Thursday 7th of May 2015 marks the day of the General Election in the UK.
Since May 2010 (the last General Election) Crown Simmons Housing have built seven new schemes; Hanover Court, Wardur Court and House, Imber Cross, Paynter Court, Coopers Mews and Castlemaine Court, which has amounted to a massive 110 new residents!
If you’re a new resident and you haven’t voted since moving, you might need to register.
Voter registration closes on Monday 20th of April, so make sure you’re registered and able to vote.
You can register online now: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
This online form gets sent to your local council (automatically after you fill it in – you don’t have to do anything else (though you can print off a form and register by post)) and then you should get written confirmation from your council once you’re registered.
You don’t need to leave the house to vote
If you can’t make it to the polling station on the 7th of May between 7am and 10pm (hours voting is open), then you can register to vote by post (the council will send you a voting slip before the election and you fill it in and send it back) or proxy (you get someone you trust to go to the polling station to vote in your name (the person voting on your behalf also has to be registered)).
To find out more about applying to vote by post click here: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register-to-vote/postal-vote-application
To find out more about applying to vote by proxy, click here: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-proxy
You can make sure the people you’re voting for share your ideas and values at: https://voteforpolicies.org.uk/
voteforpolicies.org.uk/ has taken all the policies of all the parties standing (though there may not be a representative in your area for some) and put them into a quiz. Choose what interests you or what you are most passion about (or what you’d most like to change), pick the policies that you agree with or that fit your values/beliefs/ideals and see which party best represents you
You can see if you agree with your current MP here: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/
Check to see if your current MP reflects your views by seeing what they voted for and against at parliament on theyworkforyou.com
If you don’t like any of the parties you can ‘spoil’ your vote
www.votenone.org.uk/protest_votes_count.html includes details of how to ‘spoil’ your vote. This means that if you don’t agree with what any of the parties are doing or saying, then you can spoil your vote, so it is still counted in voter turnout (postal and proxy votes can also be spoiled)
If you want more information, a great place to start is here: http://www.votingcounts.org.uk/why-should-you-vote.html the site has a section to compare parties (http://www.votingcounts.org.uk/compare-the-parties.html), among lots of other information.