The UK is going to the polls on 12 December 2019. We have provided clients that have access to the Westminster MP database with an additional database for MP candidates called UK / English : Westminster MP Candidates 2019.
This database includes multiple candidates from different parties for each constituency. That means you can create email-to-target pages for your supporters to email their candidate MPs about the issues you want to put in front of them. You can also use the database to set up tweet to target pages.
Since the database is a work in progress as news changes, we will use this page to give updates on the status of the database.
Who’s in the candidates database?
There are 2,544 (up from 2,493 on the 19th) candidates in total, of which 2,000 have Twitter handles (up from 1,922). Five candidates opted out from the database during the verification process so are not included.
All constituencies now have at least two verified candidates. This is a breakdown of candidates per constituency:
|Number of candidates||Number of constituencies|
The party breakdown is as follows:
|Alliance Party of Northern Ireland||17|
|Scottish Green Party||15|
|Speaker seeking re-election||1|
|The Brexit Party||150|
|The Independent Group for Change||3|
|The Liberal Party||8|
There is also a test party “Engaging Networks test party” which you can ignore – it won’t appear for your supporters.
You may notice some high profile candidates not in the database yet. This is because we only put verified email addresses in the database, so these should be added over time.
Using the candidates database
- Use the database as a target for supporters to email their candidates via an email-to-target page and tweet-to-target pages. You can either set it up so that the supporter can email each candidate with an individual message, or with one message to all. More details on the target block can be found here.
- You can insert target data into your target blocks’ default messages, or use it to display copy. For example Party, Organization (constituency) or Biography 7 which contains the UK region,
- Email the candidates from your own organisation, using the legacy Political broadcasting tools
- Legacy “issues” no longer exist, but you can email candidates with a link to a standard petition, data capture or survey page if you wish to ask them for support on specific issues
- After our next release, on 15th November, you will have a new option to filter the database by party in the Target Settings area:
Thanks to democracy club for providing us with the majority of candidate data. It would not be possible to build this list without their services.
We’ll be using them as a source for most of the data, with our own reviews, validations and ongoing updates..
Details of data collected for Prospective Parliamentary Candidates for the 2019 General Election
The Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPC) database is – it is obvious to say – a list of candidate details for the General Election. The data stored in our ’email to target’ database comprises of the following:
- First name
- Last name
- Political party
- Email address
- Twitter handle (where relevant)
We DO NOT store any address details at all for any candidate.
Where do we get the data from and what do we do with it?
When there is a parliamentary election, a list of the candidates who are standing – or ‘Statement of Persons Nominated’ – is posted on all local authority websites and on local notice boards where voters live (after the deadline for nominations has passed). This information can be found via various sources, including:
- The Electoral Commission* website https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/
- From the 2017 election, additional information about candidates in each constituency was collected online on the independent website https://whocanivotefor.co.uk/ made by Democracy Club** which is referred to on www.parliament.uk
In other words, the candidates freely publish their contact details. Indeed, they must do so in order to be accessible to the voting public. Those candidates not already in public service are private citizens but freely consent to having their contact details (not including home or office addresses) published in order to campaign effectively.
We are using Democracy Club** as a source for most of the data, with our own reviews, validations and ongoing updates. As part of our validation process we will send out an email to all candidates asking them to confirm that the email address is correct or if they would like to change it to something else (by sending these validation emails we can also check for any ‘bounced’ addresses and update them where necessary). If a candidate doesn’t want to be on our database, we can remove them.
Once the election is over and all successful candidate data is transferred into the new Westminster MP database, we will delete the entire PPC database.
Can you remove PPC data as a client?
Clients can’t remove PPCs from the database but if you get a request for removal, please contact us and we can do this. Just to remind you that this is a shared database, so once a record is removed, it will be removed for everyone.
As default, you can access the messages sent by supporters to PPCs in your account; you can download the messages when you click on a page name when in the ‘page-builder’ section of the software. If you do not want these messages to be stored you can go to the account settings and check the box: “Do not store copies of supporter messages sent to advocacy targets”
* The Electoral Commission process personal data to support the delivery of their statutory functions as set out in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 and in support of the requirements of the Representation of the Peoples Act 1983 and subsequent regulations.
** Democracy Club operate on the legal basis of Legitimate Interest to gather the basic details of candidates as listed above