As nearly half of the country prepares for the local council elections on Thursday 3 May 2018, the opportunity to have a say in all that concerns our local communities approaches. These elections give residents the chance to vote for the council they believe will represent them, act on local concerns and improve local services and facilities.
Increasingly, as power is transferred from central government to the local authorities, there is no need to wait for the general elections to ensure your voice is heard.
With millions of pounds in budgets for education and skills being assigned to the new metro mayors, the coming elections are a key opportunity for us to elect the right people in power with the right priorities. Rising homelessness, deteriorating health care facilities, including mental health care, lack of school places, acute infrastructure concerns and the rise in Islamophobia are all issues that councils up and down the country must contend with and a vote for the right candidates will be crucial.
We urge our members and friends to ensure they go out tomorrow to vote if they have not voted already by post, and to ensure that the candidates represent us and take our views, needs and challenges into consideration when making decisions for their respective wards. We should also look out for promising young candidates with new ideas, exciting initiatives and who are receptive to really listening to the public’s concerns.
Speaking on behalf of MAB, Mustafa Al-Dabbagh said: “The local council elections are an opportunity for the Muslim community to engage fully with the issues at stake, and I urge everyone to fully engage with the process and identify the candidates most likely to deliver on what they believe are the priorities of today.”
To find out where to vote in your area please visit https://wheredoivote.co.uk
Muslim Association of Britain
2nd May 2018
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