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.