Three votes for some Horwich residents on election night this Thursday

The three candidates in the Horwich Town Council by-election, from left, Peter McGeehan, Doug Bagnall and Glen Atkinson

The three candidates in the Horwich Town Council by-election, from left, Peter McGeehan, Doug Bagnall and Glen Atkinson

First published in News

PEOPLE in Horwich’s Claypool ward will have a total of three votes tomorrow, when a town council by-election is held alongside the local and European elections.

The ward election was triggered when Horwich town council’s sole Conservative councillor, Christine Flanagan, resigned in April. It is the fourth town council election in just a year.

Unlike recent by-elections in Horwich, the Claypool Ward ballot sheet will not feature candidates for the Conservatives or the Green Party — with Labour, Liberal Democrat and UKIP candidates battling it out for the seat.

Standing for the LibDems will be Doug Bagnall, who lost out by a single vote to Labour in a vote for Church Ward in September.

Mr Bagnall, who is also aiming to clinch the Farnworth seat on Bolton Council tomorrow, said: “I came within a single vote last time, so you never know what might happen. I am doing as much as I can do, but some people find it hard to ignore the national picture.

“A lot of people have said if you get rid of Nick Clegg then I’ll vote for you, but Mr Clegg has probably never heard of Claypool. This is about local issues and Horwich has a lot to offer.”

UKIP’s Peter McGeehan was also involved in the September by-election, coming in third behind Mr Bagnall.

The former mayor of Horwich has represented both Labour and the LibDems before switching to UKIP.

He said: “I feel with UKIP that all their policies fall much in line with my beliefs and that hasn’t been the case with other parties I’ve been involved with in the past.

“This will be a close call and I really have no idea what might happen, but I do think people are fed up with the political class and want to see some new faces.”

Labour candidate Glen Atkinson was previously involved with the LibDems, but left after the party reneged on its pledge not to raise tuition fees after entering into the Coalition with the Conservatives.

He said: “I felt my views were more in line with Labour, so I was pleased to make the switch. I was formerly a youth worker and have been involved with community projects. That is something I would want to continue.

“I have also had a lot of involvement with the local Claypool and Brazley residents associations. I am very locally orientated and a great believer in supporting local business.”

Polling stations will be at Horwich Moor Methodist Church, in Bottom o’th’ Moor, and at Claypool Primary School, both of which will be open from 7am until 10pm tomorrow.

You can see a full list of all Bolton's election candidates here, which will be updated with live results on Thursday night.

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11:55am Wed 21 May 14

buskersball says...

all these local 'politicians' jumping around from party to party....how about a bit of commitment and fight for what you believe in?
all these local 'politicians' jumping around from party to party....how about a bit of commitment and fight for what you believe in? buskersball
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9:10pm Wed 21 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Gotta love Democracy... huge fecking scam.

Sorry Doug... I am an old friend and neighbor but you a
Gotta love Democracy... huge fecking scam. Sorry Doug... I am an old friend and neighbor but you a Beyond News Forum
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9:13pm Wed 21 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Gotta love Democracy... huge fecking scam.

Sorry Doug... I am an old friend and neighbor but you are on the wrong team.

Don't do your old buddies Liebore... don't do ConDem... and it is a coin toss on UKIP or one of the others at the moment... maybe I will just abstain as the lot of them are scam artists.
Gotta love Democracy... huge fecking scam. Sorry Doug... I am an old friend and neighbor but you are on the wrong team. Don't do your old buddies Liebore... don't do ConDem... and it is a coin toss on UKIP or one of the others at the moment... maybe I will just abstain as the lot of them are scam artists. Beyond News Forum
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