Droylsden goes to the polls for by-election
Thursday 26th October 2017 @ 11:41 by Nigel Skinner
Droylsden News

Droylsden East residents go to the polls today (Thursday) to elect a new member to represent them on Tameside Council.

The by-election has been sparked by the decision by former Jim Middleton to step down.

Cllr Middleton, 83, who has served the people of Droylsden East for 27 years, cited failing health as the reason for his resignation.

In a statement he said: “I feel it would be in the best interests of all concerned if I stood down to allow someone who is as passionate and committed to the area as me, but with the necessary energy to take on the mantle of representing the fine people of Droylsden East – a role I have loved and been proud to undertake.”

Four parties are contesting the ward with candidates standing for Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens.

The seat was last fought for in the local council elections of May 2016.

Cllr Middleton was a clear victor then, taking a 51 per cent share of the vote.

UKIP, who are not fielding a candidate this time, were a clear second with a 34 per cent share, while the Conservatives and Greens trailed with a nine and six per cent share respectively.

Hoping for your vote this time is David Mills for Labour, Matthew Stevenson for the Conservatives, Jean Smee who is standing for the Greens, and Shaun Offerman representing the Liberal Democrats.


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The candidates: (from top left, clockwise left to right) Jean Smee for the Greens, David Mills of Labour, Matthew Stevenson for the Tories and Shaun Offerman for the Lib Dems