Local election candidates announced

The names of those standing for election in the Swanage Town Council by-election and as Dorset’s next police and crime commissioner have been confirmed.

Following the close of nominations, the lists of candidates have been published for the elections that will take place on Thursday 6th May 2021.

The Swanage Town Council by-election has been called following the death of councillor John Page, who represented Swanage North Ward on the council.

There are not elections for Dorset Council councillors this year. Its next full election is due to happen in 2024.

Swanage Town Hall

Swanage Town Hall

Swanage Town Council candidates 

Three candidates (in alphabetical order by surname) have been confirmed to appear on the ballot paper for the Swanage Town Council by-election:

  • John Michael Bishop – Conservative Party – 165 High Street, Swanage
  • Philip Michael Eades – Independent – 339 High Street, Swanage
  • George Holden – Labour Party – Sunnydown Farm, Kingston Road, Worth Matravers
Welcome sign at Dorset Police HQ

Police and crime commissioner election

The office of police and crime commissioner (PCC) was created through the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, and the first elections took place in 2012.

Martyn Underhill, Dorset’s current PCC, is not seeking re-election. The candidates for the 2021 election are as follows:

  • Patrick Canavan – Labour Party
  • Dan Hardy – Independent
  • Mark Robson – Liberal Democrats
  • Claire Seymour – Green Party
  • David Sidwick – Conservative Party
Polling station sign

Register to vote

To take part in the above elections, residents must register to vote. Anyone who wants to vote but cannot or does not want to attend a polling station can either vote by post or nominate a proxy to cast their vote for them.

The deadlines are as follows:

  • Deadline to register to vote – midnight on Monday 19th April 2021
  • Deadline for postal vote applications – 5 pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021
  • Deadline for new proxy vote applications – 5 pm on Tuesday 27th April 2021

Residents can register to vote online.

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