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Lib Dem trio hope for election success

ONLY three Liberal Democrats are contesting wards in the June council elections but they are all confident of their chances.

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BILL Greene

ONLY three Liberal Democrats are contesting wards in the June council elections but they are all confident of their chances.

Two of the three have a wealth of political experience, having stood for Parliament, and the other is a first-timer who described himself as "not really a political person".

Bill Greene, a leading North West Lib Dem, stood as Hyndburn's parliamentary candidate in 2001 and was a member of Fylde Borough Council for 15 years. He lives in Burns Avenue, Oswaldtwistle, with his wife Irene and has four step-daughters and nine granddaughters.

Asked why he was standing for the St Andrew's ward in Oswaldtwistle, he said: "I want to give something back to an area that has welcomed me in so many different ways. The councillors in this area need to stop fighting and blaming each other. They waste too much time and money on disagreeing. I intend to ensure that they work together for the benefit of all in Hyndburn."

Leslie Jones, of Oakwood Road, Baxenden, contests the Baxenden ward against Labour's Ian Mason and Tory John Griffiths, who is a member of Hyndburn's Cabinet.

Mr Jones said his main aim was to fight for a Baxenden community centre, and claimed Labour and Conservative groups were "both a bit culpable" for last year's financial crisis, "because they had both been in power".

Newcomer Javad Iqbal, of Willows Lane, Accrington, is battling for the Spring Hill ward. He has lived in Accrington for more than 40 years, is married with four children and used to own a newsagent's shop in Blackburn Road.

He said: "We don't have enough jobs around Accrington generally. I want to work to attract more investment to improve the quality of life, and to concentrate on the main issues of housing, general cleanliness and the quality of the roads."