Former leader John Campion one of eight Tories defending Wyre Forest seat next month

Kidderminster Shuttle: UP FOR ELECTION: John Campion. UP FOR ELECTION: John Campion.

FORMER Wyre Forest District Council leader John Campion will be one of eight Conservative councillors defending their seats at next month's local elections.

Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22 and the names of those contesting the 14 seats up for grabs at Wyre Forest House have now been released.

Unlike previous years, those elected next month will have to face the voters again next year in a whole council election when the number of councillors on the authority is cut from 42 to 33. Wyre Forest will then continue to see a third of councillors go up for election in three of every four years.

Next month's elections have thrown up some intriguing contests and results are arguably less predictable than in recent years, with the Conservative Party having lost three councillors since the district council last held a vote in 2012. They are still the authority's biggest party with 18 members but do not hold an overall majority.

Mr Campion isn't the only cabinet member defending his seat, with Conservative Ian Hardiman standing in Habberley and Blakebrook. The council's vice chairman Conservative Daniel McCann will face the voters in Franche and Worcestershire County Council chairman Gordon Yarranton will stand for the Tories in Wribbenhall.

Former district chairman Conservative Stephen Clee will be hoping to keep hold of his Bewdley and Arley seat.

Two of the former Tories who switched parties are set to defend their seats under their new party banners for the first time - Independent John Aston in Aggborough and Spennells and Independent Community and Health Concern's Mike Salter in Mitton.

Councillor Howard Martin will face the district council electorate as a Labour candidate for the first time after being voted in under an ICHC ticket in Broadwaters in 2010. Conservative Rose Bishop stands in Offmore and Comberton as a Tory for the first time having switched allegiances from the Liberal Party since she was last elected.

The growing threat of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) may also have a few incumbents looking over their shoulders. After making an impact at last year's Worcestershire County Council elections, the party is contesting all 14 seats in this year's district council poll - including in Oldington and Foley Park where UKIP parliamentary spokesman Michael Wrench will hope to cause an upset against incumbent Tory Nicky Gale.

The only ward guaranteed to see a new face representing it after May 22 is Greenhill where current Liberal councillor Tim Ingham has stepped aside to let Rachel Lewis defend the seat for the party. Mr Ingham will face the Offmore and Comberton voters where the Liberals will be hoping to retake the seat they held before Mrs Bishop switched to the Tories.

ICHC, the council's second largest party with nine members, will be defending three of its seats.

Meanwhile, Bewdley Town Council will be the only parish council in the district to hold an election where councillors will be decided for Bewdley East, Bewdley West and Bewdley Wribbenhall.

The current make up of Wyre Forest District Council is:

  • Conservative - 18
  • Independent Community and Health Concern - 9
  • Labour - 8
  • Liberal and Independent - Liberal - 3
  • Liberal and Independent - Independent - 3
  • Independent - 1

FOR THE FULL LIST OF ELECTION CANDIDATES - CLICK HERE

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

3:17pm Fri 25 Apr 14

emjaypee says...

A chance to see if we have a viable opposition at last.... although given all the switching of parties that goes on mid term in order to stay on the gravy train, I doubt that we will get what we vote for anyway. Hope those voters that are in areas where their candidate has switched send a clear message to the candidates by voting in someone else.
A chance to see if we have a viable opposition at last.... although given all the switching of parties that goes on mid term in order to stay on the gravy train, I doubt that we will get what we vote for anyway. Hope those voters that are in areas where their candidate has switched send a clear message to the candidates by voting in someone else. emjaypee
  • Score: 8

4:54pm Fri 25 Apr 14

jflawson says...

The one thing that I have found whilst delivering leaflets no averse comments, but people are so dissallusioned about locally is when asked their opinion the ruling group do just what they want . So all I can say is please please use your vote to change the balance there are some excellent candidates standing for other parties who care about Wyre Forest and listen to what people want .Mainly like family budgets don,t spend what have not got without borrowing more and eventually putting yourself and future generations to pick up the financial problems.

Jim Lawson Rock Parish Councillor and ICHC Candidate for Sutton Park
The one thing that I have found whilst delivering leaflets no averse comments, but people are so dissallusioned about locally is when asked their opinion the ruling group do just what they want . So all I can say is please please use your vote to change the balance there are some excellent candidates standing for other parties who care about Wyre Forest and listen to what people want .Mainly like family budgets don,t spend what have not got without borrowing more and eventually putting yourself and future generations to pick up the financial problems. Jim Lawson Rock Parish Councillor and ICHC Candidate for Sutton Park jflawson
  • Score: -3

11:36am Sat 26 Apr 14

the batshake says...

jflawson wrote:
The one thing that I have found whilst delivering leaflets no averse comments, but people are so dissallusioned about locally is when asked their opinion the ruling group do just what they want . So all I can say is please please use your vote to change the balance there are some excellent candidates standing for other parties who care about Wyre Forest and listen to what people want .Mainly like family budgets don,t spend what have not got without borrowing more and eventually putting yourself and future generations to pick up the financial problems.

Jim Lawson Rock Parish Councillor and ICHC Candidate for Sutton Park
This reads like an english translation of chinese text written by an eskimo. Did you not read it before you hit the send button?
[quote][p][bold]jflawson[/bold] wrote: The one thing that I have found whilst delivering leaflets no averse comments, but people are so dissallusioned about locally is when asked their opinion the ruling group do just what they want . So all I can say is please please use your vote to change the balance there are some excellent candidates standing for other parties who care about Wyre Forest and listen to what people want .Mainly like family budgets don,t spend what have not got without borrowing more and eventually putting yourself and future generations to pick up the financial problems. Jim Lawson Rock Parish Councillor and ICHC Candidate for Sutton Park[/p][/quote]This reads like an english translation of chinese text written by an eskimo. Did you not read it before you hit the send button? the batshake
  • Score: 18

11:51pm Sat 26 Apr 14

walkerno5 says...

I wonder...... how much polling do the tories do for local elections? Has he stepped down because they have a good idea that JC will lose his seat this time around and they want to avoid the public decapitation?
I wonder...... how much polling do the tories do for local elections? Has he stepped down because they have a good idea that JC will lose his seat this time around and they want to avoid the public decapitation? walkerno5
  • Score: 6

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree