Good week for yellow politics

Posted by David Boothroyd
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7 months ago / January 13, 2017

The latest updates on local electoral information are as follows.

Results

  • Sunderland: The byelection in Sandhill ward on 12 January was won by Stephen O’Brien. Liberal Democrat gain from Labour.
  • Three Rivers: The byelection in Gade Valley ward on 12 January was won by Alex Michaels. Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative; as a result the Liberal Democrats have regained an overall majority on the council.

Changes of allegiance

  • Merton: David Dean, who was elected for the Conservatives in Dundonald ward, has left the party to sit as an ungrouped councillor.
  • Tower Hamlets: The opposition councillors formerly supportive of Mayor Lutfur Rahman have reorganised into two groups. The Tower Hamlets Independent Group will have nine councillors under the leadership of Oliur Rahman. A new group called ‘People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets’ has been formed by supporters of Rabina Khan and has the allegiance of five councillors. Three others remain Independent and not members of a group.

New vacancies

  • Blackburn with Darwen: Higher Croft ward, after the death of Labour councillor Don McKinlay. Term ends 2020.
  • East Staffordshire: Town ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Karen Haberfield. Term ends 2019.
  • Flintshire: Caerwys division, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Jim Falshaw. His term would have ended in May so there will be no byelection to replace him.
  • Hampshire: Bedhampton and Leigh Park division, after the resignation of UK Independence Party county councillor Ray Finch (also Member of the European Parliament for South East). As his term was to have ended in May, this move will not cause a byelection.
  • Hertfordshire: Broadwater division, after the death of Labour county councillor Sherma Batson. With a full council election due in May there will be no byelection.
  • Isle of Anglesey: Lligwy division, after the resignation of Independent councillor Derlwyn Hughes. As his term would have ended in May, there will be no byelection to replace him.
  • Norfolk: Lothingland division, after the death of UK Independence Party county councillor Colin Aldred. There will be no byelection due to the full council elections in May.
  • North Norfolk: Waterside ward, after the disqualification of Conservative councillor Ben Jarvis who failed to attend any meeting of the council in six months. Term ends 2019.
  • Redcar and Cleveland: Hutton ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Valerie Halton. Term ends 2019.
  • Redcar and Cleveland: Newcomen ward, after the death of veteran Liberal Democrat councillor Chris Abbott. Term ends 2019.
  • Rutland: Exton ward, after the impending resignation of former council leader Terry King who is a Conservative, . Term ends 2019.
  • South Ribble: Walton-le-Dale East ward, after the resignation of Independent Conservative councillor Andrea Ball, who was elected as an official party candidate. Term ends 2019.
  • Stevenage: Roebuck ward, after the death of Labour councillor Sherma Batson. Term ends 2018.
  • Uttlesford: Elsenham and Henham ward, after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Lizzie Parr. This means that both seats in the ward are now vacant. Term ends 2019.

Dates for byelections

  • Cheshire East: The byelection due in Bollington ward will be held on 16 February.
  • Dudley: The byelection due in St Thomas’s ward will be held on 16 February.
  • East Staffordshire: The byelection due in Town ward will be held on 2 February.
  • Forest of Dean: The byelection due in Drybrook and Ruardean ward will be held on 16 February.
  • North Norfolk: The byelection due in Waterside ward will be held on 9 February.
  • Oldham: The byelection due in Failsworth East ward will be held on 16 February.
  • Uttlesford: The byelection for two seats in Elsenham and Henham ward will be held on 16 February.