Sunday, 1 July 2007

Story of a Selection

I spent today at the Parliamentary selection for Gillingham and Rainham. Over the past few weeks its been a pleasure to meet some wonderful people in Medway and see how they are working together for their towns.

As one of the finalists I can say that this selection was incredibly fair, good humoured and well run. I was asked many times what I thought about local candidates. In my view, the best candidate for a seat remains a local candidate but only if they are also an excellent candidate. It is also possible by hard work and integrating into a local community to become local - after all that is what most of us outside politics do when we move house!

Outside the meeting room we heard the laughs and cheers during Rehman Chishti's questions. He has great empathy with, and confidence from, local people.

Reh stood in the last general election as a Labour candidate against Francis Maude, chairman of the Conservative Party. He has since joined the Conservative Party. He stood under the Tory flag and won in this years local elections. He is an excellent local candidate and was today chosen to stand for Gillingham and Rainham, a key target seat, and his home from birth. He will stand and he will win.

5 comments:

Alan Collins said...

Vicky, as someone who has witnessed the selection procedure, I commend your amicability and well-wishing for Reh Chishti.

I think that you are right that "the best candidate for a seat remains a local candidate but only if they are also an excellent candidate" and that Reh "is an excellent local candidate and was today chosen to stand for Gillingham and Rainham, a key target seat".

I commend your attitude to missing out - you are an equally strong candidate who was unfortunate only by not being a local candidate.

We need more positive candidates like you in the party, and I wish you the very best of luck in finding a seat to fight.

HarryK1947 said...

Enjoy Reh while you can, until someone offers him a better or faster route to personal advancement.

Vicky Ford said...

Thank you Alan for you kind comment - The audience at "big event" in Gillingham and Rainham was a truely diverse group - in age as well as background. I was heartened to see such enthuasism.

Harry - were you there? if not your comment is somewhat unnecessary.

Diablo said...

Vicky - just thought I'd have a look at your blog on the off chance ther was something new.

Didn't realise you were up for the Gillingham & Rainham seat and sorry that you weren't selected on this occasion. Well done for your magnaminous comments about the winning candidate. I don't know anything about him but I do feel sorry for Harry who is worried about the state of an abandoned police station. Couldn't he cut the grass himself?

Keep plugging on - especially about the NHS - and you will get there.

Rachel Joyce said...

Very gracious, Vicky - you will get a seat soon. More people like you are needed.