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KM Column - Politics - 18 April 2019

Many people feel disenfranchised by politics. They don’t think it’s worth getting involved in campaigning or even going out to vote. This alienation is seen across our country and often is felt in our own community. This is becoming a serious problem. Because if you don’t get involved in politics, you don’t avoid the results, you just let others choose them for you. That leaves you without a voice in matters that change your life.

Most people are most interested in the level of politics that affects them most. That’s why, as a soldier, I was very interested in defence and foreign affairs. As a father, I’m now worried about schools and hospitals, and as someone who lives in a rural community, I care deeply about buses and potholes in roads. At each stage, I felt I needed a voice. That’s why I voted, and then stood to fight for the views that matter in our community. That’s why I ran for Parliament. 

Many other people are just as passionate about the issues that affect them. In our town halls and county hall people seeking to change the way we are governed are getting together to see how they can spend our money better, and leave us able to live the lives we want in our towns and villages. Whichever part of government matters to you, it is important you make your voice heard. It’s the only way you will ever change anything.

It’s also easy to do it. You would be amazed! You don’t have to run for office to have a say and you don’t have to give up hours to council meetings to make a change. You can do it from the comfort of your own home – just vote. By post or in person, making your voice heard couldn’t be easier and by doing that, you're choosing who you have making the case for what you need. Choose carefully someone who will represent you. You may not win, but if you don’t vote, your voice won’t even count. So please make yourself heard and vote.

Georgie Welford