By-elections in three Comet country wards

A NUMBER of voters will be electing new district councillors, with by-elections in three wards.

North Herts District Council will be holding two by-elections; one in Hitchwood, Offa & Hoo, and one in Letchworth South-East.

The new Hitchwood, Offa & Hoo councillor will replace Conservative councillor David Miller, who died last month.

The Letchworth South East councillor would replace Richard Harman, 50, of Denby in Letchworth GC, who resigned after being charged with rape. He is due to appear at Cambridge Crown Court on November 16 for a plea and case management hearing.

There will also be a by-election in neighbouring Bedfordshire, with Central Beds Council looking for a new councillor in the Silsoe and Shillington ward.

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It follows Conservative councillor Iain MacKilligan stepping down, due to other commitments.

All by-elections will be held on the same date as the PCC elections. For a list of candidates, see below.

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Silsoe and Shillington: Gareth Ellis (Green); Alison Graham (Independent); Martin Hawkins (Conservative); Janet Nunn (Lib Dem); Steven Wildman (UKIP).

Letchworth South East: John Barry (UKIP); Julian Cunningham (Conservative); Margaret Higbid (Lib Dem); Mario May (Green); Martin Stears-Handscomb (Labour).

Hitchwood, Offa & Hoo: Faye Barnard (Conservative); George Howe (Green); Peter Johnson (Lib Dem); Jackie McDonald (Labour); Peter Robbins (UKIP).

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