On another thread there was talk about changing the way that political representatives are chosen to stand as M.P.s.
I thought it might be interesting to see what people think are the qualities and experience that make a person a good choice to stand as a potential M.P.
So shall we take an imaginary constituency and an imaginary political party and think who we would choose to stand?
Was born and brought up in the local area. Worked in his small family business and has been a local councillor. Feels passionate about local issues. Fracking has been suggested for this area, local people are against it so A will oppose fracking vigorously in the commons.
Studied politics an university and has worked at Westminster since getting his degree. Understands the system and the customs in parliament and knows how to make allies. B thinks fracking is neccessary for the country's energy policy and that he should put the interests of the whole country above those of his particular constituents.
A gold medal winning Olympic athlete who is coming to the end of his career and would like to enter politics. No views on fracking but feels strongly about exercise for young people to improve their health and well being. Because of C's high profile sports career, they are very well known and are likely to get more votes than any of the other candidates.
has worked tirelessly for the local party for over two decades, canvassing, delivering leaflets, giving lifts to the polling station etc. C is desperate to run as a candidate and would have the energetic support of the local party.
Who should be chosen? Are there any other candidates who should be given a chance?
Silent treatment - son
Caught in the act - neighbours
How to say it - 'no'