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View Poll Results: Who are you voting for in the local elections on May 2nd?
Conservative 8 6.15%
Labour 32 24.62%
Liberal Democrat 33 25.38%
Green Party 16 12.31%
UKIP 6 4.62%
Independent 9 6.92%
None of the above - I'm saving myself for May 23rd (Euros) 6 4.62%
None - they're all arseholes 20 15.38%
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Old 28-04-2019, 12:09 AM
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Local Election Poll

Quite a few Palace fans will get to vote next Thursday.

Let's get the lie of the land.
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Normally try not to focus on national issues when voting in local elections but in this instance wont vote for any party that supports Brexit - so that leaves Lib Dems or Greens from that list above.
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Just checked on the Parish Council noticeboard and we have four candidates for one seat: Tory, Labour, Green and Lib Dem.

I expect a Tory win with Lib Dems in second place but will probably be proved wrong. Torn between Lib Dems and Greens. I would consider voting for the Greens in a local elections as their anti-nuclear position probably won't come into play at West Oxfordshire District Council.
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Normally try not to focus on national issues when voting in local elections but in this instance wont vote for any party that supports Brexit - so that leaves Lib Dems or Greens from that list above.
Not sure I understand that what has Brexit got to do with keeping the grass cut, the bins collected and the rates down?
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Probably quite important as most councils have to allocate land for thousands of new homes and fund and manage services for rapidly growing populations.
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Not sure I understand that what has Brexit got to do with keeping the grass cut, the bins collected and the rates down?
Probably why I said I normally vote on local issues in the local elections. Brexit, however, is such a shit idea I cant support any party that supports it
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Not sure I understand that what has Brexit got to do with keeping the grass cut, the bins collected and the rates down?
Many local Councils passed motions concerning Brexit. Bromley for example made a song and dance about supporting it prior to the Referendum.

Also, given that the bin collections and grass cutting is carried out by a disproportionately high number of EU nationals working for contractors, it may have a little bit more to do with it than you first imagine.
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I'm guessing the majority of BBSers live in London so won't be voting in the local elections.
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I wonder who will win in Sevenoaks? Or traffic jam central aka Maidstone?
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Happy voting day to people in not-London
Or not-Scotland.... London and Scotland with both being pro EU, are beacons of sanity amongst the insanity.

If the predictions are correct this could be a day to rejoice as the Tories are given a really serious kicking.
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If the predictions are correct this could be a day to rejoice as the Tories are given a really serious kicking.
I always find it depressing that people follow National party lines when voting for the best local council.
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Just voted - apparently I got up to three votes. If anybody cares, I voted for the single Lab candidate and the Green candidate, pondered using the last for the Lib Dem candidate but last time I voted LD they promptly formed a coalition and imposed austerity on us all.

So only voted for 2.

But where I live is true blue so as usual I probably wasted my vote.
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I always find it depressing that people follow National party lines when voting for the best local council.
tbf when we watch the results come in there is a certain pleasure gained from seeing a party you do not like get a kicking. However you are right local elections are a totally different animal to the national one. I have to admit though that I have almost zero knowledge of the make up of my local council or who my local councillor is. Maybe I should be more enlightened but I am sure many others are equally as ignorant about the local politics in their area as I am.
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tbf when we watch the results come in there is a certain pleasure gained from seeing a party you do not like get a kicking. However you are right local elections are a totally different animal to the national one. I have to admit though that I have almost zero knowledge of the make up of my local council or who my local councillor is. Maybe I should be more enlightened but I am sure many others are equally as ignorant about the local politics in their area as I am.
I think the local elections are important both psychologically for the national parties, and also to gain some grip on levers of power outside Westminster and the devolved assemblies.

I tend to vote tribally and it would take an exceptional local issue to get me to change that for the council elections.
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TBF I can't see a lot of difference between the parties locally at the moment. If there is any its mainly in rhetoric. The Labour group have a one seat majority. For an example, they talk about building council houses but as far as I can see from the financial records it only a handful and the tories used to do that anyway. The tories make a deal about affordable starter homes but I expect Labour do that as well.
I suspect the usual Labour crackpot stuff would just get them out of office, they seem to stick to local issues.

Brexit gets a mention on this thread, the councils position here is just a link to government website.
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Parish council is uncontested here and I only had the choice of Con or Lib on the county council, ...
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East Grinstead, the home of the hang 'em, bash 'em and flog 'em tory.
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Seven seats up for election on our Parish council, with nine candidates, and I am one of them standing as an independent.
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Seven seats up for election on our Parish council, with nine candidates, and I am one of them standing as an independent.
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