Harper Green by-election candidates announced

The Bolton News: Cllr Margaret Clare, who died in October Cllr Margaret Clare, who died in October

THE five candidates for the Harper Green council by-election have been announced ahead of the vote on Thursday, December 19.

The election was called following the death of Cllr Margaret Clare in October. She had represented the ward for more than 20 years.

Each of the major political parties are fielding a candidate — including the former Horwich town mayor, who is standing for UKIP.

Peter McGeehan, aged 65, has promised that, if he is elected, he would work with the Royal Bolton Hospital to solve parking issues and reduce waiting times and also work with local schools to promote road safety, especially along Bradford Road.

He has defended criticisms that he lives too far away from Harper Green to represent it effectively.

Mr McGeehan said: “With my background working in the taxi industry, I have an intimate knowledge of the whole of the borough — Harper Green is not a place that is alien to me.”

Wendy Connor, a grandmother of five, will stand for the Liberal Democrats at the election.

The 66-year-old former nurse has volunteered at local guide and scout groups for many years, and is also involved with St Simon’s Church.

She said: “We need to make the most of the town’s history and make it a nice place to live. If we have got good housing, people are in jobs and are happy in what they are doing, their mental health is immediately better.”

Science teacher Robert Tyler is standing for the Conservatives and lives in Caldeck Drive in the ward.

The father of two, who is a governor at St James’ High School, said that, if elected, he would make sure the area was properly represented in the council chamber. The 39-year-old said: “It’s really important that we get someone who will represent the area who will do something for it — Labour has done nothing for the area.

“Labour has been in Harper Green for many years and it is time for a change.”

Asha Ali Ismail will stand for Labour, having previously stood to be a councillor in Bradshaw in 2012. The 33-year-old lives in Gilnow Gardens.

She said: “If elected, my priorities would be to work closely with the residents and community groups to ensure that their needs are met and to deal with case work efficiently.

“Having attended a residents’ meeting I can see how hard the residents of Harper Green work to make their community a happier and safer place.”

The Green Party candidate is Kathryn Sykes, who lives in Parkfield Road, Great Lever. The 49-year-old grandmother of one works at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

She said she would make protecting hospital services and campaigning against the bedroom tax her priorities.

She said: “I’d protect the people in Harper Green from the possibility of there being no hospital there in five years.

“As a Green Party member, I’d also work towards a 20mph limit across Bolton and cutting down on waste with the council and hospital.”

The polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm on December 19.

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4:51pm Fri 6 Dec 13

steveG says...

Stop these payments to Councillors now and return to the system which ensured only people who felt passionately about the role were attracted.

Gravy train chasers are not good for democracy.
Stop these payments to Councillors now and return to the system which ensured only people who felt passionately about the role were attracted. Gravy train chasers are not good for democracy. steveG

6:24pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Bob Shaftoe says...

What's happening to free speech on here? Label Labour councillors useless or question why they select an asian candidate and you get your opinion removed.
Had your ear bent from across the road again commissar Julian?
What's happening to free speech on here? Label Labour councillors useless or question why they select an asian candidate and you get your opinion removed. Had your ear bent from across the road again commissar Julian? Bob Shaftoe

6:43pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Bob Shaftoe says...

steveG wrote:
Stop these payments to Councillors now and return to the system which ensured only people who felt passionately about the role were attracted.

Gravy train chasers are not good for democracy.
Dead right steve, being a councillor is a nice little earner, maybe that's why they tout themselves from ward to ward until they eventually get elected.
There should also be rules that candidates must reside close to the ward they wish to represent.
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Stop these payments to Councillors now and return to the system which ensured only people who felt passionately about the role were attracted. Gravy train chasers are not good for democracy.[/p][/quote]Dead right steve, being a councillor is a nice little earner, maybe that's why they tout themselves from ward to ward until they eventually get elected. There should also be rules that candidates must reside close to the ward they wish to represent. Bob Shaftoe

10:30pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Greasy Chip Butty says...

Bob Shaftoe A foreign sounding name, Asha Ali Ismail. Does nationality and ethnicity matter as long as they are Boltonian......
Bob Shaftoe A foreign sounding name, Asha Ali Ismail. Does nationality and ethnicity matter as long as they are Boltonian...... Greasy Chip Butty

10:59am Sat 7 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

Greasy Chip Butty wrote:
Bob Shaftoe A foreign sounding name, Asha Ali Ismail. Does nationality and ethnicity matter as long as they are Boltonian......
Yes it does if the policies are only concerned with islamic issues negelecting the other sectors of the community.

MP Quarshi seems to spend more time on foreign policy "Palastine"and islamic issues than getting real issues concerning the UK which needs attention.
[quote][p][bold]Greasy Chip Butty[/bold] wrote: Bob Shaftoe A foreign sounding name, Asha Ali Ismail. Does nationality and ethnicity matter as long as they are Boltonian......[/p][/quote]Yes it does if the policies are only concerned with islamic issues negelecting the other sectors of the community. MP Quarshi seems to spend more time on foreign policy "Palastine"and islamic issues than getting real issues concerning the UK which needs attention. serendipity2

8:36am Sun 8 Dec 13

By George says...

