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Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

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Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby wangi » 28 Mar 2011, 08:24

Due to the boundary changes our Scottish Parliament constituency is now "Edinburgh Eastern"; no longer includes Musselburgh, but takes in Portobello, Craigentinny, Restalrig, Lochend, Abbeyhill, Meadowbank, Arthur's Seat, Jock's Lodge, Parson's Green, Northfield, Willowbrae, Duddingston, Bingham, Magdalene, Joppa, Niddrie, Brunstane, Craigmillar, Newcraighall, Greendykes, Royal Infirmary / Little France, Moredun, Liberton (parts), Gilmerton and Burdiehouse. See attached map.



Based on the new boundaries the seat would have been notionally held by Labour in 2007; although of course Edinburgh East & Musselburgh was won by Kenny MacAskill (SNP).

Candidates:
Ewan Aitken - Labour - http://aitken4eastern.com/
Kenny MacAskill - SNP - http://www.kennymacaskill.co.uk/
Cameron Buchanan - Conservatives
(full list from Tue 27 March)

More info at and .

So... why is it quite common for campaigns to start in Portobello. This time round the national campaigns for Labour and the Conservatives have started in Porty; and for the last Westminster election I'm sure the SNP one kicked off here... :?:
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

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Portobello Hustings

Postby seanie » 07 Apr 2011, 16:41

The PCC has organised a hustings. Old Parish Church Hall, Bellfield Street, 7:30-9:00 Tuesday 19th April.

Questions can be put in advance to;

portobello.hustings@hotmail.co.uk

Please include name, address, and whether you will attend.
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Hustings in Old Parish Church Hall, 19 April.

Postby Maria » 20 Apr 2011, 11:30

Did anyone else manage to get along to last night's hustings? There was a good turnout with a full hall and I felt the hour and a half from 7.30 to 9.00 pm went very quickly, so that's a good sign.

Labour's Ewan Aitken made reference to being a local candidate and his experience of being group leader on the council. He stressed the importance of listening to others and his commitment to education. Generally gave a very confident performance.

The Conservative candidate, Cameron Buchanan, was ill, so he was represented by the party's press officer and Scottish Conservative candidate for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Scott Douglas. Mr Douglas looked about 18, but gave a confident performance complete with Blairesque hand gestures. No surprise to find he studied Politics at University (or that he thinks prison is the answer to tackling crime). He asked that voters not discount voting for the Conservatives, citing their ability to work alongside other parties.

The SNP's Kenny MacAskill, also came across confidently. He asked to be judged on his own performance as the incumbent MSP and on the performance of his party overall, expressing his admiration for Alec Salmond's leadership. Stressed his support for the NHS and education.

The Liberal Democrat's Martin Veart (45) in comparison gave a rather nervous presentation. He told us he was nervous, as he stumbled through his opening 2 minute introductory speech and reaffirmed in his closing speech, that, yes, he was now, indeed, even more nervous. In between he managed to get into his flow at parts, but, overall, gave the least polished performance of the 4 candidates.

Questions to the panel were on tackling unemployment; caring for an ever aging population; tackling poverty; University tuition fees and tackling crime and over crowded prisons. Apologies if I've forgotten a topic, but I didn't take notes. Interestingly, there were no environmental issues raised.

A lighthearted moment came when Otto Inglis, UKIP list candidate for the Lothians, asked for advice from the panel. His party supported AV, he said, but he wasn't sure he agreed. Could the panel give him some advice? The reply came from the audience instead. Leave UKIP.

The only discordant moment came with a member of the audience, Robert Green, who (after interrupting the Chair demanding that he be allowed to put his question) wanted to draw attention to a campaign, which alleges a major cover up, at the highest level, of a paedophile ring. Mr MacAskill dealt briefly and firmly with the question.

Thanks to Andrew, Leo and Tom from the CC for organising a very successful event and for the welcome cup of coffee and chocolate biscuit afterwards.
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby seanie » 20 Apr 2011, 11:36

Only caught about 10 minutes of the Hustings but home in time for the BNP PPB.

