Use your vote - to help Save the Planet!

Updated: May 1

Election Day is 5 May 2022 – times to vote: 7am to 10pm


WHY 5 MAY LOCAL ELECTIONS MATTER IN NEWCASTLE!

Newcastle Council announced a climate emergency in April 2019. Its climate plan aims to reduce the council’s carbon emissions to carbon neutral by 2030 - more info here.


Climate Action Newcastle’s guide helps you to:

  • Contact your local candidates - list of names here and information below about how to make contact

  • Quiz them - see our suggested questions below (and send us your ideas to add to them!)

  • Check you are able to vote

  • Make your vote count!


INFO TO HELP FIND OUT YOUR CANDIDATES' VIEWS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Member ideas for candidate questions to share with all our members and supporters - climatenewcastle@gmail.com - to share more ideas, use "Lets' Chat" (right) or the message form (below)

  • Clean air and public transport – "Air quality is especially poor close to schools and major roads, affecting vulnerable people (particularly children), but bus usage continues to fall. What will you do to boost use of public transport, reduce use of cars and improve air quality?"

  • Fossil fuel investment: council pension scheme profits from climate change (Tyne & Wear Pension Fund)

  1. "How can Newcastle claim to reach net zero emissions in 2030 if its pension scheme continues to invest millions of pounds in fossil fuels until 2050?"

  2. "What will you personally do to ensure the pension fund ends its investment in fossil fuels before 2030?"

  3. You can also ask candidates to sign a divestment pledge: link here

  4. Check out this local election survey of council policies by campaign group Divest Tyne & Wear: link here. There are several pages about party policies in Newcastle.

  • Protecting our green spaces – "The council has recently given the go-ahead to housing that threatens wildlife and plants in several precious green spaces. Why do council plans not target housing developments away from those areas?"

  • Rising energy prices and fuel poverty – how will the council help people who need the most assistance to reduce their energy consumption, and reduce the impact of climate change on the vulnerable?


CONTACTING YOUR CANDIDATES

  • Newcastle Council has published a list of all candidates – link here so you can check who your candidates are. There is also a list of all their election agents, who can pass on questions to them - list here.

  • You may receive election literature through your door with contact info

  • Once you have your candidates' names, you can search for their contact details on social media or via their political party websites.

  • Some candidates may take part in local hustings – let us know if you attend any and whether you asked about climate change (and what the answers were!)


ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT MAKING SURE YOU CAN USE YOUR VOTE IN NEWCASTLE?

Council election enquiries phone: 0191 278 7878

Council election enquiries email: elections@newcastle.gov.uk

Council webpage: here


USEFUL LINKS

This link will help trace candidate information about candidates in other parts of the North East as well as Newcastle. The info was added after the deadline for nominations:

https://candidates.democracyclub.org.uk/elections/?filter_by_region=UKC


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