Candidates set out stall as election day draws closer

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One final push is being made by candidates hoping to represent Thame and Chinnor at the county council for the next four years.

With less than a week to go until the election, the nine candidates hoping to take one of the area’s two available seats at Oxfordshire County Council are pounding pavements and knocking on doors trying to win your vote.

Both places are currently occupied by Conservative councillors, Nick Carter and David Wilmshurst.

One of two UKIP candidates standing in Thame and Chinnor, Michael Montgomery, hopes his anti-EU stance will strike a chord with voters.

Mr Montgomery said: “We need to get out now before the imminent collapse of the Euro drags us down with it, and to reclaim the £20 billion plus cost of our annual membership for spending as we ourselves think fit, both nationally and locally.”

Simon Stone is one of Labour’s runners and says his background in management consultancy means he understands what is needed to make local government ‘more efficient and effective, whilst safeguarding vital services’.

He said his priorities are policing, youth services, care for the elderly, jobs, housing, health and education.

Mr Stone said: “They are basic requirements of a civilised society. Yet every one of them are under threat by devastating cuts that are going too far and are being implemented too fast.”

Also standing are David Laver and David Bretherton, both Liberal Democrat, Mary Stiles for Labour, William Parkinson for UKIP and Green Party candidate Colin Grenville.

The election is on May 2.