Unitary Norwich and Exeter squashed by Pickles

Posted by David Boothroyd
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14 years ago / May 14, 2010

The latest information about other local council electoral matters is as follows:

East Midlands

East of England

  • Bedford borough council: Vacancy in Kempston North ward after the death of Labour councillor Ray Oliver. Term ends 2011.
  • Hertfordshire county council: Byelection on 3 June in St Albans South division after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Mike Ellis. Term ends 2013.
  • Norwich city council: The new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has said that the moves to make Norwich a unitary council in 2011 are “definitely off“, and he has ordered civil servants to look at how to cancel them.
  • St Albans district council: Byelection on 3 June in Ashley ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Mike Ellis. Term ends 2012.
  • Thurrock borough council: Stuart St. Clair-Haslam, who was elected as a Conservative councillor for Little Thurrock Rectory ward, has resigned the party whip and is to form an Independent Conservative group with Ann Cheale who left in March. The move wipes out the Conservative Party’s majority on the council and makes it uncertain who will be in charge after the annual meeting on 19 May.


North East

  • No updates this week.

North West

South East

  • Brighton and Hove council: Impending vacancy in St Peter’s and North Laine ward, where Green Party leader Keith Taylor intends to resign when he replaces Caroline Lucas as Member of the European Parliament. Ms Lucas was elected to the United Kingdom Parliament last week and the European Parliament now prohibits ‘dual mandate’ members. Term ends 2011.
  • Hastings borough council: The election of a councillor for Ore ward has been postponed until 17 June after the death of sitting Conservative councillor Roy Tucker who had been nominated for re-election.
  • Isle of Wight council: Byelection on 27 May in Ryde South ward after the disqualification of non-party councillor Adrian Whittaker, who has been given a suspended jail sentence. Term ends 2013.
  • Surrey county council: Vacancy in Worplesdon division after the death of Conservative councillor Mike Nevins. Term ends 2013.
  • Waverley borough council: Sam Pritchard, who was elected as a Conservative for Farnham Weybourne and Badshot Lea ward, has left the party to sit as an Independent.

South West

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • No updates this week.



  • No updates this week.