Lady Lily the Pink stood as a Member of the Monster Raving Loony Party, in the Brecon and Radnorshire By-election in July/August 2019.... she beat UKIP , standing to offer the disillusioned electorate the protest vote they deserved... She was the NONE OF THE ABOVE. Did I mention, She beat UKIP ! She, by the way, is ME !
Her campaign slogan remains the same :
IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK, VOTE PINK
While she may be a Loony, she's certainly not anybody's fool. Feeling that democracy in the UK is rapidly being eroded and that parliament, government and the electoral process are in desperate need of complete reform (everyone should vote but they should have the option to vote for no-one), I/She want to raise the profile of the electoral process , engage the disenfranchised and offer a protest vote option to those who feel unrepresented by the mainstream parties.
First I Need to Make a Depsit
There is talk of an imminent General Election. These days, to stand up and take vote you need to pay a deposit of the princely sum of £500, which is only returned if the candidate (that's me!) receives at least 5% of the total votes cast (..and I should point out here that never in the history of Loonyism has an Official Monster Raving Loony EVER got enough votes to have their deposit returned. BUT, times, well, they are a-changing... and the Loonies are getting ready to take over the asylum... so, in these stange times, should the deposit be reurned, it will be donated to small local charities across the B&R constituency)
By the People, For the People, Up the People!
As with all political campaigns, people will be expecting fatuous slogans from me and they will want them on leaflets and posters so they can put them in the recycling bin (personally, I believe that all political communication should be printed on much softer paper so that it may be recyled in a more appropriate fashion...). so leaflets and posters it is, how else will people know I stand for Things, I stand on Things and I've even been known to stand IN Things; I'm tough on Things and tough on the cause of Things. How will they know that "If They Don't Know What to Think, They Should Vote Pink"
Printing will probably cost around £500 even if we only do the one mailshot every candidate is entitled to have delivered for FREE (Big Yay for the Posties )...(BTW did you know that in the recent by-election the LibDems did over 28 mailshots in the 5 week campaign...thats a lot of paper and ink, don't you think.... we won't be using that many trees)
By now you are beginning to get an idea of the cost of democracy, it helps to be a millionaire or to have corporate donors or sponsors ;-) ...
The Constituency of B&R is demographcally challenging, it may only have 53006 voters (give or take for deaths and comings of age) but they are spread far and wide; up farm tracks and down by dingles; in picturesque villages and along country lanes...I'll aim to get there and meet as many as possible but thats a lot of miles/ so I'll need the odd cup of tea and maybe even a cupcake hilst I'm out campaigning...and a bit of fuel for by trusty campaign mobile, Ffloyd.
However, I promise you one thing, I will not be knocking on your door and disturbing you after a hard day's work. What I will do, if you want, is stop for a natter out on the street; pose with you for a selfie; offer you a cwtch; or share a spot of Loony wisdom from my local or our national #Manicfesto,which will, hopefully, put a smile on your face
Please note: As I said previously ,no Official Monster Raving Loony has ever got enough votes to have their deposit returned , but, if by some strange twist of fate people do vote for insanity ( You Know It Makes Sense) and the deposit is returned, I will donate it to small local charities across B&R. Could I suggest that when/if (and I'm hoping if you've read this far you might at least be thinking about it) you donate to this page, could you comment mentioning a preferred local charity if you have one (or you can private message me). Likewise, with any funds donated, should Mr Johnson not call an election or if we do not raise enough money for the campaign. Also, if we raise too much... although I guarantee to spend the money frivolously....
(Pleae note that as with the by-election I will be fully transparent with how your donations are spent)
- Kath Shaw
- Jackie Davidson
- Anna Weston
- Amanda Tress