Liberal Democrats announce candidate in Corby Council by-election

Julie Grant who is standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Corby Council by-election for the Kingswood ward
Julie Grant who is standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Corby Council by-election for the Kingswood ward

Supply teacher Julie Grant has been chosen to stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the election for the vacant Kingswood ward seat on Corby Council.

Julie, 59, lived on the estate for 21 years before moving to Cottingham.

The partner of Liberal Democrat councillor on the borough council, Bob Riley, she said: “I am really pleased to have been selected. The Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life. I am looking forward to taking that message to the people of the Kingswood ward.

“A lot has been done to improve the area but there is still more that can be achieved. I want to canvass residents to find out what they would like to see happening in the Kingswood area and I am particularly interested in creating opportunities for young people.”

The grandmother-of-three, has two daughters, Rebecca Winham, 36, and Lucy Grant, 31. Originally from Lancashire, she moved to the area more than 30 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.

Teacher Elise Elliston, 48, head of business studies at Bishop Stopford School, Kettering, is to stand as Labour’s candidate in the by-election, with former Labour councillor and mayor Peter McGowan standing for UKIP and Falklands veteran Phil Ewers standing for the Conservative Party.

A date for the by-election will be announced after the deadline for nominations, which is midday on Friday, October 11.