Local Elections

Southend Labour local election candidates 2018


Belfairs – Taylor Barrall

Blenheim Park – Laurie Burton

Chalkwell – Sean Jones

Eastwood Park – Ros Sanders

Kursaal – Matt Dent

Leigh – Michelle Williams

Milton – Cllr Cheryl Nevin

Prittlewell – Jennifer Beck

Shoeburyness – Greg Keane

Southchurch – Martin Berry

St Laurence – Janet Phillips

St Luke’s – Ian Pope

Thorpe – Jack Reason

Victoria – Cllr Margaret Borton

Westborough – Cllr Kevin Robinson

West Leigh – Hillary Scarnell

West Shoebury – Tom Murray

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Full list of Southend-on-Sea local election candidates 2018


As has become something of a tradition, I share below the full list of nominated candidates for the local elections in Southend, on 3rd May 2018. Also as before, I have put sitting councillors in italics, and Labour candidates in bold. The wards and candidates are listed in alphabetical order. If you’re not sure which ward you’re in, the Council’s website has a handy tool which will tell you.

The polls will be open from 07.00 until 22.00 on Thursday 3rd May. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday 17th April, whilst the deadline for new postal vote applications is 17.00 on Wednesday 18th April and the deadline for applications to vote by proxy is 17.00 on Wednesday 25 April.

Total No of Cllrs Wards up for re-election No of Candidates
Conservative 28 7 17
Independent 12 6 12
Labour 9 3 17
Liberal Democrat 2 1 16
Green 0 0 8
UKIP 0 0 3
Psychedelic Future Party 0 0 1

Read on…

Decision time in Blenheim Park


matt dent for blenheim park

Today is election day across Southend, and if you have a vote then I implore you to use it for Labour.

If you live in Blenheim Park ward, then I ask you to use it for me.

Over the last year, I have been speaking to residents, keeping them informed via regular newsletters, and working hard to resolve the local problems and issues that they have raised to me. Whether I am elected or not, I intended to keep doing this — but it would be a lot easier as your councillor.

Working alongside a passionate and committed group of Labour councillors, I would work to deliver the policies outlined in our local manifesto, whilst making sure that the views of Blenheim Park residents were always heard and considered.

I want this ward, and this town, to be a better place to work and live. I believe that we can do this together.

Please vote Matt Dent for Blenheim Park ward, today.

Last day to register to vote


register to vote

Today is the last day to register to vote. If you want a say in the local elections then you need to be registered by midnight today.

Due to the recent change to individual elector registration, there’s an increased chance of people being dropped off the register and losing their democractic voice. To make sure that you’re registered to vote, go to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Southend Tories’ deputy leader up for election…in Rochford


tory tree on fire

Well, this is a point of interest.

Whilst picking over the statement of nominated candidates for Rochford District, a familiar name jumped out at me. With the ward boundaries having been withdrawn, the district next door to Southend is electing all of its councillors at once.

And one of those on the ballot paper as a Conservative candidate is Ann Holland. And yes, that is the same Cllr Ann Holland who currently represents Southchurch on Southend Borough Council and is the deputy leader of the Conservative Group.

Awkward.

Read on…

Southend Labour local election candidates 2016


southend civic centre

With only a month to go until the local elections, and with nominations closing later this week, it has been all go in Southend Labour HQ. As well as our local election manifesto being launched on Thursday 7th April–and Labour have been the only party in Southend to consistently offer voters a manifesto of policy pledges–we are standing a full slate of 17 candidates again this year.

Meet the candidates…

Matt Dent for Blenheim Park 2016


matt dent for blenheim park

With the local elections only a month and a day away, I have today received official notification from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council that my nomination has been accepted as the Labour Party candidate for Blenheim Park ward.

We enter, then, the final stage of what has for Labour been a year-long campaign. In Blenheim Park I have been knocking on doors, speaking to residents, and delivering newsletters all year. I’ve yet to see anything of the other political parties, but I am sure they will be rolling out their only-at-election-time campaigns before long.

For my campaign, it’s very much business as usual: speaking to residents, finding out what matters to them, and explaining to them how a vote for me on 5th May is a vote for a better Blenheim Park. But we’re in the final stretch now.

Southend-on-Sea local election candidates 2015


southend civic centre

Nominations for the local elections in Southend-on-Sea closed at 4.00 p.m. yesterday. A third of the council seats are up for re-election in addition to two by-elections. This means that there are 19 seats up for election in total. The election will take place on May 7th, and the deadline for registering to vote is 20th April.

Below is the breakdown of the numbers of candidates standing by party, and the full list of nominated candidates.

Party Seats for re-election Seats contested Overall Seats
Conservatives 11 19 19
Independent 3 15 13
Labour 3 19 9
UKIP 1 8 5
Liberal Democrat 1 19 5
Green Party 0 18 0

(A note on Independents: some independents are more independent than others. Not all of the independents on the ballot paper are part of the official Independent Party Group. Some are genuine independents, such as Lucy Courtenay in Chalkwell, and some seem to be Independent UKIP, such as Alex Moyies in West Shoebury. I will be looking into and trying to clarify this.)

Meet the Candidates…