Shropshire Council today announced the candidates for the unitary elections on 4 May. This is an “all up” election – all current councillors must stand for re-election unless they are retiring.
I will be competing against three candidates in Ludlow North. They are a UKIP candidate from Hopton Court near Cleobury Mortimer; a Conservative from Billingsley near Bridgnorth; and a Green from New Street in Ludlow.
Across the county, 74 councillors are due to be elected in 63 electoral divisions (wards) – 53 single member divisions, nine 2-member divisions and one 3-member division. The current political makeup of the council is: Conservative: 46; Lib Dem: 13; Labour: 9; Independent: 5; Green: 1.
On 4 May, the line-up of candidates will be: 73 Conservative, 48 Lib Dem, 35 Green, 31 Labour, 9 UKIP and 14 Independent or Other. The full list is here. Elections will be fought in 62 divisions. Conservative David Turner will be elected unopposed in Much Wenlock.
There are twelve candidates standing for the four divisions in Ludlow and Clee.
Current councillor: Richard Huffer (Lib Dem)
Candidates: Richard Huffer (Lib Dem), Richard Wheeler (Conservative)
Current councillor: Tracey Huffer (Lib Dem)
Candidates: Tracey Huffer (Lib Dem), Patricia Price (Conservative), Colin Sheward (Labour)
Current councillor: Andy Boddington (Lib Dem)
Candidates: Andy Boddington (Lib Dem), Simon Harris (Conservative), Linda Senior (Green), Christopher Woodward (UKIP)
Current councillor: Vivienne Parry (Lib Dem)
Candidates: Vivienne Parry (Lib Dem), Michael Penn (Labour), Fiona Pizzoni (Conservative)