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GO ONLINE AND CHECK WHERE YOUR GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES STAND ON REFORMING THE POLITICAL SYSTEM

Posted 12th March 2010.

For the first time, voters can go to one website to compare and contrast the views of their General Election candidates about reforming the political system, which has been rocked by the crisis over MPs expenses.

The new web initiative – DEMREF 2010 – aims to become a comprehensive, constituency-by-constituency listing of where parliamentary candidates stand on issues such as electoral reform, primaries for candidate selection and recalling wrongdoing MPs.

In particular, with an unusually high number of MPs standing down, DEMREF 2010 will help to plug the information gap about new parliamentary hopefuls whose outlook is largely unknown.

Already hundreds of candidates have contributed to DEMREF 2010 and organisers expect the majority to add their views by the end of March, when the General Election campaign is in full swing. DEMREF 2010 is asking constituents to help by requesting that their candidates take part.

DEMREF 2010 organiser Tony Samphier said:

For this election to be truly about policies not personalities, voters must be able to check and compare the views of their candidates on how to clean up our discredited political system. After the damaging debacle over MPs expenses, ordinary people want to be sure that aspiring political representatives are serious about reform and not stuck in the past.

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Contact: Tony on 0208 761 8155 or tony.samphier@btinternet.com

Notes to editors

DEMREF 2010 can be viewed at www.polinfluence.com/DEMREF2010.html

DEMREF 2010 asks candidates for their views on fixed-term parliaments, free voting, the electoral system, open primaries, voting age, recalling MPs and House of Lords reform.

At this time, DEMREF 2010 covers parliamentary constituencies in England only.

DEMREF 2010 is organised by POLinfluence trading name of Tony Samphier Ltd.