We want YOU to join the Welwyn Hatfield Times' election team

PUBLISHED: 12:10 08 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:10 08 February 2015

Welwyn Hatfield Times Election 2015

Welwyn Hatfield Times Election 2015

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Tired of shouting at the television unheard? Disillusioned with politics? Or excited about the prospect of a General Election?

Key dates

March 18: Final budget.

March 26: Parliament expected to be dissolved, the election campaign begins in earnest.

End of April: Deadline to apply for a postal vote.

May 7: Election day.

May 8: Early hours results will start to be announced.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times wants to find a wide range of people from Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Potters Bar and surrounding villages to join our election team.

From first time voters to those who have seen countless elections, we want to hear your views.

We are looking for a group of people who will give us their thoughts in the run up to General Election day on May 7.

Being part of the team will involve keeping a short election campaign diary, and giving your views on the political promises that will inevitably be made on the campaign trail – is a policy a good idea, and will work in practice?

Why do we know the election date already?

It was the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition that brought in fixed-term Parliaments.

It was part of the agreement after the 2010 election.

Before the new act went through in 2011, Parliament could be dissolved by the royal prerogative.

This originally meant that the King or Queen decided when to dissolve Parliament. But over time, the monarch increasingly would only act on the advice of the Prime Minister.

By the 19th Century, Prime Ministers had a great deal of control over the timings of General Elections.

But under the provisions of the Act, brought in this Parliament, General Elections must be held every five years, beginning in 2015.

The Act received Royal Assent on September 15, 2011.

With resurgent minor parties such as the Green Party and UK Independence Party, many commentators believe this is one of the least predictable elections yet.

It will be seats in our region that could make all the difference when it comes to who will be Prime Minister next year.

We want to hear what you have to say. Are you?

A first time voter?

A student?

A young professional still renting?

Unable to work and reliant on the state for help?

A parent of young children?

A grandparent?

Retired?

A business owner?

This is not an exhaustive list. We want to hear from a wide range of people.

To join the team, you will need to be able to submit your diary by email, and be available at reasonably short notice to give your views on various announcements.

We will also want to include a photograph of you.

If you want to take part, email terry.mitchinson@whtimes.co.uk by Friday, February 20.

Please include the following:

Name

Age

Address (street name and town)

Occupation

Who do you live with?

Do you have children?

Who did you vote for at the last election?

A short description of what life has been like for you in the last five years.

Please also include a contact number.

We look forward to hearing your views.

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