Five candidates set to fight for vacant seat
Resident councillor stepped down due to ill-health
The Uxbridge Gazette Series ALL the candidates to contest the Charville by-election have been declared.
The vote was triggered when Councillor David Horne stepped down because of ill health on Thursday, October 23.
Mr Horne won one of two Labour seats in Charville in the May 2014 local elections.
Now contesting the seat for Labour on Thursday, November 27, will be John Oswell, an experienced former Labour member of Hillingdon Council, who represented the Pinkwell ward in Hayes for many years.
He stepped down in 2010, returning to the fray for the May local elections this year when he came sixth in Yiewsley ward.
Labour group leader Councillor Mo Khursheed, said: “It is great to see John Oswell selected as our candidate for this by-election.
“He is extremely hard-working and would make an excellent community councillor for Charville ward.
“I look forward to campaigning with John and hopefully welcoming him back to the council on November 28.”
Former mayor of Hillingdon, Mary O’Connor, who lost her seat in Charville in May – coming within 14 votes of Mr Horne – will represent the Conservatives.
She said: “I’m looking forward to being given the chance to serve my friends and neighbours in the Charville ward.”
The Liberal Democrats have nominated Paul McKeown, who lives in Hayes.
He said: “I believe we have a distinctive message to offer local residents and I will do my utmost to reach out to as many residents as possible.
“Hayes has long been neglected by both Labour and the Conservatives. We need to elect a councillor who will fight for all the community of Charville not just one section of it.”
Cliff Dixon, UKIP Hillingdon chairman, will enter what could be a very close scrap in a ward where he came sixth, with 1,004 votes, in May.
“In the words of our newly elected UKIP MP, Douglas Carswell, it is time for change,” he said, “a change that we won’t see from the old establishment parties.
“If you believe that Hayes and our country have a future that can be brighter than its past, please consider voting for UKIP in this election and making a real difference.”
TUSC (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts) will be represented by Wally Kennedy.
n THE CANDIDATES: (Clockwise from above) Hillingdon branch chairman of UKIP, Cliff Dixon; John Oswell, Labour; ex-mayor of Hillingdon, Mary O’Connor, Conservative; Wally Kennedy, TUSC (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts); Paul McKeown, Lib Dem Contributed