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Former youth commissioner Kerry Boyd to stand in local elections

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FORMER youth commissioner Kerry Boyd has been selected by the Conservatives to stand for Westgate in the forthcoming local elections.

The post was created by Kent Police crime commissioner Ann Barnes in a bid to improve relationships and understanding between young people and the police.

Miss Boyd was suspended from public duties last June after tabloid allegations of her relationship with former Conservative county councillor Robert Burgess.

The married dad-of-two maintained they were just good friends and Miss Boyd, a former Chair of Garlinge Residents’ Association, resumed her role as youth commissioner until the post finished this month.

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Writing on her blog Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes said: “I hope that Kerry has enjoyed her time with us – there have been tough times, certainly, but 20-year-old Kerry has risen to the challenge and we shall miss her dry sense of humour and quick wit. She has been a great advocate for my office and given up numerous evenings and weekends as she has travelled far and wide to get the widest views possible.”

Other candidates in the area that have been announced are:

Shirley Tomlinson – Garlinge

Jonathan Curran – Garlinge

Linda Wright – The Villages

Ken Gregory – The Villages

Mick Tomlinson – Westbrook

Marcus Kenny – Westbrook

Simon Day – Birchington North

Keith Coleman Cook – Birchington North

Kerry Boyd – Birchington South

Liz Hurst – Birchington South

Guy Wilson – Birchington South

Carol Partington – Westgate

Sam Bambridge – Westgate

Reece Pugh – Westgate

Pauline Hayfield – Salmestone

Paul Messenger – Margate Central

Other candidates in the area that have been announced are:

Shirley Tomlinson – Garlinge

Jonathan Curran – Garlinge

Linda Wright – The Villages

Ken Gregory – The Villages

Mick Tomlinson – Westbrook

Marcus Kenny – Westbrook

Simon Day – Birchington North

Keith Coleman Cook – Birchington North

Kerry Boyd – Birchington South

Liz Hurst – Birchington South

Guy Wilson – Birchington South

Carol Partington – Westgate

Sam Bambridge – Westgate

Reece Pugh – Westgate

Pauline Hayfield – Salmestone

Paul Messenger – Margate Central

Councillor Simon Moores said: ““I’m delighted we have such an enthusiastic, strong and diverse group of candidates; all willing to represent their wards as hard-working councillors, tackling important local issues, such as housing development and Manston airport and able to share the Conservative promise of a brighter future with further economic growth, more jobs and better wages.

“This year, I’m pleased to see more women candidates, becoming involved in local politics. I’m particularly pleased to welcome Kerry Boyd, the former youth commissioner for Kent, who at 20, is our youngest candidate and reflects a determination, expressed by all political parties at this election, to reach-out and engage younger people in community politics.”

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