Parties challenged over election choices

Published: 28 Mar 2012 09:309 comments

Mr John Riddell who resigned as Fairlie Community Councillor recently has said that it is not very democratic for three local political branches to put up only four candidates among them for four north coast seats.

A former Conservative councillor has challenged the main political parties in the north coast to put up more candidates.

In a letter to the News this week Mr John Riddell of Fairlie has lamented the lack of democracy by the decision of SNP, Labour and Conservatives to put up only, two, one and one choices for four seats.

He stated: "If the SNP is serious in seeking to become the majority party in Irvine why is it not putting forward four candidates for the four North Coast places? If Labour are serious about retaining control of the Council why is it putting forward just one candidate to represent Fairlie, Largs, Skelmorlie and Millport? And while it is unlikely that the Conservatives will become a majority party in North Ayrshire, if that party is serious about putting up a strong fight for the North Coast area why is it only fielding one candidate when it could have four elected?

A cynic might start to think that in the North Coast area the three national political parties have entered an agreement - some might say a political stich-up"

Full letter and page of views in the Largs & Millport News of March 28.

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  • villager
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    Mar 29, 12:07
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    Seems to be our community councillors work a lot harder for their comunities than the district councillors.

    Lets hope some of them come forward as independent candidates.

    Right now there simply does'nt seem to be anyone worth voting for and the variuos leaflets coming through the door promise us, well absolutely nothing.

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  • C Y Clist
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    Mar 29, 18:03
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    Not impressed at all. In my view it will be democracy in name only if when I am presented with a ballot paper next month there are only 4 names to fill four places.

    Even in Russia, Iran etc (I could go on, but I won't) the voters are presented with more than one candidate, even if it's a foregone conclusion who will win......

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  • Jupiter
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    Mar 31, 10:50
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    I quite agree with Mr Riddell. Four candidates for four seats smacks of a cosy little agreement.........

    Change IS possible - look at events this week in Bradford West. Who could have predicted THAT result?

    Fresh blood is definitely needed - sweep aside the cosy past and the same old faces with the same old smirks.

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  • Hamish
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    Mar 31, 14:15
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    Dear Villager, C Y Clist & Jupiter --why don't you stand as opposed to complaining!

    You can vote for each other --its PR after all.

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  • brendan
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    Apr 1, 09:48
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    Now that NAC has published its lists there are not 4 candidates BUT 6 candidates for 4 seats in the North Coast . As Hamish says if you want even more ( as in Kilwinning with 10 ) then put yourself up for election .

    When a certain Colin Weir of SNP fame stood in Largs South Ward of Cunninghame District Council Elections in 1988 the electorate could only choose between TWO candidates - Colin Weir and Dan Doris - didn't hear any complaints about the result !

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  • villager
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    Apr 1, 11:21
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    You are correct Hamish. Maybe nobody wants to be a candidate. Difficult to combine with full time work. Most of our community councillors are retired or semi retired. Hopefully some brave person will come forward who has the good of the community at heart and not politics.

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  • Hamish
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    Apr 2, 21:21
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    North Coast and Cumbraes

    ANDERSON, James

    Socialist Labour Party

    GALLAGHER, Alex

    Scottish Labour Party

    HILL, Alan

    Scottish National Party (SNP)

    MARSHALL, Tom

    Scottish Conservative and Unionist

    MCLEAN, Alex

    Scottish National Party (SNP)

    MURDOCH, Ian

    Independent

    Nice to see a "Socialist" standing what will Labour do now? oops sorry shouldn't use that word?

    No Liberal Democrats?

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  • oystercatcher
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    May 5, 12:28
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    local democracy for local people

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