Meadowbank by-election set for 2nd October

Polling Station SignA by-election for the vacant seat in Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Meadowbank parish ward looks set to take place on Thursday 2nd October, after the local Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties announced they had each nominated a candidate.

A Bristol and South Gloucestershire Conservatives press release named Paul Turner, “a local man from Bradley Stoke and local businessman” as the Conservative candidate, while a statement made to The Journal by South Gloucestershire Councillor Jon Williams named Jon himself as the Liberal Democrat candidate.

Paul Turner is described as a “a committed campaigner, and truly local having lived in Bradley Stoke for over twenty years.” Mr Turner stood as a Conservative candidate for the Woodlands parish ward in May 2007, but failed to gain election after being pushed into fourth place behind two other Conservatives and a Liberal Democrat.

Mr Williams was a member of the Town Council from 1992 to 2007, when he decided not to seek re-election. He served as Chair of the Council in 1996-98 and 2000-01. In his statement, Mr Williams writes “When I left the council in 2007 I felt that I had achieved what I had set out to do. Unfortunately, the Conservatives are now messing it all up.”

The official list of nominations is due to be published on Tuesday 9th September, with the official Notice of Poll due on Wednesday 24th September.

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