Election countdown: one week to go before May 7

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Campaign fever will reach its peak over the coming week with just days to go until the day of the general and borough elections.

The town goes to the polls on Thursday May 7 when a Member of Parliament will be elected along with 27 members of Eastbourne Borough Council.

Polling stations will be open across the borough from 7am-10pm.

Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd is defending his 3,435 majority against Conservative Caroline Ansell, Labour’s Jake Lambert, UKIP’s Nigel Jones, Green Party candidate Andrew Durling and Independent Paul Howard.

The parliamentary count will be held at the Winter Garden with the results in the early hours of Friday morning.

Some 115 candidates have put their nomination papers in for 27 seats on Eastbourne Borough Council.

At present the council is controlled by the Liberal Democrats with 15 councillors, 11 Conservative members and one Independent councillor.

Three councillors will be elected in each of the nine wards across Eastbourne – Devonshire, Hampden Park, Langney, Meads, Old Town, Ratton, St Anthony’s, Sovereign and Upperton.

In Devonshire, long serving Liberal Democrat Neil Stanley is standing down. Fellow Lib Dem stalwart Mike Thompson is also stepping down in Hampden Park.

The three current councillors in Langney are standing again but in Meads Conservative councillor and party leader locally David Elkin is stepping down to concentrate on his political career at East Sussex County Council.

Tory Caroline Ansell is also not seeking re-election in Meads as she is standing as the party’s parliamentary candidate in the General Election.

In Old Town long standing councillor and former mayor Carolyn Heaps is not seeking re-election and in Ratton Conservative Sandie Howlett is also stepping down.

Liberal Democrat councillor Jon Harris is stepping down in St Anthony’s and in Sovereign ward independent councillor Patrick Warner will not be seeking re-election and neither will Conservative Philip Ede.

In Upperton Conservative Alun Cooke is not standing again.

The borough election vote will be held at the Town Hall in Grove Road on Saturday May 9 with the results announced mid afternoon.

After the borough election the successful administration is expected to reveal which councillors will be mayor and deputy mayor for the coming year.

Liberal Democrat and Old Town councillor Janet Coles is the current mayor with fellow Lib Dem and Hampden Park councillor Jim Murray as her number two.

For photos and biographies of all the candidates standing in the borough election visit www.eastbourneherald.co.uk

Lengthy profiles and photos as well as videos are also available on the website of the six parliamentary candidates.