Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Country Before Party

The Albion Alliance is a cross party call to MPs and prospective MP's to publically declare their support for our right to a voice, starting with a referendum on membership of the EU.  You may have noticed that I carry the banner with a link on my sidebar.

Over the past few months letters and emails have been sent out asking for pledges of support, but there are still many MPs and candidates who have not been written to.

The Albion Alliance is not a political party, it is a concept.  It is a place where warring factions can meet on some common ground and stand true to an exceptionally important issue that affects every man woman and child in the UK.  There are two main objectives:

1. To address the democratic deficit in the current political system by ensuring that MPs place country before party.

2. To ensure that MPs agree to actively sponsor, promote and support, a Bill in Parliament that allows a referendum of The British people on membership of the European Union.
Sound like something you would like to hear from your MP?  In attempting to secure this end candidates are requested to sign up to the following pledge:

I pledge to work tirelessly to give the voters of my constituency a democratic and direct voice in the United Kingdom’s continued relationship with the EU.

I pledge that I will sponsor a Private Members Bill, written in clear concise terms, calling for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union – and/or support any motion for such a referendum – and to vote positively for any Bill that may call for such a referendum, irrespective of Party Whip, with a view to the successful outcome of this pledge within 1 year of a new Parliament or sooner.
Here is the LINK to the candidate database, which is easy to use.  If you agree that the UK should have a vote on its membership of the EU and you want your MP to pledge, or a prospective MP to pledge, then why not take a few minutes now to check the database, and email the candidates in your ward and see if you can secure that pledge?  The Albion Alliance even has draft emails on site that require little tailoring meaning the whole process will only take a few minutes; and where contact details are known these are also listed.  When looking through it is easy to see if a candidate has been received an email already, and if they have responded.  Just because an email has been received does not mean that another email stating your support for the Albion Alliance would not be helpful. (Remember to include the Albion Alliance on your correspondence so that they can keep a record of it.)  You could also add the Albion Alliance banner and link on your blog or social networking page to help spread the word. 

Every small contribution adds up and shows the depth of our feelings; it really does not matter which Party you may support this is something we can all get behind. MPs are elected by us and they are supposed to work for what the people want, not the other way around.  We have seen that the cast-iron guarantees of some politicians are spun as something completely different as and when the situation suits them; cast iron guarantees be damned, candidates either sign this pledge or they don't - there is no room for ambiguity; it is a binary option, yes or no.

I have already emailed my MP and two other candidates, and their responses are pending.

The following candidates have replied to the Albion Alliance and they have signed the Albion Pledge - As of the time of me posting this.  I hope as many of these people as possible get elected to Parliament because if they do, these are the people that have pledged to put the wishes of you and me in respect to the above pledge before their party Whip.  These people, I hope, will get your attention and support for their action.

Bermondsey & Old Southwark, Loanna Morrision - Conservative

Gillingham & Rainham, Dean Lacey - English Democrats

Horsham, Harry Aldridge - UKIP

Rochford & Southend East, James Moyies - UKIP

Selby & Ainsty, Darren Haley - UKIP

Sevenoaks, Alan Bullion - Liberal Democrat

Swindon North, Steven Halden - UKIP

Torfaen, Ian Parker-Joseph - Libertarian Party UK

Vale of Clwyd, Matt Wright - Conservative

Wentworth & Dearne, John Wilkinson - UKIP

Wirral West, David Kirwan - Independent

Witney, Nikolai Tolstoy - UKIP

Witney, Paul Wesson - Independent

Just as importantly if you wish to see which candidates have refused to sign the pledge, you can filter as such using the "refine my search" button.  You can view the correspondence by clicking the link in the field marked "WRef" where some of the candidates give their reasons.


Witterings From Witney said...

Thanks for link, write up and for carying our logo Daniel. Much appreciated.

Daniel1979 said...

my pleasure Witterings

Letters From A Tory said...

I wonder how many of those candidates are in safe seats and were parachuted in my party HQs - not many of them, I suspect.

deandem said...

I have had the pleasure of adding the Albion Alliance graphic and details to my blog.

Medway English Democrats

Daniel1979 said...

Hi Dean,

I have added you to my blogroll of those displaying the Albion Banner. Good luck!