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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Labour and Tories to fight every city seat

By Victoria Brenan

A FULL list of who is standing in next month’s local elections in Carlisle has been revealed.

Labour and Conservative groups are fielding candidates in every one of the 18 seats up for election on Thursday, May 3.

The Liberal Democrats are standing in six seats, the BNP in six and one Independent.

Maureen Toole, wife of former councillor Alan, is the Independent standing in Belah in protest over her husband’s deselection last summer, when Carlisle Conservatives chose Patricia Vasey in his place.

More than 400 people had signed a petition, which was sent to Conservative leader David Cameron, demanding that Mr Toole was reinstated as Tory candidate for Belah.

John Mallinson, chairman of Carlisle Conservative Association, said the decision on Mr Toole was final.

One of the leading lights in the campaign to save Carlisle’s Lonsdale Cinema is to stand for the Conservatives.

Fiona Robson, 34, is chairwoman of Save Our Lonsdale which aims to preserve the demolition-threatened 1930s cinema in Warwick Road.

She has been selected as Tory candidate in Belle Vue where she will attempt to unseat the veteran Labour councillor Mary Styth.

More than 71,000 people are eligible to vote. Turnout last year was around 35 per cent.

The city council has 52 councillors – 24 Labour, 19 Conservatives, seven Liberal Democrats, one Independent and one vacant seat. Each councillor serves one of 22 wards.

Parish elections also take place in Arthuret, Beaumont, Bewcastle, Burgh by Sands, Burtholme, Cummersdale, Farlam, Hethersgill, Irthington, Kingmoor, Kingwater, Kirkandrews, Kirklinton Middle, Midgeholme, Nether Denton, Nicholforest, Orton, Rockcliffe, Scaleby, Solport, Stanwix Rural, Stapleton, Upper Denton, Walton, Waterhead and Westlinton.

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