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Candidates line up for local elections

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ALL the political runners and riders set to battle it out for a place on South Tyneside Council are revealed today.

Each of the borough’s 18 electoral wards will have one of their three seats up for grabs at the Local Elections on Thursday, May 22.

The deadline for candidates to throw their hats into the ring closed at 4pm yesterday.

Now the campaign can begin in earnest, with hopefuls from all political persuasions hoping to win the hearts and votes of the borough electorate over the coming month.

Labour currently has a stranglehold on power in the council chamber, holding 49 of the 54 seats.

The party will be hoping to make it a round 50 seats by capturing Jarrow’s Fellgate and Hedworth seat currently held by UKIP’s Steve Harrison, who will be up against Labour newcomer and community campaigner Geraldine Kilgour.

UKIP is also making by far its most sustained effort in the borough, contesting 16 of the 18 seats.

The move comes after their candidate in last year’s Parliamentary by-election, Richard Elvin, finished second to Labour’s Emma Lewell-Buck.

One of the most hotly contested wards promises to be Cleadon Park in South Shields.

Sitting councillor Jim Foreman, a member of the council’s decision-making cabinet, faces a challenge from June Elsom, who is hoping to join husband and fellow independent George Elsom in the council chamber.

But also on the ballot papers in the ward is housing landlord Colin Campbell, also standing as an independent, alongside the Conservatives’ Barbara Surtees.

Another candidate trying to make it a family affair is Conservative Fiona Milburn, in the Cleadon and East Boldon ward.

She aims to topple sitting Labour candidate Margaret Meling and make the Tories the dominant force in the ward by joining forces with husband Jeff Milburn.

In a surprise move, former Beacon and Bents ward councillor Ahmed Khan is not making a political comeback. Despite publicly stating his intention to stand, he is not among the candidates seeking election.

One candidate who is hoping to make a comeback is former Liberal Democrat Hebburn North councillor Joe Abbott – this time standing as an independent.

The Conservative are contesting all 18 seats, the Liberal Democrats three and independents five. Unlike previous years, no members of the British National Party are standing.

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Standing

for the

vacant

seats

BEACON AND BENTS

John Stephen Clarke(UKIP)

Ali Hayder (Con)

Bill Troupe (Lib Dem)

John Andrew Wood (Lab)

BEDE

Lee Hughes (Ind)

Arthur Meeks (Lab)

Oliver Wallhead (Con)

BIDDICK AND ALL SAINTS

Dorothy Byers (Con)

Olive Punchion (Lab)

John Howard Wright (UKIP)

BOLDON COLLIERY

Stewart Thomas Hay (Con)

Joseph Quirk (UKIP)

Alison Strike (Lab)

CLEADON AND EAST BOLDON

Margaret Meling (Lab)

Fiona Anne Milburn (Con)

Russell James Sanderson (UKIP)

CLEADON PARK

Colin Campbell (Ind)

June Elsom (Ind)

Jim Foreman (Lab)

Barbara Surtees (Con)

FELLGATE AND HEDWORTH

Ian Armstrong (Con)

Steven Harrison (UKIP)

Geraldine Kilgour (Lab)

HARTON

Neil Maxwell (Lab)

Malcolm Pratt (UKIP)

Mark Ralston (Con)

HEBBURN NORTH

Joe Abbott (Ind)

David Thomas Lawson (UKIP)

Amy-Jane Milburn (Con)

Richie Porthouse Lab)

HEBBURN SOUTH

John Dagg Coe (Con)

Nancy Elizabeth Maxwell (LAB)

Victoria Clare Morris (UKIP)

HORSLEY HILL

Phil Brown (Ind Soc Party)

Marilyn Huartt (Con)

Eileen Leask (Lab)

Kelly Anne Loftus (UKIP)

MONKTON

James Milburn (Con)

Jackie Quirk (UKIP)

Jim Sewell (Lab)

PRIMROSE

Anita Daphne Campbell (UKIP)

Jack Gibbons (Con)

Moira Smith (Lab)

SIMONSIDE AND REKENDYKE

Lynne Proudlock (Lab)

Sandra Scoular (UKIP)

Carole Troupe (Lib Dem)

Stanley Wallace (Con)

WEST PARK

Anthony Dailly (Con)

Norman Stephen Dick (Lab)

Henry Pearce (UKIP)

WESTOE

Norman Hanson Dennis (UKIP)

Edward Anthony Russell (Con)

Allan West (Lab)

WHITBURN AND MARSDEN

PeterBoyack (Lab)

Steven Dorothy (UKIP)

Sharon Surtees (Con)

WHITELEAS

Bill Brady (Lab)

Cyril Campbell (Con)

Paul James McKean (UKIP)

 

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