Ward by Ward: Sumners and Kingsmoor
Politics / Tue 20th May 2014 pm31 07:00pm
A BIT of a shadow has been cast over this one as incumbent councillor, Nick Churchill suffered a heart attack at the weekend. Nick is recovering at home.
The rules dictate that he is still standing. If he is elected, it is then a question of whether he will sign the declaration within thirty days.
Nick won the seat with a majority of 499 in 2010. He has been a constant presence in the ward and has taken a great interest in issues such as the proposed Sumners development.
With the demise of the Lib Dems, a big question is what will happen to their votes? In 2010 (granted a General Election year) they polled nearly 700 votes. Having said that they slumped to 152 in 2011. No wonder Chris Millington is not returning our calls!!
2011 was interesting as the Conservatives won by 131. In 2012, they won by just 65.
The big question here is: Where is the UKIP vote going. They may well take from both. With no previous record in this ward it is difficult to assess but with a narrow divide of 65, they could, just could let Labour sneak in.
YH prediction: Cons hold.
Alexander Robert William Addison
UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Nicholas John Churchill
The Conservative Party Candidate
Labour Party Candidate