Here are links to information about our Ladywood constituency – who is standing, and more about the area. Also sites that may help you find out which candidates you most agree with. The Neighbourhood Forum is not a political organisation. We have no intention of trying to tell you who to vote for, so we have tried to keep it neutral. Hope you find it useful!
Ladywood constituency on Wikipedia (including past election results)
Ladywood constituency on the BBC – this includes notional, estimated, results based on the 2005 results, but trying to work out what they would have been if Ladywood’s boundaries had already been changed to the new ones. They show the notional results 2005 to be:
Labour – 52.6%
Liberal Democrats – 29.4%
Conservative – 8.4%
Others – 9.6%
Of course, they may be wrong, or people may feel very differently now.
Our current MP, Clare Short, is not standing.
The Parliamentary candidates for our area are:
Green: Peter Beck – see the Birmingham Green Party site
UKIP: Christopher Booth – see him on UKIP’s site
Liberal Democrat: Ayoub Khan – on the Birmingham Liberal Democrats site
A site collecting pictures of the leaflets each candidate is circulating is http://www.thestraightchoice.org . These are the ones I found for the Ladywood constituency:
Hoping to help you decide how to vote…
They Work For You site asked candidates to answer a series of questions so you would be able to see which of them you agreed with. Unfortunately last time I looked, none of our candidates had answered it.
So if you still don’t know how to vote, here are a couple of sites that help you run through what you think on different issues and then show you how well your opinions match up to each of the political parties:
I got different results from the two sites though, so they are not a sure fire way to decide!
Here are a couple of other interesting politics-related sites:
Expenditure Map – http://ishortman.com/projects/expendituremap/
Do you think Birmingham, and the West Midlands, gets its fair share of Government expenditure? This innovative site can help you check!
It’s an interactive map which visualises public expenditure data by UK region. Categories such as services, defence, public order, science and technology, agriculture and transport can be selected to vary regional size and colour. This allows for easy comparison between public spending in two different categories and allows users to how spending has changed over the years.
How much power does your vote have?
A site about our voting system – before looking at this one, you have to promise you won’t decide not to vote after all!
Even if the constituency vote does not go your way, your vote will still be counted in the national figures showing everyone who gained how much support. And that could influence how secure the winners feel, or how much they realise they need to listen to your favourite party’s ideas.