DEADLINE FOR OPEN PRIMARY REGISTRATION IS 5PM TODAY
This Saturday, 17 October, the local electorate in Bracknell has a chance to choose their Conservative candidate for the next election. I am one of seven candidates who have been shorlisted and will be interviewed. The others are Ryan Robson, Katy Lindsay, Margaret Doyle, Rory Stewart, Philip Lee and Julia Manning.
I reckon there are several hundred of my blogreaders who live in Bracknell and the surrounding area (which includes Sandhurst, Finchampstead and Crowthorne).
If you are one of them, I hope you won't mind me urging you to register to attend the Open Primary on Saturday 17th at the Blue Mountain Golf Centre. Or, also, if you have friends or relatives there, please encourage them to attend.
To do so, you should ring 01344 868894 or email primary AT bracknellconservatives DOT com. The deadline for registering is 5pm TODAY. You must be on the electoral register. You do not have to be Conservative Party members to attend, or even Conservative voters.
I have a campaign website HERE.
UPDATE: When I posted this originally a few days ago one or two commenters thought it was unfair of me to do so, on the basis that the other candidates haven't got blogs. That fails to understand the point of open primaries. The whole point of the system, whether you agree with it or not, is to use every means available to mobilise support in the constituency. That's normally unheard of in Conservative selection contests, but we're all operating under the same rules. From my experience in Bracknell town centre talking to people in Saturday I know how much this is capturing people's imagination locally. I'm sure my six colleagues have found the same. I want as many people to come to the Open Primary as possible, regardless of whether they vote for me. It's going to be a great display of local democracy in action.