Candidates announced for Beccles South by-election

PUBLISHED: 11:06 22 October 2012 | UPDATED: 11:36 22 October 2012

Alan Thwaites

Alan Thwaites


Four candidates will be standing to represent Beccles South on Waveney District Council.

A by-election will be held on Thursday November 15 following the resignation of Labour’s Alan Thwaites due to ill health.

Announced to stand are Graham Catchpole, of Coney Hill, Beccles, for the Conservatives, Nicky Elliott, of Barsham, for the Green Party, Doug Darmer, of Ashmans Road, Beccles, for the Liberal Democrats, and Alan Green, of Fishermans Way, Kessingland, for Labour.

Prior to Mr Thwaites’ resignation the opposition Labour party had 23 seats and the Conservatives also had 23, with the Tories relying on the support of chairman Peter Collecott, an independent, for control of the council. Mr Elliott represents the Green Party.

The by-election will take place on Thursday November 15, the same day as the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Standing for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner in Suffolk are Jane Basham, for Labour, independent David Cocks, Bill Moutford, for UKIP, and Tim Passmore, for Conservaties.

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  • It was 23vs23 before the resignation of Mr Thwaites, if Labour don't win it'll be 23vs22 so Conservative will have majority if the Green or Lib Dem candidates and 24vs22 should Mr Catchpole win. Worth noting that Labour were unable to put a candidate forward who actually lives in the actual ward being contested, Someone with links to the town is needed to ensure the best for Beccles in the long term.

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    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • My best wishes to the Greens and Independents for they carry the public mandate. Lets hope voters are fed up with the 23 vs. 23 and decide to empower the balance on the scale.

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    Monday, October 22, 2012

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