Election day

It’s election day here in the UK, for the European Parliament and in many places for local councils as well. Two years ago I stood for election to the local Borough Council, but was not elected. This year I am not a candidate, but I am helping with the election in various ways – taking a break just at the moment.

These elections have been overshadowed by the ongoing scandal over MPs’ election expenses. This has led to concern that certain extremist parties will gain extra support. The BNP has also caused controversy by suggesting that Jesus would support its policies. In response, as the BBC reports,

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have urged voters not to let anger over the expenses scandal drive them to vote for the BNP …

Dr Rowan Williams and Dr John Sentamu said it would be “tragic” if people abstained or voted BNP at the local and European elections on 4 June.

I will agree with them by urging any of my readers who can vote in today’s elections to go out and do so. Polls are open until 10 pm.

0 thoughts on “Election day

  1. My local Liberal Democrat candidate for Essex County Council, Maureen Miller, for whom I was “telling” and knocking on doors, retained her seat with an increased majority.

    The European Parliament votes will not be counted until Sunday.

    Nationally it has been a disastrous few days for the ruling Labour Party, not only in the local elections but also in the way the government seems to be falling apart. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a general election quite soon. In the local elections across Chelmsford borough Labour got only 6.7% of the vote (Green 7.2%, BNP 6.3%, UKIP 12.6% in one seat where they stood). If the European results are as bad as I might predict from these results, with Labour dropping to fourth or fifth place (possibly beaten by UKIP, Greens or even the odious BNP) then I don’t see how the government can continue.

  2. Labour has managed to hold on to just one seat in Essex, down from 13. Liberal Democrats up from 8 to 12, Conservatives from 50 to 60, plus still two independents. Conservatives retain overall control.

  3. Same in Hertfordshire. Labour down from 16 to 3. Lib Dems and Tories up. Green had a seat anyway and BNP won a seat. When a General election comes, my own constituency is a 3 way marginal. The eyes will be on the likes of us?

    Just back from a prayer breakfast at church. We majored on Governments, local, national and worldwide. How they, and we, need it.

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