(l-r) David Herbert (Green Party), Philip Toulson (Labour Party) and Stan Wildhirt (Conservative Party)

Meet the candidates vying for your vote in the Cleadon and East Boldon by-election

Voters are set to go to the polls next week to elect a new councillor for the Cleadon and East Boldon ward in South Tyneside.

The by-election follows the disqualification of councillor Jeff Milburn due to a suspended prison sentence passed down at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in July 2020.

The four-month suspended sentence – for pleading guilty to carrying a knife into the court earlier the same year – broke the rules set out in the council’s constitution, effectively barring Mr Milburn from continuing as a councillor.

South Tyneside Council officials confirmed that the disqualification did not take effect sooner as an appeal was being pursued against the sentence.

At a recent meeting of full council, a vacancy was declared to fill the Cleadon and East Boldon seat and candidates from the Labour Party, Conservative Party and Green Party have since put their names forward.

In the run-up to election day on Thursday, September 9, candidates have been given the opportunity to tell you why you should vote for them.

*Candidates are listed in the order they appeared on South Tyneside Council’s list of candidates at the close of nominations.*

For more information on the by-election on Thursday, September 9 visit South Tyneside Council’s website via the link below.

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