There are two County Council seats in Rayleigh, and we are fighting hard to win both of them!
Christopher Ian Black Liberal Democrats
John Hayter UK Independence Party
Malcolm Maddocks Conservative Party (sitting Councillor)
Roger Anthony Neville Labour Party
Can Chris Black win this after coming second 3 times in a row? The first time he lost by 907 votes. The next time he lost by 356 votes. Last time he only lost by only 295 votes! So he has a good chance this time. Malcolm Maddocks has the disadvantage of not living in Rayleigh – he lives in Hill Lane, Hawkwell.
UKIP seem to be in a national decline and John Hayter lost his seat on the District Council last May, so this doesn’t look like UKIP’s year. Labour came bottom last time, and will surely come bottom this time.
The big local issues are highways, overdevelopment, and the NHS.
Jamie Clive Burton Rayleigh Independents
Keith Anthony Gibbs UK Independence Party (sitting Councillor)
June Rosemary Lumley Conservative Party
Samantha Reed Labour Party
Christopher Stanley Liberal Democrats
Andrew Charles Warren Strutt Green Party
Oddly enough, there are three candidates here who’ve switched from different parties. Jamie Burton used to be UKIP, Keith Gibbs used to be Conservative, and June Lumley used to be Lib Dem. All three have a chance of winning – but so does Chris Stanley standing for us.
Keith Gibbs has been a County Councillor for 4 years here, which would normally give him an advantage, but he doesn’t seem to have used that time to get much public recognition. He is claiming in his leaflet to have opposed the council’s development strategy since 2007, but the Lib Dems actually were opposing it since that time, and we don’t remember him ever giving us support….
Meanwhile June Lumley may lose votes over public concern over all the development to the West of Rayleigh and the lack of air pollution monitoring by the council (something that the Lib Dem councillors are now helping to pay for themselves).