Election time for wards

ELECTION RESULTS The results for North Kirklees wards.
ELECTION RESULTS The results for North Kirklees wards.
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Six candidates will fight each of the seats up for grabs when three by-elections are held in Blackpool this month.

Residents in Hawes Side, Layton and Talbot wards are due to elect new councillors on May 22.

The by-elections have been called due to the death of Hawes Side councillor Norman Hardy last November, and the decisions by John Boughton (Layton) and Sarah Riding (Talbot) to stand down.

All three seats were held by Labour.

Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts is fielding candidates in Blackpool for the first time and will be fighting all three seats.

The national group, which describes itself as a coalition, brands itself as “an alternative to the establishment parties”.

Bill Reed, who is acting as agent for its three candidates, said: “We have a strong group on the Fylde coast and we will be fighting for every seat in Blackpool.

“The party was started by the late union leader Bob Crow and brings together a number of trade union and socialist groups.”

The Green Party has put its candidates up under the ‘Stop Fracking Now’ banner, while UKIP, Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats also have candidates standing in all three wards.

Labour’s Kathryn Benson and Conservative Sue Ridyard, who are fighting the Layton seat, have both previously served on the council.

Meanwhile the Lib Dems will be seeking to increase their representation at the town hall, where Coun Douglas Green is their only councillor.

The most recent by-election in Blackpool was held last September in Highfield ward, when Labour’s Peter Hunter was elected, with the Conservatives in second place and UKIP third.

Voters in Wyre will also go to the polls on May 22, when a by-election is held in Hardhorn in Poulton following the death in February of Conservative councillor Graeme Cocker.

Two candidates will contest the seat – Christopher Frost for Labour and Colette Birch for the Conservatives.

The by-elections have been timed to coincide with the European elections, when eight MEPs will be elected to represent the North West, including Fylde, in Brussels.

l See tomorrow’s Gazette when we focus on the candidates for Hawes Side ward.