At 9.34am today, the Mayor of Thurrock Maureen Pearce received the Writ of Election – the official notice that a General Election has been called for the Thurrock constituency.
The writ must be received by the Returning Officer, the mayor.
Cllr Pearce said: “It was a great privilege to accept the Writ of Election, a British historic tradition and one of the last official functions I will take part in as mayor.”
She added: “I would like to take this opportunity to urge everyone to use their right to vote on Thursday, 6 May and to ensure they are registered to do so.”
The deadline to register to vote is next Tuesday (20 April) and the deadline to register to vote by post is 5pm on the same day.
Postal vote packs will be sent out between 23 and 26 April – if you have a postal vote and you will not be there to receive it after this date you may need to apply for a proxy vote. The deadline for proxy vote applications is Tuesday 27 April.
Details of the Parliamentary candidates in the Thurrock constituency will be announced following the close of nominations at 4pm on Tuesday 20 April.
Please visit the council’s election web pages at www.thurrock.gov.uk/electoral
The writ reads:
Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories Queen Head of the Commonwealth Defender of the Faith To the Returning Officer for the Thurrock Constituency Greeting.
Whereas by the advice of Our Council We have ordered a Parliament to be holden at Westminster on the eighteenth day of May next We command you that due notice being first given you do cause election to be made according to law of a Member to serve in Parliament for the said Thurrock constituency And that you do cause the name of such Member when so elected whether he be present or absent to be certified to Us in Our Chancery without delay.
Witness Ourself at Westminster the twelfth day of April in the fifty-ninth year of Our Reign and in the year of Our Lord Two thousand and ten