I stood for the Green Party in Kursaal (the first Green candidate ever fielded).
Firstly I would like to thank everyone who turned out and cast their vote, especially the 126 people who voted Green. However, I was hugely disappointed by the 25 per cent turnout across Southend.
On the doorstep I got a sense people wanted change, but felt their vote didn’t make a difference.
This is not true and the only way anyone will ever see change is by voting.
There is a view if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain and you get the council you deserve.
I hope the votes we gained for the Greens will encourage people to vote for alternatives in the future.
...What a fantastic result from the local elections across Southend, with the Liberal Democrats holding on to the seats they were defending and a possible change in the Council.
The Conservatives have led a derelict council which needs to change.
Now the hard work begins for a new administration.
...To use a vote wisely, you have to know what you are voting for.
Personally, I would like the chance to speak to candidates, but at the very least, I would like the chance to read their ideas and opinions, beyond headline matters.
This is particularly important to me since I have recently moved to a new area.
Not one person knocked at my door.
On Wednesday I came home to a pile of badly produced leaflets, all pretty much saying the same thing and all finding as much space to take a pop at their opponents as pat themselves on the back for things they, or their party, had done.
Not good enough I’m afraid.
No wonder there is such a poor turn-out for local elections.