Anti-lockdown party fields candidates in local elections

The new Freedom Alliance party, which is opposed to lockdowns and wants a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine the way the Government reacted to the coronavirus pandemic, is fielding candidates in next month’s local elections in Penn, Tylers Green and Hazlemere.

Candidates for the Buckinghamshire Council elections on 6 May have been announced.  There are three seats up for grabs in our three local wards – Penn Wood and Old Amersham; Tylers Green and Loudwater; and Hazlemere.

In Penn Wood and Old Amersham three Conservatives and three Liberal Democrats are standing; two Labour, one Green and one Freedom Alliance.

In Tylers Green and Loudwater there are three Conservative candidates, two Liberal Democrats, two Labour, three independents and one Freedom Alliance.

In Hazlemere there are three Conservative candidates, three Labour, two Liberal Democrats, one independent and one Freedom Alliance.

Parish council apathy

The parish council elections are being held on the same day and in Penn, Tylers Green and Hazlemere there are not enough candidates standing to warrant an election.

Consequently, in Penn Parish Council five members representing Penn Ward are elected unopposed. They are Roy Bentham, Kate Dicker, Debra Marsden, Mike Morley, Ruthie Pocock and Gerry Westmacott.  The two returned unopposed for Penn Street and Winchmore Hill ward are David Lander and Maureen Seymour.  The parish council is constituted to have 11 councillors in total so the new council will have to try to co-opt additional members once it meets.

In Chepping Wycombe Parish Council the five candidates re-elected unopposed for Tylers Green ward are Steven Barrett, Haydn Darch, Ian Forbes, Sharon Herron and Katrina Wood. In the other two wards which make up the parish council – Loudwater and Flackwell Heath – elections will be held.

Hazlemere Parish Council has eight candidates who have been elected unopposed. That leaves the council with four councillor vacancies and here also they will have to try to co-opt additional members.

The polling stations for the respective wards are Holy Trinity Church Hall (Penn); Tylers Green Village Hall (Tylers Green) and Hazlemere Community Centre (Hazlemere).