Market Harborough goes all Liberal

Posted by David Boothroyd
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9 years ago / January 29, 2010

Latest information about local council electoral matters is as follows:

East Midlands

East of England

London

  • Barnet borough council: Chris Harris, who was elected as a Conservative in Golders Green ward but was expelled from the party last October over persistent non-attendance, has resigned his seat on the eve of his disqualification. As his term would have been up in May, there will be no byelection.
  • Bromley borough council: Vacancy in Bromley Town ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Stephen Maly. No byelection can be held as he resigned within six months of full council elections.
  • Camden borough council: After the Mayor of Camden Omar Faruque Ansari (Kentish Town ward) was arrested by police investigating benefit fraud, he was suspended from membership of his Liberal Democrat group. He vigorously asserts his innocence but civic functions will be carried out by his deputy.
  • Croydon borough council: A new Independent Conservative group has been formed by two councillors who have left the Conservative group for various reasons. It comprises Brian Cakebread (Coulsdon West ward) and Enley Taylor (Heathfield ward). They appear to be associated with Andrew Pelling MP (Croydon Central).
  • Greenwich borough council: Elizabeth Truss, Conservative councillor for Eltham South ward, has resigned her seat to concentrate on her Parliamentary candidature in South West Norfolk.
  • Lewisham borough council: Vacancy in Whitefoot ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Cathy Priddey. No byelection can be held to replace her.
  • Southwark borough council: Vacancy in The Lane ward, after the resignation of Labour councillor Susan Elan Jones who has been selected as Parliamentary candidate for Clwyd South. No byelection can be held as her term was due to expire in May 2010.

North East

North West

  • Blackburn with Darwen council: Byelection on 4 February in Queen’s Park ward after the resignation of Independent councillor Yusuf Sidat, on the eve of his disqualification for failing to attend any meetings in six months. He had been elected as a Liberal Democrat. Term ends 2011.
  • Halton borough council: Vacancy in Mersey ward, after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Sue Blackmore. Term ends 2012.
  • Liverpool city council: Byelection on 18 February in Fazakerley ward after the death of Labour councillor and former Lord Mayor Jack Spriggs. Term ends 2012.
  • Pendle borough council: Vacancy in Brierfield ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Naseem Shabnam who had been criticized for poor attendance. As her term was due to expire in May 2010, there can be no byelection.
  • Preston city council: Vacancy in Riversway ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Jack Davenport. Term ends 2012.
  • Stockport borough council: Maureen Walsh, who was deputy leader of the Conservative group and is a councillor for Bramhall North ward, has left the party to sit as an Independent councillor.

South East

South West

  • Gloucester city council: Vacancy in Barton and Tredworth ward, after the death of Conservative councillor Yakub Pandor who gained the second seat in the ward in a double vacancy election at the 2008 local elections. As his term was due to end next May, there can be no byelection to fill the vacancy.
  • Mid Devon district council: Byelection on 25 February in Yeo ward, after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor David Pullen. Term ends 2011.
  • South Hams district council: Byelection on 18 February in Ivybridge Filham ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Terry Hewitt. Term ends 2011.
  • Taunton Deane borough council: Liberal Democrat candidate Ben Swaine held his party’s seat in Lyngford ward at the byelection on 28 January.

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber

Wales