Ill-health forces Horne to end long po­lit­i­cal ca­reer

Ex-mayor among can­di­dates to throw their hats in the ring

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

LABOUR coun­cil­lor has re­signed, trig­ger­ing a by-elec­tion.

Coun­cil­lor David Horne stepped down last week be­cause of ill health, and al­ready can­di­dates have thrown their hats in the ring to fill the va­cant Charville ward seat.

Among those in the run­ning are Coun­cil­lor Mary O’Con­nor, a for­mer mayor of Hilling­don, who came within 14 votes of Mr Horne’s suc­cess­ful to­tal in May, and Cliff Dixon, chair­man of UKIP Hilling­don.

ALabour has yet to se­lect its can­di­date; the Lib­eral Democrats, the Green Party and the Trades Union and So­cial­ist Al­liance are also ex­pected to field can­di­dates.

The dead­line for dec­la­ra­tions is 4pm on Fri­day. The by-elec­tion will take place on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 27.

A long-stand­ing lo­cal politi­cian, Mr Horne won one of two Labour seats in Charville in the May 2014 lo­cal elec­tions.

Leader of the Labour group, Coun­cil­lor Mo Khur­sheed, paid trib­ute to a man who has rep­re­sented the for­mer Deanes­field ward and Hilling­don East in the past. How­ever, he has strug­gled with in­creas­ingly poor health in re­cent years.

Mr Khur­sheed said: “I com­pletely un­der­stand Dave’s decision to re­sign due to his gen­eral health.

“I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank Dave for his ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment over the years, and wish him well for the fu­ture.”

A spokesman for Hayes and Har­ling­ton Con­ser­va­tive As­so­ci­a­tion said it is de­lighted to have Ms O’Con­nor as a can­di­date.

In a state­ment, Ms O’Con­nor said: “I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing given the chance to serve my friends and neigh­bours in the Charville ward.”

The re­sults of May’s lo­cal elec­tions in Charville ward were: Coun­cil­lor Beu­lah East (Lab) 1,572; Coun­cil­lor Neil Fyfe (Con) 1,409; Coun­cil­lor David Horne (Lab) 1,368.

The cur­rent po­lit­i­cal make-up of Hilling­don Coun­cil is Con­ser­va­tive 42 seats, Labour 23.

Charville ward strad­dles the east part of Hilling­don and Hayes End.

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