Still time to stand for local elections

The knife-edge battle for 10 Downing Street is well and truly under way but there is still time for community-minded residents to stand in elections closer to home.

There will also be local council elections on general election polling day – Thursday, May 7 – and every one of Harborough District Council’s 37 seats will be up for re-election on the big day.

The political make-up of the council now is 25 Conservatives, nine Liberal Democrats and three independents.

At the last local elections in May 2011, one councillor – Mike Rook in Tilton ward – was elected unopposed, and in 2007, three members won seats without facing opposition.

It is hoped this year that more people will come forward to stand in their communities.

And more voters would be welcome – the turn-out was a poor 43.54 per cent in 2011.

Those interested in standing still have time to submit their nominations.

Forms must be submitted to the district council’s returning officer before next Thursday, April 9, at 4pm.

The council held two information events on Monday and Tuesday this week for those wanting to find out more about standing, and a third is scheduled for this Tuesday, April 7, at Tilton Village Hall from 4pm and 7pm.

People can also find out more at this event for standing in parish council elections.

Forms are available from the council’s elections office, which is based at its Symingon Building HQ in Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough, or online by visiting the website www.harborough.gov.uk and clicking on the “elections” page.

Alternatively, potential candidates can call 01858 821372, 01858 821336 or email e.services@harborough.gov.uk.