The South East has had two great administrators, and peterbrett and AndrewTindall will be hard acts to follow.
I'd like to take this opportunity to sincerely ask anyone else in the South East considering standing for this to put themselves forward. It would be great to have a proper contest and give the SE members options.
I would ask all SE members to take a little time to think on the role of the RAO, and think of some questions to ask me. You'll probably get the RAO you deserve, so don't vote for me until you make sure I can do the job you want me to do!
Rather than just waiting on questions, I'd like to outline some of the actions I'd anticipate the RAO (of any region) should be taking.
- Divide the region into areas based on a combination of geography, transport routes, and membership distribution.
- Recruit deputies to be responsible for each area. Anyone raising their heads above the parapet to ask me questions might well get targeted as a deputy. If I lose to a better candidate, I'm not too proud to help out and be a deputy to someone else.
- Liaise with universities and colleges officer and produce a detailed list of SE universities and 'development' plans for each.
- Compile a list of all SE constituencies and record their general election results, focusing on margins of victory. Identify target seats for next election, a candidate, ratify them, and plan a schedule of publicity. (liaising with campaign team)
- Identify upcoming local election wards, and suitability of putting up candidates, if only as part of a publicity campaign at constituency level. (liaising with campaign team)
- Look at last EU regional election results, try and identify candidates to ratify for next election. (liaising with campaign team)
- Look at information dissemination at regional level and see if it can be improved. Do we need a regional information strategy?