Norfolk blogger takes council seat

Posted by David Boothroyd
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9 years ago / March 19, 2010

Latest information about local council electoral matters is as follows:

East Midlands

  • Bassetlaw district council: Vacancy in Worksop North ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Steven Burton. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection for his replacement.
  • Chesterfield borough council: Vacancy in Brimington South ward, after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Helen Walsh who is moving to London and fighting a seat on Islington borough council. Term ends 2011.
  • Derby city council: Vacancy in Abbey ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Deirdre Mitchell due to ill health. As her term was due to end in May and she has resigned with less than six months left, there can be no byelection to replace her.
  • East Lindsey district council: Vacancy in North Holme ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Clive Finch. Term ends 2011.
  • High Peak borough council: Vacancy in New Mills West ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Stephen Sharp, who has been convicted of fraud. Term ends 2011.
  • North Kesteven district council: Vacancy in Branston ward after the death of Conservative councillor Marjorie Duncan. Term ends 2011.

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: Peter Bloomfield, who was elected as a Conservative councillor in Darwin ward, has left the party and is sitting as an Independent councillor. 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.
  • 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.
  • Havering borough council: Vacancy in Elm Park ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor David Grantham. There can be no byelection for a replacement.
  • 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

  • No updates this week.

North West

South East

  • Gosport borough council: Vacancy in Christchurch ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Jackie Carr. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection to replace him.
  • Gravesham borough council: Derek Shelbrooke was elected councillor for Meopham South and Vigo ward in the byelection on 18 March, holding the seat for the Conservatives.
  • Milton Keynes council: Byelection on 6 May in Stony Stratford ward, due to the resignation of Conservative councillor Brin Carstens. Term ends 2011.
  • Reigate and Banstead district council: Vacancy in Redhill East ward due to the death of Conservative councillor Frank Moore. Term ends 2012.
  • Test Valley borough council: Vacancy in Anna ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Arthur Peters. Term ends 2011.
  • West Oxfordshire district council: Vacancy in Carterton North West ward after the death of Conservative councillor Dave King. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection to fill the vacancy.
  • Wokingham council: There are three vacancies, two caused by the deaths of Conservative councillors. Chris Edmunds in Maiden Erlegh ward was a former deputy leader of the council; Malcolm Bryant in Shinfield South ward had been chairman of the council and Conservative group whip. Both terms end in 2012. Double vacancy elections are likely to be held on 6 May. A third vacancy has been caused by the resignation due to illness of Conservative councillor Dennis Morgan of Evendons ward; no byelection can be held to replace him as his term was due to end in May.
  • Worthing borough council: There are vacancies in Salvington ward and Marine ward, due to the resignations (respectively) of Dr Heather Mercer and her husband, former council leader Keith Mercer, who are both Conservatives and are emigrating to Cyprus where Heather Mercer is to take up a university post. As the term in Salvington ward ends in May, no byelection can be held. The term in Marine ward ends in 2011 and it is the intention to hold the byelection on 6 May as a double vacancy.

South West

  • Cheltenham borough council: Double vacancy elections on 6 May in two wards due to the impending resignations of Liberal Democrat councillors. Oakley ward is being vacated by Martin Dunne, and Springbank ward by Simon Wheeler. In both cases the top-polling candidate will have a term ending in 2014, and the second placed candidate a term ending in 2012.
  • East Devon district council: Impending vacancy in Seaton ward due to the resignation of veteran Liberal Democrat councillor Margaret Rogers, who is retiring and moving to Harrogate. Term ends 2011.
  • Exeter city council: Vacancy in Pennsylvania ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Alexander Bond due to pressure of business. As his term was due to end in May, he will not be replaced in a byelection; however should the Government’s order converting Exeter to a unitary council be approved, the 2010 elections will be cancelled and a byelection will be held.
  • 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.
  • Plymouth city council: Impending vacancy in Efford and Lipson ward due to the resignation of Labour councillor Bernard ‘Claude’ Miller. Term ends 2011.
  • South Somerset district council: Byelection on 6 May in Tower ward, due to the impending resignation of Conservative councillor Maili Felton. Term ends 2011.

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber

Wales

  • No updates this week.

Scotland

  • Glasgow city council: Vacancy in Drumchapel and Anniesland ward after the resignation of Labour councillor and recent council leader Steven Purcell, who resigned the leadership due to stress and exhaustion. Term ends 2012.
  • Perth and Kinross council: Byelection on 6 May in Strathallan ward after the death of Scottish National Party councillor John Law. Term ends 2012.