Candidate Selection

Alan Mak Havant CVThe Havant Conservative Party introduced an interesting selection procedure for selecting their candidate in the Havant Constituency.  The Conservatives decided that the residents within the community should choose their candidate in an Open Primary that was open to everyone in the constituency, even including members of opposition parties.

Approximately 100 Conservative members applied to be the Havant Conservative candidate and a short list of 12 was identified and following a thorough investigation of all 12 by the Havant Conservatives, a short list of four was identified for the Open Primary. This process was reported on 30 September 2014, see HERE, and again on 20 October 2014 by the Portsmouth News, see HERE.

The four candidates for the Open Primary were: Chris Hayward, Alan Mak, Michael McManus and Charlotte Vere. The Havant Conservative Association Open Primary was held on Saturday 25 October 2014 and Alan Mak, Alan Mak selected as Conservative Havant Candidate, was announced as the winner in the Portsmouth News.

During the Open Primary, where any Havant Constituency resident had the opportunity to vote, Alan Mak's CV, see HERE, was distributed to help allow the Havant Residents to make an informed decision on whom to elect.

Alan Mak's CV contained a number of materially untrue statements and the CV is scrutinised HERE.

Was it fair that Havant residents, and Conservative Party members to be given an inaccurate CV for one candidate?