Who is standing in the North Worle by-election?
PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 18:14 14 August 2017
The candidates standing in a by-election in North Worle have been chosen, and campaigning is underway ahead of a vote later this month.
Seats on both North Somerset Council and Weston Town Council were held by businessman Derek Mead, who died in a farming accident in June.
After his funeral, political parties began selecting candidates to run for the seats on both councils and the shortlist has been announced this week.
On North Somerset Council, North Worle is represented by two councillors. Marcia Pepperall, who stood for the Conservative Party in the last election in 2015, is its remaining councillor.
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 has a seat on the town council and is chairman of the Weston branch of the party. There are currently no UKIP representatives on North Somerset Council.
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.