We were sad to hear that Chris Rice, Conservative candidate for Stapleford South East, passed away recently. He had been suffering from health problems for some time.
Chris was well liked by members of all parties and will be missed. Our condolences and best wishes to his family.
When a candidate dies during an election period, according to the Electoral Commission, the election is cancelled and called afresh at a later date. The new Borough and Town Council elections for Stapleford South East will be on Thursday 13 June. All postal votes that might have already been returned will not be counted and new ones will be sent out in due course.
As a mark of respect the Lib Dems will not be campaigning in Stapleford South East until after Chris's funeral on 10 May. After that time we will resume campaigning in the run-up to the new election day.
Elections and campaigning in Stapleford South West and Stapleford North will continue as normal - polling day remains 02 May.