We’ve got two elections to vote in this May, and as usual I’ll be giving my own spin on them in this blog. This first part is an overview of what’s happening, with key dates, and in subsequent articles I’ll look independently at each of the two elections.
So what are we faced with? What the candidates and political parties are – understandably – not really making clear is that one of the elections could be close, while the other is pretty much a formality, and not worth worrying about.
The interesting election is the one for our Queen Edith’s County Councillor for the next four years. We only have one County Councillor, who will be the person speaking for us and being responsible for some of the most contentious local issues of all, namely parking and road transport. So this is important.
Boundary changes are likely to have levelled the playing field between political parties. With only about 3,000 people voting in Queen Edith’s, nobody is predicting the outcome confidently, and your vote really could make a difference.
The less interesting election is for the new post of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mayor. Don’t get me wrong, the job is very important, but all independent commentators agree on who the winner will be. What’s more, over 200,000 people may well vote across the county, so your vote and mine isn’t even 1/50 as important as it is in the council election.
Both elections take place on Thursday 4th May.
If you’re registered to vote, you should have received your Poll Card in the last few weeks. If you haven’t, it may be worth checking if you’re registered, but it’s too late to add your name to the register. However, you do have until 5pm on Tuesday (18th April) to apply for a postal vote.
The Queen Edith’s Community Forum is hosting a free “Meet the Candidates” event for the County Councillor election, this Thursday (20th April) at St John’s church on Hills Road. The evening’s events will be hosted by yours truly, but don’t let that put you off! Come along and for once, get to see and hear the candidates before you choose who gets your vote. We’re expecting a big audience. More details here.
Note also that the County Councillor election is to be held using the new Queen Edith’s boundaries. Under these, parts of the division, including the Trumpington side of Hills Road, have been moved out of Queen Edith’s, so I apologise that this stuff won’t be of direct interest to you. However, we’ve also gained most of Cherry Hinton Road and other parts of the old Coleridge division. There’s a guide to the changes here.
In Part Two of this series I’ll look at the Mayoral election in more detail, and in Part Three, the County Council election, both from a Queen Edith’s angle. Blogger Phil Rodgers has already looked at both elections on a wider scale.