Dulce et decorum est Aspatria mori

Posted by David Boothroyd
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12 years ago / May 25, 2012

The latest information about local electoral matters is as follows:

East Midlands

East of England


North East

North West

  • Carlisle city council: Byelection on 21 June in Harraby ward after the death of Labour councillor Dave Weedall who was the longest serving councillor in the City. Term ends 2014.
  • Cumbria county council: Jim Lister was elected county councillor for Aspatria and Wharrels division on 24 May, holding the seat for the Conservatives.
  • Fylde borough council: Byelection on 5 July in Heyhouses ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Peter Wood. Term ends 2015. His resignation removes, at least temporarily, the Conservative overall majority.
  • Liverpool city council: There are two vacancies. Allerton and Hunts Cross ward has a vacant seat after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Vera Best, who has since died. Riverside ward has a seat vacant due to the disqualification of Joe Anderson, the Labour Party group leader, who was elected Mayor. Both terms end in 2014.
  • Oldham borough council: Byelection on 14 June in Failsworth East ward after the death of Labour councillor Barbara Dawson. Term ends 2014.
  • Stockport borough council: New Liberal Democrat leader Sue Derbyshire was elected council leader on Tuesday; she will form a minority administration.

South East

South West

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber


  • Gwynedd county council: Byelection in Bryncrug/Llanfihangel division on 14 June after no candidates were nominated for the May elections. Meanwhile Gruffydd Williams, who was elected as an Independent in Nefyn division, has joined Llais Gwynedd.
  • Isle of Anglesey county council: The Local Government Minister has announced that decision-making powers (which were withdrawn to five commissioners in March 2011) will start to be restored to a shadow executive from September. This announcement has prompted several councillors to change between groups. The composition of the council is now 19 Original Independents (including one Conservative and one Liberal Democrat), 7 Plaid Cymru, 5 Labour, 3 Llais i Fôn (including one Liberal Democrat), and 4 unaffiliated councillors; the shadow executive comprises the Original Independents, Plaid Cymru and Labour with one of the unaffiliated councillors (Robert Ll. Jones) supporting.
    There are two vacancies. Llanbedrgoch division is vacant after the resignation of unaffiliated councillor Barrie Durkin who was suspended from the council. Gwyngyll division is vacant after the resignation of John Penri Williams of Plaid Cymru. Both terms end in 2013.
  • Pembrokeshire county council: The council has a cabinet including Independents and a Labour councillor. Simon Hancock, who was recently elected unopposed for the Labour Party in Neyland East division, has left the party and joined the Independent Plus group because of his opposition to the elected representative contract introduced by constitutional changes in 2011. The composition of the council is now 32 Independent Plus, 8 Labour, 5 Plaid Cymru, 2 Conservative, 1 Liberal Democrat, and 12 unaffiliated.