IT project - cheshire east council headquarters - pic by Mike Faherty

The full list of candidates for next month’s Cheshire East Council elections have been confirmed, writes Stephen Topping.

Voters will head to the polls on Thursday May 2 to decide who they want to represent them on the borough council for the next four years.

The Conservative group has had a vice-like grip on the local authority since its creation a decade ago, and the party is fielding candidates in every ward with the aim of continuing its growth agenda.

But opposition groups are hoping they can pick up seats across the borough, with Cheshire East having been rocked by a string of scandals in recent years.

Labour, Liberal Democrats and the Green Party are all running in various wards across the borough, while UKIP and the For Britain Movement could also gain representation on CEC.

And the independent group – currently the third largest group on the council – could make gains in May, with the Residents of Wilmslow group in particular hoping for more success.

Below is the full list of candidates for the Crewe and Nantwich area in Cheshire East Council’s May 2019 election, in Ward alphabetical order:

Audlem – one councillor to be elected

Rachel Anne Bailey, Conservative (current member)

Richard John Derricutt, Liberal Democrats

Bunbury – one councillor to be elected

Mark Peregrine Ireland-Jones, Liberal Democrats

Sarah Joanne Pochin, Conservative (current Willaston and Rope member)

(Cllr Chris Green, Conservative, is standing down)

Crewe Central – one councillor to be elected

Jonathan Ford Bebbington, Conservative

Anthony Jack Critchley, Labour

Gwyn Griffiths, Liberal Democrats

Adam Ali Mustafa, independent

(Cllr Irene Faseyi, Labour, is running for Congleton West)

Crewe East – three councillors to be elected

Joy Bratherton, Labour (current member)

Suzanne Marie Brookfield, Labour (current member)

James Albert Conner, independent

Clive Dunning Elverstone, Conservative

Melanie Ruth English, Green Party

Hazel Faddes, Labour

Peter Hargreaves, Conservative

Dominic John Bernard Wyartt, Conservative

(Cllr Clair Chapman, Labour, is standing down)

Crewe North – one councillor to be elected

Ryan Joseph Moore, Conservative

Jill Rhodes, Labour (current Crewe West member)

Brian George Silvester, The For Britain Movement

(Cllr Mo Grant, Labour, is standing down)

Crewe South – two councillors to be elected

Arnob Ahmed, Conservative

Nicola Cooper, Conservative

Dorothy Hilda Flude, Labour (current member)

Steven William Hogben, Labour (current member)

James Clifford Hughes, Liberal Democrats

Crewe St Barnabas – one councillor to be elected

Cherene Chantel Kefira Bracegirdle-Smith, Conservative

Sally Elizabeth Handley, Labour

(Cllr Damian Bailey, Labour, is standing down)

Crewe West – two councillors to be elected

Roy Cartlidge, independent

Martin Clynes, Conservative

Marilyn Houston, Labour

Brian Roberts, Labour (current member)

Patrick James Timms, Conservative

(Cllr Jill Rhodes, Labour, is running for Crewe North)

Haslington – two councillors to be elected

Mary Elizabeth Addison, Conservative

Te Ata Brown, Green Party

Steven John Edgar, Conservative (current Shavington member)

Pete Gubbins, Labour

Louise Amber Jewkes, Green Party

Nick Taylor, Liberal Democrats

(Cllr David Marren, Conservative, is running for Shavington, while the second seat has been vacant since Cllr John Hammond, Conservative, died last November)

Leighton – one councillor to be elected

Byron Evans, independent

Sean Owen Alexander Houlston, Conservative

Alison Joy Spicer, Labour

(Cllr Derek Bebbington, Conservative, is standing down)

Nantwich North and West – two councillors to be elected

Penny Butterill, independent (current member)

Vicky Higham, Conservative

Jake Lomax, Labour

Arthur Moran, independent (current member)

Joy O’Hara-Douglas, Labour

John Patrick Statham, Conservative

Nantwich South and Stapeley – two councillors to be elected

Richard Alexander Banks, Labour

Stuart Robert Bostock, independent

Stephen Ford, Liberal Democrats

Peter Graham Groves, Conservative (current member)

Andrew Edwin Martin, Conservative (current member)

Matthew Cameron Theobald, Liberal Democrats

Sinead Vera Lois Wheeler, Labour

Shavington – one councillor to be elected

Linda Jane Buchanan, Labour

David Frank Marren, Conservative (current Haslington member)

John Martin Phillips, Liberal Democrats

(Cllr Steven Edgar, Conservative, is running for Haslington)

Willaston and Rope – one councillor to be elected

Richard John Bennett, Green Party

Allen Gage, Conservative

David Joseph Parkes, Liberal Democrats

Ben Wye, Labour

(Cllr Sarah Pochin, Conservative, is running for Bunbury)

Wistaston – two councillors to be elected

Kim Heyes, Green Party

John Scott, Labour

Margaret Joan Simon, Conservative (current member)

Vicky Smith, Labour

Margaret Jacqueline Weatherill, Conservative (current member)

Wrenbury – one councillor to be elected

David John Bell, independent

Stan Davies, Conservative (current member)

Paul James Weaver, Liberal Democrats

Wybunbury – one councillor to be elected

Janet Christine Clowes, Conservative (current member)

Joseph Andrew Cosby, Labour


  1. Stuart Maccreath says:

    Where are the candidates for congleton as the lists here show more tory candidates than any other party. Congleton has a higher council tax than alderley edge for the same band D housing why. We also have the worst roads. Now being ruined further by the new housing. How can this change without an equal playing field to vote for.

  2. This is local elections do feelings on Brexit, central government politics etc should be largely irrelevant. It’s about who will give the most commitment to serving you and your LOCAL COMMUNITY .
    Agree there is insufficient info widely available on candidates to allow us to make an informed decision. This resource helps a bit but COULD be great

  3. where’s the list for WILMSLOW?????

  4. Voting ukip of possible, if not I’ll spoil it

  5. I too was thinking to do the same. Very cross with Brexit debacle : so wont vote for any of the major parties; out of principal… looked at the Green candidate as well as the independent for East Cheshire (Crewe)….nothing has impressed me so far in what I can find out.

  6. As there is no Eurosceptic candidate i will be spoiling my vote
    I am that angry there is no point in voting labour or consevative green or other because they all lie and we cannot believe their manifesto
    Takd a look in Crewe Centre the desolation the dispair
    Till we have a UKIP , BREXIT PARTY FOR BRITAIN or similar on offer i will not vote

  7. Leanne Tonkin says:

    I agree with the above comment by Toni on lack of information on the candidates for election of councillors. This passive approach to voting certainly explains the strife this country has found it self in.

  8. Just got my postal vote and am at a loss. Never heard of any of the candidates and there does not seem to be any information available on what they stand for. How is a voter supposed to decide which candidate can represent them best. No wonder voting rates are so low in local elections.

    • I have been ranting about exactly the same problem! Absolutely ludicrous and no wonder people don’t vote! Just found an article on the Nantwich News from 23rd April but most of the people pitching themselves talk about themselves personally not what they will do specifically if elected, eurgh!

  9. Turn the ballot paper draw a line through all the boxes then write above the line. This will be counted as a protest vote.

  10. Who are you supposed to vote for if your only choice is Labour & Conservative, with no UKIP style party?

    • Nigel Imby says:

      Stand yourself, if you believe so strongly in this cause. It’s the whole point of democracy. And good luck!

  11. Where are the anti euro councilers
    U corrupt bunch of anti democracy voters

  12. Growth agenda LOL. Tents on the main street boarded shops LOL untrained staff. It’s a joke.

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