The Beast of the Bard’s home town?

Posted by David Boothroyd
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6 months ago / November 30, 2018

The latest updates on local electoral information are as follows.

Results

  • Bromley: The byelection in Kelsey and Eden Park ward held on 29 November was won by Christine Harris. Conservative hold.
  • Buckinghamshire: The byelection in Aylesbury North West division on 29 November was won by Anders Christiansen. Liberal Democrat hold.
  • Northampton: The byelection in Delapre and Briar Hill ward held on 29 November was won by Emma Roberts. Labour hold.
  • Oldham: The byelection in Failsworth East ward held on 29 November was won by Liz Jacques. Labour hold.
  • Oxfordshire: The byelection in Wheatley division held on 29 November was won by Tim Bearder. Liberal Democrat hold.
  • Warwickshire: The byelection in Stratford North division held on 29 November was won by Dominic Skinner. Liberal Democrat gain from Stratford First.
  • Welwyn Hatfield: The byelection in Welwyn West ward held on 29 November was won by Paul Smith. Conservative hold.

Changes of allegiance

New vacancies

  • King’s Lynn and West Norfolk: West Winch ward, after the disqualification of Conservative councillor Baljinder Anota who failed to attend any meetings in six months. Her term would have ended in May so she will not be replaced.
  • North Norfolk: Mundesley ward, after the death of veteran Conservative councillor Wyndham Northam. Term ends May next year.
  • Oadby and Wigston: Oadby Grange ward, after the death of Conservative councillor Bob Fahey. His term would have ended in May so there will be no byelection.
  • St Edmundsbury: Haverhill North ward, after the resignation of Independent councillor Anthony Williams. The authority is being abolished in April so there will be no byelection.
  • South Oxfordshire: Didcot South ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Anthony Nash. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection.
  • South Ribble: Bamber Bridge East ward, after the death of Labour councillor and former Mayor Dave Watts. There will be no byelection as his term would have expired in May.
  • Spelthorne: Stanwell North ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Kevin Flurry. His term was due to end in May so he will not be replaced in a byelection.
  • Wyre Forest: Areley Kings and Riverside ward, after the resignation of Labour councillor Jamie Shaw due to ill health. His term was due to end in May so there will be no byelection.

Dates for byelections

  • East Sussex: The byelection due in Bexhill West division will be held on 10 January 2019.
  • London Corporation: As only one candidate was nominated in the election of an Alderman for Broad Street ward, the formal re-election of incumbent Michael Mainelli will take place at the wardmote on 12 December.
  • Rother: The byelection due in Bexhill St Marks ward will be held on 10 January 2019.

Other updates

  • Derby: Judgment in the election petition affecting Boulton ward was given last Friday. Judge Andrew Saffman agreed that the respondent, who won the election for the UK Independence Party, had made a false statement of fact about the defeated Labour candidate, but because the statement concerned was a political attack and not a personal one, it did not infringe the law; the petition has accordingly failed and the election is upheld.
  • Northamptonshire: The Secretary of State has announced that he proposes to postpone all the elections due to be held in the county in May 2019 for one year, pending a decision on local government reorganisation. The reorganisation is forced by the county council’s financial difficulties. Elections were due to be held in Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire, and Wellingborough (for all councillors), and in Daventry (for one third of the council).