Local Elections

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.

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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 With the ward boundaries having been withdrawn, the district next door to Southend is electing all of its councillors at once.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…

Rochford District local election candidates 2015


rochford district council

Nominations for the local elections in Rochford District closed at 4.00 p.m. yesterday. A third of the council seats are up for re-election, 13 seats in total, with not all wards having a ballot this time. 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 8 13 25
UKIP 0 11 3
Liberal Democrats 1 1 3
Labour 0 7 1
Green 0 2 2
Rochford District Residents 4 8 5
Independent 0 2 0

Meet the Candidates…

Southend Election Hustings 2015


debate

I really meant to get this post together earlier than this; one of the symptoms of election time being that there never seems to be enough time to get everything done!

Nonetheless, after the Rochford & Southend East hustings hosted by the Echo last night, here is a list of all the hustings and debates of which I am aware, in the Southend area — i.e. the two Parliamentary constituencies and the local elections.

If I’ve missed any (which I doubtless have) please let me know via the comments or my contact form and I will update.

Read on…