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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Barrow ready for shake up, 23 places in parishes

CANDIDATES vying for your vote in the May 5 local elections have been revealed Barrow Borough Council will see something of a shake-up as nine members are stepping down.

Councillors Kath Unwin; Central ward, Dorothy James; Dalton South, leader of the Independent Group Mike Stephenson; Hawcoat, Michelle Roberts; formerly the town’s youngest mayor and Hindpool councillor, Bob Maltman and former mayor Dorothy Dawes; both Newbarns, Jim Jefferson; Parkside, Jean Waiting; Risedale and Ollie Flitcroft; Walney South, are all standing down.

Standing for Walney South are former Evening Mail sports editor and deputy chief sub-editor Frank Cassidy, alongside the paper’s former assistant features editor, Helen Wall, both as Labour candidates.

There are 23 places available on parish councils across the Barrow borough.

One seat on Askam and Ireleth Parish Council will remain vacant with Councillor John Walker not standing again. Father and daughter duo, Councillors George and Emma Twiname, both of Duke Street, Askam, are standing again.

All current councillors on Lindal and Marton Parish Council are standing again but Dalton Town Council will go down from nine members to eight with Councillors Martin McLeavy and Daniel Martin both stepping down.

Nicholas Perie will stand in the Anty Cross and Newton ward to take over from Cllr McLeavy.

On South Lakeland District Council, 18 of the 51 seats are up for grabs, with four current members stepping down.

Copeland Borough Council is expected to reveal its election candidates by the end of this week.

Have your say

You can't really tell Ron is an ex-politician can you?

Question surely is Ron why aren't you standing for an election in a system you think works pretty well?

Me I love the Belgian way anarchy.
Anarchy is simply an absence of government and that is what Belgium has and it has been like this for nearly a year.
No riots, no shortages, no looting no 'breakdown of society' no spending money they don't have, no entry into pointless wars, no handing over billions to a nuclear armed state which doesn't educate its children, no forcing cuts on it's people to bail out bondholders... what's not to like?

Posted by Frank Davies on 8 April 2011 at 20:06

Frank ... "Democracy is the worst possible political system ... except for all the others that have been tried" - Winston Churchill. I guess the "political class" is what we vote for. The fact so few people are willing to stand in local elections is a reflection of the cynicism of the electorate. How about standing yourself?

Posted by Ron on 8 April 2011 at 04:55

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