Selecting Candidates: The Secret Garden

  • Anthony King
  • Anne Sloman


It used to be called the ‘secret garden of British politics’, and a few years ago an American commentator claimed that the garden remained secret partly because our political parties deliberately kept the gates locked — and even patrolled the walls to keep outsiders from peering over. What was in the garden was the way the parties went about selecting their parliamentary candidates. Elections, yes, they were public, and everybody knew about them. But selections — oh no — they were a private matter to be decided by the political parties internally, by themselves, away from the public gaze.


Trade Union Labour Party Political Parti Conservative Party Selection Committee 
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© Anthony King and Anne Sloman 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony King
    • 1
  • Anne Sloman
    • 2
  1. 1.University of EssexUK
  2. 2.B.B.C.UK

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