Just a reminder to all branches/groups who intend to put up candidates at the general election and local elections that you should be making contact with your local elections office to obtain Electoral Registers for where you intend to stand.
While you are there, pick up your nominations pack for local and Parliament elections. These may well be (and probably are) slightly different, but will all require the signatures necessary to stand. I know that some branches are more experienced than others in contesting elections, and forgive me if you think I’m trying to teach you how to suck eggs, but we need to be aware of procedures.
In one London borough, the close of nominations for local/council elections is noon on 8th April. This could be the case nationally, but again check with your local elections office. In your nominations pack there should be a Timetable of Proceedings. I always pin this up on a wall to constantly refer to.
As of today, the General Election has not yet been called, but once it has, we have only 21 days before an election date. So, my advice to you is when you are obtaining signatures for your local council election, get them to sign again on your Parliamentary General Election nominations form. This will put you in an advanced stated of your paperwork and hopefully in front of the game.
As the newly elected Chairman and Nominating Officer, every candidate will require a party certificate of authority signed by myself. Once we know who is standing for election this form can be released by email, fax or post, but please let us know in good time so as to avoid any eleventh hour disasters, as the candidate will be a fit and proper person to represent the National Front.
Start now to organise your leaflet for the Parliamentary General Election, particularly as this will be delivered by the post office. The amount of leaflets and timings of delivery will be available from your local elections office when the election is called, but have your leaflet designed ready as soon as possible. If necessary, we may be able to offer a template leaflet which you will have to add your own details to. Many branches make their own leaflets.
Normally, the post office requires these leaflets to be delivered to them in bundles of 100. Speak to your printer as he can often do this for you, normally at a cost, but in the past I’ve found it worth it. For the general election you will require a deposit of £500 per seat. The party can fund some seats but we need you to let us know!
Good luck ladies and gentlemen. Let’s have a successful campaign and get the campaign rolling.
National Front 2010