Sunday, September 02, 2007

Harbour Ward by-election

There will be a by-election for the Harbour ward of Copeland Borough Council on Thursday 20th September. Polling stations are open from 7 am to 10 pm.

The candidates are:

Brigid Whiteside (Conservative)
Jeanette Williams (Labour)
Bill Pugh (British National Party)

We were initially told in the notice of poll that anyone who will be away or is otherwise unable to vote in person can apply to the elections office at Copeland Borough Council up to Thursday September 6th - e.g. this Thursday - by telephoning 01946 598531. I was at one point told that the deadline to contact the office to ask for a postal vote was actually 11 am on Wednesday 5th September, e.g. Wednesday. It has since been confirmed that the original deadline in the notice of poll will be honoured. If you want a postal vote I suggest you ring the elections office as soon as possible.

The Conservative candidate, Brigid Whiteside, is both the only candidate who lives in the ward, and the only candidate who has previously shown an interest in representing Harbour ward. Brigid has worked in International Trade Finance but is currently taking a career break while her children are small.

As a local mother, Brigid strongly supports the “Don’t Move Our Mums” campaign and wants to defend local hospital services. Her other concerns in Harbour include traffic and parking, refuse collection, and keeping the town a nice place to live.

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