There are old Tories and bold Tories – but few old bold Tories standing in the Waverley elections.
The largest contingent of wannabe borough councillors will be standing in Farnham.
Cllr Carole Cockburn has been a Waverley Borough Councillor forever – and intends to continue until she drops off the perch she has crowed from ever since the Rainbow Administration dared to take control. With the backing of the Farnham Herald, of which she is such a regular contributor, (it needs to give her a column of her own to rant from. Oops! It already has!) Will Farnham Residents grab her seat this time around? That is the question.
Two familiar faces, George Wilson (Greens) and Michaela Martin (Farnham Residents), seek the other available seat. The new boy on the block for Farnham Residents is Christopher Murray, and the new Conservative girl is Aly Fitch. Who presumably doesn’t want residents to know where she lives in the borough.
The Conservatives were ousted in the 2019 election, but Clare Ovens and Anthony Watson want to give the Farnham Residents a run for their money this time. Labour’s John Gaskell is also competing there for the two seats.
Councillors Jerry Hyman and Kika Myrylees go head to head with Conservative Arthur Forest and William Page. They, too, are coy about anyone knowing where they live or work in Waverley – as does Labour’s Rebecca Birchwood.
All newbies for the two seats in Heath End except Farnham Residents Michaela Wicks.
Lib Dem Cllr Mark Merryweather, who guided the council’s finances through one of the most challenging periods in Waverley’s history – COVID – and the cost of living crisis, seeks reelection as does Farnham Residents Cllr Andy MacLeod, who picked up Farnham’s poisoned chalice of Blightwells thrown down by the Tories in his direction. His attempts to talk up the £57m East St redevelopment scheme have been nothing short of miraculous. He says he has tried to make the best of a bad job.
Perhaps Jeremy Hunt’s Constituency Agent Sean Donovan-Smith will oust one of them and Sarah Austin – the other?
No doubt Sean DV is looking for new employment now his former boss Chancellor Jeremy has buzzed off to pastures new in the Godalming/Bramley/Cranleigh/Ash constituency. Chancellor Jeremy saw the writing on the Farnham Castle walls about his fading hope to retain his seat there.
More to follow – tomorrow.