A NEWSPAPER editor, experienced councillors and founder of a village cinema are standing for the newly created Tow Law ward.

Five candidates will battle it out for the ward’s single seat on Durham County Council.

Anita Atkinson, editor of the Weardale Gazette and a south Durham magistrate, who lives near Harperley Hall is standing to represent the town where she grew up.

Former Wear Valley District councillor Ron Grogan of the Wear Valley Independent group and current Independent town councillor Terry Batson, both of whom live in Tow Law, are also standing.

Don Cameron, another Independent of Gladstone Terrace in Sunniside has also thrown his hat into the ring while Labour have put forward John Hart from Stanley, who was one of the founders of the village’s monthly cinema club.

Down the hill in Weardale, the two current county councillors have both put themselves forward for re-election along with three new comers.

John Shuttleworth from Rookhope and Anita Savory from Wolsingham, both Independents, have been the representatives for Weardale on Durham County Council since 2009.

Labour have put forward Joe Kirwin from Stanhope while the Conservative candidates are Christine Holt from Shincliffe and Ivy Wilson from Langley Park.

Wolsingham Town Council, Stanhope Parish Council and Tow Law Town Council have all been filled with an uncontested election due to there not being enough candidates to trigger a full public vote.