Penarth Town councillor Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward), his wife Dorothy, and their daughter Kathryn McCaffer, have all been selected by the Conservative Party to stand for election to three different Vale of Glamorgan Council wards in Penarth next May.
Cllr Turner – who was Town Mayor of Penarth in 2014/15 – is to stand for election for one of the two Vale seats in the St Augustine’s Ward of Penarth.
Standing alongside him and aiming to win the second St Augustine’s seat will be current Penarth Town councillor Wendy van den Brom.
Cllr Turner’s wife, Dorothy Turner will be aiming again to win one of the two Vale seats in the Cornerswell Ward of Penarth – a ward in which she stood unsuccessfully in 2012. The other Cornerswell seat will be contested for the Conservatives by Ken Lloyd.
Cllr Turner’s daughter, Kathryn McCaffer, is to stand for the Plymouth Ward of Penarth on the Vale Council. Standing alongside her for the second Vale seat in Plymouth Ward will be Conservative colleague Ben Gray – who stood against Vaughan Gething in the Welsh Assembly elections in the Cardiff South & Penarth constituency last May .
The selection of the two new Conservative candidates for Plymouth Ward ostensibly leaves the popular incumbent member, Cllr Clive Williams MBE without a Vale seat to fight in next May’s election – even though the veteran councillor – and former Mayor of Penarth – has a large personal following in this ward.
Cllr Williams could still stand as an independent and could also stand for re-election to Penarth Town Council .
The other Plymouth Ward member, Cllr Maureen Kelly Owen, has already announced her decision not to seek re-election in May on grounds of ill-health.
Standing for the Conservatives in the Vale Council’s Stanwell Ward will be Anthony Harris.
In Llandough the Conservative Vale candidate will be George Carroll.
The two Vale Council seats in Sully will be contested for the Conservatives by Chris Thorne and Rod Thomas.
[PDN Note: In the current Labour-controlled administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the largest single family-grouping is that of the Birch family – comprising veteran Labour Cllr Janice Birch (Labour Stanwell) , her son in law Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) and her daughter Cllr Rhiannon Birch (Labour Cornerswell)]