During this year's Make Your Vote Count campaign we asked party leaders in all south east councils to support our pledges and held question time meetings in Southend and Hastings.
In London we asked all candidates (except those standing for far right parties) to support our pledges and published the responses to members. We also sent a mailing to all members ballot addresses urging them to vote.
Finally we assisted in hosting question time events across the capital and also put questions to the mayoral candidates at a community organised event. We then published these responses on our webpages.
As with previous campaigns, we will be contacting candidates in local elections asking them to sign up to our pledges. The pledges for this year are:
1. I pledge to support PCS campaigns against public service job cuts and to ensure quality public services are delivered to those in need.
2. I pledge to support the PCS campaign for fair pay and a living wage for workers.
3. I pledge to protect quality public services and work alongside PCS, community organisations and other trade unions to ensure that no more public services are privatised, outsourced or mutualised.
4. I pledge to support the PCS campaign for fair pensions for all; including calling on the government to protect public sector pensions, ensure the state pension keeps in line with inflation, that the government addresses pensioner poverty and that companies are prevailed upon to ensure they fulfil their pension obligations to staff.
We worked with partners Love Music Hate Racism, Unite Against Fascism (UAF), Hope not Hate and Searchlight.
On Thursday, 29 November 2012, there will be a by-election in the parliamentary constituency of Croydon North.
This has been triggered following the death of the Labour MP Malcom Wicks. We will be organising a mini-MYVC campaign and encourage reps and members to visit our pages to view candidates responses and get involved with our campaign.