BY-ELECTIONS are due to take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021 in Hedon to elect a new Ward councillor and two Hedon Town Councillors. However, with the coronavirus pandemic currently impacting on all walks of life, then it is unclear at this stage whether elections will take place at all. In its current ‘Stay at Home’ guidance the Government lists ‘voting in an election or referendum’ as one of the permitted reasons to leave home and the Electoral Commission has prepared planning resources to ensure that during the current crisis voters can participate in the polls safely and confidently, and campaigners and parties are able to put their case to the electorate. But the decision to hold elections has still to be definitely confirmed.
With the expectation of a by-election to fill the vacancy, left by the sad death of Mike Bryan in April 2020, on East Riding of Yorkshire Council then political parties have had to consider candidates for the May 6th South West Holderness ward poll. It is understood that the Conservatives have selected a candidate, and recent leafleting activity in the area would indicate the Liberal Democrats have selected a candidate, but the Labour Party is the first to announce to HU12 Online that it has selected a candidate.
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Steve Gallant –
Labour Candidate for South West Holderness Ward
Steve lives in Hedon, which his family moved to almost 50 years ago. He retired early after a long career in the music and TV business, having been Commercial Director at Universal Music, HMV and ITV Studios in his last three roles. As Chair of the Governors at Holderness Academy and a Board Member at Hull Truck Theatre he is fully involved in the local community.
Steve has been a Town Councillor in Hedon for 6 years and been the Mayor of Hedon twice. As Councillor he led the planning of VE75 and Armistice Centenary celebrations. He persuaded the council to adopt his proposal for a Hedon/Preston bypass. Currently, he chairs the Climate Change Working Group aiming to make Hedon Town Council Carbon Neutral by 2030.
Steve says: “I will be a campaigning County Councillor for you. This area has long been neglected by Beverley. We face increasing risks from flooding and the environment will be top of my agenda. And the long-standing traffic problems need a long term solution – a bypass for Preston and Hedon to take all the North-South traffic away from our high streets.
“When Matthew Grove closed Hedon Police Station, I campaigned hard to get it re-opened. Keith Hunter, the Police Commissioner said ‘After Hedon Police Station was closed under my predecessor as PCC, Steve worked tirelessly making the case to me for it to be re-opened, which I managed to do, with Community and Response Officers now stationed there. No-one could be a better representative for your area!”‘
“I will be a full-time Councillor for you and a listening advocate for you – holding regular surgeries to answer your questions and be accountable. I have the experience and passion to be an effective voice for South West Holderness.”
Labour Party statement 19 January 2021.
Full South West Holderness Election Results 2019.