Election day - why you should vote

The Bolton News: Elaine O'Flynn Elaine O'Flynn

Local government reporter Elaine O’Flynn reflects on how the ballot box gives us all a chance to have our say

“EVERY vote counts.” You’ll have heard that sound bite before.

It’s up there with this year’s plethora of politicians’ catchphrases, which so far include ‘hard working families’ (Conservative), the ‘cost of living crisis’ (Labour) and the ever-rumbling ‘political earthquake’ (courtesy of UKIP).

But believe me — the first point is actually true.

It’s easy to become disillusioned with politics. Every week I read letters and comments from Bolton News readers bemoaning the state of our town, from the number of empty shop units to the level of potholes on the roads.

Today, at the local elections, you have the chance to elect the people you think are best to decide the priorities from this town.

From how much council tax you pay, to when your bins are collected to the standards of your children’s school meals — all those decisions come back to the town hall, and the people voted in by the electorate.

And each vote has its impact. At the last local election in 2012, the difference between the winning Conservative candidate, Cllr Alan Walsh, and Labour’s Sharaquat Shaikh was just 61 votes – fewer people than live on the average street.

Today is also the opportunity to have your say about who you want representing you in the European Parliament.

Bolton to Brussels may be hundreds of miles away, and the decisions taken in Strasbourg may seem to have little consequence to us here in the North West.

But regardless of whether you believe the UK should leave the EU or stay put, whoever is elected today will represent you in debates on the environment, banking reform, employment rights and trade — all of which impact on the political and economic landscape of this country and our town.

Across the world millions of people are still denied the right to vote and be part of a democracy — a system that people have fought and died for in this country, less than 100 years ago.

So don’t waste this opportunity. To have your say about the future of Bolton and Europe — make sure you vote today.

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3:42pm Thu 22 May 14

holloway_david says...

Have already voted on local and European elections ----- UKIP.
Whether the candidates win or not; the alternative choices would have been
unthinkable especially on the local elections where Labour unfortunately will still remain the majority group but i will not vote for a party that has destroyed the town centre and have failed repeatedly to listen to public opinion. .
Have already voted on local and European elections ----- UKIP. Whether the candidates win or not; the alternative choices would have been unthinkable especially on the local elections where Labour unfortunately will still remain the majority group but i will not vote for a party that has destroyed the town centre and have failed repeatedly to listen to public opinion. . holloway_david
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4:30pm Thu 22 May 14

Jim271 says...

By the way has our Bolton South Labour MP got anything to say on the issue of a pregnant woman in SUDAN is going to be beheaded for the crime of BEING A CHRISTIAN??

Let me know if she has anything to say whilst she's moaning about people not liking HALAL MEAT.
By the way has our Bolton South Labour MP got anything to say on the issue of a pregnant woman in SUDAN is going to be beheaded for the crime of BEING A CHRISTIAN?? Let me know if she has anything to say whilst she's moaning about people not liking HALAL MEAT. Jim271
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9:12pm Thu 22 May 14

soup153 says...

I can't vote there is no box Non of the above, Anyway with the Secret Courts we are not a democracy any more. Have to ask a Democratic country for help any suggestions?
I can't vote there is no box Non of the above, Anyway with the Secret Courts we are not a democracy any more. Have to ask a Democratic country for help any suggestions? soup153
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2:12am Fri 23 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

Jim271 wrote:
By the way has our Bolton South Labour MP got anything to say on the issue of a pregnant woman in SUDAN is going to be beheaded for the crime of BEING A CHRISTIAN??

Let me know if she has anything to say whilst she's moaning about people not liking HALAL MEAT.
I'll second that
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: By the way has our Bolton South Labour MP got anything to say on the issue of a pregnant woman in SUDAN is going to be beheaded for the crime of BEING A CHRISTIAN?? Let me know if she has anything to say whilst she's moaning about people not liking HALAL MEAT.[/p][/quote]I'll second that mr.mark.c
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