Monthly Archives: April 2017

The General Election and Voter Registration

To vote in the General Election on 8 June 2017 you must be on the Electoral Register by 22 May 2017

 You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered, but you might wish to2010 General Election Polling Day check that you are on the Register. To do this your need to contact your local Electoral Registration Office. You can find contact details for it using the ‘postcode search facility’ on the front page of the Your Vote Matters website https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/

You should register to vote if you are:

  • 16 or over in England, (but you cannot vote until you are 18)
  • A UK citizen
  • A qualifying Commonwealth citizen; qualifying Commonwealth citizens are those who have ‘leave’ to enter or remain in the UK, or do not require such ‘leave’
  • A citizen of a European Union country living in the UK should register, but most cannot vote in UK Parliamentary elections
  • A citizen of the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus, or Malta, who is resident in the UK, can vote in UK Parliamentary elections. The definition of ‘resident’ is complex and it is largely at the discretion of the person responsible for the local Electoral Registration Office. If you think you might be eligible to register and to vote in UK Parliamentary elections, attempt to register and make the local Electoral Registration Office make a decision
  • A citizen of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory living in the UK. Gibraltarians resident  in the UK may not vote in UK Parliamentary elections
  • You may register if you are a student or a British citizen living overseas, you are one of the above and serving in the UK armed forces
  • You may register even if you have no fixed address

Please note that a non-UK citizen who is resident in the UK and is married to a UK citizen, is not automatically eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary elections. And not all people born in the UK are automatically UK citizens, children born in the UK after 1 January 1983 are only British citizens if either their father or their mother is also British or, and if both parents are foreign nationals, they are legally ‘settled’ in the UK.

More details about who is eligible to register and vote in different UK based elections is available at: http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/43954/Part-B-Entitlement-to-register-March-2010.pdf

By the way, it is too late to register for the 4 May 2017 local elections.

If you go to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote you can:

  • register to vote
  • update your details; change of name or address etc
  • apply for a postal vote
  • ask for your name to be removed from the open register, if you are worried about your personal security

To register to vote using the online facility should only take 5 minutes. You will need your National Insurance Number and perhaps your Passport Number, if you have one.

You can also join the Electoral Register by post. The form that you need to complete can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/607718/Register_to_vote_living_in_england_and_wales.pdf

There are strong personal and political reasons for joining the Register. If your name is on the Register you can choose to vote, or indeed, choose not to vote, but if your name is not on the Register, you lose that choice. Citizens casting their vote in elections is a central part of our democracy. And it is not glib to say that men, and especially women, campaigned, fought and died to win the right to vote. In some parts of the world people are still fighting for democratic elections, so we should not take the right to vote lightly, or take it for granted.

Elections are your opportunity to determine the path of politics in your community and in the UK.

And if that is not enough to convince you, your local Electoral Registration Office could fine you £80 if you fail to join the register.

If you are resident in more than one place, you can register in multiple locations, but you may only vote in one at each election.

Everything you need to know about voting in the UK can be found at the Your Vote Matters website https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/ including the address and contact information of your local Electoral Registration Office.

 

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Save Wornington College

The Save Wornington College campaign has collected over 1600 signatures for the petition.

They will now be addressing the RBKC Full Council Meeting on Wednesday 26th April atJpeg college the Town Hall, on Hornton Street and we will take this opportunity to explain to the Councillors why the much loved adult education establishment is far too important an institution to be turned into more unaffordable housing with an unseen commitment to re-provide a smaller educational space.

The Save Wornington College campaign will highlight to the Council how the College has brought many positive, life changing opportunities to the North Kensington community and how this important resource needs to be protected for the future.

They will asking RBKC to support their demands that the entire building remains in educational use, that there is no reduction in the provision and diversity of courses offered, that there are no staff cuts and that the creche and other facilities on the Wornington site are protected.

There are three ways that you can help support the campaign over the coming month:

  1. Attend the banner making/social evening at the Venture Centre on Thursday 20th April at 6.30pm.

The meeting will take place at 6.30pm at the Venture Centre in Wornington Road on Thursday 20th April to make some placards and banners in preparation for the rally and address to the Council on 26th April. Materials will be supplied and  the session will end with an informal social gathering at the nearby pub “The Eagle” to discuss the campaign.

  1. Support the rally and address to RBKC Council on Wednesday 26th April at 6.00pm.

The gathering will take place outside the Town Hall in Hornton Street at 6.00pm on Wednesday 26th April to hold a rally prior to the campaign’s address to the Full RBKC Council Meeting that will commence in the main Council Chamber at 6.30pm. Please spread the word among the community about this important event.

  1. Campaign strategy meeting at the Venture Centre on Thursday 4th May at 6.30pm.

There will be a meeting at the Venture Centre at 6.30pm on Thursday 4th May to reflect on the address to Full Council and to plan the future of the Save Wornngton College campaign. Meeting will end at 8.00pm.

[Campaign leaflets here and here].

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UNISON NEC Elections

A reminder that the UNISON National Executive Committee (NEC) elections began on 3 April and will close on 28 April.

Turnout is often low in these vital elections and we would hope you would participate.

Members should have not received their ballot papers in the post by now and if not then contact UNISON Direct on  08000857857 to ensure they get a replacement.

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