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Editorial comment: Make vote count in local elections

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 May 2018

Have your say in the local elections.   PIcture: RUI VEIRA/PA

Have your say in the local elections. PIcture: RUI VEIRA/PA

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Politics has never been more at the forefront of our minds.

The Brexit result - whether you are a remainer or leaver - has changed the political landscape forever. And I’m not even certain it will go ahead with what seems like a growing army or resistance within the corridors of power.

And as big a task as it is Brexit seems to be all the government can focus on.

But there’s the desperately important Grenfell tragedy which needs an appropriate and prompt investigation and the scandalous treatment of the Windrush generation - at the hands of successive governments. And that’s without the huge counter-terrorism task in the wake of hideous terror attacks in London and Manchester

Meanwhile, Trump’s Twitter-run presidency in America, Macron’s slick emergence in France and Merkel’s weakening grip in Germany means politics is rarely out of the news here and abroad.

But tomorrow is all about local elections.

And while all that I’ve mentioned so far is extremely important tomorrow gives YOU the chance to have a say on decisions made locally - decisions that impact on your life and that of your family and friends every single day. The truth is many of us live most of our lives within 10 miles of our homes. It’s where we shop, send our children to school, buy a house and use leisure facilities such as the swimming pool or park.

In the year we mark 100 years since (some) women won the right to vote it’s important that you exercise that right and vote for those who’ve made a difference, or can make a difference, to you and your loved ones.

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