Thursday, 10 April 2014

Guest Post - Cllr Veronica Jones: It's election time in Ponteland today.

For the residents of Ponteland West there is a Town Council by-election today. Polls open as usual at 7am and will close at 10pm.

The election will be a close race between Alan Varley the Conservative candidate and former Councillor David Butler, standing as an Independent.

So far both sides have put out leaflets and been out on the doorstep, so we expect a close result tonight at about 11pm. Guy has been out campaigning with us and elections are always a great way of listening to the concerns of local people.

As someone who spent a former life on the professional side of politics I am very surprised to see Labour couldn't put up a candidate. Whether it was just bad organisation, or they literally couldn't find someone to defend their record, I'm not sure.

Either way today people will be able to make their voices heard at the ballot box.