Conservatives not bewitched in Pendle

Posted by David Boothroyd
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4 years ago / April 4, 2014

The latest information about local electoral matters is as follows:

East of England

East Midlands

London

  • Bexley borough council: Vacancy in Sidcup ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Jackie Evans, due to ill health; she has since died. No byelection will be held to replace her.
  • Brent borough council: Vacancy in Dudden Hill ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Rev David Clues, who has been living and working in Brighton since December 2011. As his resignation was within six months of the end of his term, he will not be replaced in a byelection.
  • Ealing borough council: Vacancy in Hobbayne ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Wendy Langham. With less than six months until the full council elections, there will be no byelection.
  • Hackney borough council: Vacancy in Dalston ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Angus Mulready-Jones who has taken up a politically restricted post. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • Havering borough council: Vacancy in Rainham and Wennington ward after the disqualification of Independent Resident councillor Mark Logan, who did not attend any meetings of the council in six months. As it is less than six months to the full council elections, there will be no byelection.
  • Lambeth borough council: Vacancy in Streatham South ward after the sudden death of the Mayor of Lambeth, Mark Bennett, who was a Labour councillor. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection for a replacement.
  • Lewisham borough council: Vacancy in Evelyn ward after the death of Labour councillor Sam Owalabi-Oluyole. As his term had less than six months to run, there will be no byelection.
  • Waltham Forest borough council: Vacancy in Higham Hill ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Geoff Hammond. As the vacancy occurred within six months of the end of the term, no byelection will be held.

North East

North West

  • Blackburn with Darwen council: Vacancy in Higher Croft ward after the death of Labour councillor Dorothy Walsh. Term ends 2016.
  • Blackpool council: There are three byelections on 22 May, all in seats previously held by Labour councillors. Hawes Side ward follows the death of former Mayor Norman Hardy; Layton ward follows the resignation of John Boughton, and Talbot ward follows the resignation of Sarah Riding. All terms end in 2015.
  • Cumbria county council: Byelection on 10 April in Carlisle Belle Vue division after the death of veteran Labour councillor Ian Stockdale. Term ends 2017.
  • Lancaster city council: There are two seats vacant, both following resignations of Labour councillors. Scotforth West ward was vacated by Josh Bancroft, while University ward was vacated by Paul Aitchison. The byelections are expected on 22 May. Terms end 2015.
  • Oldham borough council: Vacancy in St James ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Nigel Newton. Term ends 2015.
  • Pendle borough council: Noel McEvoy was elected councillor for Blacko and Higherford ward on 3 April, holding the seat for the Conservatives.
  • Preston city council: There are two vacancies. Fishwick ward has a seat vacant after the death of Labour councillor Tom Burns. As his term was due to end in May, he will not be replaced in a byelection. Town Centre ward has a seat vacant after the resignation of Independent Socialist councillor Michael Lavalette for personal reasons. Term ends 2016.
  • Wirral borough council: There will be a double vacancy election on 22 May in Greasby, Frankby and Irby ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Tony Cox. Terms end 2016 and 2018.
  • Wyre borough council: Byelection on 22 May in Hardhorn ward after the death of Conservative councillor Graeme Cocker. Term ends 2015.

South East

  • Basingstoke and Deane district council: Vacancy in Brighton Hill South ward after the resignation of Labour councillor David Eyre, who is leaving the district. Term ends 2016. As a result of his resignation the Conservatives have an overall majority on the council; it is expected that there will be a double vacancy election on 22 May.
  • Gravesham borough council: Byelection on 22 May in Coldharbour ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Rosemary Leadley. Term ends 2015.
  • Mole Valley district council: Vacancy in Ashtead Park ward after the resignation of Ashtead Independents councillor Richard Brooke, who has moved to the Netherlands. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • Reading council: Byelection on 22 May in Park ward after the resignation of Green Party councillor Melanie Eastwood. Term ends 2015.
  • Tunbridge Wells borough council: Vacancy in Southborough and High Brooms ward after the death of Conservative councillor Colin Bothwell. As his term was due to end in May, he will not be replaced in a byelection.
  • Vale of White Horse district council: Byelection on 10 April in Wantage Charlton ward after the disqualification of John Morgan, who has been sentenced to a term of five years’ imprisonment. He was elected as a Conservative but was sitting as an Independent at the time of his disqualification. Term ends 2015.
  • West Oxfordshire district council: Vacancy in Ducklington ward after the resignation of Independent councillor Steve Hayward, who has emigrated to Thailand. He was originally elected as a Conservative. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • Worthing borough council: Vacancy in Marine ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Tom Wye. He resigned in order to protest at an out of court settlement with a council contractor. As his term was due to end in May, he will not be replaced in a byelection.

South West

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber

Wales

Scotland

  • Argyll and Bute council: Byelection on 22 May in Oban South and the Isles ward after the resignation of Fred Hall, in order to seek re-election. Hall was originally elected for the Scottish National Party but left the party in April last year to sit as an Independent. Term ends 2017.
  • East Ayrshire council: It is belatedly reported that Elaine Cowan was elected councillor for Kilmarnock North ward on 27 March. She held the seat for the Scottish National Party.
  • Fife council: There are two byelections on 22 May, both caused by Labour councillors who have become Members of the Scottish Parliament. Cowdenbeath ward follows the resignation of Jayne Baxter, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife. The Lochs ward follows the resignation of Alex Rowley, MSP for Cowdenbeath. Both terms end in 2017.
  • Highland council: Byelection on 1 May in Caol and Mallaig ward due to the resignation of Independent councillor Eddie Hunter. Term ends 2017.
  • Scottish Borders council: Byelection on 22 May in Hawick and Denholm ward after the death of Conservative councillor Zandra Elliott. Term ends 2017.