Register to vote – deadline 26 November

Cornwall Council has produced information about how to register to vote, and how to vote, including new information in Easy to Read format for people with learning disabilities.

You can read the information on their website  and download the easy read guide from the Government’s publishing service here.

 

Charity requests from elected parties

Various charities and charity groups have published their ‘manifestos’ or requests to those standing for election, focussing on the special interests that they represent.  If you are interested, you can find them here:

Partners Focus link
ACEVO, CFG, Children England, the Institute of Fundraising, the Lloyds Bank Foundation, the Local Trust, NAVCA, NCVO and the Small Charities Coalition. strategic funding for charities Civil Society website.
Rural Services Network Rural issues Rural Services Network website.
Sustain ‘Better food Britain’ Sustain website.

 

There is a general round-up of several charities’ views on the Civil Society website  and there are many more online if you google ‘Charities manifestos for election 2019’.

** Additional to this (added 29/11) Clinks produced summary documents giving details of the main parties’ manifesto pledges with regard to the criminal justice sector, and voluntary organisations who work in it.  In addition to being a useful guide to policies when choosing how to vote, it should also be helpful after the election, when looking at future plans.

How to choose who to vote for

Cornwall Live has a list of all the candidates in each constituency, with short biographical details.

 

The BBC has an interesting multiple-choice questionnaire that asks questions on certain key issues, and points you towards a party which best matches your views.

There are also several helpful ‘explainer’ articles about the key words, and latest news on policies revealed, from the BBC election homepage.

Swing seats

Here in Cornwall the Camborne and Redruth constituency was won by the Conservatives with a majority of less than 2% of the vote, and Penzance and St Ives with a majority of less than 10% of the vote.  This makes both areas critical in Lib Dem, Labour and Conservative strategies, and it is especially important here that voters are registered, well informed, and turning out to vote.

It is also the case that the Cornwall North constituency is part of the ‘Unite to Remain’ pact, with the Green Party stepping aside to allow those who prefer to Remain a single candidate to support – the Lib Dems.  You can find out more in the BBC article about swing seats.