Belfairs ward has had some interesting results in the past, including a dead-heat where the Conservative candidate won out over the Liberal Democrat by the toss of a coin.
It has been an all-Conservative affair in recent years, notwithstanding Stephen Aylen, who is the sole Independent councilor in Belfairs (and west Southend). He was elected as a Conservative, and doubtless still attracts Conservative support come election time.
Mr McKiernan has tried before, he came second in 2014, and fourth in 2015.
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