Friday, 13 May 2011

Saturday 14th Whitton and Heathfield All in One Roadshow – have your say

Don’t forget that this Saturday, 14th May, the Council will be presenting the All-in-One results and offering you the chance to have your say on the next steps for Whitton. With the Uplift Programme agreed at the Budget it is your chance to ensure that the improvements coming are modelled on your thoughts and ambitions.

Murray Park Hall - 10am - 4pm - Saturday 14th May

I will be there tomorrow so I look forward to seeing you all.

Cllr Gareth Elliott

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

AV Election Result: Richmond Votes No

On Thursday 5th May voters in Richmond went to the polls to decide on whether to keep the current voting system elect their Members of Parliament or to change to the Alternative Vote. The decision across the country has been a decisive NO to AV.

In Richmond 60% of voters agreed with the Conservative argument to keep the simple and effective first past the post voting system and rejected the Liberal argument to change to the complex and costly AV system.

National Results -

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Why I shall be voting NO to AV

AV is costly
The change to AV will cost up to an additional £250 million. Local councils would have to waste money on costly electronic vote counting machines and expensive voter education campaigns. With ordinary families facing tough times can we really afford to spend a quarter of a billion pounds of taxpayers' money bringing in a new voting system? Schools and hospitals, or the Alternative Vote – that's the choice in this referendum.
AV is complex and unfair
The winner should be the candidate that comes first, but under AV the candidate who comes second or third can actually be elected. That’s why it is used by just three countries in the world – Fiji, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Voters should decide who the best candidate is, not the voting system. We can't afford to let the politicians off the hook by introducing a loser's charter.
AV is a politician's fix
AV leads to more hung parliaments, backroom deals and broken promises like the Lib Dem tuition fees U-turn. Instead of the voters choosing the government, politicians would hold power. Under AV, the only vote that really counts is Nick Clegg's. We can't afford to let the politicians decide who runs our country.
Vote NO to AV on 5 May 2011
NOtoAV is a campaign that has support from right across the country. Members of the public, trade unionists and members of several political parties are part of a campaign that has a common goal. Whilst we have many different views on what system of elections is best for Britain, we all believe that the Alternative Vote (AV) system will only damage Britain's democracy