FIFTEEN candidates are battling for two vacant Rotherham Council seats in by-elections triggered after two Tories resigned.
Emma McClure and Jack Austin were among the Conservatives’ surge in May, when the party went from zero to 20 RMBC members.
But they quit in October, citing work and family reasons, and by-elections will be held on December 9 in their former wards of Anston &
Woodsetts and Aughton & Swallownest.
In the Anston & Woodsetts ward, the candidates are: Allen Cowles (Rotherham Democratic Party); David Foulstone (Green Party); Jonathan Ireland
(independent); Clive Jepson (independent); Adrian Knight (Conservatives); Drew Tarmey (Liberal Democrats); Simon Tweed (Labour); and Chris
Whitwood (Yorkshire Party).
And at Aughton & Swallownest, the choice is between: Dennis Bannan (Yorkshire Party); Louisa Barker (Green Party); Mark Lambert (Liberal
Democrats); Paul Marshall (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition); Julia Mitchell (Conservatives); Gavin Shawcroft (Rotherham Democratic
Party); and Robert Taylor (Labour).
Residents in both wards have until midnight on Tuesday, November 23, to register to vote if not already on the electoral register.
The deadline for applications for new or changes to existing postal and proxy votes is 5pm the following day. The deadline for applying to
vote by proxy is 5pm on Wednesday, December 1.
RMBC said voters would begin to receive polling cards from mid-November, which will include polling station details.