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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Carlisle's big names standing down at elections

A number of sitting councillors are not seeking re-election when voters go to the polls next month.

Neville Lishman photo
Neville Lishman

Veteran names in local politics such as Olwyn Luckley and Paul Atkinson are among those not putting themselves forward for elections being held in 17 wards of Carlisle City Council on May 22.

Neville Lishman, a Conservative representing Wetheral, and Donald Forrester, a Labour representative in Harraby, are also among those not standing.

City Council elections are this year being held in the following wards: Belah, Belle Vue, Botcherby, Brampton, Castle, Currock, Dalston, Denton Holme, Harraby, Longtown and Rockcliffe, Morton, St Aidans, Stanwix Rural, Stanwix Urban, Upperby, Wetheral and Yewdale.

Mr Atkinson, a Labour councillor who has represented Denton Holme for 19 years, recently spoke of the “privilege” it had been to work with the community and other councillors.

Mrs Luckley, a Liberal Democrat in the Castle ward has announced she will retire as a councillor after nine years in the post.

She said: “It has been a very fulfilling thing to do. Being a councillor has been the best opportunity I have had to take up to be able to help the people I live beside. There is a lot more to it than what people realise.

“Never the less it has been very worthwhile and I am genuinely sorry that it was come to an end. However, years and your health do take their toll hence why I am stepping down.”

Voters will also on the same day choose the north west of England’s eight members of the European Parliament.

Carlisle City Council election results will be counted on Thursday May 22 and the North West European Parliamentary Elections count will take place on Sunday May 25.

People will not be able to vote in either election unless they have ensured they are on the electoral register by Tuesday May 6.

Anyone who is on the electoral register can choose to register to vote by post. Applications for a postal vote in the forthcoming elections must also be received by 5pm on Wednesday May 7.

Anyone who is not registered can visit www.carlisle.gov.uk/elections to download a registration form.

Alternatively, or if they need to update their details or check whether they are on the register, they can call 01228 817555 or 817556.

For more information about the European Elections visit www.northwestvotes.gov.uk.

A full list of candidates for the Carlisle City Council elections is also available at www.carlisle.gov.uk/elections.

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