Become a Member
This is the most exciting time in Scottish and British politics.
At this moment in our history we have the opportunity to meet the big challenges our country faces & make it a better place to live. Play your part by joining the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party.
- The voice for change, optimism and hope.
- A party that represents everyone in Scotland.
- To rebuild and strengthen our society for the benefit of all.
Become a member of our party in 3 easy steps.
You can download an application form by clicking here.
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Political Party Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA)
Under the Political Party Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) you must be on the electoral register in the UK excluding the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in order to make a donation of more than £500. If you donate more than £7,500 to the Party, we are obliged under the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 to report such a donation to the Electoral Commission, who will publish the fact that you have made a donation over £7,500. For more information, please see www.electoralcommission.gov.uk.
How to get Involved
We are always looking for volunteers to help us out.
Here’s a list of needs that we need advice or help on.
- Campaigning. Door to door leafleting & talking to voters is never dull.
- Public Relations – engaging local & national press, schools, churches and businesses
- Marketing/Design – IT support & printed materials
- Multimedia/Film/Photography – for promotion and distribution
If you are insterested then give me a ring 07710 485264.
Three easy ways to give:
1. Standing Order
Become a member of our association & join our meetings.
A monthly payment of £2, £5 or £10 will go a long way!
Standing order to the bank acc details below.
2. Online Bank transfer
Account Number: 23380004
Sort Code: 60 19 24
3. Post A Cheque
Payable to: South Fife Conservative Association.
Post to: 6 Fleming Place, Glenrothes, Fife. KY7 5GH.
Why Give? It makes a difference by helping the conservative & unionist put the best policies for Scotland in place so that this land will be a better place for our children & our childrens children.
Questions? Then ask Alex 07710 485264
Organise a Debate/Hustings
Its easy & great fun to ask the political candidates to a venue & invite your community to attend to ask them questions so that they will be better educated when they vote. Its a lot better than watching TV you get the real thing. And the candidates all want to attend.
A hustings is when candidates for an election gather together to take questions from an audience. It is a chance for members of the public to find out more about the candidates, their parties and their policies. Holding a hustings is a good way to encourage participation in elections.
If your meeting has its own premises, or is able to use the building normally used for meeting for worship for other events, it may be a good public place for a hustings debate. It can be a valuable way to demonstrate your values in the world. Even if you decide not to hold a hustings, you may find the information in this briefing useful for discussing upcoming elections within your meeting.
You can decide not to invite particular candidates, but only if you have a clear objective reason that you are prepared to make public. That reason may be that the individual or party is likely to obtain very few votes, or that there are a very large number of candidates and it is impracticable to invite all of them. Simply disagreeing with the political views of one of the parties or candidates is not sufficient reason not to invite them to the hustings. (See the examples to the right.)
If you do not invite every political party or independent candidate, and you do not have what the Electoral Commission judges to be “an objective reason for not doing so”, your event may count as a donation to those parties or candidates who were invited. If the cost is above £50 then it would need to be recorded by those candidates as a political donation from the Quaker meeting. Because charities are not permitted to make donations to political parties, this may affect your charitable status.
Disagreeing with a Candidate or Political Party
The meeting may decide that it strongly disagrees with a particular party
or candidate. At the 2009 elections to the European Parliament some churches decided not to invite BNP candidates to hustings on the grounds that their inclusion would create a hostile atmosphere. However, in some cases this was challenged by other groups or candidates as being unfair.
If a candidate has views that are strongly opposed by other candidates, then inviting them to take part in a hustings debate can be a very effective method of rebutting those arguments. This is an issue for meetings to consider individually.
For many area and local meetings organising hustings this issue does not arise, either because there is no candidate standing who holds views in such clear opposition to Quaker values, or because such a candidate is unlikely to be successful. If you do find yourself in such a situation, I am here to help. Ring me on 07710 485264. I will be impartial.
The Electoral Commission
In all cases judgements on whether a hustings has been run correctly are made by the Electoral Commission, the regulatory body responsible for ensuring fair elections. Visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk for more information.
Running Fair Hustings
It is important that every candidate taking part in a hustings feels that
they have been treated fairly. Make sure that every candidate gets the same amount of time to speak, and that they are all invited to answer each question. If candidates are expected to ask each other questions or challenge each other’s answers, make sure they are aware of this. If candidates wish to respond to specific points made by the audience or the other candidates, give them time to do so, but be aware of how much time is spent on individual questions.
A hustings should be chaired by someone who is able to be fair and even- handed, who does not know any of the candidates well, and who is able to manage a large audience. Ideally, this would be someone from within your meeting. Do not choose someone who is an active member of any political party to chair a hustings.
Be aware that some members of the audience may be passionate about a particular subject. Ask the audience not to shout out questions without being asked and not to repeat questions that have already been answered. To ensure that questions come from all parts of the audience, deliberately call on a diverse mix of people. Some people are very good at being picked out of audiences, so make an effort to call on those who look less experienced at asking questions. Publicising the event widely will help to ensure a larger and more diverse audience.
You may consider telling local journalists of holding this hustings in order to encourage participation in the election, and inviting them to cover the event. If you do, ensure that the candidates are aware of this. If journalists arrive without advising you first, try to speak to the candidates to let them know.
Different Types of Election
Different elections call for different approaches, and often more than one type of election is happening at the same time in different parts of Britain. If you decide to hold a hustings in your meeting house make sure that you are aware of the different elections that may be happening in the area.
There are 650 MPs in parliament, elected by first-past-the-post in single- member constituencies. Many MPs are in safe seats, but hustings are
still very useful. These are the elections most people are aware of, and receive the most media attention. Westminster elections, known as general elections, now happen every five years, although it is still possible for one to happen before that. A number of different groups may organise hustings for these elections.
Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly
Both of these devolved legislatives are made up of constituency members and list members. The voters therefore have two votes, one for the constituency they live in and one for the list of parties. Ask the constituency candidate to attend the hustings first, although they may suggest that a list candidate attend if they happen to be busy that night.
Candidates are elected on a party list system from UK regions. This means that each political party publishes a list of candidates for each region and voters choose one of the political party lists. Voters aren’t able to choose individual candidates from these party lists. European elections happen every five years.
A hustings may also be appropriate for a referendum. However, as it is an idea rather than a candidate that is being promoted, it is particularly important that any hustings enable a real debate with opposing views.
Local Government Elections
Also known as local council elections, these can be arranged in a number of ways. There are three main factors to be aware of:
- whether all councillors are elected in one election held at a four-year interval, or whether some councillors are elected in smaller elections two or three elections out of four (commonly called “elections by thirds”)
- whether councillors are elected from individual wards, or whether some councillors represent double-sized wards in pairs or triple-sized wards in groups of three
- whether the councillors are elected by first-past-the-post (one vote is one cross in one box) or by single transferable vote (ranking preferences).
When organising hustings for local government elections, be aware that there may be multiple candidates from each party and multiple seats available. Also be aware that local council arrangements can change, so people may not live in the same ward or vote for the same councillors they voted for previously.
I hope you do organise one. Money should not be a block. If you have any questions please do email me or phone. Happy organising!