Conservatives choose their candidate for Horwich by-election
THE Conservative party has chosen a candidate to contest the upcoming Horwich by-election.
Anne Galloway will be running for the vacant Church Ward seat at the election on September 19.
She said she wanted to help Horwich keep its “very distinctive identity.”
An election was called after Conservative Cllr Marion Downes was forced to step down due to ill health.
This will be the second time Ms Galloway will be running in a Horwich by-election in a matter of months — having contested the Bridge Ward seat in June.
And she will be hoping for a better result this time round, having finished with just 10 per cent of the vote in the election that saw Labour’s Julia Silvester take the seat.
Ms Galloway, who was born and bred in Bolton said: “It is very unfortunate that Marion had to step down and the Conservatives are very keen to keep the seat and to have our voice heard on the council.
“Labour currently has nine out of 14 members of the council and I think it is very important to have a balance of different voices.”
Cllr Christine Flanagan is currently the party’s only representative on Horwich Town Council.
There is a larger scale canvassing campaign planned for the election with David Greenhalgh, leader of the Bolton Conservative group expected to hit the streets of Horwich.
Ms Galloway added: “I am conscientious, analytical and very keen on looking at budgets.
“It is important to remember that council budgets are someone else’s money and must be used carefully.”
The other candidates will be Keith Cocker for the Green Party, Andrew Morley for Labour, and Doug Bagnall for the Liberal Democrats.
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) will also have a candidate in the election.
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