November 20, 2015 2 Comments
|ward||elected in 2012||party in 2012|
|Belfairs||Stephen Aylen||Independent Group||Has left the Independent Group|
|Blenheim Park||Graham Longley||Liberal Democrat||Retiring|
|Eastwood Park||Chris Walker||Conservative||Defending|
|Kursaal||Anne Jones||Labour||Moved wards (to Westborough)|
|Leigh||Allan Crystall||Liberal Democrat||De-selected|
|Prittlewell||Mary Betson||Liberal Democrat||Defending|
|Shoeburyness||Mike Assenheim||Independent Group||Defending|
|St Laurence||Mark Flewitt||Conservative||Defending|
|St Luke’s||Brian Ayling||Independent Group||Defending|
|Thorpe||Mike Stafford||Independent Group||Defending|
|West Leigh||John Lamb||Conservative||Defending|
|West Shoebury||Derek Jarvis||Conservative||Defending|
|Westborough||Marimuthu Velmurugan||Independent Group||Now left group. Is defending, but will have an official Independent Group candidate up against him.|
This table shows who was elected in 2012, and whether they will be seeking re-election in May.
Belfairs – I have no idea whether the Independent Group will put someone up against Stephen. The other Independent in that ward, who has fought both elections since 2012, is a friend of Stephen’s and unlikely to stand against him.
Blenheim Park – Graham has been privately talking about standing down for some time. His recent ill health has likely strengthened his resolve to make 2016 his retirement year.
Kursaal – Anne has chosen to contest her former home ward of Westborough. She did not seek re-selection in Kursaal.
Leigh – This will be Peter Wexham’s comeback attempt, tempting headlines of “Lib Dems opt for youth”! I do not know whether Allan will seek somewhere else to contest.
Shoeburyness – There is some speculation that defeated Independent Anne Chalk will continue her vendetta against Mike and stand against him in May.
Southchurch – David has somehow managed to be de-selected, and end up with a brighter prospect in Prittlewell. However, this could be his swansong as Labour have high hopes for Prittlewell.
Westborough – Marimuthu has chosen the route of total independence. This is a brave decision, in a ward that many are seeing as a certain Labour gain.