Don't forget to vote on May 22nd - Local, Mayoral and European Elections day!

On Thursday May 22nd Hackney goes to the polls to vote for 57 local councillors, 1 Hackney Mayor, and 8 London Euro MPs.  This will be your chance to say who you want to run our council and represent you in Europe.   A list of candidates is available here.

Hackney Unites is holding local hustings where you can ask questions of the local candidates #Hackneyspeaks and there is a debate of the Mayoral candidates on May 15th, free tickets available here.

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Comment by Diana Weir on June 2, 2014 at 10:21

Non-alignment sounds virtuous but doesn't create any leverage with any party.

Surely actively supporting a party whose policies actively embody what SH stands for would be more effective. Not only might it enable that party to gain seats on the Council and work actively to put those policies into practice but it would force the other local parties to campaign actively for SH's support - which they don't currently need to do.

Comment by Russell Miller on May 23, 2014 at 16:11

We work with all local parties/politicians to pursue SH's aims however SH is not aligned to any of them. We maintain independence and thereby maximise our support and infleunce.

My personal view - in the current state of capitalist political hegemony (aka insanity), although political change is fundamentally required as matter of urgency, the system of permanent government (to which we are subjected) is specifically designed to prevent any meaningful change. Achieving that change will require more than hoping or trying to win an election which has been rigged in advance (e.g. by a massive pro-UKIP media campaign).

Comment by Diana Weir on May 23, 2014 at 12:30

Actually, since it only took a thousand or so votes to elect a local councillor in Hackney last time around, it shouldn't have been impossible to change useless ones for better, with some advance organisation.

Is there any scope for creating a positive connection between SH and the local Green Party, whose policies have a lot in common with what SH is doing? They're short of financial resources - which is why I'd not realised that they even had candidates standing locally until this week - but social and mainstream media can be harnessed electronically instead.

Comment by Russell Miller on May 18, 2014 at 9:25

But remember to be a responsible citizen too.

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