Who will get your vote? Residents go to the polls for Exmouth Town ward by-elections

PUBLISHED: 08:30 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:49 23 February 2018

Exmouth Town Council has given funding to the HALFF scheme. Ref exe 2525-43-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Exmouth Town Council has given funding to the HALFF scheme. Ref exe 2525-43-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Residents in the centre of Exmouth will go to the polls next week to decide who they want to represent them at town and district level.

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon HornEDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

By-elections are to be held on Thursday, March 1, for the public to choose a replacement for Pat Graham, who resigned from her role as ward member for Exmouth Town on both authorities in November last year.

Liberal Democrat Mrs Graham, a former Mayor of Exmouth, had served as a councillor for around 20 years before deciding to step down citing health concerns.

Speaking to the Journal at the time, she said: “I’ve been suffering from Parkinson’s for some years now and it’s just got too difficult to do.

“It’s time to say farewell I suppose, but I will still be very interested in what’s going on.”

Mrs Graham’s resignation has left a position open to represent the residents of the Exmouth Town ward on both Exmouth Town Council and East Devon District Council (EDDC).

There are currently six Liberal Democrats on the town council, with 17 Conservatives and a sole Green Party member.

Four candidates are competing to replace Mrs Graham on the town council.

Olly Davey is seeking to double the Green Party’s presence at Exmouth Town Hall, while Dilys Hadley is looking to become the only Labour Party representative on the council.

Aurora Bailey will stand for the Conservatives and Alex Sadiq is the candidate for the Liberal Democrats.

In the EDDC by-election, the four main parties are represented. Retired Exmouth Community College teacher Daphne Currier is standing as an independent.

EDDC is currently made up of 35 Conservatives, two independents, 15 members of the East Devon Alliance and six Liberal Democrats.

Conservative town councillor Tony Hill is aiming to combine his current duties with that of the district role, as are Liberal Democrat Tim Dumper and Green Party candidate Robert Masding.

Labour Party candidate Dilys Hadley is also standing in the district council vote and will combine both roles if elected.

She would also become East Devon District Council’s only Labour Party member.

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