Unreasonably Labour after 36 years

Posted by David Boothroyd
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8 years ago / November 19, 2010

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

East Midlands

  • 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

  • East Hertfordshire district council: Vacancy in Sawbridgeworth ward due to the resignation of Independent councillor Nigel Clark. The term ends May 2011 but the resignation was before the cut-off date so a byelection may still be held.
  • Harlow borough council: There are two vacancies, in Staple Tye and in Sumners and Kingsmoor ward, due to the resignations of husband and wife Conservative councillors Lee and Sarah Dangerfield respectively. In both cases their resignation comes within six months of the end of their term and so no byelections will be held.
  • 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; as his formal resignation will be within six months of the ordinary election, no byelection can be held.
  • Thurrock borough council: The Conservative group have suspended two councillors, Eddie Hardiman (Stanford-le-Hope West ward) and Danny Nicklen (Stanford East and Corringham Town ward) following allegations of misbehaviour at a civic bonfire.
  • 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

  • Tower Hamlets borough council: Byelection on 16 December in Spitalfields and Banglatown ward after the disqualification of Lutfur Rahman on election as Mayor of Tower Hamlets. He had been elected for the Labour Party but was expelled when he stood as an Independent against the Labour candidate for Mayor.

North East

  • 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

  • Ashford borough council: Vacancy in Kennington ward after the death of Conservative councillor Major John Kemp. As his term was due to end in May 2011, there will be no byelection.
  • Chichester district council: Byelection on 25 November in Plaistow ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor John Andrews. Term ends May 2011.
  • Dover district council: Byelection on 16 December 2010 in Lydden and Temple Ewell ward after the death of Conservative councillor Roger Frayne. Term ends May 2011.
  • Fareham borough council: Byelection on 9 December in Fareham West ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Diana Harrison due to ill health. Term ends 2012.
  • Kent county council: Byelection on 16 December in Dover Town division following the death of Roger Frayne. There are also vacancies in Romney Marsh division following the death of Willie Richardson, and in Tonbridge division following the death of Godfrey Horne MBE. All three were Conservatives and both terms end in 2013.
  • New Forest district council: Vacancy in Marchwood ward after the death of Conservative councillor Alan Shotter. Term ends May 2011; as his death occurred more than six months before the end of the term, there may be a byelection.
  • Shepway district council: Vacancy in Lydd ward after the death of Conservative councillor Willie Richardson. As the vacancy has occurred within six months of the day on which his term was due to end in May 2011, there will be no byelection.
  • Tunbridge Wells district council: Byelection on 16 December in Sherwood ward after the death of Conservative councillor Ted Jolley. Term ends 2014.
  • Winchester city council: Vacancy in Oliver’s Battery and Badger Farm ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor David Spender. Term ends 2012. The Liberal Democrats will lose their overall majority if they fail to keep the seat.
  • Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead: Vacancy in Park ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Richard Gard who has moved out of the borough. Term ends May 2011.

South West

  • Cornwall council: Vacancy in Camborne North ward after the resignation of Bill Jenkin who was elected as a Conservative but was sitting as a non-aligned councillor after legal troubles. Term ends 2013.
  • Gloucestershire county council: Vacancy in Rodborough division after the death of Conservative councillor Stephen Glanfield. Term ends 2013.
  • Poole council: Byelection on 2 December in Poole Town ward after the death of council leader and Conservative councillor Brian Leverett. Term ends May 2011.
  • Stroud district council: Vacancy in Amberley and Woodchester ward after the death of Conservative councillor Stephen Glanfield. Term ends 2012.
  • Wiltshire council: Byelection on Tuesday 21 December in Bromham, Rowde and Potterne ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Philip Brown, who has pleaded guilty to fraud and theft. Term ends 2013.

West Midlands

  • Bromsgrove borough council: Byelection on 16 December in Marlbrook ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor George Lord. Lord’s sudden resignation was prompted by allegations of inappropriate behaviour to members of staff. Term ends May 2011.
  • Rugby borough council: Byelection on 2 December in Dunchurch and Knightlow ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Mike Galsworthy. Term ends 2014.
  • Sandwell borough council: Labour Party candidate Peter Hughes was elected councillor for Wednesbury North on 18 November, taking a seat held by the Conservative Party for 36 years.
  • Solihull borough council: Vacancy in Olton ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Honor Cox. Term ends 2012. The Liberal Democrat/Labour coalition which runs Solihull may be endangered if the Conservatives win.
  • Worcestershire county council: Byelection on 25 November in Bowbrook division after the death of Conservative councillor Ted Sheldon. There is a second byelection on 16 December in Alvechurch division after the resignation of Conservative councillor George Lord. Lord’s sudden resignation (he was leader of the council at the time) was prompted by allegations of inappropriate behaviour to members of staff.Term ends 2013.

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.

Wales

Scotland

  • Angus council: Byelection on 3 February 2011 in Carnoustie and district ward after the resignation of Scottish National Party councillor Ralph Palmer. Term ends 2012.