The polls are open


By - Thursday 7th May, 2015

As Election 2015 finally arrives, politics editor Tom Black has a few recommendations during the calm before the storm


The day is here. Five years and one day after the last general election, everyone in the United Kingdom now gets to choose the next government.

Still not made your mind up? The polls in this election have indicated that people like you are unusually numerous. Your decision today could have big consequences.

If you want to inform yourself a bit, or just chew a bit of political fat to get in the mood for polling day and David Dimbleby’s final election night, there are a host of options available to you.

You could look through my own series of columns, The Public Gallery, to remind yourself of the big local events of this campaign.

You could read anything by the Citizen‘s various regularly-political writers, Sean Creighton, Robert Ward, or Jonny Rose.

You could get a bit of context by reading about the political history of Croydon in David White’s Political Croydon series, or in James Naylor’s assessment of our borough’s relationship with central government.

You could listen to the Citizen‘s head-to-head debate between Gavin Barwell and Sarah Jones, if those two candidates are on your ballot today.

Or you could explore one of the many other resources available to voters – in Croydon and beyond.

Whatever you do, I hope it’s not inappropriate for me to recommend that you go out and vote today. And even if you plan to deliberately not do so on principle, why not head down to the polling station, hold the ballot in your hands and spoil it in such a way that conveys your reasoning for not voting? It’s more fun than just staying at home.

Don’t forget, I’ll be running the Citizen‘s live coverage of the election tonight. Check back at 9:30pm for the first updates.

Tom Black

Tom Black

Tom is the Citizen's General Manager, and spent his whole life in Croydon until moving to Balham in 2017. He also writes plays that are occasionally performed and books that are occasionally enjoyed. He's been a Labour Party member since 2007, and in his spare time runs an online publishing house for alternate history books, Sea Lion Press. He is fluent in Danish, but speaks no useful languages. Views personal, not representative of editorial policy.

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