Is this the first sign of a future electoral pact between the Tories and the LibDems? And more to the point, has either Party Leader told his respective Party?

On Wednesday afternoon the House of Lords will consider the Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011.

And what does this worthy statutory instrument do?

The explanatory note says:

“The Regulations amend Schedule 1 (The Mayoral Elections Rules) and Schedule 3 (Mayoral Election (Combination of Polls) Rules) to the Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. The amendments in each case enable a candidate who is standing for election on behalf of two or more registered political parties to request that the ballot paper in an election may feature, alongside the candidate‚Äôs particulars, an emblem registered by one of those political parties.”

This means that a candidate can be put up by more than one Party and the respective Party emblems can appear on the ballot paper.

Why is this being introduced now?

Could it be that David Cameron and Nick Clegg have privately agreed to put up joint candidates in future Mayoral elections?

Do they envisage their two emblems flying proudly side by side?

Have they told their respective Parties?

And what would Margaret Thatcher say?

2 thoughts on “Is this the first sign of a future electoral pact between the Tories and the LibDems? And more to the point, has either Party Leader told his respective Party?”

  1. While you may be right to be a little cynical, there is no question of one candidate with two emblems appearing on ballot papers any time soon. This is, in fact, the first step in correcting an unintended consequence of part of the Electoral Administration Act 2006. Before that Act came into force, jointly nominated candidates could display the emblem of one of the two nominating parties.

    The prohibition in the 2006 Act caused real problems in Scotland at the 2010 general election because the Labour Party and the Cooperative Party have a long history of jointly nominating candidates. To use an emblem in 2010, such candidates could be nominated by only one of the two parties.

    These two parties also nominate joint candidates for the Scottish Parliament elections, but there were, and will be, no problems in these elections because the relevant section of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 does not apply to Scottish Parliament elections.

  2. The Libs would find it hard to go into power with ZaNuLabour, they held Tories to account over “leaving” the Council Of Europe, how could Clegg et al sit down with jokers who stripped civil liberties for over a decade?

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