Meet the Copt Hill candidates standing in the Sunderland City Council elections

This year’s local elections are just around the corner, and we’re turning the spotlight on Sunderland’s candidates in the run-up to polling day on May 2.

By James Harrison
Thursday, 18 April, 2019, 15:11
Top (l-r):Pat FRANCIS (The Conservative Party Candidate) and Reg COULSON (UKIP) Bottom (l-r): Melanie THORNTON (Labour Party) and Esme Rose Stafford FEATHERSTONE (Green Party candidate)

Each one will be given the opportunity to tell readers why they’re standing and why people should vote for them. Here are the candidates for the Doxford ward:Melanie THORNTON (Labour Party)I am a local candidate and contesting the city elections for the first time.I am busy in the community volunteering with the foodbank and being an active member of the Friends of Hetton Lyons Country Park. I have been active in the community in recent years and have worked with the Labour team on a series of local issues and campaigns.I have been acting upon residents’ concerns about the condition of the road on the Henry Street development at Hetton Downs.I have been involved in ward surgeries across the ward including Racecourse, Newbottle and Philadelphia learning and listening and helping resolve concerns and issues.

Reg COULSON (UKIP)

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By James Harrison, Local Democracy Reporting Service