Three hopefuls in the poll battle for St Jude

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THREE candidates hope to step into the gap left by outgoing Portsmouth councillor David Butler.

The Liberal Democrat steps down from his ward of St Jude, Southsea, leaving the way open for three hopefuls to take his place in Thursday’s poll.

And in one case, the candidate is familiar from her previous years as a city councillor. Tory Linda Symes served as a councillor for St Jude ward from 2006 until losing her seat last May.

She said: ‘I was unsure whether to stand again, but felt I still had a lot to offer. I am often approached by people with issues to raise and I want to serve the community. I want to bring extra cafes to the seafront.

‘It needs rejuvenating and to have places where people can sit and enjoy a coffee.

‘I also hope we can make sure Palmerston Road and Osborne Road receive money for regeneration.’

Lib Dem candidate Michael Andrewes, who is MP Mike Hancock’s constituency researcher also has council experience, and wants to see Palmerston Road and Osborne Road receive city cash.

He added: ‘I was a councillor for Baffins from 2002 to 2008. But I live in Southsea and want to serve people here. The library is a really good addition. I am also pleased the council is promising to take on work at Palmerston Road and Osborne Road, to help attract more shoppers. I will definitely help to push that along.’

At 24, Labour candidate Craig Cameron is one of the youngest people standing.

He works for Network Rail and is in the process of applying to the RAF as a reserve officer. He said: ‘I’m just going door to door speaking to people at the moment.

‘I can talk to students who live here as well as longer-term residents. Students do care about where they live, as well as things like cuts to services.’

Portsmouth City Council

Baffins

Daryn Brewer, Conservative

Sarah Coote, Green

Ian Ducane, English Democrats

Lynne Stagg, Lib Dem

David Tucker, Independent

Julian Wright, Labour

Central Southsea

Margaret Adair, Lib Dem

Massoud Esmaili, Conservative

Frances Pilling, Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)

Rob Smith, Labour

Charles Dickens

Russell Anderson, Green

Sarah Cook, Labour

Matt Davies, Conservative

Steven Wylie, Lib Dem

Copnor

Stephen Fletcher, Lib Dem

David Knight, English Democrats

Robert New, Conservative

Simon Payne, Labour

Cosham

Graham Heaney, Labour

Lee Mason, Conservative

Steve Pearson, Lib Dem

Drayton and Farlington

Ken Ellcome, Conservative

Steve Lanson-Dale, Lib Dem

Paul Middleton, Labour

Dave Ward, English Democrats

Eastney and Craneswater

Terry Hall, Lib Dem

Peter Lawrence, English Democrats

Gerry Oldfield, Conservative

Rosalie Ward, Labour

Fratton

John Attrill, Labour

Terry Judkins, Conservative

John Pickett, TUSC

Eleanor Scott, Lib Dem

Hilsea

Michelle Cole, Lib Dem

Alistair Thompson, Conservative

Michelle Treacher, Labour

Milton

Ken Ferrett, Labour

Chris Hirst, Conservative

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem

Nelson

Audrey Arnell, Conservative

John Ferrett, Labour

Leo Madden, Lib Dem

Paulsgrove

Oliver Greenwood, Conservative

David Horne, Labour

Will Purvis, Lib Dem

St Jude

Michael Andrewes, Lib Dem

Craig Cameron, Labour

Linda Symes, Conservative

St Thomas

John Lancaster, Labour

Les Stevens, Lib Dem

Sandra Stockdale, Con