Who will win your vote in county council elections?

Four of the area’s county councillors with combined experience totalling more than 60 years will not be standing in next month’s elections.

Liberal Democrat David Grutchfield, who has represented Hadleigh at county level for 24 years, Clare Conservative councillor Jane Midwood, who has 16 years of experience, and Cosford’s Jeremy Pembroke, a Conservative with 11 years on Suffolk County Council, will not be listed on ballot slips for the elections on Thursday, May 2.

Mr Grutchfield, 74, who will stay on as Babergh district councillor, said: “I’ve enjoyed it but there comes a time when you can’t do everything.”

Conservative councillor John Sayers will stand again in Sudbury, against Liberal Democrat town councillor Tony Platt, Labour candidate Luke Cresswell and Green Party candidate Teresa Bishop.

Sudbury East and Waldingfield voters will choose between current representative Colin Spence, Labour town councillor Russell Smith, the Green Party’s Robert Whiting and UKIP’s Stuart Armstrong.

Great Cornard residents will choose from Conservative councillor Peter Beer, Labour parish councillor Tom Keane, Dean Walton for the Green Party or Liberal Democrat Andrew Welsh.

Trevor Sheldrick will replace Mr Grutchfield as Liberal Democrat candidate for Hadleigh. Angela Wiltshire, for Labour, Barry Nutt, for UKIP, Green candidate Michael Fosdike and Conservative Babergh councillor Brian Riley will also stand.

Independent nominee Richard Kemp will compete against Great Cornard Parish Council chairman Mick Cornish, for Labour, Dave Reynolds for UKIP, Sarah Pugh for the Conservatives and the Green Party’s Graham Manning in Melford.

Mary Evans has replaced Mrs Midwood in Clare and will battle independent Tony Gearing, UKIP’s Stuart Letten and Labour’s Gary Strouds.

Jack Owen will stand for Labour in the Stour Valley division against Bryn Hurren, for the Liberal Democrats, incumbent Conservative James Finch, UKIP representative Thomas Carver and Miriam Burns for the Green Party.

Babergh councillors Jenny Antill and Tony Bavington will contest the Cosford division for the Conservative and Labour parties respectively, alongside Liberal Democrat Duncan Read and Robert Lindsay, of the Green Party.

Gordon Jones will replace David Yorke-Edwards as Samford Conservative candidate, running against Liberal Democrat Babergh councillor Michael Bamford, Lois Hickey for the Green Party, Stephen Laing for UKIP and Sue Thomas for Labour.

The deadline for registering to vote and vote by post is Wednesday, April 17. Visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk to register or call Babergh District Council on 01473 825713 to have forms posted to you.