Red flag flying over Guildhall

Posted by David Boothroyd
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5 years ago / March 22, 2014

The latest information about local electoral matters is as follows:

East of England

  • Broadland district council: Alex Cassam was elected councillor for Wroxham ward on 20 March, holding the seat for the Liberal Democrats.
  • East Cambridgeshire district council: Byelection on 24 April in Sutton ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor and former council leader Peter Moakes, who is concerned about proposals for council reorganisation. Term ends 2015.
  • Epping Forest district council: Vacancy in Loughton Forest ward after the death of Loughton Residents’ Association councillor Colin Finn. Term ends in May.
  • Fenland district council: Vacancy in Roman Bank ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Phil Hatton. Term ends 2015. The byelection is likely to take place on 22 May.
  • St Albans city and district council: Vacancy in St Stephen ward after the death of Conservative councillor Gordon Myland. Term ends 2015.
  • South Cambridgeshire district council: Vacancy in Bourn ward after the resignation of Clayton Hudson who is opposed to a recent planning decision. He was elected as a Conservative in a February 2011 byelection but left the party in February 2013 to sit as an Independent. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection for a replacement.
  • Southend-on-Sea council: There is an impending vacancy in Westborough ward as Independent councillor Martin Terry has announced his intention of resigning his seat in order to stand in Thorpe ward in this May’s ordinary council elections. Term ends 2015.
  • Stevenage borough council: There are two vacancies. Longmeadow ward has a seat vacant after the disqualification of Conservative councillor Christine Hurst, who has not attended any meetings for six months; her term was due to end in May, so she will not be replaced in a byelection. Shephall ward has a seat vacant after the resignation of the Mayor of Stevenage, Jack Pickersgill, who was a Labour councillor. Term ends 2016.

East Midlands

London

  • Barking and Dagenham borough council: Barry Poulton, who was elected for the Labour Party in Thames ward, has joined the Socialist Labour Party.
  • Bexley borough council: Vacancy in Sidcup ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Jackie Evans, due to ill health. 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.
  • Havering borough council: Lynden Thorpe, who was elected for the Conservative Party in Squirrels Heath ward, has left the party to sit as an Independent councillor. There is a 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.
  • Corporation of London: Rev William Campbell-Taylor was elected common councilman for Portsoken ward on 20 March. He stood for election as a Labour Party candidate, and his victory marks the first occasion on which a political party candidate has been elected to the notionally non-partisan council. There is also a byelection in Cheap ward after the death of Robin Eve; the wardmote will be on Monday 24 March and the poll on Tuesday 25 March. All terms end in 2017.
  • Sutton borough council: Stephen Fenwick, who was elected for the Liberal Democrats in Worcester Park ward, has resigned the whip to sit as an Independent councillor following a criminal conviction.
  • 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 two vacancies. Hawes Side ward has a seat vacant after the death of former Mayor and Labour councillor Norman Hardy. Layton ward has a seat vacant after the resignation of Labour councillor John Boughton. Both 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.
  • Fylde borough council: Byelection on 27 March in St John’s ward after the death of the Deputy Mayor, Kath Harper, who was elected as an Independent candidate sponsored by the Ratepayers’ Association. Term ends 2015.
  • Pendle borough council: Byelection on 3 April in Blacko and Higherford ward, after the disqualification of Conservative councillor Shelagh Derwent, who failed to attend any meetings of the council in six months. Term ends 2015.
  • 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.
  • Wyre borough council: Vacancy in Hardhorn ward after the death of Conservative councillor Graeme Cocker. Term ends 2015.

South East

  • Dartford borough council: Byelection on 27 March in Stone ward after the resignation of Labour councillor John Adams. 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.
  • Oxfordshire county council: Byelection on 27 March in Chalgrove and Watlington division after the resignation of Conservative county councillor Caroline Newton. Term ends 2017.
  • 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. Term ends 2015.
  • 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

  • Flintshire county council: Byelection on 10 April in Flint Trelawny division after the death of Labour councillor Ted Evans. There is also a vacancy in Mostyn division after the disqualification of Independent councillor Patrick Heesom. The adjudication panel initially disqualified Heesom in July; the order was stayed by the High Court when Heesom appealed but the stay has since been lifted. Both terms end in 2017.

Scotland

  • Dumfries and Galloway council: Graeme Tait, who was elected for the Conservatives in Annandale North in a November 2012 byelection, but resigned the whip in September last year, has joined the Labour Party.
  • East Ayrshire council: Byelection on 27 March in Kilmarnock North ward after the death of Scottish National Party councillor Andrew Hershaw. Term ends 2017. The ruling SNP/Conservative coalition would lose its overall majority if it lost the byelection.
  • Fife council: Impending vacancy in The Lochs ward due to the resignation of Labour councillor Alex Rowley, now Member of the Scottish Parliament for Cowdenbeath. Term ends 2017. It is intended to hold the byelection on 22 May, in conjunction with the European Parliament elections.
  • 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.