A local election takes place on Thursday, 4 May, 2023. It’s a chance for you to choose who who will sit on the local council on behalf of people living in your immediate neighbourhood, to help make decisions on day to day matters such as local services.
There are two main council wards covering Lowton and Golborne: Lowton East and Golborne and Lowton West. Each has three councillors.
This year, it’s an “all out” election, which means instead of just one of the current councillors contesting their seat, all three must do so in every ward. You’ll be asked to vote for your preferred THREE candidates – so you’ll usually see more than one candidate standing for each party.
Who is standing for election?
There are two wards covering Lowton and Golborne. These are Golborne and Lowton West and Lowton East. Here are the candidates.
For Golborne and Lowton West:
- Brian Aspinall – Reform UK
- Stanley Crook – Conservative
- Susan Gambles – Labour
- Richard Houlton – Conservative
- Yvonne Klieve – Labour
- Gena Merrett – Labour
- Angela Roberts – Conservative
- Stuart Worthington – Liberal Democrats
For Lowton East:
- Tracy Croft – Labour
- Sheila Gough – Conservative
- Jenny Gregory – Labour
- Edward Houlton – Conservative
- Kathleen Houlton – Conservative
- Garry Lloyd – Labour
Remember, you are voting for three candidates.
Who currently represents me?
In Golborne and Lowton West, there are three Labour councillors:
- Cllr Susan Gambles
- Cllr Gena Merrett
- Cllr Yvonne Klieve
Lowton East is currently held by three Conservative councillors:
- Cllr Edward Houlton
- Cllr Kathleen Houlton
- Cllr Marie Cooper
How do I register to vote?
If you’re not on the electoral register, you won’t get a say. You can register to vote on Wigan Council’s website.
If you would like to vote by post in these elections, rather than attend a polling station on the day, you can register for a postal vote.
This year the way you vote in person has changed
Due to a change in national legislation, when you go to a polling station to vote in person you must now present photo ID in order to cast your vote. Don’t be caught out and forget to take it with you on voting day.
You can view a list of all the types of ID which will be accepted. If you don’t have any of these, you can always apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, or apply to vote by post.