Five can­di­dates set to fight for va­cant seat

Res­i­dent coun­cil­lor stepped down due to ill-health

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

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

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