Smaller political groups could have a big say in who ends up running Newcastle Borough Council after this week’s elections. While Labour and Conservatives are likely to take the lion’s share of seats in Thursday’s all-out elections, there is a good chance there will be another hung council with no group in overall control. The council is currently run by a minority Conservative administration, supported by the smaller groups, and a similar situation could arise after the all-out elections. The Borough Independents, Kidsgrove Independents and Lib Dems will be hoping to retain their seats on the council, while Ukip and the Greens will also be fielding candidates in some of the wards. Audley and Bignall End councillor Bert Proctor, leader of the five-strong Borough Independent group, is confident that smaller groups such as his will still hold the balance of power after the elections. He said: “We expect to have a similar number of councillors after the elections. … [Read more...] about Will smaller groups hold the balance of power after the local elections?
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Chester & District Sunday League Tarvin Rex clinched the Bill Gresty Memorial Trophy in extra time with a 2-1 win over Custom House. The latter took the lead after 10 minutes through Dale Harris. But straight after the restart, Tarvin Rex drew level from the penalty spot with captain Neil Astbury slotting home. The game ended 1-1 at full-time which brought a further 30 minutes of play, but Tarvin Rex went ahead in the first period with Harry Huxtable producing the winning goal and sealing a 2-1 victory and silverware. In Section B of the Chester & District Sunday League, Castrol SC put seven past Travellers Rest. Anthony Rickwood’s goal was all that initially separated second-placed Castrol and bottom club Travellers Rest. However, with the Travellers reduced to 10 men for most of the second-half, Castrol’s pressure told scoring six goals. Strikes from Paul Gates, Ryan Aslatt, Mark Roberts, Sam Moore’s 20th of the season and a brace for Tom Douglas completed … [Read more...] about Cup final winners, 35 games across Chester and Wirral, Airbus end league on high
A town's political rivals are set to clash in one of the fiercest battles of the forthcoming local elections. Kidsgrove is likely to see some of the closest electoral contests across Newcastle borough next month, with Labour, Conservatives, the Kidsgrove Independents and Ukip all bidding for seats. Last year’s controversial closure of Kidsgrove Sports Centre will be the key issue in the Newcastle Borough Council poll on May 3, with increasingly bitter exchanges on the subject between the sides. Labour holds eight of the 12 seats across Kidsgrove’s five existing wards, while the Tories and Kidsgrove Independents hold two seats each. But the revamp of the borough council will see Kidsgrove’s representation shrink to eight councillors across three wards – meaning at least one sitting councillor will lose their seat. While Labour has traditionally done well in Kidsgrove, rivals have attacked the party for its handling of the sports centre issue when Labour was in … [Read more...] about Political rivals to clash in Kidsgrove elections
A total of 129 candidates representing half-a-dozen political groups will contest next month's all-out elections in Newcastle. All 44 new seats on Newcastle Borough Council – down from the current 60 – will be up for grabs on May 3, with control of the authority for the next four years at stake. The elections come after a tumultuous period in Newcastle local politics, which has seen a change in administration and a proliferation in groups on the authority. Last year’s parliamentary election fiasco in Newcastle, which saw hundreds of people wrongly denied a vote, eventually resulted in the collapse of the Labour administration, which had been running the borough council for more than five years. Simon Tagg’s 23-strong Conservative group formed a minority administration in December, although Labour remain the largest single group, with 25 councillors. The council’s 12 other seats are divided between five smaller groups. But with a reduced number of … [Read more...] about Here’s who will be standing in next month’s local elections