Political party

New political party announces Mid Bedfordshire candidate

Alan Victor (far left) was one of nine candidates announced by True & Fair Party leader Gina Miller (center)

A new political party is targeting Mid Bedfordshire in the upcoming general election.

Alan Victor was announced yesterday (October 24) as the True & Fair Party candidate for Mid Bedfordshire.

The Mid Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency covers the wards of Bedford Borough, Wootton, Elstow & Stewartby and Kempston Rural (including Turvey and Stagsden).

The True & Fair party was launched earlier this year by Gina Miller, who twice defeated government attempts to override parliament in the post-Brexit vote.

Its website says the party’s aims are to tackle “political corruption” and “institutional weaknesses”, and to campaign for the modernization of British democracy.

Alan Victor, a 63-year-old retired executive who stood as an independent candidate in 2019, said: “I think we all know the current government is in total chaos.

“It all depends on certain fundamentals, namely how we actually elect people, how we elect parties.

“The first-past-the-post system keeps them together because their main goal is to win elections.

“The reason I’m standing up is because I want to put real power back in the hands of the people, so that when people vote, they’ll know their vote counts.

“And I think the only chance for that is a different political system, like proportional representation,” he said.

Under the current first-past-the-post system, parties can win parliamentary majorities with less than half the votes cast nationally.

Proponents of proportional representation (PR) say elected representatives will reflect how votes were cast, not who received the most in each constituency.

“My underlying thought is that I want to make democracy work,” Victor said.

With the wide range of communities in Mid Bedfordshire, Victor admits attracting votes will be a challenge for a party with a small base.

“I actually have at least a small starting base because I got 812 votes in 2019,” he said.

“Clearly I didn’t get my message across enough at that time, but that wasn’t really surprising.

“I think now, with an association with a national party that has the right kind of messages, I think it will convince more people.

“I’m going from the perspective that if I go out there and start communicating with people, I could eventually create a sort of snowball effect.

“It will be a challenge, but again, I don’t think anyone who has achieved something amazing has started out not trying,” he said.

“Talking to every individual is almost impossible,” he admitted.

“But with social media, it will be possible to at least open the door to interaction.

“And if anyone in the constituency wants to connect with me, they’ll see me on Twitter, they’ll see me on Facebook and on the True and Fair website.

“I really urge anyone to send me their first comment and start that interaction,” he said.

“Let’s face it, the chances of me being elected are slim, but if I can at least make some noise, some of the things I say can influence other people who can actually do more.

“I really think members of the national government should think about how they serve the people, not how they serve themselves,” he said.

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