East Sussex County Council elections: Langney ward

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Eastbourne goes to the polls this Thursday, May 2, for the East Sussex County Council elections.

Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm and the results will be announced in the early hours of Friday morning after the count at Eastbourne Town Hall.

You can follow news of the results here on the Herald website and via Twitter at: @eastbournenews

Here’s a run down of the candidates standing in the Langney ward:

Lee Comfort (Labour)

Lee was born and brought up in Eastbourne and has lived in Langney for the majority of his life. He believes Langney has been taken for granted by the borough and county councils and from massive pot-holes on the roads to the collapse of Langney Shopping Centre he says the area is being ignored and expected to just get on with it. If elected he says he will listen to Langney residents, fight the Tory and Lib Dem cuts and make the voice of Langney heard at the county council.

Gordon Jenkins (Conservative)

Gordon has been married to Jan for 39 years and they now live in the heart of Langney. Gordon is an active member of the Conservative Party and has held many of the senior positions over the last 45 years. Before moving to Eastbourne he had been a London councillor for 14 years and on his retirement from the council he was given the title of Honorary Alderman in recognition of his years of service to the residents of the London Borough. He is currently a borough councillor in Eastbourne for the Sovereign ward.

Diane Keffalinos (UKIP)

Diane is a retired legal secretary who has lived in the area for more than 20 years having been born and brought up in Brighton. She believes UKIP offers the only sensible alternative to the other main parties and that the present coalition government has let down the people very badly, not doing what they promised and Labour do not seem to have much idea of how to get the country on its feet again. She says it is time people had a say in how things are run, both locally and nationally, without being dictated to by bureaucrats in Brussels and that health and education services are in need of drastic reform and border controls must be better managed to avoid this small island being swamped by uncontrolled immigration. Diane says UKIP has common sense policies to deal with all these issues and a vote for her on May 2 will help to set things in motion.

Alan Shuttleworth (Liberal Democrat)

A Langney borough councillor, Alan has been leading the campaign for repair and re-opening of Langney Shopping Centre, demanding publication of engineer’s reports, a greater sense of urgency, supporting local traders and assisted arrangements for temporary library and Community Cafe in St Barnabas Church. He has also been working with Save The DGH Campaign team, leading road safety campaigns for speed restrictions and the reinstatement of the school crossing patrol at Shinewater Primary, represented residents at a planning inquiry to stop building on green belt and organised the Langney Rubbish Amnesty. He also chairs the Shinewater Fun Day, is a carnival committee member, teacher and head of Stephen Lloyd MP’s office supporting hundreds of residents in individual problems.