Burnley removes its Lib Dem majority

Posted by David Boothroyd
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8 years ago / March 11, 2011

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

East Midlands

  • Amber Valley borough council: Vacancy in Heage and Ambergate ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Juliette Blake. Term ends 2012.
  • 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.
  • North West Leicestershire district council: Two seats are vacant. Hugglescote ward has a vacant seat after the resignation of Graham Partner who had been elected as a British National Party councillor, and Measham ward has a vacant seat after Conservative councillor Jason Summerfield was disqualified for failing to attend any meetings in six months. Both terms were due to end in May so will not be filled in byelections.
  • 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

  • Corporation of London: Byelection on 14 March in Faringdon Within ward, after the resignation of Penelope Cenci di Bello on this non-partisan council.
  • 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: Mark Williams was elected as councillor for Brunswick Park ward on 10 March, holding the seat for the Labour Party.

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: Beatrice Foster of the Labour Party was elected councillor for Rosegrove with Lowerhouse ward on 10 March, gaining her seat from the Liberal Democrats. As a result the Liberal Democrats have lost their overall majority. 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.
  • South Lakeland district council: Vacancy in Levens ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Brenda Woof. Term ends 2012.
  • South Ribble borough council: Vacancy in Earnshaw Bridge ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Irvine Edwards. His term was due to end in May so there will be no byelection.
  • Warrington council: 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.

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.
  • Eastleigh borough council: Keith Day, who was elected for the Liberal Democrats in Hedge End Wildern ward, has left the party to sit as an Independent.
  • 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: Vacancy in Swanley St Marys ward after the resignation of Paul Golding of the British National Party. As his term would have ended in May, there can be no byelection.
  • 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: There are two vacant seats. Roundham-with-Hyde ward is vacant after the death of Kevin Carroll, and Shiphay with the Willows ward has a vacancy after the death of Roger Kerslake. Both were Conservatives and had terms due to end in May, so there will be no byelections.

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber

Wales

Scotland