Derek Tipp is a Councillor and Association Deputy Chairman (Political) in New Forest East, and Area Deputy Chairman (Political) for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Everything seems to have gone quiet about the decision of the Party Leadership to do away with the system of ranking our MEP candidates by means of votes taken at hustings open to all members. The changes were announced back in April when they were widely reported on this site and many contributors were outraged at the loss of members’ rights.
On behalf of the members of my own Association I wrote to the then Chairman of the Party, Francis Maude, following a unanimous decision by our Executive Council to do so. I reproduce the letter here with the reply which sets out the position clearly.