Preston local elections 2019: See what each party wants to achieve

Posted on - 14th April, 2019 - 7:01am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
Counting at the Guild Hall for local election 2014
Counting at the Guild Hall – Moor Park ward is one of the areas which has disappeared under boundary changes

A knock at the door on a Saturday afternoon, it’s not the latest delivery from ASOS but someone wanting your vote.


Local elections are in full swing for Preston City Council and all parties are out in force.

Unlike recent local elections this one has a lot of emphasis, effort and focus on it. It’s an all-out election.

What does that mean? Every councillor is up for election rather than the usual thirds system, which sees one councillor up for re-election each year.

Preston’s seen its ward boundaries redrawn and so you may not be within the same local voting area as previous years. This means for politicians there’s a degree of uncertainty, especially in the newly created wards.

We asked each of the main parties in the city to write a guest piece for us outlining their manifesto for the city and why they want your vote.

Labour held power at the Town Hall and leader Matthew Brown has written about what his party wants to achieve.

While the Preston Conservatives have a new leader, with Sue Whittam at the helm and the first female leader of the city’s Tory party. She gives her reason why she wants your vote.

Neil Darby has penned the piece for the Liberal Democrats who are looking to improve their position particularly in the West and North of the city.

And Neil Graham, treasurer for UKIP in Preston, outlines what the party hopes to achieve and there’s a strong focus on Brexit as you might expect.

We hope you enjoy the chance to read what each of the parties believes in and wants to see happen in the city.

Read more: See all the candidates for the local elections in Preston

Whichever colour you decide to vote for on Thursday 2 May, we hope you do decide to vote.

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