People’s Republic of Skelmersdale keeps the faith

Posted by David Boothroyd
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8 years ago / September 3, 2010

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

East Midlands

East of England

  • Cambridgeshire county council: Byelection on 16 September in East Chesterton division after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Siep Wijsenbeek. Term ends 2013.
  • Norwich city council: Byelections on 9 September in 13 separate wards. The disqualified incumbents, who may be defending their seats, 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). Winners will have terms ending in 2014.
  • Thurrock council: Ian Harrison, who was elected as a Conservative in Corringham and Fobbing ward, has left the party to sit as an Independent.
  • Watford borough council: Vacancy in Central ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Sheila Smillie who is moving to Florida. Term ends May 2011.

London

North East

  • Durham county council: Byelection on 30 September in Brandon ward, after the death of Labour councillor Ronnie Rodgers. There is also a vacancy in Deneside ward after the death of Labour former council leader Albert Nugent. Both terms end in 2013.
  • Gateshead borough council: There are two byelections on 23 September. That in Lobley Hill and Bensham ward comes after the death of Labour councillor and former Mayor Frank Donovan and the term ends May 2011. That in Saltwell ward comes after the resignation of Labour councillor Ian Mearns, now Member of Parliament for Gateshead, and the term ends in 2012.
  • Middlesbrough borough council: Byelection on 9 September in Ayresome ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Barbara Dunne. Term ends May 2011.
  • Northumberland county council: Vacancy in Ponteland East division after the death of Conservative councillor Mel Armstrong. Term ends 2013.
  • Stockton-on-Tees borough council: There are two vacancies. That in Ingleby Barwick East ward is caused by the resignation of Ingleby Barwick Independent Society member Andrew Larkin. That in Mandale and Victoria ward comes after the death of councillor Allison Trainer, who was a member of the Thornaby Independent Association. Both terms end in May 2011.

North West

South East

South West

  • Cheltenham borough council: Vacancy in Springbank ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor John Morris. Term ends 2012.
  • Exeter city council: There will be byelections for 13 seats on 9 September. Twelve were vacated when the High Court quashed an order extending councillors’ terms. The incumbents, who may stand for re-election, 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 terms ending in 2014. There will also be a byelection in Topsham ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Mark Starling; the term there will end in 2012.
  • Herefordshire council: Vacancy in St Nicholas ward, after the death of Independent councillor David Benjamin. Term ends May 2011.
  • Poole council: Byelection on 9 September in Newtown ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Mike Plummer, who is devoting his time to a ‘Buy British’ campaign. Term ends May 2011.
  • Sedgemoor district council: Byelection on 30 September in Woolavington ward after the death of Labour group leader Roger Lavers. Term ends May 2011.
  • Teignbridge district council: Byelection on 23 September in Ipplepen ward after the death of Conservative councillor Victor Elliott. Term ends May 2011.

West Midlands

  • Stoke-on-Trent city council: Dave Sutton, who was originally a Labour councillor but defected to the Liberal Democrats in 2005 and was elected for them in Northwood and Birches Head ward in 2008, has attempted to return to the Labour Party. However his membership suspension by the Labour Party has not expired and the party has refused to accept him. He has let his Liberal Democrat membership lapse and now intends to stand for re-election as a non-aligned candidate.

Yorkshire and the Humber

Wales

  • Carmarthenshire county council: Vacancy in Cenarth ward after the death of Independent councillor Haydn Jones. Term ends 2012.
  • Gwynedd county council: There are two byelections. On 30 September, Bowydd and Rhiw ward will poll after the resignation of Llais Gwynedd councillor Dafydd Hughes. A week later on 7 October, Seiont ward will poll after the death of Independent councillor Bob Anderson. Both terms end in 2012.
  • Swansea city council: Vacancy in Newton ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Susan Waller. 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.