Quarrying brings out Liberals in Shrewsbury

Posted by David Boothroyd
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7 years ago / February 18, 2011

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

East Midlands

  • Newark and Sherwood district council: Vacancy in Southwell East ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Pauline Jenkins. As her term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection to replace her.
  • South Holland district council: Vacancy in Spalding St Paul’s ward, after the disqualification of Conservative councillor Jane Jones for failing to attend any meeting of the council for six months. As her term was due to end in May there will be no byelection.

East of England

London

  • Brent borough council: Suresh Kansagra, who lost his seat in Barnhill ward in the 2010 elections, has been re-elected as councillor for Kenton ward in a byelection on 17 February. He keeps the seat for the Conservatives and beat two other former councillors at the polls.
  • Lewisham borough council: Byelection on 24 March in Bellingham ward after the death of 40-year veteran Labour councillor Ron Stockbridge, who was leader of the council in the 1980s. Term ends 2014.
  • Southwark borough council: Byelection on 10 March in Brunswick Park ward after the resignation of Labour councillor John Friary. Term ends 2014.

North East

  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne city council: Vacancy in Elswick ward due to the death of Labour councillor Doreen James. Term ends 2012.
  • South Tyneside borough council: Vacancy in Cleadon and East Boldon ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor and former group leader David Potts. Term ends 2014.
  • 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 this May.

North West

  • Blackpool council: There are two vacancies, both resulting from the deaths of councillors; there is a full council election in May. Conservative councillor Jean Kenrick of Stanley ward died before the six month period and so a byelection could theoretically be called. Liberal Democrat councillor Doreen Holt of Bloomfield ward will leave a vacant seat until May.
  • Burnley borough council: Byelection on 10 March in Rosegrove with Lowerhouse ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Julie Johnson due to ill health. Term ends 2014. The Liberal Democrats would lose their overall majority if they fail to keep the seat. There are two other seats vacant. Bank Hall ward has a vacant seat after Labour councillor Imtiaz Hussain was disqualified for failing to attend any meetings of the council in six months. Rosehill with Burnley Wood has a vacant seat after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Frank Ashworth. Both of their terms were due to end in May so there will be no byelections for replacements.
  • Ribble Valley borough council: Vacancy in Salthill ward after the disqualification of Conservative councillor Simon Farnsworth, who has not attended any meeting of the council for six months. With less than six months to go before the next council elections, no byelection will be held.
  • Salford city council: Byelection on 3 March in Walkden North ward after the death of Labour councillor Vincent Devine. Term ends 2012.
  • South Lakeland district council: Vacancy in Levens ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Brenda Woof. Term ends 2012.
  • Warrington council: Impending vacancy in Westbrook ward due to the resignation of Labour councillor Natalie Douglas. Term ends 2014.
  • West Lancashire borough council: There are two vacancies. Derby ward has a seat vacant after the death of Conservative councillor David Swiffen. Although the term ends in May, a by-election could be called. Rufford ward has a vacancy after the death of Conservative councillor Joan Colling. Term ends 2012.
  • Wigan borough council: Byelection on 3 March in Wigan Central ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Henry Cadman. Term ends 2012.

