WHILST most of us will be thinking about plans for Christmas holidays, the politicians will be thinking about the next General Election!
With the new Fixed Term Parliaments act, we know that the next General Election will be held on Thursday 7th May 2015 and Parliament has designated two periods from when candidates’ spending and donations will be regulated.
The ‘long campaign’ period starts from today Friday 19th December 2014 and spending on things like advertising, leaflets and campaign costs all have to be recorded.
The ‘long campaign’ lasts until the day candidates become ‘official’ (i.e. when Parliament is dissolved) which is scheduled to be on 30th March 2015. The ‘short campaign’ of 25 days then begins leading up to polling day.
At this stage there are two candidates declared to contest the Parliamentary seat of Beverley & Holderness constituency currently occupied by Conservative Graham Stuart MP. They are Labour’s Margaret Pinder and UKIP’s Gary Shores.