Since I made my mind up quite some time ago and the actual voting means a five-minute (if that) detour on my way to pick up my morning paper( or to the bus stop for my commuting neighbours - the turnout did seem to be quite brisk around 8.30 this morning, with small queues building up), any excitement is safely confined to the TV.
As it happens, of the six candidates here, three are women (Labour, Conservative and -despite the cover photo of Nigel Garage - the Brexit Party) and three are men (Green, LibDem and the independent). While it's no surprise that the new Labour candidate here is of Bangladeshi heritage and making much of her record as an activist with Momentum, the local Tories have chosen an immigrant from Nigeria, which isn't quite what one would expect from a lot of the national rhetoric.
|Clockwise from bottom left: Greens, Labour, Conservative, Brexit Party, and a local independent still campaigning over the fallout from from shenanigans of our previous, disgraced, borough mayor|
Our polling station was busy this morning. Living in what has been the Speaker's constituency for the last few elections, I think many of us are pleased be able to vote again for one of the mainstream parties and know that whoever is 1st past the post here will at least get a vote in the House of Commons. Canvassers have done a lot of leafleting in our village, especially the Liberal Democrats, but no-one actually door-knocking - or not when we've been in.ReplyDelete