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Voters set to go to polls for City Council elections

Worcester Editorial 21st May, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THOUSANDS of voters are set to go to the polls tomorrow (Thursday) for the Worcester City Council elections.

A third of the seats, a total of 12, are up for grabs with the Conservatives looking to claim back the Guildhall from the Labour-led administration supported by the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party.

For this to happen they will need to win two seats from the seven currently held by either Labour councillors or Lib Dems and hope they retain all of theirs.

One of the focal points will be the Cathedral ward where Jabba Riaz, who defected to the Labour Party from the Conservatives last October, is standing against Conservative candidate Francis Lankester. Mr Lankester, a former Cathedral councillor, lost his seat during the last city council elections in 2012.

Another key seat for the Tories could be Claines where Liberal Democrat councillor Ken Carpenter has retired. Conservative candidate, Matt Lacey will be up against Liberal Democrat Mel Allcott, Labour’s Robert Lodge, Peter Robinson from the Green Party and UKIP’s Andrew Newman.

Veteran Conservative councillors David Tibutt (Battenhall) and Aubrey Tarbuck (St Peter’s) have also chosen not to stand again.

Elsewhere current Mayor of Worcester, Coun Pat Agar, is standing for Labour again in Nunnery, while deputy Mayor, Coun Paul Denham, who is set to take on the role of Mayor if elected will stand for Labour in Rainbow Hill.

The polls will be open from 7am until 10pm at numerous locations throughout the city with the results set to start being unveiled in the early hours of Friday (May 23).

A full list of candidates is as follows:

Battenhall Ward:

Jackie Burnett (UKIP)

Steve MacKay (Conservative)

Gaynor Pritchard (Labour)

Louis Stephen (Green Party)

Jennifer Whitwam (British National Party)

Bedwardine Ward:

Jennifer McConnel (Labour)

Peter McNally (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts)

Mike Mullins (Liberal Democrat)

Russell O’Dell (Green Party)

Martyn Wheeler (UKIP)

Timothy Whitwam (British National Party)

David Wilkinson (Conservative)

Cathedral Ward:

Hazel Finch (UKIP)

Francis Lankester (Conservative)

Andrew North (British National Party)

Annie O’Dell (Green Party)

Jabba Riaz (Labour)

Claines Ward:

Mel Allcott (Liberal Democrat)

Matt Lacey (Conservative)

Robert Lodge (Labour)

Andrew Newman (UKIP)

Peter Robinson (Green Party)

Gorse Hill Ward:

Ashley Bradley (British National Party)

John Francis (UKIP)

Simon Harrison (Conservative)

Justin Roland (Green Party)

Geoff Williams (Labour)

Nunnery Ward:

Pat Agar (Labour)

Alan Feeney (Conservative)

Carl Mason (British National Party)

Barbara Mitra (Green Party)

Rainbow Hill Ward:

David Barlow (Green Party)

David Carney (UKIP)

Paul Denham (Labour)

Alan Draper (British National Party)

Lorraine Edmondson (Conservative)

Andrew Morgan (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts)

St John Ward:

Linda Bell (British National Party)

Mark Davies (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts)

Richard Delingpole (UKIP)

Cajetan Iwunze (Conservative)

Matthew Lamb (Labour)

Peter Nielsen (Green Party)

St Peter’s Parish Ward:

Richard Carter (Labour)

Matthew Jenkins (Green Party)

Mike Johnson (Conservative)

Oliver Orr (Liberal Democrat)

Brenda Wheeler (UKIP)

Warndon Ward:

Stephen Brohan (Green Party)

Pam Clayton (Conservative)

James Goad (UKIP)

Josephine Hodges (Labour)

Julie Whitwam (British National Party)

Warndon Parish North Ward:

Lawson Cartwright (UKIP)

Stephen Hodgson (Conservative)

Zac Pritchard (Labour)

Paul Snookes (Green Party)

Warndon Parish South Ward:

Steve Davis (UKIP)

Barbara Dunn (Labour)

Anita Peplow (Green Party)

Andy Roberts (Conservative)

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