Blue because of no Rayleigh scattering

Posted by David Boothroyd
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7 years ago / December 2, 2011

The sky may go blue because of Rayleigh scattering, but the council seat stays blue when Rayleigh voters stick with their party. The latest information about local council electoral matters is as follows:

East Midlands

East of England

  • Harlow borough council: Vacancy in Mark Hall ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Nick Macy who was the sole member of his party remaining on the council. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection for a replacement.
  • Hertsmere borough council: Vacancy in Potters Bar Furzefield ward after the death of Conservative councillor Ron Morris. Term ends 2015.
  • Rochford district council: Cheryl Roe was elected councillor for Rayleigh Central ward on 1 December. She holds the seat for the Conservative Party.
  • St Albans city and district council: Byelection on 12 January in Batchwood ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Amanda Archer. Term ends 2014. Her resignation gives the Conservatives an overall majority of the council.
  • Suffolk county council: Vacancy in Kesgrave and Rushmere St Andrew division after the death of Conservative councillor John Klaschka. Term ends 2013.
  • Suffolk Coastal district council: Vacancy in Kesgrave East ward after the death of Conservative councillor John Klaschka. Term ends 2015.
  • Waveney district council: Byelection on Monday 19 December in Worlingham ward after the resignation of Andrew Draper. He had been elected as a Conservative but left the party to sit as an Independent in August when he received a criminal conviction. Term ends 2015. The minority Conservative administration in Waveney may be endangered if they fail to win the seat.

London

North East

North West

South East

South West

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • No updates this week.

Wales

  • Cardiff city council: Neil McEvoy, the deputy Leader of the Plaid Cymru group who represents Fairwater ward, has been suspended from his party over comments he made on Facebook about Welsh Women’s Aid.
  • Newport city council: Vacancy in Alway division after the death of veteran Labour councillor Ken Powell. Although a byelection could be called, the term will end in May and so it is expected that the seat will be left vacant.
  • Swansea city and county council: Vacancy in Castle division after the death of Labour councillor Barbara Hynes. Although a byelection could be called, the term will end in May and so it is expected that the seat will be left vacant.

Scotland

  • Argyll and Bute council: Vacancy in Oban South and The Isles ward after the death of Scottish National Party councillor Donald McIntosh. As it is less than six months until the end of his term, no byelection can be called.
  • Shetland Islands council: Byelection on 15 December in Central ward after the resignation of non-party councillor Iris Hawkins, who is to be married. Term ends May next year.
  • South Lanarkshire council: Byelection on 8 December in Hamilton West and Earnock ward after the death of Independent councillor Tommy Gilligan. Term ends May next year.