Did you even KNOW that that on the 15th November, and you live outside of London, you should be voting in the PCC elections?
What’s PCC? yep, being in London, I somehow seem to have missed this (whispers…it’s the police and crime commissioner elections)
How did I miss that? Well, interestingly, according to www.choosemypcc.org.uk There are no elections for police and crime commissioners taking place in London (sic). The London Mayor is the police and crime commissioner for London. The Mayoral elections that were held earlier this year determined the police and crime commissioner for the London area.
in case you were wondering, and, hmm….(The London Mayor…. right, oh Boris.)
So, it’s down to the rest of you, in order to be able to vote at PCC elections on 15 November, you must be registered to vote by Wednesday 31 October. And do you have faith in who you will be voting for? Do you even know who they are? Or what their policies are? Where do they stand on the stuff like wildlife crime? (yep, we’ve got the London Mayor, you know, the one who voted against the foxhunting ban in 2009)
Damien Clarkson was telling myself and Annie (you know, Mammasaurus Annie?) that the projected turnout for the election is expected to be an incredibly low 18% and there are rumours it could even be as low as 12%. “These elections have definitely kept under the radar but they are important as these commissioners will be responsible for allocating policing budgets in their areas. So this is really important.”
A statement re all the candidates is here http://www.apccs.police.uk/page/pcc-candidates. For those of you who are interested, Damien is working with Lush to raise awareness about the need to effectively police wildlife crimes at this website (such as the fox hunting I mentioned earlier, which continues, despite the ban in 2004) https://wildlifecrime.lush.co.uk, You can search your candidates and Lush Campaigns have asked them there views on wildlife crimes although they haven’t had many responses yet. To help raise awareness about wildlife crime Damien will be putting together a ‘social media hunt pack’ to spread the word about the election and any good candidates.
Email him at email@example.com if you would like to take part in raising awareness and the fun competitions Lush are running to support their campaign.
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