Suffolk is going Green all over

Posted by David Boothroyd
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9 years ago / March 26, 2010

Latest information about local council electoral matters is as follows:

East Midlands

  • Bassetlaw district council: Vacancy in Worksop North ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Steven Burton. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection for his replacement.
  • Chesterfield borough council: Vacancy in Brimington South ward, after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Helen Walsh who is moving to London and fighting a seat on Islington borough council. Term ends 2011.
  • Daventry district council: There will be a double vacancy election in Abbey North ward on 6 May, due to the resignation of Conservative councillor Barry Howard. The terms will end in 2011 and 2014.
  • Derby city council: Vacancy in Abbey ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Deirdre Mitchell due to ill health. As her term was due to end in May and she has resigned with less than six months left, there can be no byelection to replace her.
  • East Lindsey district council: Vacancy in North Holme ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Clive Finch. Term ends 2011.
  • High Peak borough council: Byelection on 6 May in New Mills West ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Stephen Sharp, who has been convicted of fraud. Term ends 2011.
  • Leicester city council: Vacancy in Eyres Monsell ward after the resignation of Kim Blower who had been elected for the Labour Party but was sitting as an Independent. Term ends 2011.
  • Lincoln city council: Double vacancy election on 6 May in Moorland ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Oliver Peake. Terms end in 2011 and 2014.
  • North Kesteven district council: Vacancy in Branston ward after the death of Conservative councillor Marjorie Duncan. Term ends 2011.
  • Rushcliffe borough council: Byelection on 6 May in Wiverton ward after the resignation of Independent councillor David Barlow. Term ends 2011.

East of England

London

  • Barnet borough council: Chris Harris, who was elected as a Conservative in Golders Green ward but was expelled from the party last October over persistent non-attendance, has resigned his seat on the eve of his disqualification. As his term would have been up in May, there will be no byelection.
  • Bromley borough council: Vacancy in Bromley Town ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Stephen Maly. No byelection can be held as he resigned within six months of full council elections.
  • Greenwich borough council: Elizabeth Truss, Conservative councillor for Eltham South ward, has resigned her seat to concentrate on her Parliamentary candidature in South West Norfolk.
  • Havering borough council: Vacancy in Elm Park ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor David Grantham. There can be no byelection for a replacement.
  • Hillingdon borough council: There have been several Conservative councillors switching to be Independents. David Bishop (Northwood Hills ward) made the shift some time ago; this week Geoff Courtenay (Brunel ward) and Ann Banks (West Drayton ward) have also left the party.
  • Islington borough council: Vacancy in Bunhill ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Donna Boffa. No byelection can be held.
  • Lewisham borough council: Vacancy in Whitefoot ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Cathy Priddey. No byelection can be held to replace her.
  • Southwark borough council: Two councillors have changed parties this week. First Ade Lasaki, who was elected as a Liberal Democrat in South Bermondsey ward, joined the Labour Party; then Robin Crookshank Hilton, who was elected as a Conservative in Village ward, announced that she was to join the Liberal Democrats. She is currently listed as Independent on the council website. Vacancy in The Lane ward, after the resignation of Labour councillor Susan Elan Jones who has been selected as Parliamentary candidate for Clwyd South. No byelection can be held as her term was due to expire in May 2010.
  • Westminster city council: Vacancy in Bryanston and Dorset Square ward, after the death of former Lord Mayor Angela Hooper (Conservative) who was a distinguished and hardworking local councillor who had served for 24 years. Due to the proximity of the local elections, there will be no byelection.

North East

  • No updates this week.

