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William Tobin | Parliamentary Candidate | Uxbridge & South Ruislip Constituency

DON'T VOTE TOBIN | LET TOBIN VOTE !

French resident William Tobin explains why heís standing against Boris Johnson in Decemberís election, but doesnít want anyone to vote for him

The Cabinet Office estimates weíre 3 million Brits living abroad who are without a say in UK elections and referendums because after 15 years we lose our right to vote. For those of us living in France, like me, or elsewhere in the EU Ė or planning to Ė our lives are being churned up by a Brexit decision in which we werenít allowed to participate. This isnít fair, this isnít democratic. The Tories promised to right this wrong in 2015 & 2017, but let us down. The promise is repeated in their 2019 manifesto. Will it be kept if they win?

Even though barred from elections and the 2016 referendum, electoral law does allow me to stand. So I am standing in the Prime Ministerís constituency to highlight the injustice of not having a voice. This is in the long tradition of non-party candidates challenging the serving Prime Minister on more or less serious themes. Along with the Interplanetary Time Lords and their ilk, fellow candidates in Uxbridge & South Ruislip include a woman from Dublin (yes, the Irish can stand!) who is mocking the foibles of the English in general and Boris Johnson in particular, and a Muppet promoting fatherís rights and concerned over the prevalence of male suicide.

My platform also highlights the plight of perhaps 2Ĺ million foreign nationals permanently resident in the UK who canít vote either, yet pay taxes and contribute to society just like everyone else. Finally, I think of 1Ĺ million 16 & 17 year olds. Votes for these emerging adults are clearly on the horizon. They already vote in Scottish and Crown Dependency elections, and are about to in Wales. It is Liberal Democrat, Green, SNP, Alliance and Labour policy to enfranchise them fully.

All of we excluded 7 million have vital interests in Brexit and the UK. Referendums and elections without us simply arenít legitimate. Like the suffragettes before us, we deserve a say in our lives.

Whether to Brexit or not is the over-riding issue in this election, so I donít want anyone to vote for me. Zero would be my perfect score (and would gain me a place in the Guinness Book of Records!) Rather, I ask electors throughout the realm to press candidates to pledge to right this electoral injustice. I also ask them to cherish their vote, and on December 12 to cast it mindful of us voiceless 7 million and our future.


==>Downloads

Campaign flyer (A5) as being distributed to 47,700 households in Uxbridge & South Ruislip

Photo of the candidate. Another, and another. Campaigning at Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park. Announcement of results, 4 am Dec 13 (high-res; Tobin in suffragette sash; photo by Monique Hawkins)

Cartoon by Nono about two of the candidates in Uxbridge & South Ruislip

Poster to print and display yourself (A4)

Campaign flyer in French (A4)

Press release, December 15, "Massive Majority" Quips Candidate with 5 Votes

==>Links

Campaign Twitter feed @Dont_Vote_Tobin

Email: dontvotetobin @ orange.fr (Eliminate spaces, which have been added to fool web crawlers)

Crowdfunder crowdfunder.co.uk/dontvotetobin

90-sec video

The 12 candidates standing in the Uxbridge & South Ruislip constituency

Petition to Parliament in 2016, including discussion of the 7 million statistic

Fair Votes Map indicating which candidates support proportional representation

Can I vote? website for foreign nationals in the UK

Europe Street website reporting the complexities of citizens' rights

==>Media Reports

in red when my campaign is the principal subject

Le Télégramme, Pays de Vannes, Dec 13 (and on paper, Dec 14), Le Vannetais William Tobin a ferré contre Boris Johnson

Evening Standard, Dec 13, The Londoner, SW1A

Daily Telegraph, Dec 13, Friday evening news briefing: Nine surprising facts from the 2019 general election [paywall]

Business Insider, Dec 13, Elmo y un hombre disfrazado de papelera acompañan a Boris Johnson en su victoria electoral: quiénes son y por qué se han presentado a las elecciones británicas

Fr2 Journal 13h00, Dec 12, begins at 17m46s C'est une candidature atypique. Also via Twitter and here

Index, Dec 11, Egy 25 éves iráni bevándorló gyözné le Boris Johnsont

dw.com [Deutsche Welle]. Dec 11, Gdje je Boris Johnson?

ikb insider, Dec 9, "Don't vote for me!" Says candidate in General Election

dw.com [Deutsche Welle], Dec 9, Where is Boris Johnson? (Taken up by Taiwan News, Dec 10)

dw.com [Deutsche Welle], Dec 7, Wo ist Boris Johnson?

Al Jazeera, Dec 6, UK election: PM absent from event in his constituency [I'm not mentioned but am visible in the background!]

Evening Standard, Dec 5, The Londoner, SW1A

The New European, Dec 5, I'm standing against Boris Johnson - but I don't want any votes

Metro.co.uk, Dec 4, Voters urged to consider millions of EU and British citizens denied General Election say

Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times, Nov 29, Don't vote for me, says Boris Johnson's election rival [note correction in comments]

Ealing Times, Nov 29, Don't vote for me, says Boris Johnson's election rival

SWLondoner, Nov 29, Don't vote for me says Boris Johnson's election 'rival'

This is Local London, Nov 29, Don't vote for me, says Boris Johnson's election rival [note correction in comments]

Le Figaro, Nov 28, Boris Johnson défié dans son fief d'Uxbridge [paywall]

The Connexion, Nov 28, Briton in France stands against PM Boris Johnson [paywall]

Europe Street News, Nov 24, Meet the man living in France who is challenging Boris Johnson in his constituency

Aargauer Zeitunng, Nov 24, Lord Eimerkopf und Graf Mülltonnengesicht: Johnson muss sich ausserirdischer Konkurrenz stellen

nau.ch, Nov 24, Boris Johnson muss sich ausserirdischer Konkurrenz stellen

t-online.de, Nov 23, Kuriose Herausforderer: Johnsons Konkurrenz ist "außerirdisch"

n-TV.de, Nov 23, Weltraum-Lords und “Elmo”: Johnson hat kuriose Herausforderer

Westdeutsche Zeitung, Nov 23, Boris Johnson tritt gegen Weltraum-Lords und „Elmo‟ an

Le Télégramme Soir, Nov 21 (and also on paper Nov 22), William Tobin, ce Vannetais qui défie Boris Johnson

Notes from the U.K., Nov 20, News from the fringes of Britainís election: a midweek bonus post

French Entrée, Nov 19, Brit in Brittanyís Bid Against Boris

Euronews, Nov 17, Boris versus Binface: The barmiest battles in Britain's 'Brexit election'

Fear Free News, Nov 17, Boris versus Binface: las peleas más crueles en la “decisión polŪtica del Brexit” de Gran Bretaña

The Connexion, Nov 15, Briton in France stands against Boris Johnson



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Revised: 2019 December 15

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