South East

  • Arun district council: Vacancy in Barnham ward after the resignation of Independent councillor Melissa Briggs who has moved out of the district. As her term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • 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, there will be no byelection.
  • Brighton and Hove city council: Vacancy in Hangleton and Knoll ward after the death of Conservative councillor David Smart. As his term was due to end in May there will be no byelection.
  • Dartford borough council: Vacancy in Stone ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Derek Lawson. As his term was due to end in May there will be no byelection.
  • East Hampshire district council: Vacancy in Whitehill Pinewood ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Ian Dowdle. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection for a replacement.
  • Mid Sussex district council: Vacancy in Haywards Heath Bentswood ward after the death of Labour councillor Paddy Henry. As his term was due to end in May, there can be no byelection to replace him.
  • New Forest district council: Vacancy in Marchwood ward after the death of Conservative councillor Alan Shotter. Term ends May; as his death occurred more than six months before the end of the term, there may be a byelection.
  • Reading borough council: Vacancy in Whitley ward after the sudden death of Labour councillor Jim Hanley. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection to replace him.
  • Sevenoaks district council: Philip McGarvey, who was elected as a Liberal Democrat in Farningham, Horton Kirby and South Darenth ward, has left the party and is currently sitting as an Independent while his application to join the Conservatives is decided.
  • Shepway district council: Vacancy in Romney Marsh ward after Conservative councillor Toby Clifton-Holt was disqualified for failing to attend any meetings of the council in six months. As the vacancy occurred within six months of the end of his term, there will be no byelection.
  • Slough council: Vacancy in Foxborough ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Sonja Jenkins. As her term was due to end in May there will be no byelection.
  • South Oxfordshire district council: There are two vacancies, in Didcot Northbourne ward due to the resignation of Lyndon Elias, and in Sandford ward due to the resignation of Pamela Tomlinson. Both were Conservatives and in both cases their resignations are within six months of the end of their terms in May so there will be no byelection.
  • Thanet district council: Vacancy in Bradstowe ward after the disqualification of Ewen Cameron who was elected as a Conservative but was last sitting as an Independent after resigning the whip. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • Tunbridge Wells borough council: Byelection on 17 March in Pembury ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Mike Tompsett over an internal dispute. Term ends 2014.
  • Wealden district council: Vacancy in Hailsham South and West ward after the resignation of Independent councillor Nick Ellwood in advance of a Standards Board hearing. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • West Berkshire council: Vacancy in Mortimer ward after the death of veteran Liberal Democrat councillor Keith Lock. As his term was due to end in May there will be no byelection.

South West

  • Bath and North East Somerset council: Vacancy in Lambridge ward after the death of Conservative Councillor Richard Maybury, who was Deputy Mayor of Bath. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • Plymouth city council: Vacancy in Plymstock Dunstone ward after the death of Conservative councillor and former Lord Mayor David Viney. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • South Gloucestershire council: Vacancy in Emersons Green ward after the death of Conservative councillor Ian Morris. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • Stroud district council: Vacancy in Uplands ward after the death of Independent councillor Linda Townley; as she died within six months of the end of her term in May, there will be no byelection.
  • Torbay council: Vacancy in Shiphay with the Willows ward after the death of Conservative councillor Roger Kerslake. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.

West Midlands

  • Shropshire council: Andrew Bannerman was elected councillor for Quarry and Coton Hill division on 17 February. He gains the seat for the Liberal Democrats from the Conservatives.
  • Solihull borough council: Vacancy in Shirley West ward after the disqualification of Liberal Democrat councillor Brynn Tudor, who failed to attend any meetings of the council in six months. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection to replace him.
  • South Staffordshire district council: Vacancy in Bilbrook ward after the death of Conservative councillor and former Chairman of the council Ken Mackie. As his term was due to end in May, he will not be replaced at a byelection.
  • Stafford borough council: There are two vacant seats, both arising from the deaths of Conservative councillors. They are Peter Proctor of Barlaston and Oulton ward, and Doug Davis of Milwich ward. Both terms were due to end in May so there will be no byelections.
  • Staffordshire Moorlands district council: Vacancy in Churnet ward after the death of veteran Independent councillor Lionel Richardson. As his term was due to end in May there will be no byelection.

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • No updates this week.

Wales

  • Cardiff city council: Byelection on 3 March in Riverside ward after the resignation of Plaid Cymru councillor Gwenllian Lansdown. Term ends 2012.
  • Flintshire county council: Rosetta Dolphin, who was elected as a Liberal Democrat in Greenfield ward, has left the party to sit as an Independent due to her opposition to the national party policy on student fees. This makes the composition of the council Labour 22, Independent 19, Conservative 9, Liberal Democrat 9, Plaid Cymru 1, no description 1.
  • Torfaen county borough council: Byelection on 24 March in Pontypool ward after the resignation of Independent councillor Fred Wildgust. Term ends 2012.

Scotland

  • Renfrewshire council: Byelection on 17 March in Paisley South ward after the death of veteran councillor Jim Mitchell of the Scottish National Party. Term ends 2012.
  • West Dunbartonshire council: Byelection on 3 March in Kilpatrick ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Margaret Bootland. Term ends 2012.