The full list of candidates who will battle it out to be elected to a council in west Cumbria can now be revealed.
On May 6 residents in Copeland will go to the polls to elect a police and crime commissioner for Cumbria, while also voting to fill a vacant seat on Copeland Borough Council in the Whitehaven Central Ward.
Due to the ongoing consultation into local government reorganisation in Cumbria, the Cumbria County Council elections that were due to take place on May 6 have been postponed until May 2022.
If any of the unitary authority proposals are agreed, elections to the new unitary, or unitaries, would take place in May 2022. If following the consultation, a unitary proposal is not implemented in Cumbria, the Cumbria County Council elections will take place in May 2022.
The Copeland council election is to fill one vacant seat and the successful candidate will join councillors Eileen Weir and Charles Maudling in representing Whitehaven Central.
Here are the candidates:
- William Robert Clive Spencer Dixon – The Conservative Party – proposed by Alistair W M Norwood and seconded by Bridget Anne McLean
- William Robert Dixon – Heritage Party – proposed by Anthony J Brannon and seconded by Julie Brannon
- Richard Ian William Donnan – Independent – proposed by Joyce Haile and seconded by Joseph N Haile
- Joseph Ghayouba – The Labour Party – proposed by Andrew Joseph Blaney and seconded by Louise Hannah Blaney
- Mike Minogue – Liberal Democrats – proposed by Adam Carson and seconded by Marius Sinica
COVID-19 restrictions made some venues unavailable, so some polling stations have been moved. The changes are:
- Cleator Moor Civic Hall (for those who usually use Cleator Moor Nursery)
- St Begh’s Social Centre, Whitehaven (for Corkickle residents who usually use St Gregory and St Patrick’s School)
- St Andrew’s Church, Whitehaven (for Whitehaven South Residents who usually use St Gregory and St Patrick’s School)
- The Palladium Theatre, Millom (for those who usually use Black Combe Junior School)
- Adams Memorial Hall, Arlecdon (for those who usually use 24 Asby Road)
- Distington Community Centre (for those who usually use 51 Pica Cottages)
- St Andrew’s Church Hall, Whitehaven (for those who usually use 8 Rutland Avenue)
- Kirkland Mission (for those who usually use Lamplugh Village Hall)
- St Joseph’s Community Centre (for those who usually use Frizington Youth Centre)
- St Mary’s Parish Centre, Egremont (for those who usually use Orgill School)
- Thornhill Social Club, Egremont (for those who usually use Thornhill School Library)
- St Mary’s Club, High Road, Whitehaven (for those who usually use St Peters Parish Community Hall)
Meanwhile, Kevin Young has been duly elected uncontested to Parton Parish Council and the by-election that was due to be held on May 6 will now not take place.