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Preston local elections digest: Lib Dems ‘creepy’ letters, city leaders clash in video debate + find your nearest polling station

Posted on - 28th April, 2024 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
Conservatives ahead of local election campaigning in Preston joined by Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans

We’re now just days away from the city going to the polls for the latest local elections – and electing a police and crime commissioner for Lancashire too.

Here’s a digest of some stories and snippets from social media we’ve found relating to the local elections for Preston City Council. It’s been produced each Sunday morning throughout the campaign period.

If you spot something, in real life, through your letterbox, or on socials about the local elections in Preston and think we should include it then drop it to ed@blogpreston.co.uk

Read more: Preston City Council local elections 2024 candidates list set out

John Potter wants to be your friend

Hi-tech leafleting and letter-writing from the Lib Dems, we’ve had reports of personalised letters dropping through letterboxes.

Rather than just branding up an enormous Ed Davey flyer the Lib Dems are deploying a personalised intro to each letter including the householders names on each one. “A bit creepy” is how it’s been described to us.

Preston Lib Dem leader making a friend during his campaigning and getting in early for #dogsatpollingstations

Will it work on gaining John Potter’s crew more friends on polling day? We’ll have to see.

Party leaders clash in video debate

Local Democracy Reporter Paul Faulkner, who does a sterling job keeping a watchful eye on events at the Town Hall, has grilled the party leaders in a video debate this week.

Furthest right, Preston Labour leader Matthew Brown out campaigning

Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem leaders met virtually to debate the big issues facing the city.

You can watch the full debate below and see more on the talking points too.

Where is my polling station?

Thursday 2 May is polling day itself as all those who have registered to vote can make their way to choose their local councillor – and a vote for the police and crime commissioner too.

Democracy Club has produced this handy tool where you can pop your postcode in and see where the nearest polling station is and who your local candidates are too.

For some of those in the Greyfriars ward in Fulwood, Preston City Council is alerting people to a polling station change for anyone in GR2.

A number of people who would have previously voted at Our Lady and St Edwards’ Parish Centre in Marlborough Drive will now do so at St Martins Parish Hall in Fulwood.

That’s it for this week’s local elections digest – we’ll have full and extensive coverage from the Guild Hall on Friday 3 May as the votes are counted and we find out the local election results.

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