Meet the candidates!

We speak to some of the people hoping to represent public service workers after May’s elections

This May will see a massive round of local elections across the Eastern region.

People will go to the polls to pick county and district councillors, mayors and police and crime commissioners.

And as public-sector workers face a return to austerity’s pay freezes and job cuts, it’s essential that UNISON members make their voices heard and have their say in who sits in our town halls.

UNISON Eastern’s Labour Link officer Sam Older spoke to some of the candidates vying for your vote on May 6.

Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner

David Michael

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Nik Johnson

Ipswich Council

Tracy Grant

Sarah Barber

Essex County Council – Harlow

Daniella Pritchard

Essex County Council – Colchester

Pauline Bacon and Jocelyn Law

Essex County Council – Chelmsford

Russell Kennedy

UNISON encourages you to have your say in the local elections. Make sure you’re registered to vote to use your voice.


With Covid still in full swing, it may be safer and easier to vote from home. You have until 20 April to apply for a postal vote.

Postal vote

If you want to get involved in campaigning for local change, check out the next Labour Party phonebanking and leafletting sessions.

Labour events