North West

  • Burnley borough council: Vacancy in Queensgate ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Bill Bennett. Term ends 2012. It is likely that there will be a double vacancy election on 6 May.
  • Carlisle city council: Byelection on 6 May in Irthing ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor and former Mayor Ray Knapton due to ill health. Term ends 2011.
  • Fylde borough council: Vacancy in Ribby-with-Wrea ward, after the death of Independent councillor Lyndsay Greening. Term ends 2011.
  • Halton borough council: Vacancy in Mersey ward, after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Sue Blackmore. Term ends 2012. It is likely that there will be a double vacancy election on 6 May.
  • Knowsley borough council: Byelection on 6 May in St Gabriels ward, after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Mike Currie. Term ends 2011. The poll was originally to be held on 25 March but has been countermanded due to the death of nominated Labour candidate Mike Peers.
  • Lancashire county council: Vacancy in Burnley Central East division after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Bill Bennett. Term ends 2013.
  • Lancaster city council: Byelection on 1 April in John o’Gaunt ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Jim Blakely who has moved out of the district. Term ends 2011. There is also a byelection on 6 May in Skerton West ward, due to the resignation of Labour councillor Robert Smith. Term ends 2011.
  • Pendle borough council: Vacancy in Brierfield ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Naseem Shabnam who had been criticized for poor attendance. As her term was due to expire in May 2010, there can be no byelection.
  • Preston city council: Vacancy in Riversway ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Jack Davenport. Term ends 2012. It is likely that there will be a double vacancy election on 6 May.
  • West Lancashire district council: Vacancy in Scott ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Geoff Hammond. Term ends 2011. It is likely that there will be a double vacancy election on 6 May.
  • Wirral borough council: Double vacancy election on 6 May in Pensby and Thingwall ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Sarah Quinn. Terms end in 2011 and 2014.

South East

  • Chiltern district council: Byelection on 6 May in Amersham on the Hill ward, after the resignation of Conservtive councillor Ronnie Lamont who is working in the USA. Term ends 2011.
  • Elmbridge borough council: Double vacancy election on 6 May in Hersham South ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Lara Conaway. Terms end 2012 and 2014.
  • Gosport borough council: Vacancy in Christchurch ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Jackie Carr. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection to replace him.
  • Mid Sussex district council: There are three byelections on 6 May. That in Cuckfield ward follows the death of prominent Conservative councillor Brenda Binge who campaigned for better treatment for hepatitis sufferers. The other two are caused by Conservative councillors resigning: in Haywards Heath – Heath ward, Margaret Baker, and in High Weald ward, James Temple-Smithson. In all cases the terms end in 2011.
  • Milton Keynes council: Byelection on 6 May in Stony Stratford ward, due to the resignation of Conservative councillor Brin Carstens. Term ends 2011.
  • Reigate and Banstead district council: Byelection on 6 May in Redhill East ward due to the death of Conservative councillor Frank Moore. Term ends 2012.
  • Surrey county council: Byelection on 6 May in Walton South and Oatlands division, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Roy Taylor. Term ends 2013.
  • Test Valley borough council: Byelection on 6 May in Anna ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Arthur Peters. Term ends 2011.
  • West Oxfordshire district council: Vacancy in Carterton North West ward after the death of Conservative councillor Dave King. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection to fill the vacancy.
  • West Sussex county council: Byelection on 6 May in East Grinstead South and Ashurst Wood division, following the resignation of Conservative councillor Lee Quinn. Term ends 2013.
  • Wokingham council: There are three vacancies, two caused by the deaths of Conservative councillors. Chris Edmunds in Maiden Erlegh ward was a former deputy leader of the council; Malcolm Bryant in Shinfield South ward had been chairman of the council and Conservative group whip. Both terms end in 2012. Double vacancy elections are likely to be held on 6 May. A third vacancy has been caused by the resignation due to illness of Conservative councillor Dennis Morgan of Evendons ward; no byelection can be held to replace him as his term was due to end in May.
  • Worthing borough council: There are vacancies in Salvington ward and Marine ward, due to the resignations (respectively) of Dr Heather Mercer and her husband, former council leader Keith Mercer, who are both Conservatives and are emigrating to Cyprus where Heather Mercer is to take up a university post. As the term in Salvington ward ends in May, no byelection can be held. The term in Marine ward ends in 2011 and it is the intention to hold the byelection on 6 May as a double vacancy.

