We have a by-election in Cherwell District Council, following the shock resignation of Nigel Randall who had represented Adderbury & Milton when this was a single member ward from 2012 to 2016. I have discussed Nigel’s decision to resign the seat and his Conservative Party membership in an earlier Blog. In this Blog, I will look at the candidates. There are four and I list them in alphabetical order:
Sue Christie (Labour) – a solicitor by profession and, until recently, a legal officer employed by Cherwell District Council. Married to John Christie, a Labour Oxfordshire County Councillor and another retired council officer. She has also worked in a legal practice and in the voluntary sector. Politically, I would put her on the Jeremy Corby spectrum or at least well to the left of Labour. She lives in Barford which is close to but outside the Adderbury, Bloxham & Bodicote ward.
Naomi Isobel Kanetsuka (Green) – has been and may still be an undergraduate in psychology at Oxford Brookes University. Her address is registered at Quarry Close, Bloxham, within the ward and sharing the address with Ceri Fielding who may have a medical background and seems unconnected with Green politics. Not sure she has ever had a proper job but wait to be proved wrong. You can trust the Green Party to put up a candidate with an easily memorable name!
Andrew McHugh (Conservative) – has a military background, followed by working on overseas healthcare development and, most recently, a practice manager in a Banbury GP surgery. Makes a lot of the Horton Hospital which will, no doubt, enhance his ratings but I fear is a lost cause. Lives in Epwell which is a bit of a drive from the ward. I suppose I am disappointed there was no one from Adderbury to take on the challenge and am unclear who selected him to stand and who were the other candidates? No-one from Adderbury? He needs to say where he stands on housing development in the villages around Banbury.
Ian Thomas (Liberal) – lives in Meadow View, Adderbury so an obvious replacement for Nigel Randall were he not a wet and leftie Liberal and a bit invisible as well. Add to that, he claims to have been an Adderbury Parish Councillor at the same time I was their County Councillor but I do not remember ever seeing him at a meeting. I think he was busy working in London where he still works. It is just as well the Liberal Party has died a death and I think the photograph they have chosen for him demonstrates their expectation of success!
Those are the runners and riders! Not a lot of doubt about the result. Three lefties and a Conservative in three Conservative villages and a hamlet! I just hope Andrew McHugh takes the job seriously and listens to the villagers he represents about the appalling housing developments in terms of scale and style that have been imposed on Adderbury, Bloxham and Bodicote.