District And Town Council Elections 2015
April 10th 2015
Me, Ros Jackson, standing for Trinity ward
David Hall is standing in North Holme
Neil Ward is standing in St Michael's for the Town and District Councils
ColleaguesLabour is also putting forward candidates in the rest of Louth and surrounding areas.
Priory and St James
Sarah Dodds and Stuart Pickering (this is a double ward which will return two councillors)
Town council electionsIt came as some surprise to me that most of the seats for town council were unopposed, the one exception being St Michael's ward. Neil Ward is standing as Labour's candidate there.
So, at the town council the confirmed seats are as follows:
Dawn Blakey, Lesley Harrison-Wiseman, Sue Locking
David Hall, Laura Stephenson, Fran Treanor
Jason Garrett, Chris Green, Malcolm Locking
Andrew Leonard, Margaret Ottaway, Pauline Watson
Andrew Austin, Ros Jackson
Jill Makinson-Sanders, David Wing
What I believe inI believe the district council should:
That's an extract from my campaign literature, which should give some sense of why I chose to stand and the kind of things I will fight for if elected.
Campaign feedbackFor me one of the most important parts of campaigning for a seat is knocking on doors and talking to people. It's the only way to get an in-depth understanding of the issues local people face.
Since last year I have been working with Matt Brown, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Louth and Horncastle, and talking to people across the constituency. Many of the things I've heard have been similar, such as concerns about the NHS, potholes, and local transport. But one thing that does stand out is how different the concerns in each ward can be.
So whilst in the past I've written about the lessons learnt canvassing North Holme, or things Andy Austin learnt canvassing in Trinity, I won't pre-empt what I'm about to find out in this year's electoral campaign by commenting on what Trinity residents have told me so far. I've had quite a few conversations, and I expect to have many more in the weeks to come, as well as after the election.
Deadline to registerIf you aren't registered to vote, the deadline is 20th of April in order to be able to take part on May 7th. You can do this online.
Campaign statisticsOn the campaign trail I've met a lot of fascinating people and had some great conversations. Here are just a few statistics from my experiences so far:
Of course, I hope you'll be moved to vote for myself or one of my colleagues in the Labour party in May's local elections, as well as for Matt Brown at parliamentary level. And beyond that, I hope this blog, and the council reports I've been making for the past few years, has inspired you to become engaged with local politics, whether that's by casting your ballot, contacting your representative, or getting more involved with the community in other ways.
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