In a few weeks we shall be asked to vote for a local member of parliament and local councillors. In Kings Cross this website provides local information week in week out to help people make choices about the neighbourhood, without taking sides in party politics. We want to do the same with the elections. Control of both Parliament and the Council are going to be tightly contested and every vote will count. The parliamentary majority in Islington South is one of the smallest in the country at 484 votes and control of the council is finely balanced.
We shall keep you updated with factual information as it appears – for instance basic stuff like who is running for the Council and Parliament from the area. It’s often hard to work out what your vote will mean for neighbourhood issues. We want to help you with local information about what candidates will offer for Kings Cross. To do this we don’t intend to editorialise but to ask candidates for election from each of the parties that came in the top four at the last election to submit a short article and/or a video clip where they describe how voting for them will affect local issues in Kings Cross. I shall ask likely candidates for statements on local issues in the next day or so and hope to start posting some up soon – you will be able to find them all in the Democracy and Elections category we have created for this purpose. If you want any particular questions asking of the candidates let me know.
There are already some non-partisan information sources out there for Islington South and Caledonian Ward. Scanned-in election leaflets for Islington South are already appearing on the Straight Choice website. The Wikipedia entry for the constituency gives you the general election results from 2005 and 2001. If you aren’t registered or are uncertain about how to vote or which constituency you are in then visit the easy to understand Electoral Commission website. Council election results for Caledonian Ward in 2006 are in this pdf on the council site. Likely candidates for the upcoming general election are here on the Your Next MP site. It's also worth keeping an eye on the new non-partisan Democracy Club site which is trying to pull together local issues and information about candidates – if you find any mistakes there sign up as a volunteer and correct them (for instance some of the local issues they list).
If there is anything else you'd like us to cover please let me know in the comments.