Video: Council leaders use YouTube to attract election candidates

THE Leaders of three main political parties in Cambridgeshire have launched an appeal for election candidates via YouTube. Political leaders from Cambridgeshire County Council have bridged the digital divide by appearing in three online videos encouragin Go to the You Tube page by clicking here >>Go to the You Tube page by clicking here >>Go to the You Tube page by clicking here >>Go to the You Tube page by clicking here >>Go to the You Tube page by clicking here >>

THE Leaders of three main political parties in Cambridgeshire have launched an appeal for election candidates via YouTube.

Political leaders from Cambridgeshire County Council have bridged the digital divide by appearing in three online videos encouraging more people to stand as county councillors.

The three podcasts, which can be found by logging onto www.youtube.com the online video community, involve Councillor Jill Tuck, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council and the Conservative Group, Councillor David Jenkins, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group and Councillor Paul Sales, Leader of the Labour Group.

The films represent a first for local democracy in Cambridgeshire, with the leaders broadcasting individual messages on the importance of people coming forward as councillors for the County Council elections, in June.

The podcasts can be seen via Cambridgeshire County Council's website, www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Councillor Jill Tuck, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council and the Conservative Group, said: "We need new people to come forward and stand as County Councillors - they bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm that keeps local democracy vibrant. County Councillors do not belong to some political elite - we are ordinary people who live locally, with many of us experiencing first hand the difficulties that residents face on a day-to-day basis.

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"If you feel you have a commonsense approach and a willingness to fight for you community on a whole range issues, from potholes to housing growth, put your name forward and you can make a difference."

David Jenkins, Leader of the Liberal Group at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "These films were fun to make, but carry a serious message. It's important for people to come forward to stand as councillors for local democracy - they are the voices of local people. Councillors provide local people power and enable them to take on the government (local and national), utility providers and big business."

Paul Sales, Leader of the Labour Group at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "I'm really excited that the Internet is being used to promote local democracy in Cambridgeshire. We saw how the Internet was used successfully in the American presidential elections to bring politicians and voters closer and I see no reason why this new style of politics can't work in Cambridgeshire.

"Everyone has a duty to vote and the most certain effect of not voting will be that councillors get elected who do not really represent the wishes or needs of a local community - or you could put yourself forward as a candidate if you feel you could make a difference to your local area. Give it a go!"

All 69 Cambridgeshire County Council seats will be up for election on June 4 2009. Anybody wishing to stand must obtain a form from the electoral officer at their local city or district council. Details are available at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk An election leaflet outlining how to become a councillor will be available from Reception at Shire Hall, Castle Court, Cambridge and Scott House, Huntingdon.

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