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Supporting a Political Party. Joining a Party n Strong belief in partys policies n Main Scottish parties are Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrats, Conservative.

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1 Supporting a Political Party

2 Joining a Party n Strong belief in partys policies n Main Scottish parties are Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrats, Conservative and Green n Parties publish policies in their manifesto before each election

3 Membership Rights n Vote in party leadership elections n Vote to decide partys constituency candidate n May apply to stand as a candidate n Contributing to forming and deciding policies n May attend the annual party conference

4 Membership Responsibilities n To make regular financial contributions to party funds n To publicise the party (not just before elections) n To share the load of organising and supporting party activities n To support the election campaign

5 Supporting the Election Campaign n Active support particularly needed at election times n Special emphasis on winning over floating voters n Mainly at a constituency level

6 The Local Campaign n Producing and circulating leaflets n Displaying posters n Holding public meetings n Door-to-door or mobile canvassing n Organising public appearances of candidates

7 The National Campaign n Party Political Broadcasts n Leadership tours and walkabouts n Developing media image and newspaper support n Advertising campaign

8 Standing as a Candidate n Must apply to party to be considered as a candidate n Must have track record of commitment to the party n Hard worker, good communicator, trustworthy and respected n To stand independently, must have ten local nominations and £500 deposit

9 Party Websites n n n n n

10 Homework for next lesson n Visit at least 2 of the party websites and find out: n how to join their political party n 2 of their policies for the 2007 election


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