A MOTHER-of-two who narrowly lost out on becoming a South Tyneside councillor two years ago is again bidding to join her husband in the borough’s council chamber.
Independent June Elsom was defeated by sitting Labour councillor Alex Donaldson by 21 votes in the Cleadon Park ward, in South Shields, in May 2012.
But the retired psychology lecturer will be throwing her hat into the ring in the ward again at the upcoming poll on Thursday, May 22.
And if she defeats Labour’s Coun Jim Foreman, a member of the council’s decision-making cabinet, she will join husband George, himself an independent representative for the ward.
Mrs Elsom, who was born on the town’s Sutton Estate, is campaigning for two councillors instead of three in each of the borough’s 18 electoral wards.
She also wants less senior cabinet posts, a pay cut for councillors and an end to members being allowed to claim three allowances.
Also on her agenda is the provision of free parking across South Tyneside.
She said: “I want to see an end to first-class travel for councillors and officers and a local referenda to bring power back to the people.
“Major planning and service provision decisions should be put to a local vote. For example, on such issues as closing libraries.
“We need more openness and an end to exempt reports and secrecy and a cut in the number of costly conferences that councillors and officers can attend.”
Nominations for the Local Elections in South Tyneside close on Thursday, April 24.