Cllr Bewick seems to have forgotten that Labour, under Blair, received 13,518,167 votes on 1st May 1997 when the registered electorate was smaller than it is today and was at the 2017 General Election.
The number registered in 1997 was 43.8 million and the number in 2017 was 46.8 million.
Clearly Diane Abbott and John McDonnell are not the only people in my party who have problems with maths and statistics!
Local Authority By Elections in 2018
Local authority by elections take place almost every Thursday, somewhere in the United Kingdom.
For those taking place in your local authority area go to your Council’s website or alternatively go here to find contact and address details for your local authority’s electoral registration office.
Local Authority Elections on 3rd May 2018
Students may vote twice, legally, in Local Authority Elections
“If you are a student, you may be able to register to vote at both your home and term-time addresses.”
“If your home and university addresses are in two different local authority areas, you can vote in local elections in both.
However, even if you are registered in two areas – at home and at university – you can only vote in one at a general election.”
EU Citizens are eligible to vote at UK Local Authority Elections
To vote in a local government election a person must be:
- registered to vote
- 18 or over in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, or 16 or over in Scotland
and also be one of the following:
- a British citizen living in the UK
- a qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in the UK
- a citizen of the Republic of Ireland living in the UK
- a European Union citizen living in the UK
- someone registered to vote as a Crown Servant
- someone registered to vote as a service voter
A British citizen living abroad who is registered as an overseas elector cannot vote in local government elections.
If you are not sure if you are already registered, contact your local electoral registration office.
1945, 1997 and all that …
Where was Cllr Bewick on 1st May 1997?
I was up well before 6:00 and campaigned up to and including the close of the poll at 22:00.
For a while I campaigned with a chap who had been out working for Labour on polling day at the 1945 General Election.
In between times I undertook a duty as a school governor, attending a staff disciplinary meeting.
I attended the count, throughout the night, at Birmingham’s (Inter)National Arena, partied until dawn at Clare Short’s General Election bash, went home and after a phone call at 9:00 or thereabouts, from a friend asking me about the results, finally got to sleep at 21:00 on Friday 2nd May.
I guess Cllr Bewick’s was already claiming Labour had betrayed its roots by winning under Blair.
I know Jeremy Corbyn was eager, ready and waiting to vote against the Labour Whip in the House of Commons.
I am not a snowflake, Cllr Bewick, I am hard frozen projectile of snow …