IN VIDEO – Meet the Borough Council Candidates!

April 20, 2018

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 3 May and the Polling Stations will be open from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm.

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 April 17 to ensure their voice can be heard at the polls. Register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

You then have until 5:00 pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018 to apply for a new postal vote or to change or cancel an existing postal vote or proxy appointment, and until 5:00 pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018 to apply to vote by proxy, except for medical emergencies when you have until 5:00 pm on Thursday 3 May 2018.

Amington Ward

Belgrave Ward

Bolehall Ward

Castle Ward

Glascote Ward

The election for the Glascote Ward will take place on Friday 25 May

Mercian Ward

Spital Ward

Stonydelph Ward

Trinity Ward

Wilnecote Ward

About the election

This year, ten out of a total of thirty ‘seats’ are up for taking, one in each of the ten council ‘wards’.  Each ward area has three Councillors, each 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 20 Conservative councillors, 7 Labour councillors, 2 Independent councillors and 1 UK Independence Party (UKIP) councillor. this means that the Conservative form the controlling group.

It is important to use your vote to retain your democratic right, across the world, people have died to have a right to vote.  if you usually go by the mantra that they are ‘all the same’, look into them, they are really not.

You also have the option, of course, to ‘spoil’ your ballot paper, the best way to do this is just to not mark your ballot paper IN ANY WAY.  Your vote will then be counted and show two things, that you care enough about local issues to attend the polling station but that you feel that none of the options available represents your views.   This will send a message to the candidates that they need to do more to capture your vote.

If you don’t vote then you give the candidates no reason to change, you are not going to vote anyway so why should they try to encourage you to vote for them?  Think about it, your vote is POWER!

About the videos

All videos were recorded separately between on Sunday 8th April 2018 at Bolehall Manor Club where 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.