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Do Election Homework - a letter to the Mail

March 27, 2019 9:47 PM
By Andy Hagon

Who do people think is the least trustworthy profession in the UK? Actually, it's not Politicians! (it's Advertising Executives, evidently). But Politicians do come a close second. And so I can understand why people might not want to vote in the coming local elections in May - but I would strongly urge that you do. The only way we can change who controls the Council is by voting for change.

You'll have any number of candidates promising to be your 24 hour hotline. But we must take care because Political Parties can be cunning creatures. Some Parties might stand what they call a 'paper candidate' in your Ward. This type of candidate has their name on the ballot paper but doesn't really want to be a Councillor, will do no canvassing, and if you vote for them, it will actually help the biggest local Party to get in.

Sometimes a Party might persuade someone to stand as an Independent candidate in order to split the vote in a Ward. Any votes for them will again help the biggest local Party get in. So please do your homework on each candidate, and then vote for the one who you think will do the best job. Because that's the most significant way we can improve the quality of those elected to serve our great town. March 27th article to Mail