Sunday, 17 December 2017

Parties choose candidates for general election

SUE COOPER will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Henley constituency at the general election on May 7.

SUE COOPER will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Henley constituency at the general election on May 7.

She was a South Oxfordshire district councillor for Benson and Ewelme for 20 years and became both chairman of the council and cabinet member for economic development.

She has wide experience in the private, public and academic sectors as well as involvement with many local voluntary organisations, caring for her elderly mother and bringing up her six children.

She will campaign on environmental issues, including renewable energy, reducing waste, cycling for all, public transport and canal restoration.

Mrs Cooper said: "I am delighted to have been selected as the candidate for my home area, where I have lived for 40 years.

"I believe that my background, skills and experience will enable me to represent all the people in Henley constituency while helping to build a stronger economy and fairer society."

Pieter-Paul Barker, chairman of South-East Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats, said: "Sue Cooper is supremely well-qualified to be our next MP. Her wide experience across Oxfordshire over many years means that she understands the concerns and aspirations of people in all parts of the constituency."

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom Independence Party has changed its candidate for the Henley constituency election.

Barry Cooper has stood down due to professional and family commitments which mean he doesn't have enough time to commit to the campaign.

He has been replaced by Christopher Jones, a 46-year-old medical writer, who lives in Goring with his wife and daughter.

He said: "I strongly believe that the views of a significant majority of British people have become unrepresented by Parliament and the basis of our democracy is suffering.

"The sole opportunity to refresh politics in Britain and bring about change is at a general election.

"My hope is that a sufficient number of people in this and every constituency in Britain has the courage to vote for candidates who are not from the three main parties.

"Voting for the same again will continue Britain down its current track without check or balance."

Mr Cooper said: "My replacement is an excellent candidate and I wish him and the UKIP Henley branch well. I will support them in any way that I can during the campaign."

Meanwhile, the Shiplake and Sonning Common branches of the Conservative Party have chosen their candidates for the new Sonning Common ward on South Oxfordshire District Council at the elections on May 7.

They are Councillor Paul Harrison, who represents the current Sonning Common ward and has been a member of the district council for 15 years, and Councillor Martin Akehurst, who is currently Mayor of Henley and recently left Henley Residents' Group.

The new ward covers the parishes of Shiplake, Binfield Heath, Harpsden, Eye and Dunsden and Sonning Common.

Rob Simister, one of the two councillors for the current Shiplake ward and a cabinet member, has been chosen as the candidate for the new single member ward of Kidmore End and Whitchurch.

Malcolm Leonard is not seeking re-election after almost 12 years as a Shiplake ward councillor.

Councillor Leonard, a former chairman of the district council, said: "I will very much miss the council and particularly supporting the needs of Shiplake ward residents but believe the time has come to retire.

"Martin and Paul will be excellent candidates and, as chairman of the local Conservative branch, I will be fully involved helping them."

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