13th Apr, 2021

Local Conservatives reveal the three candidates for elections

Rob George 13th Feb, 2021

MID Worcestershire Conservatives have revealed the three chosen candidates who will bid to retain the seats held by outgoing county councillors.

Tory chiefs have completed the selection procedure to select candidates for May’s County Council elections to fill seats being vacated.

Peter Griffiths will bid to retain the Evesham North West seat held by Coun Bob Banks who is stepping down while long serving cabinet member Coun John Smith will leave his Evesham South seat at the poll.

Martin King has been chosen as the candidate to contest the election while Laura Gretton will hope to retain the Harvington seat won by Coun Anthony Hopkins at the last poll in 2017.

Peter has lived and worked in Evesham since 1976. He is a quantity surveyor and still runs his business from offices on the High Street. Peter is a former Chairman of Evesham Round Table and is involved with other charitable organisations in the town. Peter has represented Evesham North on Wychavon District Council since 2019.

“I live here, I work here and experience and understand all of the local issues,” he said.

“My experience as a councillor to date has highlighted to me the need to actually deliver a wide range of key improvements in services to our local communities. I am an active councillor and believe in openness, fairness and accessibility.”

Martin lives in Bengeworth and has represented Bengeworth ward on Wychavon District Council since 2015. He is the portfolio holder for Town Centres and Council Efficiency.

Laura has lived just outside Inkberrow for the past 15 years and lives in the Harvington division.

A former journalist who later moved into PR, Laura is now an assistant horse trainer and is a secretary to her family’s local business, Tom Gretton Racing.

Her daughter attends the local primary school where Laura is on the school’s governing body.

Through her family and business, Laura has a strong local connection to the area in which she lives and with local residents.

Laura said: “Speeding has come up on the agenda of Parish Councils across the division on a regular basis, and highways matters affect residents every day.

“It clearly is a difficult thing to improve. However, if elected, I will press highways to make sure the division received its fair share of investment in improving infrastructure, and for innovative schemes to tackle speeding problems.

“I have the time and business background to work with Highways, residents, and Parish Councils to ensure officers think about different ideas,” she said.

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