On Thursday 3rd May the whole of South Lakeland District Council is up for re-election. Currently SLDC is LibDem dominated, with 31 seats out of 51. The Tories have 16, Labour currently has just 2. This is not good for local democracy as decisions are taken with no effective opposition: e.g. the closure of the New Road car park, and the removal of the disabled parking bays from the Market Place in Kendal.
Many people are rightly angry that the LibDem-controlled council are ignoring their voice, and of course the Tories are seeking to capitalise on this and take control of the district council. That would be just swapping one bad idea for another! We need more Labour councillors on the district council: to give a balance, to provide checks on decision-making, and to be a voice for the people.
In this year's council election the Wards have been changed, and instead of lots of smaller Wards as previously there are now 18 larger ones, most of which will elect three councillors, the remaining ones will elect two councillors.
We are asking you to vote with your heart and for a Labour candidate.
With more councillors, Labour can improve lives here!