Polls open in 14 hours: remember to use your vote in #GE2015

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 17:37 on 6 May 2015

Politics    SNP    Labour    General Election

The result for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East will be declared by 4am on Friday morning. Picture: courtesy of Bill Henry.

YOU could not have failed to notice that there’s a General Election tomorrow. Yes, that’s right in a weird system which we call a liberal democracy, you – dear reader- have the chance to make your voice heard, and help shape the future of government in the United Kingdom.

It’s been five years since the last General Election – when, as ever, the arguments see very similar to today: the NHS is under threat, the economy needs rescuing and it’s time to vote Labour to stop the Tories. One might be forgiven for having a sense of déjà vu, though this time there’s a difference: smaller parties look set to break through.

Here in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kiirkintilloch East, the Scottish Nationalist candidate Stuart McDonald looks set to break the mould of local Westminster-related politics and snatch the seat from former Labour MP, Gregg McClymont. 

Our poll of polls suggests that Mr. McDonald will indeed win, though all candidates, their agents and teams are expected to be out in force this evening and perhaps even late into the night to battle for every vote ahead of the polls opening in less than 14 hours time. 

Unlike major publications or news titles we at Cumbernauld Media aren’t going to encourage you to vote a certain way – you’re all intelligent folk ,with the capacity for self-reasoning, so the decision of who to back should be up to you. All that we will ask and encourage of you is that you do in fact vote.

Polling stations throughout Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East will be open between 7am and 10pm, with the result – coming from Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre this year – expected in the wee hours of Friday (8th May). 

North Lanarkshire Council’s Chief Executive, Gavin Whitefield, has now swapped his suave CEO title to become North Lanarkshire’s Returning Officer, as of this evening. He is encouraging those registered to get out and vote in an election which is proving to be the most exciting for a generation.

"If you registered to vote, you will have received a polling card giving details of your local polling station," Mr Whitefield says.

"You can vote any time between 7am and 10pm, and staff at the polling station will be able to answer any questions regarding the process. If you're voting by post, make sure your ballot paper is returned by 7 May.

"The UK Parliament deals with key issues that affect our everyday lives, such as the economy and finance, defence and foreign affairs, welfare benefits and agriculture, so it's important that people have their say on who represents them at Westminster.

"Use your vote on 7 May and make your voice heard."

There are four constituencies in North Lanarkshire: Airdrie and Shotts; Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill; Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East; and Motherwell and Wishaw.