2015 Elections round-up: Wilmslow & Handforth


With less than 48 hours to go until the General, Borough, Town and Parish Council elections here is a reminder of your options on Thursday, 7th May.

Electors have a choice of five candidates when they go to the polls for the General Election.

Candidates for the election of a Member of Parliament for the Tatton Constituency are: Stuart Hutton (UKIP), George Osborne (Conservative Party), David Pinto-Duschinsky (Labour Party), Tina Rothery (Green Party) and Gareth Wilson(Liberal Democrats).

If you click on the General Election tag below you will be able to read the statements provided by each of the five candidates.

Thirteen candidates are standing to represent Wilmslow on Cheshire East Council. Two for the Wilmslow Dean Row Ward, three for the Wilmslow East Ward, six for the Wilmslow West & Chorley Ward and two for the Lacey Green Ward. Click on the Borough Elections tag below to read interviews with all 13 candidates or click on the tags for the individual wards to select those for your particular area.

Meanwhile, five candidates are standing to represent Handforth on Cheshire East Council. By clicking on the Borough Elections tag you can read the two interviews we received in time.

Wilmslow residents will also have the opportunity to elect eleven of the fifteen councillors for Wilmslow Town Council on Thursday, 7th May, as the Dean Row Ward is uncontested.

In the Wilmslow East Ward five candidates are standing for four seats, click on the Wilmslow East Ward tag at the bottom to read the interviews with the four candidates who responded to our request by the end of April, as well as your three candidates for the Borough Election.

In the Lacey Green Ward four candidates are standing for two seats, click on the Lacey Green Ward tag at the bottom to read the interviews with the three candidates who responded to our request, as well as your candidates for the Borough Election.

In the Wilmslow West Ward there are eight candidates competing for five seats. Click on the Wilmslow West Ward tag below to read the interviews with all eight candidates.

Handforth residents will also have the opportunity to elect four of the seven councillors, as the Handforth West Ward is uncontested, for Handforth Parish Council on Thursday, 7th May.

Click on the Handforth Parish Council Election tag below to read the three interviews we received by the end of April.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, 7th May.

The count for the General Election will take place overnight on Thursday with the result expected to be announced about 6am on Friday 8th May. The count for the Borough Elections will take place on Friday, starting at 3pm and the count for the Town and Parish Council elections will take place at 3pm on Saturday 9th May.

I will be attending the counts and publishing the results as soon as I can.

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Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Gary Barton
Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 3:03 pm
Good luck to all my fellow Conservative candidates.
Nick Jones
Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 3:34 pm
Following the whip vote not to protect green belt you all need as much luck as you can get
Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 6:24 pm
There is a great deal of difference between the national elections and the local elections. The party you want to run the country is not necessarily the one to run things locally. The former has to take into account foreign and wider interests, the latter should be voicing the concerns of local residents and not simply towing a party line.
Dave Cash
Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 1:23 am
For first time voters (and others) at the Polling Station -
In the Parliamentary Election you can vote for ONE candidate, the person or Party you prefer,
For Borough (CEC) Elections and Town/Parish (WTC/HPC) you have a similar choice and as many votes as there are Cllr seats to fill in your Ward. You can use all your votes for your preferred candidates (one vote for each candidate) but you don't have to use all your votes if your preference list is less than votes available (tactical voting), as the total number of votes cast for each candidate will determine who is elected.

The wait, and publicity onslaught is almost over, so cast your ballots wisely, remembering the sound adage "If you don't vote, you then have no reason to complain about the result."

I wish all candidates well, especially my fellow Independents across CEC, WTC and surrounding Councils.
Yvonne Howson
Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 8:55 pm
Oh? Do we have Councillors in this election? I haven't seen one. What has happened to door to door canvassing? If you can't be bothered to sell yourselves to the residents, then why should we vote for you. I also doubt that any of them will be at Lacey Green Pavilion!!
David Jefferay
Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 10:09 pm
Hi Yvonne, I've been doing a lot of canvassing in Wilmslow East over the past 3 or 4 weeks and it is surprising the number of people who have said to me that I'm the only person who has called.

It is a shame because I have realised (to my surprise) that many residents actually want candidates to come round and have a chat.
Rod Menlove
Thursday 7th May 2015 at 7:23 am
shame on you, you have seen the Conservatives out canvassing in Wilmslow East. In fact we have been talking on the doorstep for the past 8 weeks and frankly have been picking up untruths that I told you about several weeks ago.
David Jefferay
Thursday 7th May 2015 at 10:29 am
Hi Rod, nowhere have I said that you haven't been out canvassing, I am fully aware that you have been out and I also know that Cllr McNulty has been doing a lot of legwork. However, in Wilmslow East there are 5 candidates for Town Council and 3 for Borough. I would have thought residents would be sick of canvassers by now. Apologies if you interpreted the above as a dig at you.
Regarding any allegations of untruths, my approach and the approach of those who have been canvassing on my behalf (whom you know and I hope you agree are of high integrity) is not to tell lies or badmouth people. If you know of any instances where this has not been the case, please give me a call and bring them to my attention so I can investigate.
Nick Jones
Thursday 7th May 2015 at 11:17 am
Shame on you Rod, voting with the whip line not to protect our greenbelt, not addressing the parking situation other than displacement, Your role in the Lyme Green affair... lets see what the close of the polls brings.
Roger Bagguley
Thursday 7th May 2015 at 2:44 pm
Just to confirm that on Wilmslow East it has been reported to me that both Rod and Ruth have been door knocking. Unfortunately I have not been that visible over the last two weeks or so. I fell over an out-of-line kerb stone whilst canvassing for David Jefferay and RoW on Rod's patch badly hurting my shoulder and my operated on hip. Thanks to the young man who ran to help and struggled under my considerable weight.

I actually live in Wilmslow West ward and can confirm I have not had anyone from any party or otherwise knock on my door. Pity really: I would have loved to share my thoughts with those whose party members voted to have the Green Belt land behind my house in due course unnecessarily destroyed, who claim to have improved my road, who claim to have saved us all from a gypsy family moving into my area etc. It is as though only those local councillors belonging to their party can claim any credit. Some credit yes, but like Nick Clegg it seems will never be forgiven for reneging on his promise over student fees there are those of us in Wilmslow and Cheshire East who will never forgive the Conservatives for the mess that is the Local Plan and the destruction of the Green Belt that comes with it.