from Cllr Andrew Wood, Canary Wharf ward 

Dear all,

Last minute reminder that the local elections are today Thursday, polls close 10pm

All you need is your name & address to vote although taking your polling card helps

There have been two polling station moves:

The polling station at Tiller road leisure centre has moved to the next street over Mellish Street (see picture below)

The polling station at the London Docklands Museum has moved to the Marriott hotel also on West Imdia Quay by the DLR station

Voting Guidance

Mark the paper with a clear X in the appropriate box(s), make it hard & clear, you can take a black pen if you want but a clear pencil mark works fine

You only need your name & address to vote, do not need your poll card but it helps

EU citizens, British and Commonwealth citizens can vote, sorry Americans and others cannot

On the Mayoral ballot paper you have two votes in two columns (see pic below)
1st preference or 1st choice in the 1st column, 2nd column tactical vote or 2nd choice. You do not need to use your 2nd choice vote but you must put an X in the first column for your ballot paper to be counted

On the Councillor Ward level ballot paper put in 1, 2 or 3 X depending on how many Councillors are in the ward (many people got this wrong in 2014) - so check

Reminder, the Mayor is an Executive Mayor and since the 2010 referendum has all of the power in TH. 

The role of Councillors is to;

1. Represent their residents and to help them (all of them regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, residence)

2. Make decisions in Committes like Licensing & Planning

3. Scrutinise the work of the Council on Committees like Pensions, Audit, Overview & Scrutiny

4. Hold the Mayor to account (or to help him if Cabinet members) 

For a political party to have weight in the Council it needs a minimum of 5 Councillors, with 5 you can;

a. call in decisions of the Mayor to scrutiny
b. get the help of a paid group assistant
c. leader gets more allowance as in effect almost a full time job
d. get an office at Mulberry Place (I think you need 4 or more to get an office)

The bigger the group the more Committees like Planning it has seats on. 

So it is now up to you to decide, good luck 😉 

But please VOTE it only takes a few minutes

Polling station map here (note if you live on the east side of Alpha Grove I think the map is wrong) 

Other information on voting here

I hope you vote for Tom Randall & myself Andrew Wood as ward Councillors for Canary Wharf ward and Dr Anwara Ali MBE for Mayor (picture is of Andrew, Anwara and Tom from left to right)

Being a Councillor takes up a huge amount of time and with Canary Wharf being the fastest growing ward in the country you really need to elect two hard working Councillors who can work as a team

In fact it requires so much time and effort that it has been difficult to keep up to date with these emails (I mainly communicate on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor) but I hope to be in a position to restart these newsletters after the election, although whether as a Councillor or ordinary citizen is up to you :)
Sent to you by Councillor Andrew Wood, 12 Neptune Court, Homer Drive, London E14 3UQ
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Councillor Andrew Wood · 12, Neptune Court · Homer Drive · London, London E14 3UQ · United Kingdom

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