“a party that aspires to offer all voters the chance to vote for it should not step aside”

Tory blogger Tom Roll-Pickering has his own view on who should stand where at the next general election.

At the end of the day any party has the right to stand wherever it likes (and can get nominated) and equally has the right to not stand. Seats belong to one, and only one, group of people – the voters of those seats. By all means parties can choose where to deploy candidates, but a party that aspires to offer all voters the chance to vote for it should not step aside, especially for a party that is elsewhere trying to exterminate it.

I used to write and get paid, now I read and don’t.

Former UUP staffer, currently living in London. @mjshilliday