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Election battles loom as New Forest candidates revealed

THE candidates that will fight out the 10 New Forest seats on Hampshire County Council have been revealed.

On 6th May electors will go to polls when they will also vote for the next Hampshire and Dorset police and crime commissioners. Some parish and town council byelections will also take place.

All of the 10 HCC seats within the district feature candidates from the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, and seven seats will be exclusively contested by those four parties.

Only three seats feature candidates from outside the bigger parties: UKIP candidate Ian Linney will battle for Hordle, Tom Jones the Dibden and Hythe division for new political party Alliance for Democracy and Freedom, while Independent Jacqui England wants the Lymington & Boldre seat.

Polling station at Colbury Memorial Hall (46172054)
Polling station at Colbury Memorial Hall (46172054)

The latter contest is expected to be particularly closely fought as Tory incumbent Michael White is stepping down. Barry Dunning will be in the race for the Conservatives against Liberal Democrat Jack Davies, Labour's Jerry Weber and the Greens' Verena Jolly.

Mr Davies hit an early embarrassment when his election literature attacking Tory service cuts misspelt the word “library”. He laughed off the error on his Facebook page,

Other notable candidates include former prominent Lib Dem Chris Harrison, who is the Conservative candidate for the Dibden & Hythe division where he will go up against ex-colleague Malcolm Wade.

Civic chiefs have reminded residents that to vote they must be listed on the electoral register by 19th April via www.gov.uk/register-to-vote with the deadline to apply for a postal vote 5pm on 20th April and 5pm on 27th April for a proxy vote.

Meanwhile, the Country Land and Business Association confirmed it had written to each of the police and crime commissioner candidates in both Hampshire and Dorset, urging them to commit to help the fight against rural crime and help establish a National Rural Crime Network.

In Hampshire, the candidates are Tony Bunday (Labour), Steve James-Bailey (Hampshire Independents), Donna Jones (Conservative) and Richard Murphy (Liberal Democrats).

Five people will contest the Dorset police and crime commissioner election to replace incumbent Martyn Underhill, who has announced he will not seek re-election.

The candidates are Labour’s Patrick Canavan, Independent Dan Hardy, Liberal Democrat Mark Robson, Claire Seymour of the Green Party and Conservative David Sidwick.

A by-election will be held for the Commons ward in Christchurch following the death of Christchurch Independent councillor Colin Bungey last year.

Cllr Bungey died in April 2020 but coronavirus restrictions have meant voting for his replacement could not take place until this year.

There will also be byelections for seats on the parish and town councils of Hythe and Dibden, Milford parish and Ringwood.

For a list of all the candidates visit newforest.gov.uk/article/2616/Election-Notices-May-2021#h24

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