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Another #SoPNDay comes and goes


Here be SoPNs

Pack up the tinsel, finish off the last ballot pie.

Another SoPNDay has come and gone. (Join us again in April 2020!)

πŸ™ Thank you! πŸ™

Thank you for your amazing efforts β€”Β from finding the magical SoPNs, chasing councils to publish them, getting the data out, to double-checking it all and dealing with random bugs… one womble estimated that the entire thing took 19 hours from start to finish. Not bad at all.

Some big points being scored on the leaderboard too:

  • J β€”Β 682 edits
  • sjorford β€”Β  526 edits
  • joeykins82 β€”Β 479 edits
  • sams β€”Β 445 edits
  • zuzak β€”Β 409 edits
  • TwitterBot β€”Β 399 edits
  • StuartSellers β€”Β 368 edits
  • gazoakley β€”Β 318 edits

πŸ‘‹ Introducing your candidates! πŸ‘‹

So we now know that 3,321 people are standing for Parliament on 12 December! Slightly different from our tweet total this morning, there’s always a couple that slip through the net.

Obviously, you can find out who’s standing in your area at

Lots of people have done some analysis. Here’s a word cloud from Britain Elects…

And a nice mappy map from The Times…

πŸ“² Get the data to the people πŸ“²

Here’s what The Times have built with the data:

And here’s the Guardian’s effort.

Here’s the BBC’s… just kidding.

Alllll of which is very much why we do this β€”Β to create an informed electorate.

We’ll be spending the rest of the campaign trying to make the case for why maybe, just maybe, this basic data on democracy should be the responsibility of a public institution.

πŸ“… What’s next? πŸ“…

Everyone in London is heading to Newspeak House tonight, to start laying up interesting information on top of the basic candidate data (there are a lot of new candidates about whom we know little). Details here. Or head over to Candidates and find some candidates to add to.

Still need details of hustings, leaflets and we miiiight start collecting candidate or constituency-specific news stories…if we can rope in the help of the Local Democracy Reporters and other local journalists to help crowdsource it.



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