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THE WAY YOU REGISTER TO VOTE HAS CHANGED.
ARE YOU SURE THAT YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE?
You can check by:
Visiting, Wiltshire Council, Crossmolina Buildings, Snuff Street, Devizes, SN10 1FG.
phoning, Electoral Office, Wiltshire Council, 0300 456 0112
You can register to vote by: picking up a form from your nearest Council Office, ( as above)
Phoning the Electoral Office( as above) and asking them to send you a form
Register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote
DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE!
Monday18 April is the last day to register to vote in the PCC election on Thursday May 5.
Tuesday 7 June is the last day to register to vote in the E.U.Referendum on Thursday 23 June.
1. "Most of our Laws come from Brussels"
Just 13.2% of our laws have anything to do with Brussels according to the House of Commons Library. This figure includes everything that mentions the EU, even if it's just a 'passing reference' or a definition.
2. "European Laws are made by Unelected Bureaucrats"
The European Commission only proposes laws. It is the directly elected European Parliament and the Council of the EU (Government Ministers) that debate, amend and ultimately pass European legislation.
3. "Norway and Switzerland enjoy all the Benefits despite not being an EU Members"
The Norwegians and Swiss must pay into the EU and also abide by EU Trade Regulations—without actually being able to influence any of them. Norwegians make roughly the same per capita contributions to the EU as Britons.
4. "EU Migrants are a drain on the Economy"
EU migrants contribute more to the UK exchequer in taxes than they claim in benefits. Economists at University College London estimate that EU migrants contributed over E20bn to the UK economy between 2001 and 2011.
5. "The EU does Nothing to Help Ordinary People"
The EU has ensured safe working hours, introduced higher levels of annual leave and extended parental leave. It was also the EU that established the legal principle that men and women should receive equal pay for equal work.
6. "Our most Important Markets are China & the USA"
The EU is the world's largest single market. Half of Britain's exports go there, accounting for some 3.5 million British jobs. The UK sells more to the Netherlands alone than to the whole of China.
7. "European Court of Human Rights forces its will on UK"
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has nothing to do with the EU. It is part of the Council of Europe — an entirely separate institution that was set up by Britain after the Second World War.
8. "The British are Different"
All EU members states have their different languages, cultures, histories and laws. No one joins the EU to lose their identity. In fact, the EU's motto is 'United in Diversity'
Labour Party and Green Party members joined forces in Marlborough High Street, at a stall organised by the local Labour Party, to campaign to keep Britain in Europe. "We have a common agenda on Europe" said Bill Yates a local Labour Party activist "and we will work together on issues we agree on". Sam Page from the Greens agreed. "Staying in Europe is good for jobs, good for the environment and good for Britain" she said.
My service on both Wiltshire County (1989-1997) and Swindon Borough Councils (1996- to date) has given me a good understanding of the needs of both urban and rural Wiltshire. Along with an understanding on how the Wiltshire Constabulary works, and it’s inter-relationship with other emergency services and local government. I have lived and worked in Wiltshire all my life, and have also served as a member of the former Wiltshire Police Authority 1999-2002.