A teacher who has worked for improvements on the Kingswood estate in Corby is to stand for Labour in the election for the vacant seat on the borough council.
Elise Elliston, 48, head of business studies at Bishop Stopford School, Kettering, has been selected by the party as its candidate in the forthcoming by-election for the Kingswood ward.
An active Labour Party member, she is also the chairman of Kingswood Neighbourhood Association and has been involved in the Big Lottery Big Local initiative to ensure a £1m award improves the lives of families in the area.
Elise, who is also involved with Kingswood’s environmental champions, said: “I live in the area and I understand the issues and the things that matter to local residents.
“People want affordable, available housing and to live in a decent environment.
“Many improvements have been made to the area and we have recently seen a lot of work on the gardens around Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre.
“Kingswood is a brilliant place to live and I want to work to ensure the area continues to improve,”
Elise, who has two sons, moved to Corby from Wales 16 years ago.
The by-election has been called following the resignation of Maureen Forshaw due to health problems. Mrs Forshaw served on Corby Council for almost 40 years.
Former Labour councillor and mayor Peter McGowan is standing in the by-election for UKIP and Falklands veteran Phil Ewers has been selected to stand for the Conservative Party.