Coppard, an attractive and apparently gifted campaigner, is running as a local candidate in a seat that has been lacking in representation because the incumbent MP has been off doing other things. Take a look at Coppard’s website. It’s very revealing. Miliband isn’t mentioned once on the home page and the word “Labour” only appears at the very bottom. You might argue that Coppard’s campaign is very similar to a traditional Lib Dem campaign: loudly local and all about the candidate rather than the party. Are the people of Hallam essentially switching from one kind of liberal to another?The Tories already had trouble with their 2010 intake - perhaps the least-whipable cohort in the Party's history. It may be that candidates recognise the public dissatisfaction with the Big Three and are being tactical, or that they are genuinely independently minded in the mould of Sir Patrick Cormack of "It's country, constituency, party. In that order". It will take their actual performance in the house to tell, but must surely be another nail in the coffin of the old, stale Parties.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
MPs with lighter links to their parties
You may have noticed far more candidates for parliament this time around are playing down their Party links. Oh sure they've got the tribal colours, but their message to their electors is about their self rather than their Party. Thus Caroline Lucas is standing as Caroline Lucas (Green Party), and in Nick Clegg's constituency;