Horwich will have another by-election after Labour town councillor steps down
VOTERS in Horwich will go to the polls for the town’s third by-election in five months.
The latest poll has been called after Labour’s Jeremy Lavin stepped down as town councillor for Brazley ward.
Bolton Council’s election department has received the necessary 10 representations from registered electors required to trigger an election. A spokesman confirmed the election will take place on November 21.
Mr Lavin, who also leaves the role of planning chairman for the town council, said he was “finding council work increasingly onerous and unproductive”. He added: “My health is also not what it used to be.”
Labour’s leader in Horwich, Cllr Kevan Helsby said the “passion” of Mr Lavin “will be missed by the council”.
Bolton’s Conservative group has bemoaned the amount of money being spent on by-elections in the town. Deputy leader, Cllr Andy Morgan said: “It’s ridiculous — the money being spent on elections as town councillors resign ad-hoc could be better used for the people of Bolton. We will however be entering a candidate to offer the people of Horwich a choice.”
Labour has triumphed in two recent Horwich by-elections with Julia Silvester topping the votes for the Bridge ward seat in June and Andrew Morley pipping the Liberal Democrats to the Church Ward seat by just one vote earlier this month.
Two candidates who stood in the Church ward election have confirmed they will stand in Brazley.
Green party candidate Keith Cocker said he was “not going away” despite finishing bottom of the pile in the last vote, and that his party could “offer something different to the mainstream parties”.
Former Mayor of Horwich, Peter McGeehan, who has been involved with Labour and the Liberals, will again stand for his new party, UKIP. He said: “I live in Brazley so that is a good thing — it’s hard to say how it will go but we have been getting a lot of positive feedback.”
Labour are yet to name a candidate, but Cllr Helsby said: “We will be campaigning to win the seat — we feel that our town councillors are very much in tune with the needs of Brazley residents.”
The Liberal Democrats are confident about a good result after their narrow defeat in the Church Ward vote. Bolton’s Liberal Democrat leader Roger Hayes said: “We will be reasonably confident of doing well and will be deciding on the candidate in the coming days.”
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