Melton area candidates announced for county council elections
There will be at least two new councillors representing Wards in the Melton area following the announcement of who will stand in the local elections on May 6.
Long-serving member Byron Rhodes will retire at the end of this term at County Hall, leaving the Belvoir Division open for a new representative.
And Melton West will also have a new councillor after Alan Pearson decided not to stand for re-elecion due to health issues.
The other two current county councillors representing the Melton area - Pam Posnett (Melton East) and Joe Orson (Melton Wolds) - are both standing again.
Residents will be heading to polling stations next month to decide who will represent the district’s interests at County Hall over the next four years.
People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will also be asked to elect a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire and Rutland, with current encumbent Lord Willy Bach standing down.
April 19 is the deadline to register to vote (April 20 for postal votes).
On May 6, polling stations will open from 7am until 10pm, with vote counting starting at 11.30am the following day.
This is a full list of candidates standing in each divisional ward in the Melton district and those in the police commissioner ballot:
Helen Cliff (Labour);
Bryan Lovegrove (Conservative);
Colette Stein (Green Party);
Sue Taylor (Liberal Democrats).
MELTON EAST DIVISION
Martyn Gower (Green Party);
Simon Lumley (Independent);
Pam Posnett (Conservative);
Tim Litt (Labour);
Carol Weaver (Liberal Democrat);
Marcus Wilson (Reform UK).
MELTON WEST DIVISION
Pip Allnatt (Labour);
Mark Frisby (Conservative);
Marilyn Gordon (Independent);
Alastair McQuillan (Green Party).
MELTON WOLDS DIVISION
Steven Carter (Independent);
Carol Hopkinson (Labour);
Hamish McAuley (Liberal Democrat);
Joe Orson (Conservative).
LEICESTERSHIRE POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER
Rupert Matthews (Conservative);
James Moore (Liberal Democrats);
Ross Willmott (Labour & Co-operative Party).