It’s very simple, and only requires one form. (Aside from nomination paperwork of course. You have to be in it to win it.)
It’s a deed poll form.
Change your name to Mr/Ms/Dr/Earl/Wing Commander/Duchess No Third Runway and you will be a shoo-in.
Such was certainly the message from the doorsteps in Richmond this morning when I was knocking on doors for Jane Dodds in the “Barbados” by-election.
(No, it’s not in Barbados. No, it doesn’t feature Barbados weather. No, it doesn’t feature a beach. No, thank goodness, it does not feature people wearing Barbados/Newcastle levels of clothing. Rather it features a Conservative councillor who went to Barbados, carried on claiming council expenses and has only now resigned.)
I’ve known Jane for many years, including – gasp! – outside of politics, and she would make an excellent councillor for an area that she clearly knows well. Always a good sign when a candidate can pick out individual doors that she particularly wants to call on in a street.
A good number of Lib Dems were helping out too this morning, including a huge posse who left by train just as I arrived. Pure coincidence Robin, Brian, Munira, Caroline, Jack… all assured me. Hmm.
— Chris Lucas (@lucaschris) April 7, 2012