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Do you know the people who represent you?
Frogmarch 2002 - Whitby
tobyaw
It's almost election time. I'm looking forward to playing my part in our democracy. But do you know who your current elected representatives are?

Poll #1731353 Name your representative

If you live in the UK, do you know (without looking it up) the name of your MP?

Yes
11(78.6%)
No
3(21.4%)

Do you know the name of any of your MEPs?

Yes
3(21.4%)
No
11(78.6%)

Do you know the name of any of the local councillors who serve your ward?

Yes
6(42.9%)
No
8(57.1%)

If you're in Scotland, Wales, or NI, do you know the name of any of the MSPs, AMs, or MLAs who serve your constituency or region?

Yes
2(33.3%)
No
4(66.7%)
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I have even met our councillors and MP more than once (not MEPs though). Admittedly this is the first time in 21 years as a voting adult that I can say yes to all three questions there, but still.

I have a collection of names in my head, and could name several of the town’s current and past councillors, but I don’t know which of them represent our ward.

I guess I’ve always been “lucky” living in constituencies with well-known MPs — Ken Clarke in Nottingham, and Menzies Campbell in St Andrews — so it has always been easy to follow their activities in the media.

*g* My MPs since I have been old enough to know who they were: Michael Heseltine, Douglas Hurd, Andrew Smith. (My parents' MP is David Cameron.)

When everyone else at FE college got their 'hooray, you can vote - vote for me!' letters at 18 from backbench or Opposition MPs, mine was from the Foreign Secretary. :)

Use to know more but with the change to PR and list candidates I lost track of my local councillors.

I’m pretty sure that is the biggest downside of PR; the removal of the link between politicians and their electorate.

Why's question 1) limited to if you live in the UK? I have a constituency MP in the UK, despite living in Japan... Still eligible to vote in the referendum despite having been overseas for a few years.

OK, so you might not live in the UK, but you have a home in the UK. Near enough!

And the honest answer to the questions are that I am much more aware of my "to be" representatives in the constituency of Ludlow etc. than I am my current representatives in Poplar. Not least, I find I have more in common with the former than the latter!

From Labour to Conservative? A move in the “right” direction!

At least in parliamentary representation, yes.

London Assembly representative is also (of course) Labour.
Possibly more surprisingly, local councillors go from 3 x Conservative to 1 x Liberal Democrat in moving from London to rural Shropshire.

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