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Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPC) database for the UK election

The PPC database can no longer be used now that the election has occurred. We hope that your campaigns were successful. 

We have a newly-updated Westminster database for you to use. 

You should Close any live pages using the PPC database, and redirect any traffic to a web page or URL.

The newly updated UK / English : Westminster MP database is estimated to be ready with new MPs within a week after election day.

The UK / English : MSP/AM/MLA/England MP database has also had MPs removed from it, so no targets will be available for supporters in England. This will also be updated at the same time.

Thank you

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:

  • Title
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Salutation
  • Political party
  • Constituency
  • 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

Updated on January 3, 2020

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