DOES SHEFFIELD WANT A MAYOR? ‘Go out and use your vote in sheffield’

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THE campaigning has finished - now it is down to the voters.

And politicians from all parties today issued a last-minute plea urging people to get out and use their vote.

Campaigning across Sheffield has come to close after thousands of leaflets were posted, doors knocked on and residents canvassed.

But now it is in the hands of city residents to make a vital decision about how Sheffield Council is run.

Labour leader Julie Dore, who is up for re-election in Arbourthorne, said: “I think it’s extremely important that people take the opportunity to choose local candidates to represent them on the council.

“People need to use the right that people across the world have fought for, to ensure their voice is heard to influence policy and decisions.”

Lib Dem leader Shaffaq Mohammed said: “It’s vital people use their vote today to ensure they have strong local councillors who will fight for their areas.

“Many of the decisions the council makes have a direct impact on local people, like whether bins are emptied fortnightly or every week.

“It’s important Sheffielders have a clear say over how their city is run.”

Voters today will get the chance to decide whether Sheffield is ruled by an elected mayor.

And they will also be able to vote on which councillor they want to represent their local ward at the Town Hall.

A third of the city’s council seats are up for grabs, one in each ward.

Opposition Liberal Democrats are defending seats they won at the height of their popularity in the city in 2008.

They hope their stock has improved since their drubbing at the polls 12 months ago, which they put down to a backlash against the national party’s decision to go into coalition with the Conservatives.

They have been urging voters to concentrate on the record of the Labour administration over the last year - promising to reverse a decision to scrap fortnightly bin collections, save three threatened dementia care centres, and scrap a rise in parking permit fees.

The Labour administration is sitting on a majority of 18 seats.

Their councillors say they have ‘minimised’ the effect of government cutbacks, and have campaigned on their record of creating an apprenticeship programme and reinstating police community support officers.

The Green Party is standing candidates in every ward and is focusing on securing re-election to Central and making headway in Broomhill.