Exeter and Norwich councillors disqualified

Posted by David Boothroyd
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8 years ago / July 5, 2010

Last month the High Court upheld a challenge to the legality of the Exeter and Devon (Structural Changes) Order 2010 and the Norwich and Norfolk (Structural Changes) Order 2010 and quashed the orders – which would have made Exeter and Norwich unitary councils. The councils had been due to have elections for one third of their councillors on 6 May but the orders provided that the terms of councillors up for election then should be extended until a full council election in 2011.

With the orders annulled, what should happen to the councillors whose terms should have expired? The High Court has just ruled: they are disqualified immediately, and must be replaced at byelections. The ruling has changed the compositions of Exeter city council and Norwich city council.