The local elections are coming up this Thursday (6 May).
The elections decide who runs local services – such as schools, libraries and bin collections – in 143 councils across the UK.
Hounslow council isn’t in the running this year, but residents will be able to vote in the London mayoral election, as well as vote for the London Assembly member for South West.
The Chiswick Calendar’s Matt Smith has interviewed four of the major contenders standing for the South West seat on the London Assembly, to find out who they are, what they stand for and what they hope to achieve if elected.
Follow the links below to find out about the candidates and what they’re standing for.
There are 25 members of the London Assembly, which is the body that scrutinises the activities of the Mayor of London. A two-thirds super-majority is needed to amend the Mayor’s annual budget and to reject the Mayor’s draft statutory strategies.
The SW seat has been held by veteran Conservative politician Tony Arbour for the last 21 years, but the Conservatives are fielding a different candidate this time around.
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