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Here’s something we won’t see very often during this election year, a candidate breaking with his party to praise a policy of the other’s side. But that’s what Alex Hilton, Labour candidate for the rock solid Tory seat of Chelsea and Fulham, did today—and all credit to him for that.

Hilton, a veteran Labour blogger, is arguing that Labour should adopt-- rather than rubbish--Tory plans for a deliberative, online policy development tool. This tool would allow the public to enter into the policy making process.

This idea is the brainchild of Tom Steinberg of the apolitical MySociety who has been sufficiently convinced by the Tories’ commitment to this agenda to be prepared to act as an adviser to them on it. Hilton’s endorsement of it shows how the Tories are stealing a march in this area of policy. 

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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