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Local Election 2010

Welcome to the Bury Focus Local Election Special 2010.

We are inviting candidates to submit their election 'pitch', that is, why they believe they should be a ward councillor and why you should vote for them.

Please use the navigation menu on the left to view each candidate and their 'pitch' if they have submitted one.

There are two seats in the Pilkington Park ward available in this local election.

The local council is responsible for a surprising number of services that you use and rely on every day: from housing to street lighting, education to pub licensing, parking to sports facilities, and park maintenance to care for the elderly. That's why your vote can make a real difference.


PartyNo. of CandidatesNo. of Pitches SubmittedPercentage
Liberal Democrat 18 17 94%
Conservative 18 2 11%
Labour 18 1 6%
BNP 10 0 0%
Green 4 2 50%
Independent 3 1 33%
English Democrats 1 1 100%

How To Vote

In the UK there are three different ways you can vote:

Voting at a polling station

  1. On election day, go to your local polling station.

    If you are disabled and will need assistance getting into the polling station, contact the electoral registration office to find out what help is available. If you require assistance in completing the ballot paper, you may take a companion with you when you vote or the staff in the polling station may help you.
  2. Tell the staff inside the polling station your name and address so they can check that you are on the electoral register. You can show them your poll card, but you do not need it to vote.
  3. The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the parties and candidates you can vote for. It will be printed with an official mark. If you have a visual impairment, you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.
  4. Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote. Mark a cross (X) in the box to the right of the name of the party or candidate you want to vote for.
    Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted.
  5. Finally, when you have marked your vote, fold the ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box. Do not let anyone see your vote. If you are not clear on what to do, ask the staff at the polling station to help you.

Voting by post

To download an application form visit:

Please note: some councils may use a self-sealing method in place of envelopes for the return of postal votes.

Postal votes must be received before voting closes on election day.

Voting by proxy

For detailed information visit:

If you are unable to vote in person, you can choose to vote by proxy (someone else voting on your behalf). You can apply to vote by proxy for a particular election, for a set period of time or for all future elections.

How you vote is up to you. It may depend on what you find the easiest or the most convenient method.


Electoral Registration Office:

Elections and Electoral Registration,
Town Hall,
Knowsley Street,

Local Election 2010