Martin’s May election bid

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SELF-EMPLOYED writer Martin Blake has announced his intention to contest a Spalding seat for the Green Party in May’s district council elections.

Mr Blake’s decision fires the starting gun in the race to win seats at South Holland Council – and is part of his party’s bid to make a breakthrough in this area.

He will stand in the Spalding Castle ward, which is currently held by Conservative cabinet member Gary Taylor and is where he lives.

Mr Blake, previously a manager in local government, said: “Green Party policies are based on investing in sustainable growth and creating employment rather than throwing hundreds of thousands out of a job as the coalition government is doing.

“I invite all Castle Ward residents who are disillusioned with what’s happening, including those who may have voted Conservative or Lib Dem in the past, to support me and show that there is another way.”