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A Christmas polling trip

Posted on November 18 2010 at 6:06:48

VOTERS across the area have a pre-Christmas trip to the polls to fit in between the shopping.

The sudden resignation of George Lord as leader of Worcestershire County Council, county councillor for the Alvechurch division and district councillor for Marlbrook has triggered two by-elections.

Coun June GriffithsCoun June Griffiths (left), who three months ago quit Alvechurch Parish Council because of her time commitments as chairman of Bromsgrove District Council, has put herself forward as the Conservative candidate for the Alvechurch seat on the county council.

Standing against her are two candidates who also vied for the parliamentary seat earlier this year, the independent Ken Wheatley, of Alvechurch, and Steve Morson, the UKIP candidate.

The Lib-Dem candidate is Howard Allen, from Hopwood; Christopher Bloore, from Bromsgrove, is standing for Labour and Dee Morton, of Hollywood, is standing as an independent.

The Marlbrook by-election features two prominent parish councillors. Janet King, for the Lib-Dems, is a member of Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council, while Charlie Bateman, standing as an independent, is a Lickey End Parish councillor who has spent the past ten years campaigning for its abolition.

Mr Morson and Mr Wheatley also make an appearance on the candidate list for Marlbrook, while the Labour candidate is Martin Knight, of Bromsgrove, and Peter Harvey, of Lickey, is standing for the Green Party. The Conservative candidate is John Ruck, of Bromsgrove.

Polling day for both by-elections is on Thursday December 16.

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