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James Hellyer

That's a lie, Wasp. It wasn't requested by the voluntary party, but rather representatives of the voluntary party who did not garner the opinions of those they represented before proposing to disenfranchise them. That was contrary to their members wishes according to all the polling evidence: while most members supported giving MPs the final say, a larger number still wanted the members to keep a vote in the process.

michael

I will hang on to the donation form and give a big (for me anyway) donation if David Cameron is elected leader.

I've also voted early to try and avoid the Christmas post.

Derek

I am amazed at the lack of faith in our postal system. I know it isn't as good as it used to be, but I still reckon a letter will get delivered in three or four days at the very outside, and I live in a rural area.

malcolm

Well Derek I rely on the post hugely in my business and it never fails...it always lets me down.Hence my advice to you yesterday.
BTW Are any other bloggers going to the London hustings?Would anyone fancy a beer or two afterward?

michael

Ditto Malcolm - as Election Agent this year, I spent many happy days chasing invoices lost in the post.

I was surprised to get my ballot paper at all, but would be amazed if it ever finds it way back.

Seldon Man

I have booked into the London hustings. The Methodist Central Hall, although large, will not be able to cope with demand. Book early as Fred Pontin used to say.

michael

Having made the wrong call in who to back, are the Davis camp holding David Willets in a dark cellar somewhere?

Yesterday we found out why, his name is on David Davis's leaflet.

They had a choice, either pulp 300,000 leaflets, or pulp David Willetts.

So they pulped old two-brains.

Selsdon Man

The Willetts story is rather strange. It reminds of Oliver Letwin in 2001. If DW has changed his mind, he should come out and say so.

michael

The strange thing is that Willetts backed Davis in the first place. WHY? I really can't understand it.

I'm a big fan of David Willetts too.

Cllr Iain Lindley

Just rang up and got through straight away. Excellent.

loyal_tory

For those still making up their minds, there's a bit more substance from DC coming this evening at the CPS.

Andy McSmith reports in The Independent today: "Today, Mr Cameron sets out his "compassionate Conservatism'' in a speech to a Tory think-tank, the Centre for Policy Studies. He will propose scrapping the "five barriers to wealth creation"- irresponsible government spending, excessive regulation, EU bureaucracy, inadequate infrastructure, and "insufficient capacity" for developing the nation's talents."

Note that David Cameron's list does not include high taxes as one of the five barriers to wealth creation.

James Hellyer

Does he define these five things and indicate how he would scrap them?

Pauline Buffham

As member of Conservatives Abroad I am delighted to say that my ballot papers have arrived safely in Bangkok today. Great service!

Thanks to all involved with this Blog site for enabling people like me who obviously cannot make any of the hustings meetings to be informed of all the issues at stake in this election.

I am pleased too that the membership of the party are still able to voice an opinion in the matter of the leadership.

Pauline Buffham

As member of Conservatives Abroad I am delighted to say that my ballot papers have arrived safely in Bangkok today. Great service!

Thanks to all involved with this Blog site for enabling people like me who obviously cannot make any of the hustings meetings to be informed of all the issues at stake in this election.

I am pleased too that the membership of the party are still able to voice an opinion in the matter of the leadership.

Richard Carey

"Am I alone in being profoundly irritated by the declaration form attached with the ballot paper which states that I am only voting once?"

Maybe you are. A similar declaration is required with a postal ballot. I was an election agent during the all-postal voting trials in the East Midlands for the 2004 Euro elections - if this ballot is run along the same lines, the ballot paper envelopes are separated from their declarations *before* being opened, so that the secrecy of the ballot is maintained. This process is monitored by scrutineers (in Jun 2004, me, in this case, I presume ERS), and any doubtful ballots are retained with their declarations while being referred to the Returning Officer.

And let's face it, before anyone gets too offended, there have been issues in this country with fistfulls of postal ballot papers. I'd much rather see ERS and CCHQ being too rigorous, rather than not rigorous enough. Wouldn't you?

Jack Stone

I have voted for David Cameron for two resons.
Firstly you can see him on the steps of Downing Street you just can`t see that with David Davis and secondly I just can`t vote for Davis and help push the party into crisis by having a party leader who would have barely a third of his own MP`s supporting him.

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