Ten questions for the hopefuls …

Sir Tony Baldry MP

Sir Tony Baldry MP

The rumour mill suggests there will be over 100 hopefuls applying for the Banbury Parliamentary seat to replace Sir Tony Baldry MP who has announced his decision to stand down at the General Election in 2015.  Selection is likely to take place in the next few weeks and will be followed by an extremely short run-up to the General Election in May 2015

Below are a few questions I would like to put to them if I had the chance.

Q1   Please list the jobs you have held in the real world since leaving full time education.  You should exclude working for the Party, for MPs or for PR agencies.

Q2  Please list the campaigning activities you have carried out for your own Constituency in the last year.  Be specific.

Q3  Have you ever stood for election as or served as a local councillor?  If so, give details; if not, why not?

Q4 What have you done to support your own Constituency Association in the last year? I do not mean organising social events (important as they may be) but making the Association more politically effective.

Q5  If selected and elected, name your three top priorities as the Member for Banbury.

Q6  If negotiation fails to reduce in any way the right of free movement of labour within the EU, how will you vote in the In-Out EU Referendum?

Q7  Do you support the repatriation of human rights laws to the United Kingdom?

Q8  If it is a choice between cuts to our defence budget or international aid, where do you stand?

Q9  How would you work to reverse the decline in membership of mainstream political parties and, particularly, the Conservative Party?

Q10  Name your three political heroes, one from the 20th century; one from the 19th and one from much older history.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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One Response to Ten questions for the hopefuls …

  1. Melanie Magee says:

    I love your questions Keith, wish I’d been allowed to apply but hey ho…. Let’s hope we get a real person who can engage with real people, and understand first hand the struggles many of our constituents face…..

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