Medway River runs red once again

Posted by David Boothroyd
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8 years ago / October 22, 2010

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

East Midlands

  • Bassetlaw district council: Labour candidate June Evans was elected councillor for Harworth ward on 21 October, holding the seat for her party and putting the Conservative administration in a minority.
  • Blaby district council: Byelection on 25 November in Blaby South ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Dr David Pollard. Term ends May 2011.

East of England

  • Cambridge city council: Byelection on 4 November in Coleridge ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Chris Howell due to frustration with local politics. Term ends 2012.
  • East Hertfordshire district council: Byelection in Hunsdon ward on 11 November due to the resignation of Independent councillor Deborah Clark. There is also a vacancy in Sawbridgeworth ward due to the resignation of her husband, Nigel Clark. Both terms end May 2011.
  • Norfolk county council: Vacancy in Humbleyard division due to the impending resignation of Conservative councillor and council leader Daniel Cox who is moving to India. Term ends 2013.
  • South Norfolk district council: Vacancy in Rustens ward due to the impending resignation of Conservative councillor Daniel Cox who is moving to India. Term ends May 2011.
  • Suffolk county council: Byelection on 11 November in Tower division after the resignation of Conservative councillor Paul Farmer due to ill health. Term ends 2013.
  • Waveney district council: Vacancy in Southwold and Reydon after the resignation of Conservative councillor Simon Tobin due to pressure of business. Term ends 2014.

London

  • Camden borough council: Byelection on 28 October in Kentish Town ward after the death of Labour councillor Dave Horan. Term ends 2014.
  • Lewisham borough council: Byelection on 4 November in Ladywell ward, after the resignation of Labour councillor Tim Shand who is to work for the Sonke Gender Justice Network human rights charity in South Africa. Term ends 2014.
  • Tower Hamlets borough council: Lutfur Rahman, a former Labour councillor standing as an Independent candidate, was elected the executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets on 21 October. He will take office on Monday at which point his council seat in Spitalfields and Banglatown ward will be vacated.

North East

  • Durham county council: Rev Crooks, who was elected as a Liberal Democrat in Framwellgate Moor ward, has joined the Labour Party due to his opposition to the Government’s spending review.
  • Northumberland county council: Byelection on 4 November in Ponteland East division after the death of Conservative councillor Mel Armstrong. Term ends 2013.
  • Stockton-on-Tees borough council: There are three vacancies. First, Billingham East ward, after the resignation of Labour councillor Alex Cunningham, now MP for Stockton North. Second, Ingleby Barwick East ward, caused by the resignation of Ingleby Barwick Independent Society member Andrew Larkin. Third, Mandale and Victoria ward, after the death of councillor Allison Trainer, who was a member of the Thornaby Independent Association. All three terms end in May 2011.

North West

South East

  • Chichester district council: Byelection on 25 November in Plaistow ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor John Andrews. Term ends May 2011.
  • Chiltern district council: Conservative candidates Andrew Garth and Gilbert Nockles were elected councillors for Ashley Green, Latimer and Chenies ward and Great Missenden ward respectively on 21 October. Both seats elected Conservatives at the previous election but the sitting councillor for Great Missenden had been an Independent at the time of his resignation.
  • Elmbridge borough council: Conservative candidate Simon Desborough was elected councillor for Hersham North by 10 votes on 21 October, while Peter Harman (a St Georges Hill Independent) was elected for St Georges Hill ward. Both seats stay with the party that formerly held them.
  • Hampshire county council: Conservative Party candidate David Drew was elected councillor for Andover South division on 21 October, narrowly holding the seat for his party.
  • Isle of Wight council: Byelection on 11 November in Chale, Niton and Whitwell ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor William Myatt-Willington. Term ends 2013.
  • Medway council: Labour Party candidate John Jones was elected councillor for River ward on 21 October. He takes over a seat which Labour won in 2007, was gained in August by a Conservative councillor in a previous byelection, and was then vacated after only 13 days because the successful candidate was advised that the role was incompatible with being a Special Constable.
  • Mole Valley district council: Liberal Democrat candidate Iain Murdoch was elected councillor for Capel, Leigh and Newdigate ward on 21 October, gaining the seat from the Conservatives. His win means the Liberal Democrats become the largest party on the council; there was speculation before the election that the Independent group might change allegiances and bring about a change in council control in these circumstances.
  • Oxford city council: Labour candidate Mike Rowley was elected councillor for Barton and Sandhills ward on 21 October, gaining the seat from the Liberal Democrats and increasing Labour’s narrow overall majority on the council.

South West

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • Bradford city council: Byelection on 25 November in Worth Valley ward after the resignation of former council leader Kris Hopkins (Conservative), now MP for Keighley. Term ends 2012.
  • Sheffield city council: Labour Party candidate Terry Fox was elected councillor for Manor Castle ward on 21 October, holding the seat for his party.

Wales

  • Carmarthenshire county council: Byelection on 4 November in Cenarth ward after the death of Independent councillor Haydn Jones. Term ends 2012.
  • Ceredigion county council: Vacancy in Ciliau Aeron ward after the disqualification of Plaid Cymru councillor Moelfryn Maskell, who was found by the Adjudication Panel of Wales to have misused his position in relation to planning applications. Term ends 2012.
  • Conwy county borough council: There is a byelection on 18 November in Eglwysbach ward after the resignation of Angharad Booth-Taylor of Plaid Cymru who is moving to Pembrokeshire. Marl ward has a vacancy after the resignation of Conservative councillor Linda Hurr. Both terms end in 2012.
  • Isle of Anglesey council: Byelection on 18 November in Rhosneigr ward after the resignation of ‘Original Independent’ councillor and former council leader Phil Fowlie, due to ill health (although he has since been disqualified from office). Term ends 2012.
  • Swansea city council: Conservative Party candidate Miles Thomas was elected councillor for Newton ward on 21 October, gaining the seat from the Liberal Democrats. The loss puts some pressure on the minority Liberal Democrat-led coalition who control the city.

Scotland

  • Moray council: Byelection on 11 November in Forres ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Iain Young. Term ends 2012.
  • South Lanarkshire council: Byelection on 28 October in East Kilbride West ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Michael McCann, now MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow. Term ends 2012.