Here's how it works for Barnehurst.
As we know Barnehurst is in the London Borough of Bexley and Bexley has 3 elected MPs (Member of Parliament) and 63 elected councillors.
MPs - General Elections
You'll get the chance every 5 years to elect an MP for Bexley. There are three across the borough - one each for Old Bexley & Sidcup, Erith & Thamesmead and Bexleyheath & Crayford.
The 3 areas are known as UK parliamentary constituencies. For Barnehurst you vote for an MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford.
The current MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford is David Evennett who won the May 2010 election.
Councillors - Local (Borough) Elections
When it comes to the local elections, every 4 years, you're voting for who you want represented on Bexley Council. Unlike the general elections where you vote for just one person, in the local elections you vote for three people from a variety of parties.
You could choose two from one party, one from another. Or all three from the same party.
If I only vote for three people how do we manage to get 63 councillors on the council?
This is where Bexley Borough, like most regions, is split into wards - or if you like smaller areas for the sake of politics. Bexley is split into 21 wards i.e. Barnehurst, Colyers, Crayford, Danson Park etc. So if you're in the Barnehurst ward you'll be voting for people representing that ward - nice and local and hopefully the candidates will know the area and the local issues.
3 elected councillors x 21 wards = 63 Bexley councillors.
Whichever party gets the most votes they will have control of the council. At the local elections in May 2010 Conservatives won 52 seats and Labour 11 seats.
The three councillors for Barnehurst are;
- Councillor Howard Marriner Conservative Party
- Councillor David Hurt Conservative Party
- Councillor Simon Windle Conservative Party
For more information and more on the ward results use the link below;
Leader of the Council
Each year, the Leader of the Council is elected by the Full Council (that is by all the councillors). The Full Council also decides how many Cabinet members are needed and what their roles will be. Cabinet members are responsible for policy making and taking decisions. The Leader recommends to the Full Council which fellow councillors should be appointed to each Cabinet member position. The Full Council makes the appointments to each Cabinet member position. The rest of the Councillors perform a scrutiny or checking role. The Mayor chairs the full Council meeting and has a traditional ceremonial role.
The Council takes major decisions, in particular relating to the annual budget and Council Tax setting, together with policy framework decisions that set the parameter within which the Executive operates.