iFAQ: Councillor allowances

So it’s a bit of a weird time, but we’re all sitting at home, so what better time to start publishing some local politics articles again? They won’t be about the current situation, as most were already in the can before this kicked off. That being said, if anyone fancies writing something with a local angle on the current situation, hit us up.

Before we all locked ourselves away from the outside world, Medway had been facing some debate about the appropriate level of allowance for councillors. While most council staff received a 1% pay increase, councillor allowances increased by 14%. How much councillors receive is a complicated question, so we decided to ask every Medway councillor the following:

Do you feel the current allowance of £10,421 for councillors represents fair remuneration for the time spent carrying out your duties?

As usual, we told all of them that we would publish their responses unedited. You can find them below in the order they were received.

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iFAQ: So, farewell then, MEPs

With the UK now officially Brexited, and a golden new age of milk and honey upon, we decided to ponder the poor souls suffering most in this process: that’s right, our beloved MEPs. As such, we wrote to each of our region’s MEPs to ask them if they had any parting words for the voters of Medway as they exit their roles.

As usual, we told all of them that we would publish their responses unedited. You can find them below in the order they were received.

Do you have any final words for the voters of Medway as the UK departs the EU?

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iFAQ: The first positive of Brexit

With the UK set to depart the EU this Friday, and in the spirit of not coming across as remoaner snowflakes, we decided to ask each Medway political party about the sunlit uplands on the Brexit horizon.

As usual, we told all of them that we would publish their responses unedited. You can find them below in the order they were received.

With the UK now scheduled to leave the EU on January 31, what will be first major positive to come out of our departure?

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iFAQ: What next for Labour?

Following a pretty terrible General Election result for Labour, the party is now in the process of selecting a new leader. We decided to reach out to Medway councillors from all parties to ask them where they think it went wrong for Labour, and who should take control going forwards.

As usual, we told all of them that we would publish their responses unedited. You can find them below in the order they were received.

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Live results from #MedwayElects19: General Election edition

The polls have closed in today’s General Election, and we are settled in at Medway Park for the count. We’ll be bringing you the results as they come in throughout the night.

For up to the minute coverage, we recommend you follow us on Twitter. The latest tweets are embedded below, but if you click through to Twitter you’ll be able to see everything.

Results will unfortunately take some time, with the count to set to conclude around 6am. It’ll be a long night, so feel free to buy us a coffee.

Live results

Chatham and Aylesford
Tracey Crouch (Con): 28,856
Vince Maple (Lab): 10,316
Dave Naghi (Lib Dem): 2,866
Geoff Wilkinson (Green): 1,090
John Gibson (CPA): 212

Gillingham and Rainham
Rehman Chishti (Con): 28,173
Andy Stamp (Lab): 13,064
Alan Bullion (Lib Dem): 2,503
George Salomon (Green): 1,043
Rob McCulloch Martin (UKIP): 837
Peter Cook (Ind): 229
Roger Peacock (CPA): 119

Rochester and Strood
Kelly Tolhurst (Con): 31,151
Teresa Murray (Lab): 14,079
Graham Colley (Lib Dem): 3,717
Sonia Hyner (Green): 1,312
Roy Freshwater (UKIP): 1,080
Chris Spalding (Ind): 587

#MedwayElects19: General Election edition is today!

It is General Election day across the country, but most importantly for us, here in Medway.

Across the authority, voters have the chance to elect the three MPs that will represent us in Parliament for the next five four three two however many years until we do this again.

Polling stations are now open and remain open until 10pm.

If you have received your polling card, you will know where you need to go to vote. If you are registered to vote but have not received your card, you do not need it to vote. Just go to your polling station, confirm your name and address, and you will be allowed to vote. No ID is required.

If you do not know the location of your polling station, you can call Medway Council on 01634 332030 and they will tell you where to go.

If you have a postal vote, but did not remember to return it in time, you can drop it in to your polling station up until polls close at 10pm.

You may find people outside of your polling station who ask to see your polling card. These people are activists for political parties and you absolutely do not have to engage with them.

To find a list of your candidates, Medway Elects have a handy tool where you enter your postcode and it brings up their details.

Once the polls close at 10pm, we will begin our #MedwayElects19 coverage through the night as the results come in, so be sure to check back later for that.