North West Durham Labour has unveiled its list of local candidates who will stand for election for the party in May’s local elections.

The May elections will see councillors elected to run Durham County Council but, given the ongoing pandemic and the social distancing and safety measures currently in place, the election campaign is likely to be like no other ever conducted, with door-to-door canvassing at a minimum and many people still nervous about mixing publicly. Against that background, local Labour campaigners in North West Durham are also urging residents to vote by post as the safest option.

The list of Labour candidates selected so far for each ward are listed below: –

Crook – Andrea Patterson & Mary Hall
Willington & Hunwick – Olwyn Gunn & Fraser Tinsley
Tow Law – Richard Manchester
Weardale – Owain Gardner
Esh & Witton Gilbert – Andy Walker & Alison Hiles
Benfieldside – Kevin Earley & Lynne Ackland
Consett North – Phillip Marshall
Consett South – Mark Appleby
Lanchester, Burnhope & Castleside – Alison Gray & David Toner
Burnopfield & Dipton – Declan Mulholland & Veronica Andrews
Delves Lane – Malcolm Clarke & Jane Brown

NW Durham Labour chair Fiona Nicol commented: “Labour has assembled a great team of very strong candidates across North West Durham for these elections. Given the ongoing coronavirus situation, we are urging all local residents to register for a postal vote for the upcoming Durham County Council elections. Our message to voters is a clear one – ‘stop the spread, avoid the queues, vote by post'”.

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