Meet the Candidates in Tomorrow's Town Ward By-election

Voting takes place at three polling stations on Thursday July 12

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 Four people have been nominated for the election of a councillor in Fulham's Town Ward to be held on Thursday, July 12.

The by-election is due to the resignation of Councillor Stephen Greenhalgh in order to take up a role as London Deputy Mayor.

Town Ward residents can vote between 7am and 10pm at one of three polling stations. They are Station 54, at New Kings School on New Kings Road; Station 55, Fulham Library on Fulham Road; and 56, Lancaster Court Residents Hall.

The count will take place after voting closes at 10pm.

You can find out more about the four candidates and their election promises here.

Andrew Brown Conservative candidate in Fulham by-election

Andrew Robert Brown - Conservative

Andrew Brown, who has lived in the borough for over ten years, has been chosen as the Conservative candidate. He lives in Hammersmith with his wife, Kimberley and baby daughter Annabelle.

Andrew also works a stone's throw from Town Ward in offices next to Putney Bridge tube station, where he is a consultant in the healthcare industry.

A graduate of Imperial College, Andrew says his main interests are healthcare, particularly maintaining all services at our local hospitals; and fighting crime, having been an active member of his local Neighbourhood Watch.

Among Andrew's priorities are tough measures on crime and anti-social behaviour to make our streets and estates safe; cleaner streets, easier recycling and same day refuse and recycling collections at least once a week; support for local traders and businesses to keep Fulham Road and New Kings Road vibrant and pride in our local parks, ensuring they are properly maintained and improved.

Andrew says: " I will always put Town Ward first - and will get my voice heard at the top table in the Town Hall. I am committed to listening to local residents and being easily accessible."

Ben Coleman Labour candidate in Fulham by-election

Ben Coleman - Labour

Labour has selected local entrepreneur, Ben Coleman as its candidate. Ben is a a long-standing governor of Jack Tizard School for severely disabled children, where he chairs the finance committee.

He says: "Residents can use this by-election to send the Conservative-run council a message about their cuts to local police, waste of public money and new hikes to stealth taxes on parking, elderly care and using personal trainers in local parks.

" This election gives Fulham residents in Town ward a chance to send the Conservative council a message about their wastefulness, stealth taxes, police cuts and the closure of Charing Cross hospital.

" Fulham residents also need more trains on the Wimbledon line, more police,more affordable homes to buy or rent and More support for small firms and local shops."

Andrew Eleston UKIP candidate in Fulham by-election

Andrew Elston - UK Independence Party

Andrew, chosen by UKIP as its candidate, was born and brought up in Fulham. A graduate of Sussex University, he now lives in Hammersmith.

Andrew says: " I was born in Fulham. I grew up and went to school here. I was ridden to school on the back of my mother's bicycle like many who do so today. I live locally still and look after my father locally as a carer. I have worked as teacher and public involvement worker , and in policy research in care in the community as well as enjoyed acting,music, theatre and studied philosophy and politics in my varied life.

" I am convinced the EU is bad for us, though an aunt and uncle of mine campaigned since the very onset in the1950s. The rest of us are realising now. We can get out in simple steps, we have a bright future, we must defend our Parliament and our evolution as the UK.
This matters locally and starts here and now.

" Many people know Fulham is a lovely place but local people have expressed concerns to me over high business rates, crime, local people who are in danger of being ignored for the sake of developers, parking and transport difficulties. All of these matter to UKIP and we will support and champion these local concerns." 

Paul Kennedy Lib Dem Candidate in Fulham by-election

Paul Kennedy - Liberal Democrats

Paul Kennedy says he is the only candidate in this election who lives in the ward. He is in fact the only candidate who lives in SW6. Paul came second to the Tories here in local elections in 2009 and in 2010, when he won more than 1100 votes. Trained as a scientist and a lawyer, Paul has lived with his family in Barclay Road for 22 years, and both his children have attended local Lady Margaret School. Paul is a supporter of the London Cycling Campaign, the Lady Margaret Music Society, the National Trust and the Green Liberal Democrats.

Paul says: " "I'm delighted to have this opportunity to speak up for my own community in Town Ward, and to campaign on issues that affect me and my neighbours such as traffic, crime, planning, schools, healthcare, housing and the environment.

"Currently all 17 councillors in SW6 are Conservatives which means they get plenty of patronage and no local accountability.

"As we are the main challengers to the Tories and I am the only candidate who actually lives here, we have a chance to break the Tory stranglehold and bring a bit of local democracy back."