Kettercat Posted May 4, 2004 Share Posted May 4, 2004 A reality TV show will demean politics, say Tories, who fear it may try to oust their leader. ITV launched a national talent contest to find a future MP yesterday, shrugging off accusations that the Pop Idol-inspired show was demeaning politics and could even result in Michael Howard, the Tory party leader, losing his seat. Vote For Me will copy the successful format of so-called reality television shows such as Fame Academy and Pop Idol, but will offer contestants the chance of a future at Westminster rather than in pop music. John Sargeant, the former BBC political correspondent, will be on the panel of judges - the producers are also approaching Martha Lane Fox, the founder of Lastminute.com, and Chris Martin, of the rock band Coldplay - who will select 10 finalists from the public. Each contestant will have to produce a manifesto and "audition" in front of the panel. Read the rest: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/04/16/nvote16.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/04/16/ixhome.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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