DERBYSHIRE: Parties bid for your vote

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This time next week voters will take to the polls to decide the political make-up of Derbyshire County Council (DCC).

All 64 seats will be up for grabs as a new council is elected for the first time in four years on Thursday, May 2.

In the Derbyshire Times patch, as reported last week, there will be candidates standing for Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), the Green Party, the British National Party (BNP) and Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts (TUSAC).

Here we give a run-down of some of the pledges in those parties’ manifestos.

Labour has pledged to build a strong economy which creates jobs, grows businesses and provides a future for the county’s young people, defend the NHS and tackle health inequalities and fight crime and build stronger communities.

The Conservatives would again freeze council tax for 2014 to 2015, inject £6m into road repairs and keep all libraries open.

The Liberal Democrats would support nurseries, children’s centres and playgroups while freeing teachers from bureaucracy, develop real skills for employment by encouraging apprenticeships and easy access to further education and help small business to grow.

UKIP would leave the EU to save £53m a day for local services, cut taxation to incentivise jobs and growth and end mass immigration.

The Green Party would build a strong, sustainable local economy, take action on climate change and protect public services.

The BNP would make all benefits and social housing only available to British citizens, deport all illegal immigrants and toughen up jails.

TUSAC would oppose all cuts to council jobs, services, pay and conditions, reject increases in council tax to compensate for Government cuts and oppose racism and fascism.

Also standing are a number of independent candidates who are free from party-politics. DCC has been under Conservative control since 2009. Before then the authority had been Labour-led for 28 years.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on the day and in the run up to the election voters can expect to receive cards telling them where to vote. Votes will be counted the following day, Friday, May 3, and will be available as they are announced on the Derbyshire Times website and Twitter page.