Churwell by-election date announced

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A BY-ELECTION is to be held for a new Morley town councillor to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Coun Joe Tetley in November.

In total three candidates have been nominated to stand in the election in Churwell on Thursday, January 24.

They are Morley Borough Independent candidate Wyn Kidger, English Democrat candidate Tom Redmond and Labour Party candidate Mark James Sewards.

They hope to fill the seat won by Coun Tetley in May 2003 when he was not only voted onto the council but straight into the role of Mayor of Morley.

Coun Tetley, a well known retired business man and chairman of Churwell Action Group, had also served on the old Morley Borough Council for 10 years before it was merged with Leeds in 1974.

After returning to local politics he also became president of the Leeds branch of the Royal Society of St George, a member of Morley in Bloom, the Morley Murals committee and a leading light in the Morley Community Archive Group.

The deadline for new applications to vote by post is 5pm today and the deadline for applications to vote by proxy is 5pm on January 16.

On the day, three polling stations in Churwell will be open from 7am- 10pm and the count will be held at Churwell Community Centre at Stanhope Hall immediately after the polls close.

The opening and verification of postal votes will be held in Leeds Town Hall at 10am on the day.