the new candidates and thank you to everyone who helped contribute to the updated list.