South West

  • Cheltenham borough council: Double vacancy elections on 6 May in two wards due to the impending resignations of Liberal Democrat councillors. Oakley ward is being vacated by Martin Dunne, and Springbank ward by Simon Wheeler. In both cases the top-polling candidate will have a term ending in 2014, and the second placed candidate a term ending in 2012.
  • East Devon district council: Impending vacancy in Seaton ward due to the resignation of veteran Liberal Democrat councillor Margaret Rogers, who is retiring and moving to Harrogate. Term ends 2011.
  • Exeter city council: Although not yet published, we understand that the Government has formally made the Exeter and Devon (Structural Changes) Order which extends the terms of all existing councillors to May 2011, and provides that Exeter city council will then have all out elections as a unitary authority. This means that the vacancy in Pennsylvania ward caused by the resignation of Conservative councillor Alexander Bond due to pressure of business is likely to be filled in a byelection on 6 May.
  • Gloucester city council: Vacancy in Barton and Tredworth ward, after the death of Conservative councillor Yakub Pandor who gained the second seat in the ward in a double vacancy election at the 2008 local elections. As his term was due to end next May, there can be no byelection to fill the vacancy.
  • Plymouth city council: Vacancy in Efford and Lipson ward due to the resignation of Labour councillor Bernard ‘Claude’ Miller. Term ends 2011. It is likely that there will be a double vacancy election on 6 May.
  • Poole borough council: Byelection on 6 May in Broadstone ward, after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Daniel Martin. Term ends 2011.
  • South Somerset district council: Byelection on 6 May in Tower ward, due to the impending resignation of Conservative councillor Maili Felton. Term ends 2011.

West Midlands

  • Dudley borough council: Vacancy in Sedgley ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor John Perry. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • Herefordshire council: Vacancy in Ledbury ward after the resignation of Dr Kay Swinburne (Conservative), who was elected MEP for Wales in June last year. Term ends 2011.
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth borough council: Vacancy in St Nicholas division after the death of Conservative councillor David Bryden. As his term was due to end in May there will be no byelection.
  • Redditch borough council: Vacancy in Crabbs Cross ward after the death of Conservative councillor Jack Field. Term ends 2011. It is likely that there will be a double vacancy election in the ward on 6 May.
  • Rugby borough council: Vacancy in Dunchurch and Knightlow ward after the death of veteran Liberal Democrat councillor Ron Ravenhall. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • Sandwell borough council: Vacancy in Rowley ward after the resignation of former council leader Bill Thomas (Labour), who has since died. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • Stafford borough council: Byelection on 6 May in Gnosall and Woodseaves ward after the death of Conservative councillor Roger Kelly. Term ends 2011.
  • Stoke-on-Trent city council: Ellie Walker, who was elected for the British National Party in Abbey Green ward, has followed her husband and fellow councillor Alby in leaving the party to sit as a non-aligned councillor. There is a vacancy in Blurton ward after the death of Derek Hall, who represented the City Independent Group. As his term was due to expire in May, there will be no byelection to replace him.
  • Stratford-on-Avon district council: There are two byelections on 6 May, both in wards which were not due to be contested in the ordinary election of a third of the council. That in Henley in Arden ward follows the resignation of Conservative councillor Laurence Marshall; that in Shipston-on-Stour ward follows the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Bob White. In both cases the terms end in 2011.
  • Warwickshire county council: There are two vacancies. That in Nuneaton St Nicholas division follows the death of Conservative councillor David Bryden. That in Studley division follows the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Martin Barry. Both terms end in 2013.
  • Worcester city council: Vacancy in Bedwardine ward after the death of Conservative councillor Barry Mackenzie-Williams. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.

Yorkshire and the Humber

Wales

Scotland