Hi James,

I agree with you, and appreciate the clarity you bring to this issue. There are some overwhelming obstacles facing potential MPs, not the least the cost (direct and opportunity), and certainly not the least the impact on family life during campaigning, and, if elected, once serving.

Something in my shies away from a future professional political class – which in essence we have in many ways already – but I do agree that there must be some way in which the party machine could assist aspiring members.