Local elections 2012: Walton - Lib Dem leader contests seat

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Current Councillor = Nick Sandford: THE only Liberal Democrat councillor up for election is Walton’s Nick Sandford – who is also the party’s group leader on the city council.

Walton is the only all-Liberal Democrat seat on Peterborough City Council, as the other ward councillor Asif Shaheed also represents the party.

When Cllr Sandford was elected in 2008 two seats were contested in the vote.

The other went to Tory Charles Day, whose daughter Rachel is the party’s candidate this year.

Cllr Sandford is one of three Liberal Democrat party representatives sitting on the council.

Sue Johnson is hoping it is her party, and not the Conservatives, who would be the beneficiaries if the seat were to change hands.

She is standing for Labour, who gained four seats from rival candidates in last year’s election.

Rachel Day would follow in the footsteps of her father Charles if elected for the Tories.

Full Peterborough City Council 2012 election coverage, including polling stations and candidate questionnnaire responses: www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/elections



Rachel DAY

WITH her mum (Sue Day), brother (David Day) and grandfather (George Simons) all serving as councillors for Paston Ward, Rachel Day (33, Conservative) is hoping to add to Peterborough City Council’s biggest family dynasty.

Her dad, Charles Day, was also Walton Cllr from 2008 to 2010. Ms Day said: “I am standing in Walton as it is the area I grew up in. I attended all the Walton schools and have always lived in Walton.

“I’m from a Conservative background as my family have been active Conservatives making a difference in many areas.”She listed her priorities as ensuring safety and security through good street lighting, more activities for the elderly and regenerating neglected areas such as the ex-serviceman’s club in Warwick Road.” CONTACT: 07728 953196


PERCEIVED cuts to services that helped her autistic grandson has inspired Sue Johnson (68, Labour) to stand for election.

Mrs Johnson said: “My grandson, who is severely autistic, attended Caverstede Nursery.

“The funding for the centre has been reduced significantly.

“The council needs to work for the people of Peterborough and not their own agenda.

“I am incensed at the Conservative council wasting money on pet projects, such as £93,000 on greeting the Olympic Torch. Council Tax is going up services are being reduced and jobs lost.”

Mrs Johnson has been canvassing for election since November and says she has helped resolve several issues regarding parking and lighting problems.

CONTACT DETAILS: 01733 573235suejohnson18@sky.com


WARD councillor for the last 16 years Nick Sandford (52, Liberal Democrat) is seeking a fifth successive term as Walton’s representative on Peterborough City Council.

He said: “It has been a privilege to represent Walton. The Lib Dems are the only people who keep in touch with residents all year round - they only get leaflets from Tories and Labour when there is an election.

“On the city council there is no coalition - Lib Dems vigorously oppose the Tory cabinet’s wasteful spending and tax increases.

“People are fed up of the council consulting them and ignoring their views.”

He is also a director of the Peterborough Environment City Trust and a Trustee of the Walton Community Association.

CONTACT DETAILS: 07950 15572nick.sandford@peterborough.gov.uk