On Wednesday afternoon the House of Lords will consider the Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011.
And what does this worthy statutory instrument do?
The explanatory note says:
“The Regulations amend Schedule 1 (The Mayoral Elections Rules) and Schedule 3 (Mayoral Election (Combination of Polls) Rules) to the Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. The amendments in each case enable a candidate who is standing for election on behalf of two or more registered political parties to request that the ballot paper in an election may feature, alongside the candidate’s particulars, an emblem registered by one of those political parties.”
This means that a candidate can be put up by more than one Party and the respective Party emblems can appear on the ballot paper.
Why is this being introduced now?
Could it be that David Cameron and Nick Clegg have privately agreed to put up joint candidates in future Mayoral elections?
Do they envisage their two emblems flying proudly side by side?
Have they told their respective Parties?
And what would Margaret Thatcher say?