UKIP’s Steve stands again

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NOMINATIONS close at noon on Friday (October 21st) for candidates in the Ribble Valley Borough Council and Clitheroe Town Council by-election in Clitheroe’s Salthill Ward.

A vacancy has arisen to serve Salthill Ward on each of those councils after the resignation of Councillor David Berryman, who represented it on both. As previously reported, Liberal-Democrat Coun. Berryman is standing down due to work commitments.

Subject to there being more than one nomination for each of the seats, a by-election will be held on Thursday November 17th, with polling taking place at Brookside Primary School, in Bright Street, Clitheroe.

First to announce his candidacy this week was Steve Rush, of the United Kingdom Independence Party, who is standing for election to both the borough and town councils.

Mr Rush, who is chairman of UKIP East Lancashire and vice-chairman of the party’s Lancashire committee, represented the party in May’s local elections, missing out on a seat on both councils by just over 40 votes.

He said: “Whilst I was delighted to receive so many votes back in May, it was disappointing to come so close to winning a seat on both the borough and town councils. I would love the opportunity to serve my fellow Salthill residents and hopefully they will give me that opportunity on November 17th.”

Simon Kerins, chairman of UKIP Ribble Valley, added: “More and more people are realising that UKIP is not a one-issue party. We have a radical local agenda and are committed to addressing the concerns of local communities, not least in relation to the housing debate.”

Information for prospective candidates in the by-election is available from Ribble Valley Borough Council (Te. 01200 425111) or via its website at www.ribblevalley.gov.uk