It’s understood that the Labour Party has now completed the task of allocating candidates to fight the 8 Penarth seats up for grabs on the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the 16 available seats on Penarth Town Council in the forthcoming local council elections on May 4th.
Details of all the candidates who have been nominated for each contest have yet to be announced – but it has been confirmed that in Penarth’s Plymouth Ward, the party will be fielding a new candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan Council – who is not at present a councillor .
She is life-long Penarthian Angela Thomas (pictured above and right) – a single mother with two children who is from what she describes as a “Labour working class background.”
Ms Thomas says “I am a viable alternative to the 30 years of Conservatives, or Ex-Conservatives now running as Independants.[sic]” .Ms Thomas says “I welcome the news of investment at the play park’s [sic] in Penarth, with the parks in Plymouth ward both being updated very soon. ”
In many cases the candidates in contention will be standing for seats on both the Vale Council and the Penarth Town Council and – if elected – will become so-called “dual-hatted” members with a £13,299 a year salaried-seat on the Vale Council and an unpaid seat on Penarth Council .
The Labour list is said to include the majority of the present incumbent Vale of Glamorgan councillors and Penarth Town councillors. However its understood that at least 3 of the present Labour Penarth Town councillors will not be standing for re-election in May .
In addition, it’s understood that one of best-known Labour councillors, Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines), has opted not to seek re-election to Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Cllr Roberts also, this month, tendered his resignation as the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s trustee director on the board of Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd – the not-for-profit organisation which holds a 125 year lease of Penarth Pier Pavilion.
A spokesperson for Penarth Arts and Crafts said Cllr Roberts had resigned for “personal reasons” . Its understood Cllr Roberts – who is a former Mayor of Penarth – is to stand for re-election to Penarth Town Council.
Meanwhile the Conservative Party – which selected its Vale of Glamorgan Council candidates in a controversial and hotly-disputed selection process in November – is understood to be still searching for sufficient candidates to fight the 16 Penarth Town Council seats.
One candidate – Cllr Anthony Ernest (who is standing as an Independent candidate for Plymouth Ward for the Vale of Glamorgan Council) – has already been selected to stand again as a Conservative Party candidate for Plymouth Ward for Penarth Town Council.
Cllr Martin Turner (currently one the four Conservative Plymouth Ward councillors on Penarth Town Council) – is said to be aiming to retain his Town Council Plymouth Ward seat but has also been selected to stand as a Conservative candidate in St Augustine’s Ward for the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
It’s understood that other potential candidates are being approached by the party with a view to persuading them to stand for election for the new Penarth Town Council.
Former Conservative Councillor Clive Williams MBE (the former President of Cardiff South and Penarth Conservative Association ) was controversially de-selected by a small cabal of Tory activists in November and has not been allowed by them to stand for re-election to his long-held Plymouth Ward seat on the Vale of Glamorgan Council .
Cllr Williams this week quit the Conservative Party and is to stand as an Independent candidate for Penarth’s Plymouth Ward for both the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Town Council in the May 4th local government elections.
Cllr Williams now occupies his current seat on both the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Town Council as an Independent councillor .
A full list of Plaid Cymru’s contenders for Penarth Town Council has yet to be formally announced.
It’s also understood that more Independent candidates may come forward to stand as in Penarth Wards. For anyone considering doing so, there is a useful booklet on http://tinyurl.com/jtr9gvk