Forthcoming byelections

Posted by David Boothroyd
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9 years ago / November 3, 2009

Forthcoming byelections in principal local authorities, and seats vacant, appear to be as follows:

2 April

9 April

23 April

30 April

  • Harlow borough council: Staple Tye ward, after the disqualification of David Kirton who failed to attend any meeting of the council or its committees in six months. Kirton had been elected as a Conservative but had left his group after being charged with criminal offences; he has been unable to attend council meetings because he has been remanded in custody. Term ends 2012.
  • Reigate and Banstead borough council: Tadworth and Walton ward, after the death of Conservative former Mayor and Deputy Leader Michael Buttery. Term ends 2011.
  • Sheffield city council: East Ecclesfield ward, after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Patricia Fox. Term ends 2012.
  • Stirling council: Bannockburn ward, after the disqualification of Labour councillor Gerard O’Brien by the Standards commission. Term ends 2012, assuming the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill is passed by the Scottish Parliament.

7 May

Undated

Vacancies which will not be filled

The Local Elections (Ordinary Day of Elections in 2009) Order 2008 (SI 2008 No. 2857) provides that any vacancy notified after 7 November 2008 in a council due to have elections in 2009, or to be abolished will not be filled. These council vacancies will therefore not see a byelection.

  • Bedford borough council: Queen’s Park ward, after the death of Labour councillor Muhammad Khan.
  • Bedfordshire county council: Harrold division, after the death of Conservative councillor Phyllis Gershon.
  • Crewe and Nantwich borough council: Wellington ward, after the death of Conservative councillor Keith Healey. This vacancy means that the Conservatives lose their overall majority on the council in its last few months.
  • Derbyshire county council: Alfreton division, after the death of Labour councillor Paul Buckley.
  • Ellesmere Port and Neston borough council: Stanlow and Wolverham ward, after the death of Labour councillor Tom Griffiths.
  • Isle of Wight council: Bembridge South ward, after the disqualification of Win McRobert. Elected as a Conservative, she had left the group and was sitting as a ‘Democratic Conservative’; her disqualification is controversial because her absence was due to caring for her seriously ill husband.
  • Kent county council: Maidstone Rural East division, after the death of former council and Local Government Association leader Sandy Bruce-Lockhart (Conservative).
  • North Cornwall district council: Bodmin St Petroc’s ward, after the resignation of Arwen Folkes of the Liberal Democrats.
  • North Yorkshire county council: Bilton and Nidd Gorge division, after the disqualification of Independent (elected as Liberal Democrat) councillor Morris Lightfoot who was given an eight month jail sentence.
  • Northamptonshire county council: New Duston division, after the death of Conservative councillor Liz Tavener.
  • Restormel borough council: Bethel ward, after the death of Roy Gill of the Liberal Democrats.
  • Salisbury district council: St Martin and Milford ward, after the death of Labour councillor Simon Howarth.
  • Sedgefield district council: Sedgefield ward, after the death of Independent councillor Jim Wayman.
  • Shewsbury and Atcham borough council: Condover ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Tom Hendry.
  • Staffordshire county council: Wombourne division, after the death of Peter Timms who was a Conservative councillor.
  • Suffolk county council: Felixstowe Coastal division, after the death of the Council Chairman, Ann Rodwell; she was serving as a Conservative councillor.
  • Suffolk county council: Upper Gipping division, after the death of Conservative councillor Jeremy Clover, a former council chairman.
  • Surrey county council: Camberley East division, after the death of Maurice Neighbour (Conservative).