Press Release – 7th February 2010
The Albion Alliance introduces Secret Pledge for threatened election candidates.
There has been much written in the press and blogs this week of control freakery by the Conservative Party, seemingly following in the footsteps of the Labour Party and employing the same methods in its attempts to keep every candidate in line and ‘on message’.
Since the Albion Alliance was formed in November 2009, candidates of many parties have willingly signed up to the pledge, but others have informed us of pressures from their central offices, which have unfortunately included the threat of deselection should they sign such a pledge, therefore making them fearful for their own positions if they do so.
In order to counter such an anti democratic move by some political parties, the Albion Alliance has agreed to include a facility which will allow candidates to sign up to the pledge in secret, with that pledge being held in abayance until the candidate nomination process with returning officers has closed. We will publish those secret pledges on the following day, making the threat of deselection somewhat hollow, yet still giving time for the candidates to show their potential voters they hold their democratic rights above party whips threats.
We are writing to each and every candidate who has declared that they will be standing in the 2010 General Election, inviting them to sign up to the following pledge:
I pledge to work tirelessly to give the voters of my constituency a democratic and direct voice in the United Kingdom’s continued relationship with the EU.
I pledge that I will sponsor a Private Members Bill, written in clear concise terms, calling for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union – and/or support any motion for such a referendum – and to vote positively for any Bill that may call for such a referendum, irrespective of Party Whip, with a view to the successful outcome of this pledge within 1 year of a new Parliament or sooner.
In order that the public may also write to candidates we have made available a database listing each candidate, constituency, party and the contact details where available, and all correspondence between The Albion Alliance, the public and Candidates is published on the Albion Alliance website to aid full transparency.
Any candidates who sign up to the pledge will be awarded a logo to place on their website or other election material, and a press release from The Albion Alliance will be sent to all the local media outlets in their constituency. It will also be updated on our database, receive a mention on our Facebook page, and publicised across a range of supporting blogs, via Twitter and other social media.
It is the belief of The Albion Alliance that should we wait a further 5 years before consideration be given to readdress this matter then the UK as we know it will no longer exist, that integration will have progressed to the point that this nation will be little more than 12 regions of a 277 region super-state called the EU. It is therefore essential that this issue be addressed before that point is reached.
For The Albion Alliance
Notes for Editors
1) The Albion Alliance was launched on November 11th 2009. The Albion Alliance pledge and website can be found at: http://albionalliance.org.uk
2) The Albion Alliance is a neutral, non-aligned campaign group dedicated to addressing the democratic deficit and in particular working to secure a referendum on the relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU within 1 year of a new parliament.
3) The Albion Alliance candidates database can be viewed at http://candidatedb.albionalliance.org.uk/
4) The Albion Alliance pledge can be signed by Candidates here http://candidatedb.albionalliance.org.uk/Candidate_Pledge.php
5) The Albion Alliance Facebook page can be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=173051144844
6) The Albion Alliance can be followed on Twitter at @Albion_Alliance
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