Hereford & Worcester

Stourport-on-Severn father and son in election contest

Eddie and Tom King the Stourport-on-Severn father and son Conservative and Labour town council candidates
Image caption Mr King said their opposing political views made for lively dinner-table talk

A father and son from Worcestershire are standing for opposing parties in the May council elections.

Sales director Eddie King, 49, is a Conservative candidate, while his son Tom, 18, is a Labour candidate for Stourport-on-Severn Town Council.

Tom is an A-level student and is standing in a separate ward from his father, with whom he still lives.

The Independent Community and Health Concern Party controls the council and all 18 seats are due to be contested.

Political ambition

Mr King, a director for a building manufacturing company in West Bromwich, said: "He and I live together and although we are on opposite sides of the political divide if you like, I'm pleased he's prepared to stand up for what he believes in."

Tom is currently a pupil at Stourport Sixth Form Centre and is sitting English, History, Sociology and German A-Levels with a view to reading politics at university.

The candidates for Stourport-on-Severn Stour and Wilden ward are: Independent Community and Health Concern: John Brewer; Conservative: Mike Freeman; Conservative: John Holden; Labour: Gren Jones; Labour: Tom King; Conservative: Arthur Salter.

The candidates for Stourport-on-Severn Lickhill are: Labour: William Franklin; Conservative: Eddie King; Labour: Barry McFarland; Independent Community and Health Concern: Jim Parish; Conservative: Wayne Sheldon; Independent Community and Health Concern: Dixon Sheppard; Independent Community and Health Concern: Janice Sheppard; Conservative: Joan Greta Smith.

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