Wednesday, 18 October 2017

UKIP to stand for first time

A UK Independence Party candidate will stand in Henley for the first time at next month’s Oxfordshire County Council elections.

A UK Independence Party candidate will stand in Henley for the first time at next month’s Oxfordshire County Council elections.

Former Henley Mayor Ken Arlett will be running against candidates from his old party, Henley Residents’ Group, as well as the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Green Party.

UKIP election organiser Chris Adams said the move was in response to requests from residents, adding: “We have local members of the party who are fed up with what is going on with other parties.”

The six candidates will be standing in the new single ward for Henley following the decision by the Local Government Boundary Commission to scrap the town’s two wards to help reduce the size of the county council.

The HRG candidate is Deputy Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak, a former assistant headteacher at Gillotts School, who was elected to the town council in April 2011.

The Conservative candidate is David Nimmo Smith, who is a former mayor and has been a county councillor since 2005 and a town councillor since 1983. His party has had a ruling majority on the council for 12 years.

The Green Party candidate is Whitchurch Parish Council chairman Peter Dragonetti and Labour is represented by Veronica Treacher.

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