It’s election time again on 22 May: you get to decide who runs your local borough, as well as who represents London in the European Parliament.
All London council seats are up for election this spring, as well as the four directly elected borough mayors in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney and Lewisham. Your local council sets your council tax and provides all kinds of services, like collecting your rubbish, maintaining parks and roads, running schools, libraries and leisure facilities, checking trading standards and providing housing.
London has eight representatives in the European Parliament, elected under proportional representation. At the moment we’ve got three Conservatives, two Labour, one Green, one Liberal Democrat and one UKIP member looking out for our interests.
To have your say on what happens in London, make sure you’re registered to vote. The last day to get your registration in for the electoral register is 6 May, so loads of time. If you’re not around to vote in person on 22 May you can apply for a postal or proxy vote; the deadline to register for postal voting is 5pm on 7 May, and in-person proxy voting by 5pm on 14 May. You must be registered to vote yourself to apply for a postal or proxy vote.
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