Dorset councils now all blue (Vinney)

Posted by David Boothroyd
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13 years ago / August 5, 2011

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

East Midlands

East of England

  • Essex county council: Byelection on 8 September in Stock division after the disqualification of Lord Hanningfield who was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment for false accounting. Originally elected as a Conservative, he was sitting as an Independent. Term ends 2013.
  • Fenland district council: Vacancy in Staithe ward after the death in a car accident of former Wisbech Mayor Roger Green, a Conservative councillor. Term ends 2015.


  • Islington borough council: Byelection on 11 August in St Peter’s ward after the resignation of Labour councillor Shelley Coupland, who has been charged with benefit fraud and wants to clear her name. Term ends 2014.

North East

  • No updates this week.

North West

South East

South West

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • North Yorkshire county council: Impending vacancy in Thornton Dale and The Wolds division due to the resignation of Conservative councillor Ron Haigh, who is moving out of the county to help care for his wife. Term ends 2013.



  • Argyll and Bute council: Vacancy in Oban North and Lorn ward after the death of Donald MacDonald, who was a member of the Scottish National Party. Term ends May next year. It should also be noted that Mary-Jean Devon, who was elected as a Liberal Democrat in Oban South and the Isles ward but left the party to sit as an Independent, joined the Scottish National Party in June. The full composition of the council is: Alliance of Independent Councillors 12, Scottish National Party 9, Argyll First 3, Conservative 2, Argyll and Bute Independent Councillors Group 1, with two councillors who are not a member of any group and one vacancy.
  • Edinburgh city council: Byelection on 18 August in City Centre ward after the resignation of Scottish National Party councillor David Beckett, who is to attend a course at Harvard. Term ends May next year.
  • North Ayrshire council: Byelection on 25 August in Saltcoats and Stevenston ward after the resignation of Labour councillor David Munn. Term ends May next year.
  • Perth and Kinross council: Byelection on 15 September in Highland ward after the resignation of Scottish National Party councillor Ken Lyall, who is disillusioned with party politics and is emigrating to Australia. Term ends May next year.