18 Constituencies 4 Questions 1 Result


I decided to have a wee experiment with all this social media hoodicky thingymabob and use only electronic contact and social media to ask the candidates for the Westminster elections to take place on 6 May 4 questions.  The answers will be posted up on this blog for all (two friends and my cat) to see.

If you can help spread the word, i would be grateful.  I don't have time to chase every single candidate, but i will do my best.  I have gone very Twitteresque by limiting the answer length any candidate can respnd with to 140 words.  They don't have to use all the words if they can succinctly sum it all up in less than 140 words.

Below is the email i have sent out to the parties i have on my books (Alliance, Greens, DUP, UUP, TUV, SDLP, and Sinn Fein)

Responses to the questions can either be put in as a comment to this post, or emailed to me at itewhitten -at- gmail.com (replace the -at- with @).  I will endeavor to give each response a blogpost to themselves with a picture (they can email me the picture they want me to use or I will try to find a nice one to put up.)

So that's 18 Constituencies, 4 questions, and, come 6 May, 1 result.


My name is Ivor Whitten and I run my own blog called Hand of History NI (www.handofhistoryni.blogspot.com).

I am trying out an experiment for this General Election, and I hope your candidates will be able to find enough time to be involved.

I am sending all the parties four questions for their candidates to answer. What answers I receive I will publish (untouched, apart form any typos) up on my blog for the world to see.

The questions are,

  • Why are you standing for election?
  • What is important to you in life?
  • What will you bring to the post of MP that others will not?
  • At the end of your term in office as MP what will you have achieved?

The length of answer should be no more than 140 words for each question.

I do hope you can help distribute this amongst your candidates for the Westminster Election.

Thank you for your time, and all the best for the campaign.
If anyone can help spread the word via Facebook and/or Twitter, that would be appreciated.

4 Questions answered

David Vance (TUV), Westminster candidate for East Belfast

Claire Hanna (SDLP), Westminster candidate for Strangford


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