Almost choked laughing.
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby Grunk » 20 Apr 2011, 12:52

Got a phone call today from the electoral registration office,

Informing me that I would not be able to vote because of the out dated, inferior and poorly thought out voting system.

In an era when I can send vast amounts of data around the world in the blink of an eye, I cannot pick a number between 1 and 4 from abroad, because of the poor way absentee voting is handled.

Although, I'm not actually concerned about the election itself, since my vote hasn't ever counted, I am annoyed that I don't get to vote in the referendum.
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby Maria » 20 Apr 2011, 13:32

Can you not use a proxy vote Grunk?
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby Grunk » 20 Apr 2011, 14:58

So, I applied for a postal vote (around christmas time).

A few weeks ago I got a form asking me to apply for a postal vote and specify the election for which I wanted to vote.
So I did this and posted the forms back (still in time to apply for a postal vote 14th April).

Last week I got a letter saying that I'd been accepted for a postal vote, and to expect my ballot paper some time in the week before the election. Now I wouldn't need a postal vote if I was going to be at home during the election, given that I'm going to be away during this day, one might suspect I could be away on the days either side of this date!

So I thought, I'd best apply for a proxy vote instead (still in time to register for a proxy vote, 21st April).

Got a phone call today saying that because I'd registered for a postal vote it was too late to cancel as we had passed the postal deadline, so even though I should still be able to register for a proxy I can't change it.

It seems that because I was trying to ensure I got my vote even though I was going to be away I have managed to forfeit my vote.

What is the point of having different deadlines for the two registration processes if they affect each other. And what is the point in having such long gap between registering for a postal vote and receiving the voting form?

I have already read the manifestos and done my bit of research I could tell them today who I'd like to vote for, it is such archaic, lumbering system.

I feel let down by British democracy.
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby Maria » 20 Apr 2011, 16:27

Can fully understand your frustration Grunk.
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby Puerto bella » 20 Apr 2011, 21:42

I would love to hear other's takes on the hustings.
Mine personally was that there seemed to be no contest.
The Lib Dem and Cons guys really shouldn't have bothered.
I do worry about a man of the cloth being a politican and couldn't help feel I was being preached at - especially when the eyes closed and the hands reached out for divine inspiration.
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby Puerto bella » 21 Apr 2011, 10:08

Thanks Wangi.
Wonder who he asked in the straw pole - certainly not me or anyone I was in the vicinity of.
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby Maria » 21 Apr 2011, 10:23

I wasn't consulted for Alastair's straw poll either PB.

Should also point out that the article erroneously states that the Chair of the CC, John Stewart, lead the meeting. John Stewart was certainly present, but the panel was chaired by the minister from Duddingston Church. Apologies for forgetting his name, though he did a great job.
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby seanie » 22 Apr 2011, 13:53

You could give this a try;

http://www.scottishvotecompass.org/

I was a little surprised by my results but it looks like I should be voting Green first, SNP second.
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby Sandra » 22 Apr 2011, 22:21

yes, interesting site.
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby portygeoff » 26 Apr 2011, 13:32

Kenny is that confident of retaining his seat that he is also on the list.

I'm not really in favour of this for sitting msp's. If an msp is voted off by the electorate then I am not really sure that they should get a second shot at it. (Mind you given the ability of some of our MSP's we probably could not afford to have this happen). Personally I would prefer a max of two stints on the list and not being able to stand for the list if you are standing as a sitting Constituancy MSP.
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby wangi » 05 May 2011, 23:25

Anyone brave enough to guess the result. I feel it's going to be SNP holding on to the seat...
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby seanie » 05 May 2011, 23:36

Given the SNP resurgence I'd put my money on Kenny over Ewan.
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby seanie » 06 May 2011, 13:41

Stunning result for the SNP. Council elections next year will be interesting...
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Re: Scottish Parliament election 2011: Edinburgh Eastern

Postby seanie » 06 May 2011, 21:22

The coalition administration at the Council could become a bit unstable too. Given the unpopularity of the party, plus other issues such as the Trams, Lib Dem Cllrs might start thinking about jumping ship or running as sitting independents.
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