A 14% turnout = a breakdown of trust in local (and national) government

Last Thursday (21.3), there were a couple of local council by-elections in the area we cover. One was in the Vange ward in Basildon: Election results for Vange, 21 March 2019 and the other was in the Milton ward in Southend-on-Sea: Milton By-Election. In Vange, the turnout was 14%. The turnout for Milton isn’t noted on the Southend Borough Council results page but reliable sources in the town have confirmed it as around 20%.

Both seats were won by Labour. We hope that both of the winning candidates will take a look at the turnout, their share of the vote of those who turned out, and most importantly, their share of the vote out of all of those eligible to vote. We hope they then reflect on what that means for their legitimacy. Any honest councillor would look at these turnouts and admit that as things stand, they have to…

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