Amidst the huffing, puffing and permanently outraged tweeting, one key political detail may have escaped your notice – the European and local elections are actually tomorrow, Thursday May 22!
Specifically, you’ll be able to vote for two or three people, from a range of political parties, to represent your neighbourhood on your local council. (For instance, three people will be chosen to represent Peckham on Southwark Council.)
If you live in Lewisham, Hackney, Newham or Tower Hamlets , you can can also vote directly for the mayor of your council – we hope you savour ticking those extra boxes. (See Londonist’s round-up of the candidates for more.)
At the other end of the political system, you can also vote for your preferred party (out of 17!) to represent London in the European Parliament. All in all, eight MEPs will be selected and allocated to each party depending on their share of the vote. (So if 50 percent of people vote for the Greens and 50 percent for UKIP, they’ll get four MEPs apiece.)
And for clarity’s sake, note that your MP is not up for election, and neither is your London Assembly member or the Mayor of London. Boris and Dave are safe for now.
Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm: check your polling card (you should have been sent one in the post!) for your local polling station, or visit your council’s website.
Think of it as a little amuse bouche of democracy ahead of the 2015 parliamentary elections, a mere 350 days away.