The latest candidate to stand in this year’s mayoral elections is Green Party hopeful, Adrian Spurrell, who secured the party’s best-ever result in the 2019 vote.
Adrian is active in Bedford’s community, being a Chair of two local charities and a trustee of a third. He works as a consultant helping organisations to work better and improve the quality of their leadership.
Since the 2019 election, Adrian says, “the Green Party has been growing locally and nationally” and he is keen to build on that momentum at the ballot box in May.
“So much has happened since 2019 – the pandemic, Brexit and now a war with Ukraine, while locally, residents have had their first experience of Green councillors after the [party] won two seats at the last local elections.
“But we need Green politics more than ever. The weather last year showed how climate breakdown is really starting to affect us even here.
“The cost-of-living crisis demands the thoughtful and compassionate approach Greens stand for. We are hardworking, independent-minded and community focussed. We are passionate about social and environmental justice, and rebuilding democracy – all things that Bedford desperately needs.”
The mayoral elections in Bedford take place alongside the local elections in May 2023. Photographic voter ID is required for in-person voting, so if you are not registered for a postal vote, you will need an accepted form of ID.
These include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK, EEA or Commonwealth driver’s licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card.
Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.
Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online at voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk/ or by completing a paper form.