Tories reveal May election candidates

IT WAS a full house at Stef’s Breakfast and Lunch on Friday night when Woking Conservative Party members gathered in the Knaphill restaurant for a fundraising feast.

The atmosphere was lively and the food just kept on coming as everyone tucked into three courses of delicious delights.

Organised by local Councillors Melanie Whitehand and Saj Hussain, more than 35 guests pitched up for the pre-Christmas dinner.

Cllr Whitehand said: “It was a great event for everyone who came along and great to get residents to come together. There were many compliments on the food cooked up by Stef’s staff.”

Woking MP Jonathan Lord called out the winning raffle ticket numbers, which was followed by an official announcement from Woking Borough Council leader when Cllr John Kingsbury, who revealed the two well anticipated Conservative candidates for the May 2014 borough elections.

One was former Gurkha, Chitra Rana, who is their hopeful for Goldsworth Park West. Elsewhere Debbie Harlow (left) is in the running for the Knaphill seat. Cllr Kingsbury said: “I was delighted to hear that Debbie Harlow and Chitra Rana have both been selected to stand as Conservative candidates in the 2014 Woking Borough Council elections for Knaphill and Goldsworth West respectively.

“Debbie is a well-known local activist who I believe will make an excellent Councillor, as will Chitra who, following his retirement from military service in the Gurkha regiment, is becoming more involved with his local community in Goldsworth Park. I wish them both every success in their election campaigns.”

A dozen ward vacancies will be up for grabs in the fiercely contended borough elections in May, which become available on a four-year rotation.

However, when the council reduce their total number of seats from 36 to 30, and boundaries will be changed accordingly, all 30 seats will be vacant in 2016.

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