Candidates have their say before by-election

Candidates Tommy Gray, Alan Platt and Christopher Suart
Candidates Tommy Gray, Alan Platt and Christopher Suart

Voters in Euxton North will go to the polls tomorrow to elect a new borough councillor for the ward.

There are three candidates hoping to win the seat on Chorley Council - Tommy Gray (Labour), Alan Platt (Conservative) and Christopher Suart (UK Independence Party).

Mr Gray has previously been the councillor for Euxton North, while Mr Platt has represented Astley and Buckshaw.

Mr Suart stood as a candidate in Chorley East in the local elections earlier this year.

The by-election was called after standing councillor Mike Handley had his role automatically taken away as he had not attended a meeting for six months because of ill health.

He had won the seat as a Labour party candidate in May 2014.

The by-election will be held from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, with the votes being counted that night.

Find out why each candidate believes they should get your vote.

Alan Platt, Conservatives

Alan lives in Euxton with wife Debra and young daughter Katie. Alan has lived in the village for 20 years and is an active member of our community, being involved with the parish council since 2006, secretary of the Bucksaw Youth Association, he enjoys involvement with the Friday evening youth club, which is open to all young Euxton residents, and is a long-standing dedicated Poppy Appeal organiser.

We keep hearing from Labour how much they are spending in Chorley town centre.

Unfortunately very little of our money appears to have found its way to Euxton!

The choice is extremely clear - if you want investment in the place in which you live and want someone who will be there to tirelessly campaign on behalf of our village, for a fair share of the huge amounts of our money being spent in the town centre, then vote for Alan.

Tommy Gray, Labour

I live on Cedar Avenue, in the heart of Euxton North ward, where I raised my family. I am the only candidate standing in this by-election who lives in Euxton North ward. I care passionately about our area and would welcome the opportunity to represent you on Chorley Council. Having previously served on Chorley Council as well representing residents on Euxton Parish Council, I believe I have the knowledge and experience to get the best deal for our community. I also want to see the Labour council build on its programme of investment. Labour has invested over £9m in local services and economic regeneration, whilst at the same time freezing Chorley Council’s share of your council tax bill. As a result we have created over 400 new jobs, invested over £250,000 in new play equipment, provided hot meals on wheels for the elderly and injected new life into our town centre.

Christopher Suart, UK Independence Party

I am a 45-year-old widow born in Bamber Bridge and moved to Walton-le-Dale when married, with two teenagers, one boy at 16 and a girl at 15, and have lived in Chorley for seven years.   Five years ago, when my wife died, I took the decision to give up my business and concentrate on the upbringing of my children who were just about to start at high school and that was the catalyst for my interest in and understanding of the importance of education for today’s youngsters. Education both in and out of school is the foundation of our just society. 

I believe my life experiences have given me the skills to be a dedicated and hardworking councillor and I ask for your support. There have been many, somewhere near 5,000 houses, built recently in the Chorley area but where are the new schools and extra doctors etc to cope? 

We must get our priorities right!

Read previous articles about the by-election.

Councillor’s ill health sparks ward by-election

Three candidates contest Euxton North seat