A FORMER MP is hoping to reclaim his old ward in the forthcoming local elections.

Ivan Henderson will run as Labour’s candidate for Harwich East following the retirement of fellow councillor Lawrie Payne.

Mr Henderson, former MP for Harwich and Clacton, was born on the Bathside and was serving as councillor for the East Ward when elected to parliament in 1997.

“I have previously represented Harwich as a town and district councillor and as its MP,” he said.

“If the people wish me to serve them again as their councillor then it will be a honour for me to do so.”

Mr Payne, who represented both Harwich Town Council and Tendring Council since 1997, said he was standing down at the May elections to concentrate on other commitments.

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to represent the people of East Ward and I know I will miss it,” he said.

“I would like to thank my Labour colleagues and, more importantly, the residents of East Ward for their fantastic support over so many years.”

Mr Payne will continue in his roles as chair of governors at Harwich Community Primary School, chair of Tendring Surestart children’s centres, a board member of the provider services of the local NHS and honouree national secretary of the League Against Cruel Sports.