Local democracy - get involved!

This Friday, 22nd November, is an important day for local democracy. It is the day that a new Conservative Candidate is selected for Mid Worcestershire.

I remain the Member of Parliament for the constituency until I stand down at the General Election in 2015. But, the process is underway to find the person I hope will be my successor.

The new candidate will be selected by an ĎOpen Primaryí. This means all residents can come to the final selection meeting to hear and question the applicants, and then to cast their votes. Everyone on the electoral roll in Mid Worcestershire can register to attend the meeting and decide who will contest the seat for the Conservatives in 2015. Normally only Conservative Party Members are able to vote to choose a candidate but this decision shows how serious Party members are about involving a much wider group.

I often find that people donít realise the size and variety of my constituency. Mid Worcestershire stretches from Hartlebury in the north, through Droitwich and Evesham, to Broadway in the south. Thatís why Pershore High School, just outside Mid Worcestershire itself, has been selected for the venue as itís roughly in the middle.

The meeting will start at 6pm and although the closing date for registering to attend has passed, you can still turn up on the night and register. You can ring 01905 330074 or visit www.midworcestershireconservatives.org.uk for more details. You must be present for the whole event to be eligible to vote - it is only fair that voters hear from all four candidates before they choose.

You will get a further vote in the 2015 General Election, when instead you will be choosing between the candidates of the various parties. I hope the winning candidate on Friday will go on to win in the 2015 election, but they must not take victory for granted. The new candidate will work hard to earn the trust and win the support of local people.

With the General Election still eighteen months away, I really hope that many of you will take up this unique opportunity to get involved in the political process.


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