This May saw elections like no other, and after a long weekend of counting, I’m pleased to say that our numbers increased along with our position on council administrations.
On 6 May, voters went to the polls for the UK’s biggest ever set of local and national elections.
First of all, I would like to congratulate all those councillors who were elected on 6 May, especially the Liberal Democrat ones. We were holding elections in the most difficult of situations, during a major public health crisis.
‘Take back control’ was a message that resonated with many people during the Brexit referendum, the fallout of which continues to fuel the public’s attitude to politics five years later.
The local election campaign is well under way – a busy time for us all!
I would like to wish those of you who are defending your seats the very best of luck. To those of you who are stepping down as a councillor, a huge thank you for your service to your communities.
Among the many coronavirus challenges local government faced in the past year, ensuring that democracy continued to function turned out to be one of the simplest.
As lockdown rules continue to ease, our councils remain at the forefront of support for residents and businesses.
The horrific murder of Sarah Everard brought national attention to the issue of women’s safety, which was further exacerbated by the police’s heavy-handed response to the peaceful vigil at Clapham Common.
With the local elections 2021 fast approaching, voting matters now more than ever.