On May the 3rd, we’ll all be asked to go back to the polls to elect a new clutch of local councillors to represent Leith in the City of Edinburgh Council.
The voting system used to elect councillors to the City of Edinburgh Council is Single Transferable Vote.(STV)
Leith Links Community Council are organising a hustings event for Leith Ward on the 29th March at 7pm in the Leith Kirkgate Community Centre.
Hustings events give local residents a chance to put their questions directly to local candidates and compare how they would deal with local issues.
In an STV vote, where it isn’t just your top priority that can make a difference to who ends up in the city chambers speaking on your behalf – your second, third and fourth choices can also affect who is elected – we think these meetings are particularly important.
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In the Leith Ward we know the following people (in alphabetical order) have been confirmed as candidates:
Chas Booth – Green Party
Adam McVey – SNP
Rob Munn – SNP
Gordon Munro – Labour
Nicola Ross – Conservative
Marjorie Thomas – Liberal Democrat
Will the SNP get two candidates elected from Leith? And if they do, who will get squeezed out? The election speculation has already started. Here’s what Edinburgh blogger, ‘Liberal Sell Out’ who is of unknown political persuasion, had to say about the upcoming battle for Leith ward:
“Leith (2007 result: 1 SNP, 1 Labour, 1 Lib Dem)
The SNP comfortably elected Rob Munn in the first round last time and on the back of support swelling in the Holyrood elections are now standing two candidates. Labour on the other hand are rowing back, standing just the sitting councillor Gordon Munro having opted for two in 07. This is wise of Labour with Munro only being elected in the seventh round previously and with all that Lib Dem support up in the air standing two would risk losing both.
But the reason this is interesting is Leith will be a barometer for how teflon-like the local SNP are. Heavily implicated in the trams debacle, and the continuing furore over Leith Water World the transfers from Munn may not be as perfect as they’d like. The Lib Dems haemorrhaged their vote in the not perfect comparison of Holyrood so the third seat could see the Greens gain should they trump the rump of Lib Dems that continue to place a ’1′ by their badge.”
And for Greener Leith readers who don’t live in the Leith Ward, and are wondering if you’re going to get a similar chance to quiz the council hopefuls for Leith Walk Ward – we understand The Spurtle are in the process of organising a hustings event for that ward.
Date, time and venue for that hustings event still to be confirmed at the time we wrote this.