Candidates urged to break silence over political reform

By staff writers
8 Apr 2010

Candidates are being urged to openly declare their views on reforming politics, following yesterday’s policy announcements by Gordon Brown and David Cameron.

The challenge comes from DEMREF 2010, which is asking candidates where they stand on fixed-term parliaments, changing the electoral system, lowering the voting age, House of Lords reform and recalling MPs – all issues raised by one or other of the two big party leaders in their recent speeches on constitutional reform.

DEMREF 2010 was set up to help voters scrutinise and compare candidate’s reform policies following the expenses scandal and more recent revelations over party funding, overseas trips and “cash for influence”.

Large numbers of candidates have already posted their views on the website, but in every constituency there are candidates who have failed to complete the short written interview which takes no longer than five minutes.

Voters concerned that their candidates are not being open about their views can text the name of their constituency and a reminder will be automatically be sent to candidates.

DEMREF 2010 organiser Tony Samphier said: “Candidates need to prove to the voting public that they are serious about reform. This is not a traditional campaign that aspiring elected representatives can ignore – it is an exercise in openness, accountability and respect for voters.”

Voters who want their candidates to take part in DEMREF 2010 can text (standard charge) the name of their constituency (no other information required) to 07770 503610 and a reminder will be sent to the relevant candidates. Candidates can email tony[dot]samphier[at]btinternet[dot]com

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