The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has called on its members and all motorcyclists to get stuck in to election debates. An updated MAG Elections Handbook has been published with handy tips to help riders influence the outcomes of the May elections.
May 6th, 2021 will be a busy day for democracy across the UK. With the elections originally scheduled for 2020 having been postponed to 6th May this year, there is no shortage of opportunity for riders to exercise their right to vote.
MAG Chair, Selina Lavender, said:
“I have a growing sense that motorcycling in the UK is at a crossroads. Recent events and future goals and ambitions for the UK have demonstrated that we are at the centre of some fundamental shifts. Policy decisions made now will be key to creating a better future. This is why it is vital that we as motorcyclists make our voice heard. Motorcycling has a bright future and a critical role to play – now and in that brighter tomorrow we all seek.”
The May elections will see hundreds of English local councillors, 13 directly elected mayors in England, and 39 Police & Crime Commissioners in England and Wales chosen by the public. There are also elections in the Parliaments and Assemblies of Scotland, Wales and London, along with the London mayoral election.
Selina Lavender, MAG’s Cumbria Rep, Michael Armstrong, and Director of Communications & Public Affairs, former MP Lembit Öpik, have updated the MAG Election Handbook. The Handbook is packed full of advice and tips to enable individuals and groups to get involved in the election process.
“Michael has a wealth of experience in engaging with politicians at all levels, and that, plus my background as a former Member of Parliament, means that the Handbook is based on real insight into what works. Riders should know that they can influence the debate in a positive way. Now is the time to build relationships with the candidates that will carry forward with the successful ones into the corridors of power. Motorcyclists have a right to be heard, and we will not let this opportunity pass us by.”
The MAG 2021 Election Handbook can be found at here . As well as using the Handbook, members can contact MAG’s Central Office for support and help with anything from wording questions for candidates, to arranging a full election hustings.