Candidates revealed in county council elections

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Political campaigners are gearing up for the elections to East Sussex County Council on Thursday,May 2.

Voters will go to the polls to elect representatives to sit at County Hall in Lewes. Their responsibilities include highways, education, library services and social services

In the Seaford areas the candidates are: Alfriston, East Hoathly & Hellingly: Nick Bennett (C), Dan Docker (UKIP), Tom Serpell (L), Andy Watkins (LD); Seaford Blatchington: Paul Franklin (C), Carolyn Lambert (LD), Roger Murray (G), Jeffrey Titford (UKIP), Agnes Wheeler (L); Seaford Sutton: Sam Adeniji (C), Patti Broome (G), Frank Carstairs (UKIP), Peter Hambly (L), Eleas Hussain (LD);

In Eastbourne the candidates are Devonshire: Keith Gell (I), Bob Lacey (UKIP), Colin Murdoch (C), Gerry Stonestreet (L), Steve Wallis (LD); Hampden Park: Mick Blanche (LD), Paul Brown (UKIP), Simon Howe (C), Paul Richards (L); Langney: Lee Comfort (L), Gordon Jenkins (C), Diane Kefallinos (UKIP), Alan Shuttleworth (LD); Meads: Linda Beckmann (LD), Dorothy Forsyth (G), Dennis Scard (L), Barry Taylor (C), Alan Thornton (UKIP); Old Town: Anne Angel (C), David Greaves (UKIP), Sarah Richards (L), John Ungar (LD); Ratton: Colin Belsey (C), Anne Grigg (L), Roger Stagnell (UKIP), Neil Stanley (LD), Ann Sterenberg (G); Sovereign: David Elkin (C), Richard Goude (L), Robert Harper (UKIP), Steve Holt (LD); St. Anthony’s: Ian Culshaw (L), Hugh Norris (G), David Tutt (LD), Patrick Warner (C), Christine Woodley (UKIP): Upperton: Tom Liddiard (C), Matthew Quanstrom (L), Pat Rodohan (LD), Amanda Sheehan (UKIP).

In Hailsham candidates are Hailsham & Herstmonceux: Bill Bentley (C), Steven Cross (L), Paul Holbrook (LD), Laurence Keeley (UKIP), Roger McCarthy (L), Graham Morgan (LD), Roger Thomas (C), David Younge (UKIP); Pevensey and Westham: Tony Freebody (C), Rachel Hills (LD), Mike Pursglove (UKIP), Robert Slater (L); Polegate, Willingdon & East Dean: Don Broadbent (LD), Bernie Goodwin (UKIP), Maureen Goodwin (UKIP) Alex Mthobi (L), Douglas Murray (C), Simon Popek (C), Daniel Shing (I), Stephen Shing (I), Robert Slater (LD);

The last county council elections held in June 2009 and the Conservatives maintained control of the authority.

A total of 49 councillors elected – 29 were Conservative, four Labour, 13 Liberal Democrats and three Independent.

A number of prominent Eastbourne county councillors are stepping down this year including Liberal Democrat stalwarts Beryl Healy in Devonshire, Mike Thompson in Hampden Park, Jon Harris in Langney and Carolyn Heaps in Old Town. The remaining Eastbourne councillors are hoping to retain their seats.

On Thursday, May 2 polling stations across the county will be open from 7am-10pm.

The count will be held at local council headquarters and results revealed on Friday.