FOUR Winchester city councillors are retiring at the elections on May 5.

Three are Liberal Democrats: Roger Bentote in Whiteley and Shedfield, Malcolm Prince in The Worthys, and Anne Weir, chairman of the Kings Barton Forum, in St Barnabas ward, which covers Weeke and Harestock.

Conservative Laurence Ruffell, a former chairman of the planning committee, is standing down in Upper Meon Valley.

Fifteen seats, a third of the total are being contested with the Lib Dems defending eight and the Tories six, with one currently vacant.

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Several former councillors are seeking a return: Patrick Davies for Labour in St Bartholomew ward, Hyde and Winnall. Jackie Porter in The Worthys for the Lib Dems and Fiona Mather for the Conservatives in St Michael, which covers the city centre, Highcliffe, Bar End and St Cross.

The current make-up of the council is Lib Dems: 26; Conservative: 16, and Independent: 2, one vacant.

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