The local elections are now well underway and many candidates, including the Lib Dem team in Ludlow have been canvassing for weeks.

Yesterday Shropshire Council published the full list of candidates for the 2 May elections. There has been a flurry of last minutes candidates, including from UKIP which has pulled 29 out of the hat. Over the county, 207 candidates are standing for 74 seats. Politically, the split is:

Conservative: 74. Liberal Democrat: 37. Labour: 36. UKIP: 29. BNP: 5. Green: 8. Independent: 19

Here in Ludlow we have three seats being contested.

Ludlow East

Tracey Huffer: Liberal Democrat

Imogen Hereford: Green

Diane Lyle: Conservative

Colin Sheward: Labour

Ludlow South

Viv Parry: Liberal Democrat

Maurice Knott: UKIP

Graeme Perks: Independent

Martin Taylor-Smith: Conservative

Ludlow North

Andy Boddington: Liberal Democrat

Jim Hooper: Labour

Jennifer Leyton-Purrier: Independent

Frances Newman: Green

Chris Woodward: UKIP

Rosanna Taylor-Smith: Conservative

It is notable that neither UKIP candidate lives in Ludlow. Chris Woodward owns Hopton Court outside Cleobury Mortimer. Maurice Knott lives in Bridgnorth. All other candidates live in or adjacent to Ludlow town.

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