Hi all. Accidentally unsubscribed I guess so didn't see the last two questions.
Q: If you were elected to the Board how would you go about extending our principles?
A: Through maintenance of the constitution and working with PPUK members about what should be there. I think the BoG should be a conduit for changing and improving the constitution so that it reflects the members and empowers them. I also think that I'd be able to use the position to talk to others outside the party about our goals and principles, which is something I'd like to get into. I think the role can be used by those with the time and ability to cultivate more active participants though engagement and invitations to participate on things.
Q: What suggestions do you have for strengthening 'party candidates ability to be more viable' via the constitution?
A: Good one. In the constitution there are three references to 'candidates' all of them having to do with party positions. I take a general position that we need of a presence as a party in running for seats at various levels of government and extending more external. I think people interested in being PPUK candidates need guidance and support and a framework that gives them confidence to go out and both speak to people about our core issues and also address local concerns that are unique to different regions and levels of office. The Labour constitution donates it's top spot to how it maintains a presence in government affairs (http://www.labourcounts.com/constitution.htm#1
I think we can encourage candidacy and outreach by bringing it to the forefront.