Kidsgrove goes to the polls tomorrow for the Staffordshire County Council elections. The current ward has changed due to the boundary commission completing a review of the area, with Kidsgrove now only electing one member to represent the ward. During the past four years Kidsgrove was represented by Mary Maxfield and Geoff Locke.
Mary Maxfield decided to retire completely from local politics and spend more time with her family and the community projects that she works on for the Kidsgrove area. Geoff Locke is standing for election once again and is up against the well-known Labour candidate Margaret Astle, as well as candidates from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
Margaret Astle choosing to stand for election is interesting, given the fact that she was removed from Kidsgrove Town Council earlier this year for failure to attend.
It does appear that it is going to be a clear battle in Kidsgrove between Labour and the currently popular UKIP parties for who takes this seat. It would be fair to assume that Labour must be confident of victory in Kidsgrove given the Newcastle Borough Council election results for the area, however UKIP could possibly take the seat if they can attract the majority of votes from non-traditional Labour voters.
Whatever the result it is feared that these elections could result in the lowest electoral turnout for many years.