THIS year’s elections is about much more than politics for some candidates – it’s about family.
Buckingham father and son Robin and Jack Stuchbury, and Winslow father and daughter Llew and Lucy Monger will be standing for seats on Aylesbury Vale District Council, while a mother and daughter team from Hartwell are both hoping to be elected onto South Northants District Council on May 5.
Robin and Jack, of Hare Close, have been nominated for the Buckingham South and Tingewick wards respectively. Both will represent Labour.
Former Buckingham Mayor Robin said: “I’ve been involved in politics for a long time, and obviously I’m very pleased my son has chosen to stand for the district. He’s become active as a result of his own opinions, not mine.
“I’ve always taught him to stay true to his beliefs and principles, and to always be pleasant and polite to people, whether they deserve it or not.”
Jack, 19, said: “I thought people could do with a protest vote in a time of cuts, especially students and the elderly.”
Llew Monger is already a Winslow town councillor where he will contest the district elections and Lucy, a schoolteacher, will be contesting the neighbouring ward of Stewkley, which includes Granborough, where she lives.
Lucy, who has a degree in politics, is not new to local elections having stood for the first time at just 21 years of age. She will have a fight on her hands against Conservative candidate Janet Blake who has been chairman of AVDC for the last year.
In south Northants, Holly-Ann Battye is standing for the Liberal Democats against Tory incumbent Ian McCord. While Ann Battye, also a Liberal Democrat, will go against Conservative incumbent Robert Atkinson.