EVINGTON ELECTION OF COUNCILLORS 2015 – COUNCILLORS’ DUTIES
Councillors are expected to effectively champion the interests of the ward’s constituents and consult them on key council decisions. They should promote citizenship and empower the community to participate in the governance of their area. Their motive should be to make Evington a safe and pleasant place in which to live.
They are expected to undertake case work for individuals and act as advocates in resolving concerns and grievances and communicate with local people regarding council decisions and citizens’ rights.
Current Councillors are Deepak Bajaj (Lab) and Baljit Singh (Lab).
At the last election there were ten candidates for two seats, but as Evington Ward has been enlarged this time there will be three Councillors representing Evington.
ELECTION OF CITY MAYOR – THE CITY MAYOR’S DUTIES
The City Mayor is in a nearly unique position; having almost total decision making powers. This includes policy and its implementation, since Leicester no longer employs a chief executive. However, the annual budget, planning and licensing are outside the mayor’s remit.
The City Mayor is supported by a cabinet of seven, each concentrating on one or more of their priority themes: A place to do business, Getting about Leicester, a Low carbon city, The built and natural environment, A healthy and active city, Providing care and support, Children and young people, Neighbourhoods and communities and Local democracy.
This governance system allows fast and ambitious decision making but depends on public perception of the City Mayor’s good or bad judgement for its survival.
Our present City Mayor is Sir Peter Soulsby (Lab). At the last election there were eleven candidates.
WESTMINSTER ELECTION – LEICESTER EAST – AN MP’S DUTIES
The vast majority of MPs represent a political party and its manifesto. Unless they rebel they vote in support of their party, but on many issues they have a free vote. To a great extent their success at the polls reflects the popularity and public charisma of their party leader.
Members of Parliament do not have a formal job description. They are accountable to their constituents who can choose not to re-elect them if they do not believe that they, or their party, is doing a good enough job for them.
The key election issues include: Jobs, Prices, Wages, Immigration, NHS, the Economy, Education, and the Environment.
The current MP is Keith Vaz (Lab). At the last election there were seven candidates.