Six candidates from four parties will fight two Breckland Council by-elections
18:20 29 June 2012
The names of six candidates who will fight two Breckland Council by-elections on the same date have been announced this afternoon.
Marion Chapman-Allen, a former Breckland cabinet member and sitting Norfolk County councillor for Thetford East, will square up against Stephen Green for Labour, Steve Gordon for the Liberal Democrats and Denis Crawford for the UK Independence Party in Harling and Heathlands in the south of the district.
Mr Green, who stood for the seat in 2011, said he was against the introduction of parking charges. Mr Gordon, who chairs Kenninghall Parish Council and stood against Elizabeth Truss in the 2010 general election, said he wanted to challenge the Conservative majority on Breckland Council.
Mr Crawford, who was born in America and holds dual citizenship, is a Thetford town councillor and said he would raise issues such as pot holes and speeding in the campaign. Mrs Chapman-Allen has lived in Norfolk since she was 24 and said she was looking forward to finding out what issues mattered to villagers in the largely rural seat.
Last year two Tories were elected with 928 and 875 votes, while Labour received 403.
Former police officer Mike Nairn will stand for the Conservatives in Mid Forest ward, south west of Swaffham, which his party won uncontested last year. He is chair of Weeting Parish Council, and raised EU environmental regulations which he said inhibited development, public transport and technology infrastructure.
His Labour opponent Alex Vyse, a 22-year-old economics graduate, said he had been involved in various community activities and was very hard working.
Both by-elections will be held on Thursday July 26.