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As you may have noticed, we’ve started carrying some articles relating to the forthcoming General and Local Elections that are taking place on Thursday, May 7.

It’s a crucial time, with polls and experts both predicting a national result that is too close to call. What we do know is that your vote really will matter. It really will.

One of the reasons is the rise of the ‘other’ parties: both UKIP and The Green Party have seen their support surge in recent months. Indeed, in last year’s Reading Borough Council elections the Green Party overtook the Liberal Democrats to become the third largest party in the Council.

You may feel that your vote doesn’t matter, but a recent tweet from ampp3d revealed that in the 2010 General Election 15.9m did not vote – more than the 10.7m people that voted Conservative and the 8.6m people who vote Labour. If all of those voters voted, the results can be very different, with even safe seats becoming dicey ones.

It’s four months to the General Election. You should register to vote!

— Ampp3d (@ampp3d) January 16, 2015

The elections pose many interesting questions, not least who are the Class War Party, which is fielding a candidate against Home Secretary Theresa May in the Maidenhead constituency (which includes Sonning and Twyford).

We’ll be launching a series of initiatives over the coming weeks aimed at helping you decide how to vote – and we’ll also have some unrivalled analysis of the local results come May 7.

But there’s one thing I want to assure you of right now: we will be totally impartial.

We have a range of political views on the Xn team but we take very seriously our role of reporting without bias. We want you to hear what each of the candidates has to say and make up your own mind.

Oh, and make sure you’re registered to vote!

In an election that’s too close to call, it’s your vote that matters, not what we think.

If you want to find out more about your local elections, or to register, click on the links below.

Last modified on Saturday, 31 January 2015 11:00