TAMWORTH INFORMED has approached all parties in the Tamworth Borough Council Elections and given them the opportunity to have a 2-minute video recorded to say why you should vote for them.
As the news service for Tamworth, we wanted to do this to help you, our readers and residents of Tamworth to have a greater understanding of who you can vote for in the upcoming elections.
You will find links to all videos below. The videos are sorted by ward name, alphabetically which will take you to an individual page for your required ward. In each ward, you will find each candidate listed alphabetically by surname.
The Borough Council Elections take place on Thursday 2 May and the Polling Stations will be open from 0700 BST until 2200 BST.
If you are not sure where your Polling Station is, you can find the details here. It is important to remember that you do not need your polling card to vote, but you do need to be registered.
Anyone not registered has until midnight on Friday, April 12 2019 to ensure their voice can be heard at the polls. Register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
You then have until 1700 BST on Monday 15 April 2019 to apply for a new postal vote or to change or cancel an existing postal vote or proxy appointment, and until 1700 BST on Wednesday 24 April 2019 to apply to vote by proxy, except for medical emergencies when you have until 1700 BST on Thursday 2 May 2019.
About the videos
All videos were recorded separately between on Sunday 7th April 2019 at Bolehall Manor Club. All Candidates were given up to 120 seconds (2 Minutes). All videos are the unedited run of the Candidates speech.
Each candidate was given the same opportunity to record a video but some declined. Those that declined to record a video will still be named on the individual pages in the interest of fairness.
All views expressed in the individual videos are those of the individual candidates and not those of Tamworth Informed. Tamworth Informed does not endorse or support any individual candidate or political party.
About the election
One of the important things to remember is that these are local elections – this is nothing to do with the dreaded Brexit issus, or any other National problems.
This year, ten out of a total of thirty ‘seats’ on the Borough Council are up for the taking, one in each of the ten councils ‘wards’.
The way this works is that Tamworth is divided into 10 wards, which are represented by a total of 30 councillors. The wards are: Amington, Belgrave, Bolehall, Castle, Glascote, Mercian, Spital, Stonydelph, Trinity and Wilnecote
Each ward area has three Councillors who are voted in by you, the electorate.
The political party with the majority number of ‘seats’ on the council then form the ‘controlling group’ with the rest then forming the ‘opposition’. If no party (or independent) have a majority number of ‘seats’ then they can join together to form a controlling group or ‘coalition’.
Tamworth Borough Council is currently made up of 21 Conservative councillors, 6 Labour councillors, 2 Independent councillors and 1 UK Independence Party (UKIP) councillor, this means that the Conservative form the controlling group.