European elections in Medway are today!

It is European election day Medway.

Across the area and the UK, voters have the chance to elect the MEPs that may or may not represent us in the European Parliament for the next five years.

Medway is part of the South East region, which will select 10 MEPs on a proportional basis.

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 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.

To find who our candidates are, Medway Elects have a handy list of each party and their list of candidates.

Once the polls close at 10pm, we will begin waiting with baited breath for the results, which will likely arrive somewhere around midnight on Sunday.

Brexit must mean exit

Ahead of the European elections, we asked representatives from the major parties to submit an article making the case for their party. Today, former Medway UKIP group leader Roy Freshwater puts forward the argument for his party..

Mrs. May’s Withdrawal Agreement (treaty) is a complete betrayal of the referendum decision. 88,997 Medway residents voted on the 23rd June 2016 to leave the EU and take back control of our money, our laws and our borders. The government made up of ‘remainers’ and mostly elitist MPs after three years has presented us with a ‘Not Really Leaving the EU Withdrawal Agreement’. It will not satisfy leavers or remainers, and cost many millions in payments to the EU that should be spent on improving the lives of British communities and Medway communities. Its intention is to make it possible to reverse the referendum decision or, if it is implemented, to pave the way for re-entry to the EU in a few years’ time.

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The ghost of European elections future

Once a month we hand over to Alan Collins from Medway Elects who digs into the Medway electoral data to try to tell us what it all means. This month we sent him the fun task of looking at data from previous European elections..

Just when you thought it was safe to open the mail without fearing a party political begging letter from the [insert name here] party, fresh off the close of #MedwayElects19, you are now likely to instead be bombarded with campaign literature for the elections no one gives a fig about – and if the politicians in Westminster had pulled their fingers out (or something) wouldn’t be taking place.

So in the spirit of getting everyone excited for #MedwayElects19version2 (other hashtags are available), Jennings and Keevil have pulled me out of data analysis retirement to look at the ghost of European elections past.

Strap in!

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So, farewell then.. 2019 edition

So, farewell then to no less than 17 Medway councillors.

Between councillors losing their seats, retirements, and deselections, a little under a third of councillors who were in office last week ago no longer are. I thought it’d be nice to take a look at those who will no longer be gracing the council chamber. Consider this like the ‘in memoriam’ section at the Oscars, just without the glitz, glamour, and likeable personalities. Continue reading “So, farewell then.. 2019 edition”

Live results from #MedwayElects19

The polls have closed in Medway’s local elections, and we are settled in at Medway Park. 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 where you can see everything.

Results will start trickling in sometime after midnight, with final results due sometime around 7am. It’ll be a long night, so feel free to buy us a coffee.

Live results (55 seats of 55 declared / 28 needed for a majority)
Conservative: 33 seats (-3)

Labour: 20 seats (+5)
Independents: 2 seats (+2)
UKIP: 0 seats (-4)
Liberal Democrats: 0 seats (-)
Green: 0 seats (-)
Christian People’s Alliance: 0 seats (-)
Animal Welfare Party: 0 seats (-)

Councillors elected by ward
Cuxton and Halling – Matt Fearn (Con)
Rainham North – Kirstine Carr (Con), Martin Potter (Con)
Hempstead and Wigmore – Diane Chambers (Con), Rodney Chambers (Con)
Rochester East – Nick Bowler (Lab), Teresa Murray (Lab)
Princes Park – Tashi Bhutia (Con), Gloria Opara (Con)
Twydall – Hazel Browne (Lab), John Lloyd (Lab), Mark Prenter (Lab)
River – Habib Tejan (Con), Piers Thompson (Con)
Luton and Wayfield: Simon Curry (Lab), Joanne Howcroft-Scott (Lab), Tristan Osborne (Lab)
Lordswood and Capstone: Alan Jarrett (Con), David Wildey (Con)
Watling: Wendy Purdy (Con), Chrissy Stamp (Lab)
Rochester West: Alex Paterson (Lab), Stuart Tranter (Con)
Walderslade: David Brake (Con), Adrian Gulvin (Con)
Gillingham North: Pat Cooper (Lab), Adam Price (Lab), Andy Stamp (Lab)
Chatham Central: Siju Adeoye (Lab), Harinder Mahil (Lab), Vince Maple (Lab)
Rochester South and Horsted: Trevor Clarke (Con), Sylvia Griffin (Con), Rupert Turpin (Con)
Strood Rural: Gary Etheridge (Con), Elizabeth Turpin (Con), John Williams (Con)
Strood North: Jane Chitty (Con), Stephen Hubbard (Lab), Steve Iles (Con)
Peninsula: Phil Filmer (Con), Mick Pendergast (Ind), Ron Sands (Ind)
Gillingham South: Clive Johnson (Lab), Naushabah Khan (Lab), Dan McDonald (Lab)
Strood South: Chris Buckwell (Con), Josie Iles (Con), Richard Thorne (Con)
Rainham South: Roger Barrett (Con), Howard Doe (Con), Gary Hackwell (Con)
Rainham Central: Nurat Ahmed (Con), Jan Aldous (Con), Barry Kemp (Con)

#MedwayElects19 is today!

It’s local election day Medway.

Across the authority, voters have the chance to elect the 55 councillors that will represent us for the next four years.

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 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.

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.

#MedwayPredicts19

You may have heard that we’ve got a local election tomorrow in Medway. As such, today we’re going to publish our predictions for how we think things will shake out across each ward and in Medway as a whole.

One caveat: We did this in 2015 and we were wrong on a lot of fronts. But maybe we’ve learnt something four years on? We’ll find out on Friday.

We’d love to hear your own predictions. Drop yours into the comments at the bottom of this post, on our Facebook page, or tweet us using the hashtag #MedwayPredicts19.

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The slow, slow march for gender equality in local politics

Back in 2015 I wrote an article shortly before the local elections of that year on how well the parties were doing on a quest for gender equality. The results were, to put it mildly, not happy reading. Women were a minority on the candidate lists from most parties, and made up little more than a quarter of councillors in the chamber. So four years on, are we doing any better?

To begin, here is an infographic showing the current composition of the council by gender:

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