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Ray Of Hope For Ventnor As Third Council Candidate Announced

Ray Harrington-Vail is a popular member of Ventnor's community

Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats have announced a candidate in the party’s bid to fill an empty seat on the Isle of Wight Council.

Throwing his hat into the ring, for Ventnor and St Lawrence, is Ray Harrington-Vail, formerly of the energy charity, Footprint Trust.

Also running are Ventnor Haven’s Ed Blake, for the Conservative party and town mayor, Steve Cooper, for the Labour Party.

A by-election will be held on December 21, following the resignation of Gary Peace, in October.

"Genuine vision for the Island."

Ray Harrington-Vail, a valued director of Wight Community Energy, said the Liberal Democrats have a “genuine vision for the Island”, balancing “the interests of economy, the environment and the community, seeking a fair deal for ordinary people.”

He would support the residents of Ventnor and St Lawrence in the current cost-of-living crisis and make the Island a better place, he said.

The last date to register to vote in the by-election is Tuesday, December 5.

If you need a postal vote, the last date to register is Wednesday, December 6.

If you need a proxy vote, applications need to be in by 5pm on Wednesday, December 13.

This will be the second Isle of Wight by-election to require photo ID. If you don’t have one, applications for a free ‘voter authority certificate’ must be made by December 13.

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