IAN Liddell-Grainger today told Parliament that elections for existing county council seats must go ahead in May 2022 – otherwise voters will feel gagged and come back to punish the politicians if there is yet another delay.
The normal time limit for local government elections is four years, but Somerset County Council persuaded the Government to postpone the poll from May this year until May next year while their plans for a new unitary council were being considered.
Now there is pressure for yet another 12-month postponement – until May 2023 – a move vehemently opposed by the MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset.
During Question Time in the House of Commons, Mr Liddell-Grainger told Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg: “That would mean six long years during which time the right to vote was completely denied.
“It would be totally unacceptable to silence the voice of the people in this way.
“I know that all the major political parties are dead set against any additional postponement. It would be dangerously misguided and an insult to democracy to do so. We must let the people speak.”