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Candidate list for Barnet Council elections includes BNP nomination
TWO leading Tory council figures will not be standing for re-election as they focus on their parliamentary campaigns, the official borough elections list has confirmed.
The document of candidates for the May 6 council elections also shows a British National Party candidate will be standing in East Barnet Ward.
In total, 251 people have officially been registered as standing for election in the London Borough of Barnet.
The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat groups have all put forward a full quota of 63 candidates, which represents three people in each of the 21 wards.
The list confirms former leader of the Council, Councillor Mike Freer, will not be fighting to retain his Ward seat of Finchley Church End. Graham Douglas Old will compete for the seat in place of Cllr Freer, who is standing as the Conservative Party's parliamentary candidate for Finchley and Golders Green.
Former deputy leader of the council, Councillor Matthew Offord, is also not seeking to hold on to his Hendon Ward seat while he switches his focus to his campaign as Conservative Parliamentary candidate for the Hendon constituency.
Councillor Sachin Rajput, cabinet member for adult services, will stand again for his council seat in Oakleigh, despite also contesting for the Parliamentary constituency of Brent Central.
Labour group leader, Councillor Alison Moore, will again be contesting the East Finchley Ward seat while also being the Party's parliamentary candidate for Finchley and Golders Green.
Councillor Kath McGuirk, Labour parliamentary candidate for Hornchurch and Upminster, will also stand for re-election to her West Finchley Ward seat.
The Green Party have put forward a record 51 candidates for the council elections, and have at least one candidate in all the Wards except Burnt Oak and Oakleigh.
The newly formed Residents Association of Barnet (RAB) party, have 11 candidates across the borough, including a full contingent of three candidates in East Barnet and Finchley Church End Wards.
Phillip Gerald Clayton, in the Oakleigh Ward, and Ferdoos Amin, in the West Hendon Ward, are the only independents standing in the borough.
Stephen Curry is the BNP's only candidate in the borough, and he will be standing in the East Barnet Ward.
Currently the council is Conservative controlled as they hold 36 seats, with Labour holding 20 and the Liberal Democrats six. There is one vacancy in the Golders Green Ward.
A full list of candidates can be found on Barnet Council's website at www.barnet.gov.uk