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Author Topic: How much would it cost to field a set of candidates in the election...  (Read 906 times)

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...Whose sole purpose would be to campaign to cancel the Brexit thing? One candidate for each constituency.

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I make it a cool £325,000 - that is a 500 quid deposit per candidate x 650 constituencies in Britain. That seems to be the absolute minimum requirement according to the website called Parliament UK at...

http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/elections/standing/

They say that to become a candidate...

"You will need to become a validly nominated candidate, which means your name will appear on a ballot paper. To do this you need to submit a completed set of nomination forms along with a deposit of £500 to the (Acting) Returning Officer before 4pm on the deadline day for nominations."


But, Siasl,  its not that simple or that cheap if you want to actually win a seat. To do that you'll have to go out canvassing - so you can add £xx for shoe leather + add more £££ for petrol plus add untold pounds on posters, leaflets, rosettes and then there's the cost of travel to TV and radio studios to deliver your anti-Brexit sound bites.

Some parliamentary candidates reckon it cost them about £30,000 to fund their fight for a seat.

The New Statesman magazine says that this is what candidates they interviewed told them when asked "How much does it cost to stand as a candidate?".

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/04/how-much-does-it-cost-stand-mp

That New Statesman's article is well worth a read at length...but here's a couple of typical snippets...

"Robert Halfon, who stood unsuccessfully in Harlow in Essex in 2001 and 2005 before being elected as the MP in 2010, wrote that standing as a candidate had cost him “well over £30,000” and at one stage had put him in “serious debt”. Suzy Stride, who is running against him as the Labour candidate in the 2015 election, told me that her campaign has cost her “into the thousands; it’s hard to tell . . . maybe over £30k”."


and

"Lee Sherriff, a single mum-of-three who is standing for Labour in Carlisle echoes this. "Your petrol consumption really goes up," she said. "And when you're out doing six hours of door-knocking in a day and then your kids ask, 'What's for tea?' you find yourself saying, 'We'll just have to order a takeaway' far more often...I've literally worn through the heels on a pair of boots that I need to take in to get mended, because the soles and heels are flapping off."


If their £30,000 of canvassing per seat is accurate, putting up 650 candidates with a cat's chance of actually winning the seats, would cost almost £20 million. Or, to be precise, a mere £19,500,000. Such is the price of free speech these days.

« Last Edit: 22 April, 2017, 09:46:45 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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