New ward councillor to be elected as voters go to polls

BY-ELECTION: Coun Fred Heyworth died in February
BY-ELECTION: Coun Fred Heyworth died in February
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VOTERS will go to the polls in a Leyland council ward on Thursday to elect a councillor.

A by-election was called in Seven Stars ward following the sudden death of councillor Fred Heyworth in February.

Coun Heyworth served on South Ribble Council for 19 years and also represented Farington on Lancashire County Council.

The candidates are: Malcolm Douglas Donoghue (Labour),Tony Green (Conservative) and James Mark Pattison (Liberal Democrats).

Mr Donoghue says affordable housing and anti-social behaviour are his top priorities.

A self-employed electrical contractor, he is a political officer for the Communication Workers Union and a member of the Racial, Equality, Diversity Council for Preston and West Lancashire.

Mr Green’s wife is Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Mary Green, and his son is Coun Michael Green.

He said he was keen to support local businesses and keep crime low. He will fight against potential over-development and strive to improve the neighbourhood.

Mr Pattison is a single parent, who works part-time as a parking attendant at Runshaw College. His work has mainly been focused around the police and prison service.

He says he will put the ward’s interests first and keep in touch with folk at all levels.

Police and Crime Commissioner elections will also be held on Thursday.