Three Labour gains

Posted by David Boothroyd
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8 years ago / July 16, 2010

The latest information about other local council electoral matters is as follows:

East Midlands

East of England

  • Babergh district council: Byelection on 22 July in Great Cornard North ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Carole Todd. Term ends 2011.
  • Basildon borough council: Byelection on 22 July in Nethermayne ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Ben Williams to become Special Adviser to the Liberal Democrat Chief Whip in the House of Commons. Term ends May 2011.
  • Norwich city council: Vacancies in 13 separate wards after the High Court quashed an order which had extended the terms of the councillors. Affected are Labour councillors Jenny Lay (Crome ward), Brian Morrey (Catton ward), Mary Cannell (Lakenham ward), Linda Blakeway (Mile Cross ward), Sue Sands (Sewell ward), and James ‘Bert’ Bremner (University ward), Green Party councillors Howard Jago (Mancroft ward), Claire Stephenson (Nelson ward), Janet Bearman (Town Close ward) and Tom Llewellyn (Wensum ward), Liberal Democrats Brian Watkins (Eaton ward) and Joyce Divers (Thorpe Hamlet ward), and Conservative councillor Antony Little (Bowthorpe ward). The byelections are expected to be held in September; winners will have notional terms ending in 2014, dependent on whether planned boundary changes go ahead next year.
  • Rochford district council: Conservative candidate Aron Priest was elected councillor for Wheatley ward on 15 July, holding the seat for his party.

London

  • Camden borough council: Byelection on 22 July in Frognal and Fitzjohns ward after the sudden death of Conservative group leader and former cabinet member Martin Davies. Term ends 2014.
  • Kensington and Chelsea borough council: Byelection on 22 July in Holland ward, following the resignation of former council leader Baroness Hanham who is now a junior minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government. There are also two vacancies, in Earls Court and Cremorne wards, after the resignations of Conservative councillors Barry Phelps and Mark Daley respectively; they are expected to be held on 16 September. All terms end in 2014.

North East

North West

South East

  • Cherwell district council: Byelection on 22 July in Kidlington North ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor John Wyse. Term ends 2011.
  • Guildford borough council: Gordon Jackson of the Conservative Party was elected councillor for Pirbright ward on 15 July, holding the seat.
  • Medway council: Byelection on 12 August in River ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Bill Esterson, now MP for Sefton Central. Term ends May 2011.
  • Mid Sussex district council: Byelection on 29 July in Haywards Heath Franklands ward after the death of Conservative councillor Clive Chapman. Term ends May 2011.
  • Rushmoor borough council: Vacancy in Wellington ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Francis Williams. Term ends 2011.
  • South Buckinghamshire district council: Vacancy in Burnham Church ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Nicholas Binns. Term ends 2011.
  • Surrey county council: Nigel Sutcliffe (Conservative Party) was elected councillor for Worplesdon division on 15 July, holding the seat for his party.
  • West Berkshire council: Byelection on 22 July in Thatcham South and Crookham ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Terry Port who is to move back to the south coast. Term ends May 2011.
  • West Sussex county council: Vacancy in Maidenbower division after the resignation of former council leader Henry Smith, who is now MP for Crawley. Term ends 2013.
  • Wycombe district council: Byelection on 15 July in Greater Marlow ward after the disqualification of Conservative councillor Helen Wilkinson who has failed to attend any meeting in six months and whose leave of absence has expired. Term ends May 2011.

South West

  • Bath and North East Somerset council: Byelection on 29 July in Radstock ward after the death of Independent councillor Allan Hall. Term ends May 2011.
  • East Dorset district council: Liberal Democrat candidate Phil Harknett was elected councillor for Corfe Mullen South ward on 15 July, holding the seat.
  • Exeter city council: Vacancies in 13 separate wards after the High Court quashed an order which had extended the terms of the councillors. Affected are Liberal Democrats Stella Brock (St. David’s ward) and Ben Noble (Duryard ward), and Paul Smith (Alphington ward), Labour councillors Pete Edwards (Whipton Barton ward and group leader), Ian Martin (Mincinglake ward), Lesley Robson (Priory ward) and John Shepherd (Newtown ward), Conservatives Yolonda Henson (Polsloe ward and group leader), Margaret Baldwin (Cowick ward), and Ruth Smith (Pinhoe ward), plus Independent ex-Labour councillor Connel Boyle (Exwick ward) and Liberal councillor Chris Gale (Heavitree ward). The winners of the byelection will have notional terms ending in 2014, dependent on whether planned boundary changes go ahead next year. However Tim Payne (Pennsylvania ward), who won a byelection held on 6 May, has been reinstated; it was originally thought he had been disqualified but legal advice states he has a term ending in 2014. The byelections are expected to be held in September.
  • Sedgemoor district council: Vacancy in Woolavington ward after the death of Labour group leader Roger Lavers. Term ends May 2011.
  • Torbay council: Byelection on 22 July in St Marys with Summercombe ward after the death of Conservative councillor Stuart John. Term ends May 2011.

West Midlands

  • Cannock Chase district council: Vacancy in Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury ward after the death of Conservative councillor John Jillings. Term ends 2012.
  • Walsall borough council: Labour candidate Fred Westley was elected councillor for Bloxwich West ward on 15 July, gaining the seat from the Conservatives.
  • Warwick district council: Byelection on 22 July in Warwick South ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Chris White, now MP for Warwick and Leamington. Term ends May 2011.
  • Wolverhampton borough council: Byelection on 29 July in Bilston North ward after the death of Conservative councillor Gill Fellows, who was cabinet member for children’s services up to the beginning of last month. Term ends 2012.

Yorkshire and the Humber

Wales

  • Gwynedd county council: Richard Lloyd Jones was elected councillor for Diffwys and Maenofferen ward on 15 July. Like the retiring councillor he is a member of Llais Gwynedd. There is also a vacancy in Seiont ward after the death of Independent councillor Bob Anderson. Both terms end in 2012.
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf county borough council: Byelection on 22 July in Cymmer ward after the death of Labour councillor Eurwen Davies. Term ends 2012.

Scotland

  • Edinburgh city council: Byelection on 9 September in Liberton and Gilmerton ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Ian Murray, now MP for Edinburgh South. Term ends 2012.