HART Chairman Susan Band's re-election hopes were given a fillip when Andrew Davies, one of the two Conservative candidates nominated against her at Hartley Wintney, withdrew.

Tory agent Beverley Carpenter said the remaining Conservative, Mark Fullbrook, would be campaigning hard to win one of the two seats in the May elections and he would not be asking his supporters to also vote for Independent Mrs Band. There are also two Liberal Democrats, Penelope Gale and Raymond Johnson, in a ward that has gone Liberal Democrat in the past.