20 April 2017

As you will no doubt be aware, a general election has been called.  Darlington Green Party was in the process of selecting a prospective parliamentary candidate but obviously we now need to do this urgently.

We are calling a candidate selection meeting next Wednesday, 26th April 2017, to which all members of Darlington Green Party are invited.  This will be at 7.30pm at the Friends Meeting House on Skinnergate, DL3 7NB and we expect it to take no longer than an hour.  You will have an opportunity to talk with all the candidates who will be on the ballot paper, then we will vote by secret ballot.  Please note that only fully paid-up members of the Darlington Parliamentary Constituency will be able to take part in the vote.    Votes will be counted at the meeting and the successful candidate will then be announced.  Anyone who would like to vote but is unable to attend the meeting can request a paper ballot – please email us ASAP if this is the case.


Any member wishing to stand as a candidate for MP must inform the Electoral Registration Officer by emailing darlingtongreens@gmail.com, before midday on Tuesday 25th April 2017.  The responsibilities of a candidate include media work, hustings and responding to electors' questions. The selected candidate will be expected to work with the campaign team to help deliver the agreed campaign plan.  Full instructions for standing as a candidate and the application form which needs to be completed and included in your email are at https://my.greenparty.org.uk/elections/general-election-2017/becoming-a-candidate (particularly in point 5).  All nominees must have been a member of the party for one year prior to the close of nominations, or if they have not been a member for this long must complete the exemption form linked to in point 8.  Nominations will require the signatures of two seconders who are fully paid up members of the local party using the nomination signature form.  If you want to talk to someone about the process, please email the Darlington Green Party email address above and someone will phone you back ASAP.


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