A former mayor
who has been out of politics for nearly five years has decided to stand in the Warwick
Ben Dhesi will stand as the Conservative candidate in the Manor Ward, which is
currently held by the Liberal Democrats, after losing his seat in 1995.
All of the seats in the areas are up for election, 45 in total, but chief reporter on
the Warwick & Leamington Evening Telegraph James Wilde believes there will be no
"I personally think there may be a few Conservative gains and perhaps a couple of
seats for the Liberals but I dont imagine anything spectacular happening.
"There are a couple of well known figures in the area standing down, including
Graham Windybank who has been a Tory councillor in Kenilworth St. Johns for many
years, but it is quite a Conservative area so I think they will hold that."
The Warwick elections have not stirred up much interest in the area at all, and Wilde
believes this is due to the parties steering clear of contentious issues.
"People do not have a great deal of interest in these elections and no-one is not
really taking about them at all.
"There are not even many posters up around the place and parties do not seem to
have been sending out the quantity of promotional literature that they have in the past.
"There are high profile issues in the area like the £30 million development of
the Regent Hotel but the parties seem to have avoided talking about it until after the
elections, which is not really the idea."