My first official engagement following nomination, was to attend candidate and agents briefings Sullivan Room, Leeds Town Hall today 28 April at 10:30 AM.
The invitation to this event went out to all 177 prospective candidates for the 22 May elections and their agents, maximum possible attendence 354 souls.
In the event only 29 people turned up, I believe that this is yet another indication that something is wrong with our electoral system.
Out of the 29, there were only 26 candidates and agents, two returning officer representatives and one police officer.
The local election process and procedures were explained and the police single point of contact regarding fraud etc was revealed.
Postal voters were reported to be the highest rate in England at 88,751, and these were to be sent out first class on 8 May, recent statistics show electorate is 538,980.
Following the meeting, I was able to wish the Hyde Park Labour candidate a happy birthday, and pointed out a few issues, regarding numbers nailed on trees.
On the way home, I got canvassed by the TUSC candidate for Hyde Park and Woodhouse and was given a leaflet inviting me to a meeting on 13 April at the Leeds Rifleman pub.
When I got to Jenny C house in Chapel Allerton, the UKIP Euro Leaflet had been received, all six pages of it plus a poster? It is a very good publication.
Why did up to 328 campaigners fail to attend their first council type meeting? flu, bubonic plague, no expenses can be claimed?
Maybe registered parties should make attendence at candidate briefings a condition of nomination?