Some advice to the voters of Harper Green check this list then vote
1. Has the candidate done anything in Harper Green ?
2 does the Candidate live in the area?
3 has the candidate dropped you a leaflet? And the candidate knock on your door?
4 can the candidate be contacted?
5 is the candidate interested in Harper Green?
6 name one thing the two Labour Councillors have achieved for Harper Green in the Past 2 years.
7 compare these achievements with other councillors in Bolton
8 ask the candidate about the social history of the area
9 ask the candidate if they work for a living
10 ask the candidate if they would buck the whip and vote for the people and vote against the political party they represent
I expect a swing to the right in Harper Green
Some advice to the voters of Harper Green check this list then vote 1. Has the candidate done anything in Harper Green ? 2 does the Candidate live in the area? 3 has the candidate dropped you a leaflet? And the candidate knock on your door? 4 can the candidate be contacted? 5 is the candidate interested in Harper Green? 6 name one thing the two Labour Councillors have achieved for Harper Green in the Past 2 years. 7 compare these achievements with other councillors in Bolton 8 ask the candidate about the social history of the area 9 ask the candidate if they work for a living 10 ask the candidate if they would buck the whip and vote for the people and vote against the political party they represent I expect a swing to the right in Harper Green By George

9:29am Sun 8 Dec 13

Bob Shaftoe says...

By George wrote:
Some advice to the voters of Harper Green check this list then vote
1. Has the candidate done anything in Harper Green ?
2 does the Candidate live in the area?
3 has the candidate dropped you a leaflet? And the candidate knock on your door?
4 can the candidate be contacted?
5 is the candidate interested in Harper Green?
6 name one thing the two Labour Councillors have achieved for Harper Green in the Past 2 years.
7 compare these achievements with other councillors in Bolton
8 ask the candidate about the social history of the area
9 ask the candidate if they work for a living
10 ask the candidate if they would buck the whip and vote for the people and vote against the political party they represent
I expect a swing to the right in Harper Green
....................
........
11. How many wards have you tried to get elected in?
12. How many different parties have you represented?
13. Where is Harper Green school?
14. Name four pubs in Harper Green ward.
[quote][p][bold]By George[/bold] wrote: Some advice to the voters of Harper Green check this list then vote 1. Has the candidate done anything in Harper Green ? 2 does the Candidate live in the area? 3 has the candidate dropped you a leaflet? And the candidate knock on your door? 4 can the candidate be contacted? 5 is the candidate interested in Harper Green? 6 name one thing the two Labour Councillors have achieved for Harper Green in the Past 2 years. 7 compare these achievements with other councillors in Bolton 8 ask the candidate about the social history of the area 9 ask the candidate if they work for a living 10 ask the candidate if they would buck the whip and vote for the people and vote against the political party they represent I expect a swing to the right in Harper Green[/p][/quote].................... ........ 11. How many wards have you tried to get elected in? 12. How many different parties have you represented? 13. Where is Harper Green school? 14. Name four pubs in Harper Green ward. Bob Shaftoe

6:12pm Mon 9 Dec 13

By George says...

Good one Bob Shaftoe , let's expand the list ask your candidate
15 what price is a loaf of bread?
16 what's the difference between Poll Tax and Bedroom Tax?
17 who closed Mosley Common Colliery?
18 who closed the rest of the collieries?
19 what's the difference between a Tory and a Liberal?
20 will a UKIP elected Councillor get Harper Green Independence From Bolton ?
Good one Bob Shaftoe , let's expand the list ask your candidate 15 what price is a loaf of bread? 16 what's the difference between Poll Tax and Bedroom Tax? 17 who closed Mosley Common Colliery? 18 who closed the rest of the collieries? 19 what's the difference between a Tory and a Liberal? 20 will a UKIP elected Councillor get Harper Green Independence From Bolton ? By George

10:56pm Mon 9 Dec 13

nicrej says...

I think that someone who does things to improve the ward in which they live and will represent will do the best job. They live and breathe the problems that the residents face. I have had two leaflets through and after the ode to Margaret Claire and the "big up" of what the labour candidate has been up to I felt like throwing it in the bin! Both aspects of the leaflet were totally about candidates of past and present. The conservative leaflet makes me feel that he will do the best for the people of Harper Green Ward. I've had no other literature from the remaining candidates. I want the candidates to come and knock on my door and convince me they are worthy of my vote...failing that I will be voting for Rob Tyler as he can see the issues we face in this ward rather than big up past candidates who in my eyes weren't "all that".
I think that someone who does things to improve the ward in which they live and will represent will do the best job. They live and breathe the problems that the residents face. I have had two leaflets through and after the ode to Margaret Claire and the "big up" of what the labour candidate has been up to I felt like throwing it in the bin! Both aspects of the leaflet were totally about candidates of past and present. The conservative leaflet makes me feel that he will do the best for the people of Harper Green Ward. I've had no other literature from the remaining candidates. I want the candidates to come and knock on my door and convince me they are worthy of my vote...failing that I will be voting for Rob Tyler as he can see the issues we face in this ward rather than big up past candidates who in my eyes weren't "all that". nicrej

7:23am Tue 10 Dec 13

By George says...

Looks like Rob Tyler is part way there, Now we expect the Candidates to read these blogs, so your move now.
New question How many Farms are there in Harper Green?
Looks like Rob Tyler is part way there, Now we expect the Candidates to read these blogs, so your move now. New question How many Farms are there in Harper Green? By George

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