General Election 2015 Kings Cross – how do we cover it?

image - jesmond localThere’s an election coming in May (in case you hadn’t noticed) and we are debating how to cover it on this website.  First can I incite people to register to vote –

1) Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

2) Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.

3) After you’ve done the first two steps look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered.

The election in May 2015 is for the two Parliamentary constituencies that cover Kings Cross – ‘Holborn and St Pancras‘ and ‘Islington South and Finsbury‘. There are no council elections this time.  Frank Dobson is standing down and according to Wikipedia Emily Thornberry is standing again.

I am open to suggestions as to how to cover the election locally.  My initial thoughts are:

When the election campaign starts proper I’d like to offer an article on the site of a few hundred words to each of the candidates in both constituencies, along the lines of how they would represent Kings Cross’s issues on the national stage and attend to local needs in parliament.  If there is an unmanage-ably long list of candidates then I shall shorten it to those whose parties are in the TV debates.

I shall also try and attend and film a husting event in each constituency and put it on the website.  I did this in 2010 when people commented that no one had organised a husting event in Kings Cross.  As the technology has moved on there’s really no reason why these can’t be streamed live.  The first of my 2010 videos has had over 300 views.  There were about 50 people in the room.

If there is some sort of online debate organised between the candidates then i shall signpost that from here.  I could even offer to host one I suppose.

Any views or comments welcome – either in the comments below or by email.

 

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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