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Winchester city council nominations
SEVERAL senior councillors will be seeking re-election in the Winchester district on May 1, including the city council leader.
Cllr George Beckett
Cllr George Beckett aims to hold his Compton and Otterbourne seat for the Conservatives.
However, when it was contested last year, his colleague, Murray Macmillan, lost to Lib Dem, Cllr Eleanor Bell.
The Tories, who have run the council since 2006, have a majority of one member over the combined total of the other parties.
Another high-profile member Cllr Therese Evans, the Lib Dem group leader, will be seeking to retain her seat in Wickham.
Meanwhile, the deputy mayor, Cllr Michael Read, hopes to score another win for the Tories in Denmead.
Back in Winchester, the former leader of the council's Labour group, Patrick Davies, hopes to return to the authority.
The Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for the city is standing in St Luke ward, where he served for 30 years until losing the seat in 2006.
He might have faced another veteran councillor in the shape of Lib Dem, Cllr Ernie Nunn. However, he is not seeking re-election, and his party has put forward Lucille Thompson in his place.
The Lib Dems are also fielding a new candidate in Colden Common and Twyford, where former mayor, Cllr Cecily Sutton, is standing down.
The party has chosen Peter Mason, who already represents the area on Hampshire County Council, to stand in her place.
The other members leaving this year include former Lib Dem cabinet member for planning, Cllr John Beveridge, in St Michael ward, Winchester.
Tory member for Whiteley, Cllr Kate Chapman, and Independent member for Shedfield, Cllr Ashley Goodall, are also standing down.
Along with Shedfield, the Independent group is also defending Bishop's Waltham, where former mayor Cllr Jean Hammerton is seeking re-election.
While the Independents are only standing in two wards, the Tories, Lib Dems, and Labour will be contesting all 19 of the seats up for re-election. The authority has 57 seats in total.
The new Winchester branch of the Green Party is to field four candidates.
The party was officially launched in March by Green MEP Caroline Lucas and candidates used Mosaic lifestyle data to target city centre wards most likely to have green supporters.
Alison Craig, aged 46, an environmental campaigner who lives in Sutton Scotney, and works part-time for Ms Lucas, is to contest St Michael's ward.
Jim Kirkpatrick, 31, a software designer and Colden Common resident, is to fight Oliver's Battery and Badger Farm.
Mother-of-two Bridget Leyden, 27, who lives in Hyde will contest St Paul. The former farm worker who was born in Winchester has a degree in agriculture and environment.
Jo Woodman, 32, also a mother-of-two, who works as a researcher for a human rights charity, will contest St Bartholomew ward.
She said: "Winchester is on a cusp of a massive change, having come bottom for the biggest carbon footprint.
"I think there will be a huge green revival as people wake-up to the problems we are facing. I believe the election of at least one Green city councillor is imminent."
Issues Green candidates will campaign on include improving public transport, extending cycle routes, more sustainable new homes, less back garden development and encouraging local food production.
The United Kingdom Independence Party is standing in seven.
Visit the council's website - www.winchester.gov.uk - for more details about the elections and how to vote.
Bishop's Waltham: Brandy Blunt, LD; Jean Hammerton, Ind; William McNally, UKIP; Michael Alexander, Con; David Picton-Jones, Lab.
Boarhunt and Southwick: John Cooper, Con; Steve Nicholls, LD; James Ross, Lab.
Colden Common and Twyford: Timothy Curran, Lab; Sue Evershed, Con; Peter Mason, LD.
Compton and Otterbourne: Christopher Barton-Briddon, UKIP; George Beckett, Con; Suzanne Hudson, LD; Clare McKenna, Lab.
Denmead: Michael Chaplin, Lab; Michael Read, Con; Anne Stoneham, LD.
Kings Worthy: Elaine Fullaway, Lab; Robert Johnston, LD; John White, Con.
Littleton and Harestock: Patrick Cunningham, Con; Brian Fullaway, Lab; Jacey Jackson, LD.
Oliver's Battery and Badger Farm: John Elliot-Smith, Lab; Jim Kirkpatrick, Green; Sally Owen, Con; David Spender, LD.
Shedfield: Linda Gemmell, Con; Patricia Hayward, Lab; Stuart Jones, Ind; Douglas Reed, UKIP; Michael Toole, LD.
St Barnabas (Winchester): Adrian Field, Lab; Allan Mitchell, LD; Anne Saunders, Con.
St Bartholomew (Winchester): Denis Archdeacon, Lab; Lawrence Hole, UKIP; Abdul Kayum, Con; Jim Maynard, LD; Jo Woodman, Green.
St John and All Saints (Winchester): Geoffrey Barrett, UKIP; Antony de Peyer, Lab; John Higgins, LD; Ann Jones, Con.
St Luke (Winchester): Patrick Davies, Lab; Rob Ducker, Con; Lucille Thompson, LD.
St Michael (Winchester): David Abbott, UKIP; Lynda Banister, LD; Alison Craig, Green; Albert Edwards, Lab; Robert Sanders, Con.
St Paul (Winchester): Kathleen Jeffreys, Con; Bridget Leyden, Green; Ray Love, LD; Tessa Valentine, Lab.
The Alresfords: Robin Atkins, Lab; Simon Cook, Lib; Barbara Jeffs, Con; David Samuel, UKIP.
Whiteley: Vivian Achwal, LD; Barry Jones, Lab; Mark Wheeler, Con.
Wickham: Therese Evans, LD; Karen Jeffreys, Con; Andrew Rudge, Lab.
Wonston and Micheldever: Simon Hobson, LD; Nigel Lickley, Lab; Barry Lipscomb, Con.