"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Albion Alliance Progress Report

 We are pleased to announce the Albion Alliance 2010 Candidate Database, correspondence and response page.

As MP’s and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates are written to, and responses are received, we will be making available to the public via our database the details of that correspondence as and when they are received. In order to view that correspondence, you may enter the searchable database here, (initially arranged in constituency order), scroll down or use the search facility to find the candidate or constituency of your choice, and then scroll across the page to the correspondence columns. The highlighted link (if there is one) will take you to all the correspondence sent and received for that candidate.

If you have written to your MP or Parliamentary Candidate concerning the Albion Alliance pledge, or received a reply from them, please forward it on to us by email, or as a scanned attachment if it is a hard copy letter, so that we may include that correspondence into the database.
But don’t stop there, write another letter, to another candidate, or get your friends to write as well. The more letters that are written to Parliamentary Candidates the more pressure that this campaign can exert.

The Albion Alliance would wish to place on record their appreciation and thanks to both existing MPs standing for re-election, and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates, who have already responded to e-mails and letters.

Parliamentary Protocol:
Please remember that the Albion Alliance campaign is a National matter, not a Constituency matter. It has come to our attention that MPs – and some PPCs – have resorted to not responding to letters and e-mails from members of the public, who live outside their constituency, on the basis that ‘Parliamentary Protocol’ prohibits an MP from providing an opinion on matters that do not affect his/her constituency. This ‘defence’ is nothing but obfuscation on the part of MPs who are standing for re-election, and Parliamentary Candidates, from passing an opinion on ‘national’ matters. They need to be reminded that, all too often, they are only too happy to pass comment on ‘national’ matters in the hope that it provides publicity for them, together with a ’soundbite’. The Albion Alliance would remind everyone that whilst such a ‘protocol’ may exist for purely constituency matters, it does not apply for matters of National interest. The Albion Alliance hope that those writing and e-mailing candidates will press for a reply on the basic question that is being asked and in this respect please refer to ‘Draft Letters‘ where a suggested response has been posted.

The Candidate Database has been compiled from publicly available information and is as complete as we are able at this time to make it. There are still political parties to declare candidates for many constituencies, or to make their lists of candidates publicly available, and these will be added to the database as and when the information becomes available. 

If you are aware of any omissions or errors, we would be pleased if you could let us know by using the ‘Report any Data Errors’ button inside the database.

To Enter the Albion Alliance Database of Parliamentary Candidates please click here.

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