No football last week, so why not pick your Fantasy Politics team instead?

by Stephen Tall on September 13, 2014

fantasy politicsThis week’s internationals mean no English Premiership action so no further update: positions are as they were at the end of Week 3.

Which gives me the opportunity to preview Demos Fantasy Politics which operates throughout the party conference season. All you have to do is select a dream-team of up to nine MPs, three from each party: you have until the start of Labour’s on 20th September, a week today, to enter your team. I’m part of the judging team for the Lib Dem conference. Further details as below…

As conference season approaches Demos Fantasy Politics is back, letting politicos battle it out to prove their insider know-how and political nous.

Demos Fantasy Politics lets you select a dream-team of up to nine MPs, three from each party, and score points in a series of conference-based categories. Media coverage and social media mentions will be rewarded, while embarrassing gaffes and tiresome clichés will be suitably punished.

Joining us this year to help with the scoring are political monitoring company DeHavilland, as well as our very own Centre for the Analysis of Social Media.

Bonus points will also be awarded for a number of special categories policed by a team of celebrity judges including:

  • Joy Lo Dico, the Evening Standard Londoner’s Diary editor, will judge each week’s ‘Talk of the Town’ prize for best anecdote or gossip.
  • Renowned political bloggers Isabel Hardman, Mark Ferguson and Stephen Tall will also take turns to select a ‘Goal’ and ‘Own goal’ candidate – for the best, and worst, performance of each week’s conference

Each party conference will be run as a separate competition, allowing participants to prove they know the most about their preferred party, or embarrass their political rivals with better knowledge on their opponents.

The deadline for entering your team before Labour Party Conference is 5pm Saturday 20 September. You will also be able to keep up with the latest gossip, and MP performances, via our Facebook and Twitter – and also using the hashtag #fantasypolitics.

Best of luck.

* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead. He is also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum and writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.