Today is local election day across the country – and in East Suffolk we are voting for Suffolk County Councillor candidates – and a new Police & Crime Commissioner
Whatever your views of politics or the merits of those standing for election – the important point to note is that we live in a democracy – and the privilege to exercise your voting rights was hard won by many brave people over the years. And the alternative to democracy is of course much worse.
Suffolk County Council
All 75 seats at the council will be contested today, with results set to be declared on Friday, May 7th
The Conservatives are defending a large majority of 24 on the council. Of the other parties, currently Labour have 11 seats , the Liberal Democrats 5, and the Greens 3. The remainder comprises 5 Independents and 1 West Suffolk Independent.
Voting takes place between 7am and 10pm at designated polling stations. You must wear a mask and take your own writing implement.
The Felixstowe peninsula is represented by three seats.
The present incumbents are Graham Newman & Steve Wiles , for Felixstowe Coastal and Stuart Bird for Felixstowe North & Trimley – all are Conservative.
All three are standing for re -election
The full list of candidates standing are as follows:
Felixstowe Coastal (two seats): Lesley Bennett (G), Seamus Bennett (LD), Jan Candy (LD), Mark Jones (Com), Margaret Morris (L), Graham Newman (C)*, Richard Reaville (L), Steve Wiles (C)*
Felixstowe North & Trimley: Stuart Bird (C)*, David Rowe (L)
Police & Crime Commissioner
The present incumbent is Tim Passmore, (Conservative) who is standing for re – election
Tim was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. Prior to taking on the role of the PCC, he was the leader of Mid Suffolk District Council.
The candidates hoping to take on the role from him are:
Elizabeth Hughes, Labour
The daughter of a former police sergeant, Elizabeth Hughes is an Ipswich Borough Councillor and was the Labour candidate for South Suffolk in the 2019 General Election.
James Sandbach, Liberal Democrats
A Saxmundham town councillor who was the Liberal Democrats’ parliamentary candidate for Suffolk Coastal in 2015 and 2017 and for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in 2019.
Andy Patmore, Green Party
The Ipswich Green Party’s joint branch coordinator is also a volunteer at Suffolk Young People’s Health Project, also known as 4YP, and a qualified youth worker.