VOTERS in Cheshire are turning to the internet to ensure local issues aren't forgotten by candidates in the closest fought general election in decades.
Volunteers in constituencies throughout the area have joined an army of volunteers across the UK to help hold local candidates to account via the Democracy Club website.
Democracy Club aims to hold candidates to account by getting volunteers to report what those standing for election locally are pledging to do if they win power.
Those volunteers also post what issues matter to the local constituency in an attempt to ensure that important local issues aren't overshadowed by national politics which often dominate the news agenda.
All candidates will receive a questionnaire from the website to answer questions on national and local issues, the results of which will be published online.
Local voters still have time to join Democracy Club to say which local issues matter to them, and make sure their local candidates reply to the questionnaires as they are sent out.
The project is being run with support from Mysociety, a not for profit organisation which also runs websites which make it easier for the public to monitor what is discussed in parliament and to submit Freedom of Information requests, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Users can monitor what is being discussed in their local constituency, and look at political leaflets which have been uploaded by volunteers. Anyone can volunteer to get involved.
Seb Bacon, one of the people behind Democracy Club, said: “We're not part of any organisation and have no agenda other than increasing transparency and civic participation. We don't even know exactly how this is going to work out.
“But along the way, we hope build up a picture of what people care about across the country; connect with other people who care about the state of politics in the UK; and have some fun.
“Despite widespread disillusionment with politics and politicians, British people are not apathetic.
“We'd like to make things better, but what's the easiest way to get started? Democracy Club exists to help answer this question.”
Issues being raised in Chester include:
Calls for fewer nightclubs, demands for improvements to the city’s subways, a desire for Chester to make more of its history and heritage, support for professional football clubs to be owned by the fans, more cultural provision in Chester and fears about the redevelopment of Saighton army camp
You can get involved with Democracy Club by going to www.democracyclub.org.uk.