George Bathurst not on Tory shortlist for 2015 council elections

George Bathurst not on Tory shortlist for 2015 council elections

Simon Meechan

A Conservative councillor has been dropped by his party ahead of next year's elections.

Cllr George Bathurst, who was elected to the Castle Without Ward in 2011, is not on his party's candidate shortlist to contest the three seats in 2014.

He is also the brains behind plans to build a multi-million Windsor Link Railway (WLR) that would link the lines running into Windsor's two stations by tunnel, creating a route between Slough and South London.

Windsor Conservative Association chairman Robert McLean said: "It's safe to say there was a selection process, and through a democratic secret ballot three candidates were chosen. Cllr Bathurst wasn't one of those three."

Mr McLean did not reveal why Cllr Bathurst was not chosen, or the names of the three Tory candidates.

He added that the Conservative party is in the process of finalising all of its candidates for next year's borough election, and will publish their names in due course.

Fellow Castle Without Ward Tory Sue Evans is also not on the three candidate list. Cllr Evans has decided not to run for re-election next year.

The other seat is currently taken by Cllr Catherine Bursnall, who was elected as a Conservative but defected to UKIP in 2012 along with her husband Tom, who is a councillor for Clewer East.

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