Green Party to stand aside in local Scunthorpe by-election
The Green Party in North Lincolnshire has decided not to contest the Brumby ward by-election.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 10 May 2017
The Green Party have confirmed that they are to stand aside in a local by-election in Scunthorpe.
A spokesperson for the Green Party said they will not be fielding a candidate in the by-election out of respect for the former councillor of the ward, Pauline Carlile, who died.
A by-election is set to be held at the same time as the General Election on June 8.
Laura Atkin, Coordinator for North Lincolnshire Green Party said: "On behalf of North Lincolnshire Green Party, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Cllr Pauline Carlile.
"For many years, Cllr Carlile has acted as a strong voice for her constituents and as an advocate for adult social care provisions in North Lincolnshire.
"During the 2015 Local Elections, the Brumby seat was fairly won by the Labour Party for a term of four years.
"Therefore, we believe that it would be wrong for any other political party to contest this seat."
North Lincolnshire Green Party said it will be recommending people vote for Labour in the seat.
The party also confirmed that a candidate will not be fielded in the Scunthorpe constituency for the upcoming General Election.
The party is however standing in the Cleethorpes constituency, which includes Barton, and Brigg and Goole.
Loyd Emmerson, 24, will be standing for the party in Cleethorpes while Isabelle Pires has been confirmed as the candidate for Brigg and Goole.
Meanwhile, the Conservatives, Labour, UKIP and an independent candidate will be contesting the Brumby ward seat on June 8.
UKIP have announced that David Carswell, a former steelworker, will be standing for the party in the by-election while Steve Swift will be contesting the seat for Labour.
Graham Wagstaff, a local businessman, will be standing as an independent in the seat.
Further candidates will be confirmed following the deadline for nominations tomorrow (May 11).