Lincolnshire County Council Elections: Grantham Barrowby Division

Candidates standing in the local elections on Thursday are pleading their case, hoping to win your votes.

Each hopeful has submitted up to 150 words about themselves, their approaches and what they believe to be priorities in both the electoral divisions in which they stand and the county as a whole.

One county councillor will be elected for each division, and will serve a four-year term.

Voters will be heading to their nearest polling stations on Thursday between 7am and 10pm, to elect their candidates.

Poll cards have been sent to all registered electors eligible to vote. If you are not registered, it is too late to do so as the deadline for applications was April 17.

* Mike Williams - Independent

Mike Williams lives in Grantham and in the past has served for 14 years as a district councillor and eight years as a county councillor.

The Grantham Barrowby division covers semi rural environment Barrowby village and the Earlesfield Estate, which has lots of unemployment and deprivation. However, if elected, Mike promises that everyone will be treated equally and that he will do all in his power to resolve issues as they arise.

He is Independent having resigned from the Labour Party after witnessing party political squabbling which led to poor decision-making. Mike believes that the people of Lincolnshire deserve better. Independent members look at residents’ needs and aspirations. They speak up and vote freely for what is right for the people of Lincolnshire instead of voting as the party dictates. Close communication with local people is more important than party politics.

An interest in what the electorate is seeking forms the basis of their manifesto.

* Mark Bartlett - Labour

Mark writes: “I am your Labour Party candidate for Grantham Barrowby and Earlesfield.

“I have lived in Grantham for over 32 years and for the last 15 years resided within this community. I am honest, have a strong character and I am always willing to help others.

“Recent events over the proposed closure of Grantham Ambulance Station shows how committed I am when it comes to services that could effect us all.

“Our community that we live in has so much to offer, a state-of-the-art police station, leisure centre, sports stadium, indoor bowls, table tennis and playing areas for our children.

“But we also have unemployment, empty factory units and families struggling to survive.

“By working together, not just within the community, but at cross-party level, with businesses and service providers, we can get more jobs and better value for our money and minimise the impact of any further cuts.”

* Jo Churchill - Conservative

Jo is married with four girls who are all now at senior school and university.

She is a director of a Lincolnshire-based SME and has lived and worked in the county for 21 years.

Educated to MSc level, she has always gained most from assisting others, hence her work as a school governor, national and local campaigner for a cancer charity, fund-raiser and a general attitude of ‘do anything for anyone’.

She would like to work for all local residents without fear or favour and wants openness in local politics to do what is right for local people.

Her passions are health and education and good provision for all.

Her spare time is spent walking and campaigning has added to her training for the Marathon Moonwalk, which she hopes to complete the week after the election in aid of breast cancer.