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Anyone can run in an election in the UK (barring they meet some criterias).

Just like anyone can run as third party candidate in a US presidential race. That just won't win, that's all.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:25:11 PM EST
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Wasn't there an independent MP from Wales?

BTW, askod, you can keep your sig...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:27:37 PM EST
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Peter Law - Wikipedia
Peter John Law (1 April 1948 - 25 April 2006) was a Welsh politician.

Law left the Labour Party in protest at the use of an all-woman shortlist in selecting the candidate for the general election, which was used to replace the retiring Llew Smith. Law believed all-woman shortlists were being selectively imposed on local parties only where a leadership supported male candidate was unlikely to be selected, citing the example of Ed Balls and Pat McFadden as new leadership-supported male candidates, and noting that use of all-woman shortlists had been stopped in Scotland.

Smith had enjoyed a majority of 19,313, making it the safest parliamentary seat in Wales. Law won the seat with 58.2% of the vote, defeating Labour candidate Maggie Jones, and gaining a majority of 9,121 votes.

Though the point is: independents are rather the exception.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:30:28 PM EST
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And there's always the elected mayor H'Angus (A former football mascot (an utterly bizzare and silly story)) who has just been re-elected for a second time yesterday.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:37:59 PM EST
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H'Angus - Wikipedia
H'An
, Stuart Drummond - Wikipedia

ROTFLMAO!....

Only in Am... Britain...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:46:44 PM EST
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and where the name comes from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_hanger

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:49:09 PM EST
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In 2002, Stuart Drummond campaigned for the office of Mayor of Hartlepool in the costume of the local football team's mascot, 'H'Angus the Monkey'. He narrowly won. His election slogan had been "free bananas for schoolchildren", a promise he was unable to keep. Despite this, he stood again three years later and won with a landslide victory.

How do you fail to provide bananas to school children???

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:26:52 PM EST
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it wasn't in the budget.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:40:05 PM EST
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Yes, I exaggerated. It happens, but rarely enough to illustrate why internal party processes are rather important (just like in the US btw).

And, well at least that is something. Not having to change sig I mean.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:31:59 PM EST
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People do win, but only if they have an exceptionally strong local following, or a very strong national one, or if they're standing in opposition to the reigning party and there's enough local feeling to give it a poke in the eye.

There will be a handful of seats like this in every election.

But otherwise - yes, the party selection process is completely sealed and authoritarian, and will ruthlessly disenfranchise anyone with a dissenting opinion.

But the flip side of it is that once someone has been elected, it's hard to deselect them without setting up a very contrived challenge.9

Someone canny with good acting skills might be able to game the system by pretending to believe one thing while believing something very different.

If they were really good at acting they might even get to be prime minister.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:36:58 PM EST
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