By-election in Bardwell will be a three way contest

James Lumley
James Lumley
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A by-election called after the death of a St Edmundsbury borough councillor is to be contested by three political parties.

Conservative councillorJohn Hale who, represented Bardwell, died at the end of June.

Tom Stebbing

Tom Stebbing

James Lumley (UKIP), Tom Stebbing (Labour) and Paula Wade (Conservative) will contest the seat for the by-election on September 5.

Mr Lumley said: “Obviously we are known for our national politics but when people stand as a UKIP candidate in council elections, to all intents and purposes they are an independent standing up for the wishes of the people.

“We are keen to work hard for the community and make their voices heard.”

Mr Stebbing, an architect, said: “I am particularly interested in alleviating rural deprivation. There are three areas in the ward where Defra has identified significant deprivation.

Paula Wade

Paula Wade

“In rural areas you may have someone in rural poverty living next door to somebody who is no, and that can be quite isolating.”

Ms Wade said: “I have lived in Bardwell for 14 years and wouldn’t dream of standing somewhere I didn’t live.

“On the doorstep play and leisure facilities, and speeding are the issues people have raised.”