One day: three elections

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A former mayor of Bourne will fight three elections on May 7.

Lincolnshire Independents candidate Helen Powell is contesting the parliamentary seat in Lincoln, the Bourne West ward on South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) and a seat on Bourne Town Council.

Helen, who has two daughters and a grandson, has already attended her first hustings in Lincoln organised by the Federation of Small Businesses.

She said: “I really enjoyed it – I was able to answer all of the questions.”

Helen, who is also a serving county councillor, says the Lincolnshire Independents have all of the strength of a group but they are truly independent.

On election night, she intends to go first to the count in Lincoln and then head to South Kesteven.

Helen has had a busy and varied working life.

She’s a trained dress designer, has worked in retail and merchandising, ran a soft toy business, a dress designing business, and a Post Office – and still has a window cleaning business.

* Bourne West ward councillor Linda Neal isn’t seeking re-election after 20 years on SKDC and 13 years as its Conservative leader.

Coun Neal said she had wished to step down as leader but didn’t feel it was appropriate for her to sit on the back benches with a new leader in place. But she hasn’t ruled out a return to the council chamber in the future.