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Hodgson and Stocker battle it out for top job at BMRA

LONDON – The British Market Research Association is holding its first contested election for chairman, with current deputy chairman Peter Hodgson and former NOP chairman Ivor Stocker running for the role.

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The two candidates have unveiled their campaigns to take the top job at the BMRA, with their positions on the proposed single market research body taking precedence.

Hodgson envisaged a potential problem in a single organisation because the Market Research Society is by far the largest organisation and "a federation might in effect be little more than a takeover," he warned.

Stocker took a more positive stance saying that there are areas of common ground between the two groups: code of conduct, data protection issues and employer/employee legislation and that they should be under one roof.

The result of the postal membership vote is to be unveiled on December 21.

The race is also on for the top job at the Market Research Society after nominations were thrown open for the position of chairman of the council last month.

Taylor Nelson Sofres' Jennie Beck and ESA Market Research's Tony Keen, current chairwoman and honorary secretary-treasurer respectively, are not eligible for re-election after serving two years.

Nominations for the honorary secretary-treasurer and council members are also up for grabs.

The elections will take place in early 2005 with winning positions being taken up from April 1.

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