That said, there are options, each of which will have its supporters. Me, I just want a proper debate so that those of us who will be expected to work for the candidate, whenever he or she emerges. However, we've also had some issues regarding our Regional List, so why not 'kill two birds with one stone'. So, here goes...
Picking Mayoral and Assembly Candidates for London
Conference notes the disappointing outcome of the 2008 Mayoral and London Assembly campaigns, where the Party lost two Assembly seats and polled below expectations. One factor contributing to that underachievement was the lack of cohesion between the Mayoral campaign and that for the Assembly.
Conference also notes the controversy caused by our selection process for the constituencies and the Regional List.
Therefore, Conference calls for stronger linkage between the campaign for Mayor of London and those for the Regional List and the GLA constituencies, and for a selection timetable and process which encourages fairer competition and reflects diversity within our community by:
- Establishing a direct link between the Regional List and the Mayoral campaign by making the candidate at the top of our Regional List our Mayoral candidate.
- Ensuring that the Regional List is selected prior to the constituencies.
- By removing restrictions that prevent candidates from demonstrating their ability to campaign during the selection process.
- By providing training for potential candidates in fighting internal region-wide selections.
- By encouraging potential candidates to come forward by means of an organised outreach process.