Blackwood set for council by-election
Voters in Blackwood will decide on a new councillor during a by-election on April 24.
Labour’s Diana Ellis stood down in February for family reasons and Plaid Cymru, Labour, Conservative and Independent candidates will go head-to-head for the seat.
Labour Party candidate Allan Rees, who is a social worker, said: “I have spent the last ten years working with the most vulnerable and impoverished people in South Wales and have worked in local authorities for four years.
“I have a very good feel for the communities of Blackwood and Caerphilly. What voters are looking for are people with good life experience. Teachers and firemen, for example, should be elected as councillors.”
He added: “There has been nothing that says what Plaid Cymru are standing for in Blackwood, just an attack on the Labour Party.”
Mr Rees, who is standing for the first time, faces Plaid Cymru candidate Andrew Farina-Childs who is a school governor at Blackwood Comprehensive School and is a parent member of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Education for Life Scrutiny Committee.
Mr Farina-Childs said: “I want to represent the residents of Blackwood and be a strong effective voice for the whole community. I have a proven record as a local campaigner and as a Town Councillor.
“However I do believe that the people of Blackwood need to be informed of current issues that will affect everyone such as the scandal which has brought Caerphilly County Borough Council unwanted attention across the UK.
“This could all have been avoided if the Labour Cabinet had not pushed through the senior officers’ pay hike. The campaign I am running is an honest and factual one and not a negative one as suggested by the Labour candidate.”
Other candidates include Cameron Muir-Jones of the Welsh Conservatives and independent Keith Smallman.
• Caerphilly County Borough Council have urged residents to register to vote in the upcoming European Parliamentary elections.
The elections take place on May 22 and voters will elect four MEPs to represent Wales in Europe.
Stuart Rosser, Caerphilly’s Electoral Registration Officer, said: “People are talking about the elections, but you’ll only be able to have your say on who represents you in the European Parliament if you’re registered to vote by the deadline of Tuesday May 6.
“Even if you think you’ve already registered, it’s really important to double check. Many people think they are automatically registered because they pay council tax, but this isn’t true. If you’re unsure, you can call the council to check.”
To register visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or call 01443 864203.
Look out for Caerphilly Observer’s profile of the European candidates in a future edition.
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