This year I have decided to stand for election to the local council as a candidate for Yorkshire First. I have never done this before and I want to outline why, and what I intend to do in the unlikely event enough people vote for me to win.
Anyone who has read my blog will have a good idea of what I politically stand for, in case you haven’t, here goes. I believe there is a great democratic deficit in this country, our vote doesn’t always count, and the power in the country is concentrated too centrally, in too few hands. The Westminster government, based in London, is too far away from the rest of the UK, and its decision making process often ignores the needs of the different regions. At Yorkshire First we see a future where Yorkshire is able to stand up for its self, and make more decisions to be able to affect local communities, without the say so of national government. We also believe in the Bell Principles, a set of beliefs that politicians should be more open, honest and prioritise the needs of their voters over themself or their party. This is something I am passionate about.
So why stand? Well I suppose its about time I put my name next to the things I believe in, and the more people that I can tell the better. Do I expect to win this time? Honestly, no, but I felt I really wanted to give the people of Northowram and Shelf a different option to what they’ve had before. The ward currently has three Tory councillors, is this a good thing? Only if you are a Tory supporter. I believe in more voices being heard in politics, and would love a more representational voting system, but unfortunately we dont have that, so giving people as much choice as possible is essential.
So what would I do if I won? Well, the short answer is, I’d listen. I have only lived in Northowram for two years now, and in that time I’ve just about got to know my neighbours, where the pub is and what the bus timetables are, but it didn’t take me long to know I wanted to make this the place I settled and raised a family. So I’m a new comer to the village, and a total outsider to Shelf, therefore I’m not going to pretend that I know everything that needs addressing in the ward. What I’d see my role as councillor would be that of someone who listens to the people who know best, the people who live and work here, and represent them, addressing the concerns they have and not serve any narrow agenda a central party could impose.
If you’re sick and tired of the same old parties, and the same old politics, and you fancy something different, then I’d love it if you voted for me in the upcoming local election. A vote for me is a vote for Yorkshire.