North Worle by-election: Polling stations open as voters choose next councillors

PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 August 2017

Alan Rice, Denise Hunt, James Davis, Anita Spencer-John, Marcia Pepperall and Lewis Treloar. We will update this image when pictures of the other candidates become available.

Alan Rice, Denise Hunt, James Davis, Anita Spencer-John, Marcia Pepperall and Lewis Treloar. We will update this image when pictures of the other candidates become available.

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A by-election for two council seats will be held in Worle today (Thursday).

Voters in North Worle will be choosing someone to represent them on North Somerset Council and Weston Town Council.

The seat became available after the death of businessman and independent councillor Derek Mead in June.

The following people are standing to be a North Somerset Councillor:

James Davis – Conservatives

Mr Davis already serves on the town council, and is Weston’s Armed Forces Champion, having served in the army for 26 years.

Richard Skinner – Independent

Mr Skinner lives in Worle and will be running as an independent candidate.

Denise Hunt – Labour

Ms Hunt is an accountant, and has worked in local government and the NHS. She is chairman of Big Worle and a school governor.

Alan Rice – Liberal Democrats

Mr Rice founded ACORN Weston to support tenants who are renting in the town, will stand for the Liberal Democrats. He has been a councillor in West Sussex before.

Anita Spencer-Johns – UKIP

Ms Spencer-Johns, who lives in Worle, has a seat on the town council and is chairman of the Weston branch of the party.

The following people are standing to be a Weston Town Councillor:

Marcia Pepperall – Conservatives

Ms Pepperall already represents North Worle on the district council, but hopes to take the town council seat as well.

Denise Hunt – Labour

Labour has selected Ms Hunt for both councils.

Lewis Treloar – Liberal Democrats

Mr Treloar, who lives in Madam Lane, Worle, is a senior technician at an insurance firm in Bristol. He has lived in Weston for 19 years.

Polling stations are open from 7am-10pm today.

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