Dave Smith
Local Elections Guidance

Asylum Matters have produced a short document to help supporters ensure their candidates are ready to champion the rights of people seeking sanctuary. Local elections in England are taking place on Thursday 3rdMay 2018. Local authorities are important advocacy targets as they deliver a range of services which refugees and asylum-seekers will access and are responsible for delivering a strategic vision for the area they represent. They themselves can also be powerful advocates for change, including with national government. The run-up to the election will be an opportunity to ask candidates what they plan to do on refugee and asylum issues in the local area if they are elected. Asylum Matters has produced a short guide including some questions that can be put to candidates, whether you’re meeting them at a hustings event, at a street stall or on your doorstep – see here.