Current cllr not standing: THE only ward with a lower turnout than Orton with Hampton at the 2008 election was Orton Longueville.
Just 27.7 per cent voted to elect Cllr Pam Winslade - who has decided not to stand for re-election this year so she can concentrate more on her parish council duties.
That means Orton Longueville, along with East Ward and Eye and Thoney Ward, is one of the constituencies guaranteed to elect a new councillor.
As a result of Cllr Winslade’s decision the Conservative party ticket has been taken up by South African-born Pieter Smit.
Whoever does win the election will join two sitting Conservative councillors who are Janet Goodwin and Chris Harper.
However, the margins of Conservative victories in the ward have decreased during the course of recent years.
From Conservatives winning by 652 votes and 647 votes in 2008 and 2010 respectively, the margin was cut down to just 57 last year.
Until the 1960s Orton Longueville was a village separated from Peterborough by open farmland.
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FORMER councillor Mary Cooke (74, Trades Union and Socialist Coalition) can always be found grilling Peterborough’s NHS and hospital chiefs at their monthly board meetings.
She has taken on the role of health representative for Peterborough Pensioners’ Association and has turned her back on the Labour party since her last council tenure.
Mrs Cooke said: “The biggest priority is a return to the public ownership of the essentials of life.
“We need industry here again. We need training, night schools and to get rid of the voluntary workforce. Capitalism reduces us to a crisis ridden state that wrecks countries and destroys lives - so I am absolutely a socialist party member.
“I feel I can help, my time is always spent where it’s needed the most.”
AT last year’s elections, Lisa Forbes (42, Labour) narrowly missed out on a seat on the council after getting 942 votes to the winning Conservative candidate’s 999.
She has continued to be active in the ward, including sitting on the Cross Keys Homes area panel and getting 500 signatures for a local anti-graffiti petition.
Mrs Forbes said: “I am an active campaigner here and campaign on issues affecting residents.
“I have launched a campaign to ‘Transform the Ortons’, focusing on getting the council and other agencies to act and repair damaged paths, crumbling brickwork and create car parking space.
“We have knocked on thousands of doors and delivered tens of thousands of leaflets.”
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A BELIEF that vital local government functions need protection from cuts has inspired Alan Fromm (69, UK Independence Party) to stand for election.
Mr Fromm said: “Local government is under attack. Central government insists that councils cut spending.
“Greedy council executives pay thousands on huge salaries while slashing front-line services, libraries and public transport. I would oppose cuts to the local community.
“The politically correct brigade go on creating non-jobs while cutting care for the elderly and vulnerable.
“I would tackle graffiti and fly-tipping but using cameras and asking for tougher penalties. There should be more local community meetings and more activities for children, like free passes to sports centres.”
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PIETER Smit (56, Conservative) is standing as the candidate for the party he joined in 2004.
He has since been elected on to Orton Longueville Parish Council and attended the Conservative Party’s Policy Forum.
Mr Smit has listed his three main policies as safeguarding adult care, continuing work to tackle crime and bringing community improvement.
But he believes the biggest issue on a local level is who can best deal with consequences of national debt.
Mr Smit said: “The biggest priority is to vote for the party that could best get us out of this terrible financial mess the previous government has left us in.
“They should support the team capable of doing best for them with the limited financial resources available due to the toxic debt legacy we inherited.”
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