Welwyn Hatfield prepares for election battle

PUBLISHED: 11:45 14 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:04 14 April 2016

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The names of candidates vying to represent the people of Welwyn Hatfield in next month’s borough council election have been officially published by the authority.

With three seats up for grabs in all 16 wards on Thursday, May 5, candidates from the three main political parties are joined by three independents, and a few Green and UKIP hopefuls.

The Green Party is fielding three candidates in both Hatfield East and Sherrards, and one each in Handside, Panshanger, and Haldens.

UKIP candidates are standing in Hollybush, Howlands, Peartree, and Welwyn East, where former parliamentary candidate Arthur Stevens goes head-to-head with councillor Roger Trigg, Tory cabinet member for governance and public health.

The Conservatives have tactfully moved councillor Trigg from Panshanger, where he has angered voters by failing to oppose development.

The management of Singlers Marsh could swing votes in neighbouring Welwyn West, with pro-grazing Tory Mandy Perkins up against independent

Sandra Kyriakides, who left the party over the issue last year.

Hatfield’s Labour town council leader Lenny Brandon is standing in Hatfield East, as is independent Caron Juggins, whose Hatfield West ward has been abolished.

The other serving independent, suspended Tory Stan Tunstall, is also standing for re-election in Howlands.

Five serving councillors are not standing, including deputy leader Alan Franey.

The authority’s current make-up is 28 Conservative councillors, 14 Labour members. two Lib Dems, three independents, and one vacancy, in Northaw and Cuffley.

The deadline to register to vote is Monday, April 18, and anyone not already on the Electoral Role can do son online at ww.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Alternatively, would-be voters can contact the council’s Electoral Services department on 01707 357300.

The deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and changes to existing postal or proxy votes, is 5pm on Tuesday, April 19.

New applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, April 26.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on election day, with results announced on Friday, May 6.


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