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Here’s what next week’s local election candidates have to say to the voters of King’s Sutton

April 26th, 2017

With all the brouhaha surrounding the unexpected announcement of a general election in June, it’s easy to forget that next week’s local elections – both for district and county councillors – are almost upon us. Our former district councillor, Ian Morris, has been a great advocate for the village over the past few years but has reluctantly had to step down because his additional duties as Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet member for transport, highways and environment left him with too little time to continue in both roles. We are also sad to say goodbye to our former county councillor Ron Sawbridge, MBE who has decided to retire after many years’ public service.

Click here to view Ian’s final report to the village, which was delivered earlier this month and provides a useful summary of the work he has undertaken on our behalf. Click here to view Ron’s final report, also delivered earlier this month, which summarises the financial difficulties the county has to overcome over the next few years and the options for tackling them.

How to vote

As usual, King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall will be the polling station for local residents and will be open from 07:00 until 22:00 on Thursday May 4. We are incredibly fortunate in this country to be able to exercise our democratic choices, so please don’t waste this opportunity to cast your votes for our district and county council candidates.

To help you make an informed choice, we invited all of our candidates to submit a few words about themselves and their political priorities. All five of them are very happy for you to get in touch with them if you need further information or clarification.

Candidates for South Northamptonshire Council, King’s Sutton Ward

Michael Bailey, Labour Party

Michael Bailey I have been a King’s Sutton Parish Councillor and Tree Warden since 2015. I am also the coordinator of your Community Speedwatch Group. I am standing as one of two candidates in the up and coming District Council election on May 4th. My campaign is focused on issues such as fixing our infrastructure, supporting the case for affordable housing, working towards securing funding for local services and making sure that our concerns relating to the Horton... Click here to read Michael Bailey’s complete candidate statement.

Gregor Hopkins, Conservative Party

Gregor HopkinsI am your local Conservative Party candidate for the King’s Sutton By-election on South Northants District Council. The District Council is responsible for things like planning, the local environment and housing. I live in King’s Sutton with my wife, Kate, and our baby daughter Rose. Over the last few months you may have seen me pounding the village pavements trying to get Rosie to sleep. We know that King’s Sutton is a great place to live, with its wonderful... Click here to read Gregor Hopkins’ complete candidate statement.

Candidates for Northamptonshire County Council, Middleton Cheney Division

Mark Allen, Liberal Democrat Party

Mark AllenI was born and raised in Oxford, and went to Durham University where I read Chemistry and gained a PhD in Computational Chemistry. It was at Durham that I met my partner, Eleanor. I moved to the village of Middleton Cheney with Eleanor in 2009 and we live there with our two children and my mother. Eleanor grew up in Chacombe, where her parents still live. I joined the Liberal Democrats in June 2016, and I'm a newcomer to local politics... Click here to read Mark Allen’s complete candidate statement.

Rebecca Breese, Conservative Party

Rebecca BreeseI have lived in the area for 22 years, raised and educated my three children in local schools and immersed myself in the fabric of our local community. For several years I have been the District Councillor for Steane Ward, right in the heart of the division, at South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) and I now hope to take my knowledge and experience to the next tier of local government, addressing local issues and representing your interests at county level... Click here to read Rebecca Breese’s complete candidate statement.

Richard Solesbury-Timms, Labour Party

Richard Solesbury-Timms I am a local family person with a long and wide family connection within Middleton Cheney and the wider area. I am a Parish Councillor and volunteer at the local food bank and lunch kitchen for the Salvation Army in Banbury. I am a keen bellringer and tower captain for Middleton Cheney Parish Church. The four main areas of my campaign are... Click here to read Richard Solesbury-Timms’ complete candidate statement.

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