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February 7, 2017 12:01 PM

John WhitehouseCllr John Whitehouse (Liberal Democrats), who has represented Kenilworth Abbey division on Warwickshire County Council since 2005, has announced his intention not to stand as a candidate in the County Council elections in May.

The next election will be fought on new county divisional boundaries, as a result of which the current Abbey division, which follows essentially the same boundaries as the Abbey district ward, will disappear.

John Whitehouse said:

"It's been a great honour and privilege to serve the people of Kenilworth Abbey division over the last nearly twelve years. It was always my intention to stand down in 2017, but I'm only sorry that this has had to coincide with the break-up of a geographically coherent county division with a proud tradition of representation by Liberal Democrat councillors.

"In my twelve years on the County Council I believe I've achieved a lot, not just for my division but also Kenilworth as a whole, and the wider county as well. My proudest achievement has to be the building of the Kenilworth Greenway, which had to be pushed through against fierce opposition from some Conservatives. Now it is seen by most people as a great asset for the area, but which I and others have been fighting hard to protect from the damage which the building of HS2 could inflict on it.

"More recently, I was able to secure a £3 million investment in improving road safety in the vicinities of Warwickshire schools, and have been leading a cross-party task force implementing safety improvement schemes across the county, including the planned 20 mph zone in Leyes Lane outside Kenilworth School.

"I shall stand down with regrets, of course, but over the years I've seen too many councillors clinging on well past their 'sell by' dates! It's time for new faces and fresh blood on the County Council."

Next week the Liberal Democrats will announce their team of candidates to contest the three Kenilworth county divisions in May 2017.



  1. Under the boundary changes, some areas of the current Kenilworth Abbey county division will be absorbed into an expanded Kenilworth St John's division, and some into Kenilworth Park Hill. The remainder, consisting of the historic old town and areas north of that, together with Burton Green, will be merged with a large swathe of rural Warwickshire into a new division to be called Lapworth & West Kenilworth.
  2. All political groups on the County Council, other than the Conservatives, voted against this arbitrary and unnecessary re-drawing of county boundaries by the Local Government Boundaries Commission, but without unanimity on the Council the Commission decided to push through its original proposals.