Next month’s by-election for Soham South ward of East Cambridgeshire District Council will be contested by at least four candidates.
Two Independents, a Conservative and a representative of UKIP have been confirmed as candidates for the byelection on Thursday, June 19, caused by the death of long-serving Independent councillor John Palmer.
The first to declare his intention to stand was Geoffrey Woollard, a former county, district and parish councillor, who moved to Soham in July.
Mr Woollard, 76, of St Andrew’s Park, said he would stand as an Independent: “I will speak up loudly for Soham South, Wicken and Upware. I will never be told what to do by party political bosses,” he said.
Former Soham Village College student, Daniel Divine, is a county councillor for Littleport and is representing UKIP in the Soham election.
“I met many good, hard-working people there and it has made me want to stand,” he said. Cllr Divine, who came third in the last month’s Sutton ward byelection, used to work in agriculture in the town and lives in Little Downham.
Two Soham town councillors, Conservative Hamish Ross and Independent Gerard Hobbs, have also announced their intention to stand. Potential candidates have until noon today to submit nomination forms.