Would just like to add that this represents a great opportunity to get the UK Meritocracy Party's name on a ballot paper, as there's no £500 deposit required to stand in local council elections. Therefore, there's nothing to lose financially, given that any brand new party won't normally pick up a landslide of votes. [Unless you're the Swedish Pirate Party]
Zach would also make an excellent candidate, as a signed up member of UKMP and someone who has promoted meritocracy [ both on and off-line ] He has also already started a 'help the homeless' initiative in the city he proposes to stand in. So that would be a great local starting point to build on, in terms of p.r.