Residents urged to vote

MEP Martin Callanan with fishermen during a visit to Amble
MEP Martin Callanan with fishermen during a visit to Amble

Northumberland County Council is urging residents to vote at the European Parliamentary Election on Thursday, May 22.

A total of 231 polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm across the county providing the opportunity for electors to vote.

Over recent weeks, polling cards have been sent to residents through the post informing them of their elector number and their polling station.

It is helpful if this is brought along when people vote, but it is not essential, as long as you are registered and eligible.

Candidates in the running are from a number of parties.

Standing for An Independence from Europe is Sherri Forbes and Nawal Hizan, both of Middlesbrough, and Mary Forbes, from Stockton-on-Tees.

The British National Party is represented by Martin Joseph Vaughan and Peter Foreman, both of South Shields and Lady Dorothy MacBeth Brooke, of Whitley Bay.

The Conservative candidates are Martin John Callanan, of Gateshead, Ben Houchen, of Stockton-on-Tees and Andrew Lee, from Tadcaster.

The English Democrats are represented by Kevin Riddiough, of Barnsley and Sam Kelly and John Lewis, of York.

The Green Party candidates are Shirley Florence Ford, from South Shields, Alison Juliette Whalley, from Newcastle and Caroline Leigh Robinson, form Sunderland.

Standing for Labour are Jude Kirton-Darling, of Hexham, Paul Brannen, from Newcastle, and North Shields’ Jayne Shotton.

Angelika Dorothea Schneider, from Corbridge, Owen Leighton Temple, from Consett, and Christian Maurice Vassie, of York, are the Liberal Democrat candidates.

UKIP is represented by Jonathan William Arnott, of Guisborough, Richard Peter Elvin, from Houghton-le-Spring, and Stockton-on-Tees’ Phillip Broughton.

More details, call 01670 624811 or visit

○ On Friday, May 9, Martin Callanan, who is a Conservative Party politician and member of the European Parliament for North East England, visited Amble.

The walk around was organised by Amble Town councillor Peter Robinson. Mr Callanan, who is standing for re-election on Thursday, May 22, talked to fishermen at the harbour, and had a look at the town’s harbour village plans.