Conservative unity goes south in South Ribble

Posted by David Boothroyd
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6 years ago / October 19, 2018

The latest updates on local electoral information are as follows.


  • Hackney: The byelection in Victoria ward held on 18 October was won by Penny Wrout. Labour hold.
  • Oxfordshire: The byelection in Iffley Fields and St Mary’s division on 18 October was won by Damian Haywood. Labour hold.

Changes of allegiance

New vacancies

Dates for byelections

  • Enfield: The byelection due in Bush Hill Park ward will be held on 22 November.
  • Oxfordshire: The byelection due in Wheatley division will be held on 29 November.
  • Warwickshire: The byelection due in Stratford North division will be held on 29 November.
  • Westminster: The byelection due in Lancaster Gate ward will be held on 22 November.
  • Windsor and Maidenhead: The byelection due in Datchet ward will be held on 22 November.
  • Wirral: The byelection due in Upton ward will be held on 22 November.

Other updates

  • South Ribble: Last weekend Conservative group leader Mary Green was deposed by her group. When she unexpectedly resigned the council leadership at a meeting on Monday, absent councillors meant the Conservatives were prevented from deferring the election of a new leader, and the Liberal Democrats voted in a Labour council leader who has now formed a minority administration. It remains to be seen whether this administration will last given the council has a Conservative majority.
  • Thanet: There is a dispute over the status of Ian Venables, who was elected as Labour councillor in Margate Central ward. He is employed by Thanet RISE, a homelessness team in which the council is part, and officers determined this employment disqualified him as a councillor. A council meeting has refused to declare his seat vacant with a cross-party group disputing the legal basis.