Kensington Labour hopes to have our candidate in place within ten days. In the meantime we are planning and have commenced local campaigning. If you wish to pledge your help, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to help on the doorstep but would like to support our General Election campaign, please donate via the ‘Fundraising and Donations’ tab above; every penny counts and any amount will be gratefully received.
Kensington Labour members and supporters – while we wait for confirmation of the General Election called by Theresa May, please check you are eligible to vote!
Everything you need to know about how to vote for the General Election (courtesy of the Mirror). Updates will be posted as they come in.
When is the General Election 2017?
Theresa May announced the snap General Election will be held on June 8.
The polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm.
To vote you must be 18 or over on polling day in England and Wales and 16 or over in Scotland.
How do I register to vote?
Visit gov.uk/register-to-vote and fill in 11 questions.
They include your name, address, National Insurance number and whether you want a postal vote.
There’s not much else you need to fill in.
How long does it take?
About 5 minutes if you’re not too speedy on a computer. Less if you have a quick mouse hand.
When is the deadline?
While an election has not yet officially been called, it is likely you must register by midnight on Monday 22 May.
If you want a postal proxy it is likely you must apply by Tuesday 23 May.
If you want a different type of proxy vote (someone to vote for you), it is likely you must apply by Wednesday 31 May.
For an emergency proxy vote, for example if you end up in hospital, it’s 5pm on the day of the election.
How do I find out if I’m on the register?
To be sure you have to check with your local electoral registration office. Pop your postcode into AboutMyVote.co.uk to find out where that is (for Kensington and Chelsea email: email@example.com, or call 020 7361 3444).
But unless you’ve moved house, if you were registered for the EU referendum you should still be registered now.
If you weren’t registered for the EU referendum you almost certainly won’t be registered now.
How does postal voting work?
If you can’t get to your polling station on June 8, you can apply for a postal vote.
They’ll send a ballot paper out to any address you choose – even overseas.
You just need to fill it in, choose which way you want to vote and send it back so it arrives before 10pm on the day of the election.
All the instructions are on the ballot paper.
How do I register to vote by post?
You need to download the form here , print it, fill it in, sign it and post it back to your local electoral registration office.
Where is my local electoral registration office?
Just put your postcode into the search at AboutMyVote.co.uk and it’ll tell you who to get in touch with.
What about proxy voting?
This means if you’re unable to go to the polling station for medical emergencies, occupation, service, employment or disability – then you can get someone to do it for you.
You can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day.
How do I vote by proxy?
You must give a reason why you need to vote by proxy and may need a qualified person to sign your application.
You may be able to deliver the form by hand or send a scan of the completed and signed form via email to your local authority.
The person you nominate must then vote in person for you. (For Kensington and Chelsea, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7361 3444)
Who can vote for me?
Any person you appoint if they are 18 or over and are registered individually.
A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at one election, unless they are a close relative.
Close relatives are the spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the applicant.
What about voting in person, how does that work?
When you arrive at the polling station, there will be people sitting at a desk with a copy of the electoral register.
If you have it with you, you can give them your polling card. Otherwise you can just give them your name and address and they’ll check it against the list.
Can I vote without my polling card?
Yes. You don’t need to take your polling card with you to vote – it might speed the process up a little, but you can vote without it.
Where do I go to vote?
The location of your polling station will be written on your polling card.
If you’ve lost it, don’t worry. You can find out where you have to go by contacting your local election office.
Following on from our very successful CLP AMM on 23 January, when we heard presentations from a number of local campaign groups (photo above), members have been asking how they can contact the groups and get involved.
Facebook sites as follows, click to link:
To all members and supporters of the Labour Party in Kensington:
- campaigning has started in earnest, we are out in various locations every week at different times
- we also meet in groups to attend marches and protests together
- from now onwards all our campaigning dates will be posted on the ‘Campaigning’ pages, just click the link above
PLEASE SEND US YOUR PHOTOS SO WE CAN POST THEM UP TO ENCOURAGE NEW MEMBERS AND ACTIVISTS TO JOIN US.
If you wish to be kept informed of regular campaign events, write to:
email@example.com, subject line ‘YES I WANT TO CAMPAIGN’
You can also keep up to date via our Facebook page, Kensington Labour.
See you on the campaign trail soon!