Democracy boring??? Hardly. Nothing will make your blood boil quite like a promise broken or a service not delivered. And no: 'they' are not all the same, the candidates who want your vote. Don't treat them like a gift horse, though: look them in mouth, that is, check out what they want you to believe. This website will help you do that. And thank you for using your Vote.
In elections these days, all major candidates have a huge team of volunteers behind them, helping them produce and distribute leaflets, get publicity in the local news media, raising their profile and painting a generally rosy picture of them.
But the public gets no such help. They are given election leaflets, party election broadcasts, newspaper interviews with candidates, but they are not given solid, factual information, or simple unbiased analysis of the truth value of these publicity campaigns, especially not at a local level.
The public now have a team of volunteers in the form of Democracy Club, a group of volunteers who are supporting voters nationally. I am one of their volunteers and will use this website to keep you up to date on election issues in Stockport. If you post [snailmail or email] local leaflets or news coverage to me I will forward them to the Democracy Club. With your help, we can give the public the same support that the candidates already get.
Voting at elections is only one way in which you can make your voice heard. Other ways are listed in the page entitled Raising Your Voice. Click HERE to go there.
UK Citizens Online Democracy supports voters like you. Click HERE to go there.
The Democracy Trust has good ideas for improving our democracy. Check it out HERE.
The most important thing: About Your Vote.
For quick access to the ELECTION PROMISES aka manifesto of all major parties click HERE.
Care to vote for policies, not personalities? Click HERE.
Election leaflets are one of the main weapons in the fight for votes in the UK. They are targeted, effective and sometimes very bitter. The Straight Choice live election leaflet monitoring project needs your help to scan or photograph and map leaflets so we can all keep an eye on what the parties are up to, and try to keep them honest. Click HERE to browse through their library of leaflets or to add a leaflet delivered to you recently.
You tell us. Click HERE to record as many issues as you want to see addressed in Stockport. Is it a Health issue? a Traffic issue? Are you unhappy about aspects of your neighbourhood or Council services? The sender of comments will not be identified.
Stockport Democracy Club holds no affinity to any political Party, either locally or nationally. Our aims are entirely restricted to the provision of information residents may find helpful when they want to make their voice heard, either at elections, when dealing with national or local representatives or to public service providers. Please let us know if you find in our pages contributions that violate our pledge.