Local elections 2012: Werrington North ward - Cllr John Fox in the ballot box

Ken Stimpson School will be a polling station for the local elections. Photo: Paul Franks/Peterborough ET
Ken Stimpson School will be a polling station for the local elections. Photo: Paul Franks/Peterborough ET
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Current councillor - John Fox: THERE are three councillors for Werrington - and all three are members of the Peterborough Independents.

Independent candidate John Fox is hoping to retain the seat he has held for the last eight years.

He passionately believes party politics should not play a role in how city council runs.

It should still be noted that whoever wins the Werrington North vote will join Independents Judy Fox and Stephen Lane as ward representatives.

Last time he was on the ballot, in 2008, John Fox won the seat comfortably. He got 1,288 votes to his rivals’ 390, 135 and 91 respectively.

Last year, his wife Judy Fox won with a healthy majority after getting 1,576 votes. The Tory candidate got 338 votes, Labour received 283 and the Liberal Democrats got 67.

Conservative candidate Darren Morley is a former city councillor, who represented Bretton North between 2007 and 2011. He narrowly lost his seat last year after getting 828 votes to his Labour rival’s 987.

Final candidate Zayaer Malik, who also came second when he stood in the 2011 city council elections for a Bretton North seat.

Mr Malik (Labour) got 190 votes - considerably more than the UKIP (94) and Green (66) candidates, but not enough to take the seat from Conservative Mick Fletcher (551 votes).

Werrington North has 3,320 dwellings, housing 7,942 residents. The average age of somebody living in the ward is 33.8.

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



John FOX

CURRENT councillor John Fox (61, Werrington Independent) says his election campaign started eight years ago, when he was first elected in the ward.

He said: “We are constantly working within our community, not just turning up out of the woodwork at election time.

“When you are approached by any of the local candidates, ask to see their policies.

“They will produce national policies, as they may not have local policies. This is not a general election, it is a local election.

“I believe the biggest priority for voters is to show that politics does not come into the equation in local elections - it is about the candidate who will consult, listen, act and work hard for them.

“I will, and would be honoured, to continue to fulfil more improvements to Werrington.”

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FORMER Peterborough City Council councillor Darren Morley (39, Conservative) did not reply to The ET’s election survey.

He was elected as representative for Bretton North in 2007, by a margin of 152 votes.

He pooled 884 votes to the Labour candidate’s 732. However, he was only able to keep hold of the seat for one term, and lost the 2011 election by 159 votes. He got 828 votes to the 987 received by Labour’s Stuart Martin.

Immediately after losing his seat last year, an emotional Mr Morley vowed to attempt to get back on to the city council at the next earliest opportunity.

He has been selected as the Tory candidate for Werrington North, which neighbours his former patch.

Mr Morley started his career as a trainee car salesman at Smith Motors in Bretton, before going on to establish his own business in Netherton.

Zayaer MALIK

LABOUR candidate Zayaer Malik did not reply to The ET’s election survey.

Mr Malik is a former Deacons School pupil who works in creative industries based in Peterborough, where he lives with his family.

On a Labour election website, he states: “I am keen to ensure that our local children can get places at our local schools and not have to travel great distances each day

“The lack of the promised development of the Werrington Centre is of concern to us all.

“It has become an eyesore instead of a pleasant and attractive local amenity that was presented to us in the plans.”

This is not Mr Malik’s first appearance on the ballot.

He also contested the Bretton North seat at last year’s elections.

He came second out of four candidates in the election, which was won by Conservative councillor Mick Fletcher.

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