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Harrow saw high turnout for the general and local election yesterday with more than two thirds of voters having their say.

The borough beat the national average with 67.5 per cent turnout, a figure which rose to 74.3 in Headstone North ward.

Three quarters of postal votes were returned and for the council election, 65.1 per cent voted.

Last night saw one of the longest counts for Harrow in memory.

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Weeks ago, when the 2010 campaign kicked off, the outcome looked like a dead cert. After Labour missed the opportunity to go to the country when they were riding high in the polls, the Conservative party were enjoying a place at the giddy heights of public popularity.

For a few days, that was it. 2010, the first national vote in half a decade and the election campaign that wasn’t.

But then came the televised debates, the rise of Nick Clegg and the shaky performance by David Cameron. Then came a gaffe in Rochdale, beheaded chickens, ‘revelations’ about the Lib Dem past. Then came the realisation that we live in a democracy, that our vote counts and that we have a say in Britain’s future.

This election, in Harrow at council and constituency level, is about choice. For some that choice emerges as between cuts and investment, for others between big state and big society, certainty versus unpredictability.

Stanmore Politics isn’t going to tell you how to vote. All I can do is offer the information, fairly and faithfully presented, about the scope of candidates appealing for your cross next to their name. Who gets that is for you to decide.

No, I won’t tell you who to vote for. But I will say this; use your vote.

Man or woman, old or young – at some time in history you may not have been able to. You can now, and tomorrow the result rests on you taking up that responsibility.

Neither of Harrow’s two constituencies are guarantees for any party, and your choice matters. Already, our electoral system enables power without equivalent mandate. The more people who turnout tomorrow, the more legitimate our next representation in council and parliament will be.

Whatever happens, Stanmore Politics will be on hand with the results as soon as they arrive. I wish good luck to all the candidates – regardless of personal views, serving the public is something few of us ever seek to do.

And remember, those results are not yet decided. Have your say, because you can make a difference. If you don’t speak up, you certainly won’t.

Confused about the vote tomorrow? Click here for the Stanmore Politics election guide.

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We’re heading firmly towards election season at the moment.

Even if the general election isn’t until June, although it doesn’t look likely they will wait that long, local votes are set for May 6th. Make sure you don’t miss out on having your say by registering to vote here.

And if you’re a student or for another reason will be away from Harrow on the day but want to vote here, make sure you sign up for a postal vote.

Whoever you’re going to vote for, Stanmore Politics wants to make sure you do.

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