Former Welwyn Hatfield Times editor’s council bid

PUBLISHED: 15:30 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:25 03 April 2017

Former editor Terry Mitchinson is standing for election.

Former editor Terry Mitchinson is standing for election.

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Former Welwyn Hatfield Times editor Terry Mitchinson could soon be a Conservative borough councillor, as he has been chosen to fight a by-election next month.

Just six months after leaving the editor’s chair, Mr Mitchinson, who lives in Welwyn, has won the party nomination for a vacant seat in Panshanger.

The by-election, caused by the resignation of Conservative councillor Martyn Levitt, who has moved away from the area, will be held on May 4, simultaneously with a county council poll.

Mr Mitchinson said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to help my community. I have lived in this borough since I was two and know every inch of Panshanger.

“Panshanger is a great part of Welwyn Garden City, but local residents do have a number of very real concerns, and I want to see them addressed.

“If elected, I will work hard with the community to ensure that we can get the best possible services in a rapidly changing world.”

After attending Harwood Hill and Monk’s Walk schools, he started as a junior Welwyn Hatfield Times reporter more than 41 years ago.

Mr Mitchinson has an honorary degree from the University of Hertfordshire, is a patron of Isabel Hospice and was a founder trustee of Welwyn Garden City-based charity Willow.

The council will publish the full list of candidates on Wednesday, but they will include Lucy Musk for Labour and Lib Dem Ayesha Rohale.

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