REFERENDUM LIVE BLOG: The view from Leicestershire
22.56: RESULTS POINTER FROM GOOGLETRENDS
GoogleTrends is reporting that political search interest in ‘reasons to stay in the EU’ has spiked +600% while ‘reasons to leave the EU’ has spiked +120%.
22.42: MUSICAL INSPIRATION #7
Whatever Farage or the early polls say, the Gallagher boys sum it up perfectly for anyone who’s in, out or shaking it all about…
22.22: REMAIN HAVE WON IT ADMITS FARAGE
Nigel Farage reckons the Leave campaign have been edged out according to Sky News. And an online survey taken on polling day of 5,000 people by YouGov suggests the Remain side running at 52% of the vote, to Leave’s 48%.
22.10: LOOK AT THE SIZE OF OUR TURNOUT
No news yet about the number of people who have voted in Leicester but suspect it won’t be as big as the turnout in Gibraltar according to the BBC.
22.00: THAT’S IT, THE POLLS HAVE CLOSED – NOW LET THE COUNTING BEGIN
Texas sum it up perfectly – now we can say what we want and not been straitjacketed by electoral law because the polls have now CLOSED!
21.37: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN – 23 MINUTES AND #6 MUSICAL INSPIRATION
How much more appropriate can you get than The Final Countdown by EUROPE!!!
21.11: MUSICAL INSPIRATION #5
We’re being flooded with suggestions for musical inspiration to get out and vote. Thanks to Nadine and Callum for this piece of Fleetwood Mac genius…
21.00: MUSICAL INSPIRATION #4
Only one hour to go before the polling booths close – so DON’T listen to the Stones. Well, of course, listen to the Stones but not their advice….
20.44: NOW KANTE AND MAHREZ NEED TO DECIDE – REMAIN OR LEAVE?
Quick reminder that Jamie Vardy has made two very important decisions – one vote we don’t know about but everyone’s cheering about his pinning his colours to the Leicester City mast. Now as Rob Tanner at the Mercury says, the Foxes super midfielders need to be ‘helped’ to make a decision.
20.15: YOU CAN’T BLAME THE WEATHER FOR NOT VOTING
There have been stories all day about the storms hitting the south of the country but we’ve just had the odd spot of rain. And according to our friends in the BBC weather office there’s even going to be a few weak sunny spells before the polls close tonight. So if you haven’t voted yet you know what to do.
20.00: TWO HOURS LEFT TO VOTE – DON’T WASTE IT
19.41: ANY OLD EXCUSE FOR A BOWIE REFERENCE – MUSICAL INSPIRATION #3
Not really sure what Mr Bowie was really singing about but the song title suggests it’s important to vote. Who cares, it’s a chance to hear a classic from the Ziggy album…
18.26: WILL LEICESTER HOLD THE KEY TO THE ELECTION?
A huge team of counters will be descending on Aylestone Leisure Centre on Knighton Lane East to tot up the ballot papers cast in our area.
It will be easier than the usual election counts because this time they will only need to make two piles, of course.
Verification of the papers is expected around 3am – that’s the technical bit.
The Electoral Commission – that’s the organization that runs all the UK’s polls – reckons it will be around 6.30am before Leicester declares which way we are swinging.
By that time it could be all over and one side is in an unbeatable position. OR it could be that Leicester holds the key – we will have to wait and see.
18.00: THE CLOCK IS TICKING…TICK, TOCK…
Just four hours left to take up your pencil and vote. It’s your democratic right to have your say – if you don’t vote, then don’t moan about the outcome.
17.21: TWEETERS VOTE TO VOTE
If Twitter is anything to go by then there should be a good turnout for the referendum. Polls before THE poll suggested the turnout would be an average 65% but the twittersphere is going loopy under #iVoted.
17.15: BEST TWITTER JOKE OF THE DAY?
17.08: BEST TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY?
16.54: WHICH TV’S SWING-O-METER WILL YOU CHOOSE?
Will you be going to bed early tonight or staying up to watch the TV coverage? Then of course you’ve got to make a decision on whether to choose the BBC, ITV or Sky.
Whichever you choose – or will you be using the remote to flick between stations? – the first results will come in after midnight.
The actual counts will get under way when polls close at 10pm at 382 local centres around the UK. These local results will be declared as the counts are completed before being collated at 12 regional centres, which will also declare the totals for each side.
There will be a rolling total – with the swing-o-meter in full swing – so the time at which one side reaches the point of being mathematically unbeatable depends on how quickly the votes are counted and how close the results are running.
It is a safe bet that from 4am onwards there should be pretty clear picture of which way the vote is going. Leicester’s result is expected in the big batch of declarations around that time.
A chief counting officer will announce the overall result at Manchester Town Hall.
16.24: MAKING YOUR MIND UP!
If you need a bit of inspiration about which way to vote then get a little inspiration from the peerless Bucks Fizz!
15.58: YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE THE GERMAN PRESS!
Who cares what the Germans think! WE know that Geoff Hurst’s shot had crossed the line. AND we know we’re going to beat Iceland and then Germany (in a penalty shoot-out) on the way to winning the Euros against Wales in the final.
15.36: THE ALTERNATIVE VIEW TO REFERENDUM DAY
Don’t think we’re breaking any Electoral Commission laws by reproducing this tweet from the Black Horse pub at Aylestone. Sound advice – cheers!
15.15: WHERE TO MARK YOUR ‘X’
If you’re not sure where your polling station is then hop along to the Leicester City Council website at http://www.leic.gov.uk and you will find all the info you need. Remember the polls don’t close until 10pm tonight.
14.44: WHO ARE OUR MEPs?
A quick reminder – or perhaps new information for a lot of us – as to who are MEPs are for this region.
Leicester is part of the East Midlands region in the European Parliament. The region has five MEPs, who all represent every person in the region, and have powers to amend, approve or reject laws set out by the European Parliament.
Elected in 2014 for a five-year term are: Roger Helmer (UKIP) who lives in Market Harborough; Glenis Willmott (Labour) who lives in Nottingham; Emma McClarkin (Conservative) who lives in Market Harborough; Margot Parker (UKIP) who lives in Corby; Andrew Lewer (Conservative) who lives in Duffield.
14.17: LEICESTER’S LINKS WITH EUROPE
Leicester might be one of the most central cities in the UK (just how long does it take to get to the seaside!) but we are only a hope and a skip from Europe in lots of ways…
13.57: THE VIEW FROM THE STUDENT UNION
De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s Dan and Keira talk you through some of the reasons you might not have thought of to vote in the EU Referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016. http://bit.ly/1sIVI2B
13.40: DMU PLAYS ITS POLLING PART
De Montfort university is doing its bit for democracy by turning two of its buildings into polling stations today.
13.31: VOTE REMAIN? VOTE LEAVE? JUST VOTE!
Remember the Suffragettes. Remember Martin Luther King. Remember all those who have suffered to create a democracy so everyone can have a vote. Don’t waste it.
13.15: JAMIE VARDY VOTES TO REMAIN…
A slightly disingenuous headline there – nothing to do with the referendum. However, the news that Leicester City’s superstar striker has signed a new contract – and snubbed an offer to move to Arsenal – is as momentous as any news today! More details at http://www.lcfc.com
13.06: WHO CARES ABOUT POSTMAN PAT?
You may have been organized your postal vote but not organized enough to put it in the post? Never fear, the city council have good advice for you…