West Berkshire residents will be taking to the polls today (Thursday) to vote on the next Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, while residents in Newbury’s Victoria ward will also be voting on who they want to fill the vacant seat on Newbury Town Council.
Seven candidates are vying for the council seat that was left vacant after Conservative councillor Emma Green stood down in February.
The candidates standing in the Newbury Victoria ward by-election are Craig Hughes (Conservative), Gary Puffett (Labour), Elizabeth O’Keeffe (Liberal Democrat), David McMahon (UKIP), Steve Wallis (Green Party), David Yates (Apolitical) and Lee McDougall (Newbury Community Football Group).
Residents across West Berkshire will also be electing the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, who will be responsible for holding the chief constable and police force to account on the public’s behalf.
Commissioners oversee how crime is tackled in the area and aim to make sure the police are providing a good service.
The candidates hoping to be elected are Anthony Stansfeld (Conservative), Laetisia Carter (Labour), John Howson (Liberal Democrat) and Lea Trainer (UKIP).
Voting for both elections will be held between 7am and 10pm, with polling stations for the Victoria ward by-election at Communal Hall, Hutton Close Main Building, Hutton Close; Newbury Baptist Church, Cheap Street; and St Nicolas Church Hall, West Mills.
Those voting in the PCC elections can find their polling station by entering their postcode here http://www.westberks.gov.uk/pollingstation