Many thanks to ConservativeHome for pointing out that Kwasi Kwarteng had been selected as Conservative candidate for Spelthorne.
We are sorry we missed that selection, but our online team is a lot smaller than ConservativeHome’s. Nevertheless, we have covered Tory candidates selections very extensively since the OBV Blog went live last July.
We’ve averaging about 4 to 5 positive or at the very least neutral articles about Conservative politicians a month, at least as high as that for Labour. See below for evidence.
It’s good that ConservativeHome are acknowledging us. Operation Black Vote work with all the mainstream parties, and are fiercely non-partisan.
We are happy to set the record straight concerning the misunderstanding about the extent to which we support the Conservative’s efforts to improve diversity in the party, and our work supporting individual aspiring politicians (through shadowing schemes), and our positive coverage of Conservative candidates from BME backgrounds.
Last month we praised the Conservatives for selecting so many BME candidates in winnable seats.
What all these stories have in common is that they were all published in the last two months. There are many more similar stories, if anyone wishes to use our search engine!
The interesting thing is that Iain Dale made similar accusations against OBV about two months ago, and in response we listed a large number of positive pieces we had run about the Conservatives in the weeks before his article.
We will be more than happy to keep countering any mistaken allegations about non-partizanship. All the evidence shows we are even-handed across all the major parties, so there is no reason for Conservative supporters to fear otherwise.
We welcome the opportunity to put the record straight, and encourage ConservativeHome readers to check out the wealth of positive coverage we have published before posting the sort of comments we’ve seen.
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