Broads support for the Conservatives

Posted by David Boothroyd
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5 years ago / April 5, 2019

The latest updates on local electoral information are as follows.


  • Cumbria: Mike Johnson has been returned unopposed as the only candidate nominated for the byelection in Thursby division. There will be no poll on 2 May. Conservative hold.
  • Norfolk: The byelection in Wroxham division on 4 April was won by Fran Whymark. Conservative hold.

Changes of allegiance

New vacancies

  • Copeland: Kells ward, after the disqualification of Independent councillor Michael Guest. His term was due to end in May so there will be no byelection.
  • Gosport: Brockhurst ward, after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Austin Hicks. Term ends 2022.
  • North Kesteven: For the elections on 2 May, only one candidate has been nominated for two seats in Billinghay, Martin and North Kyme ward. Accordingly there will be a vacant seat following the election. Term ends 2023.
  • Somerset West and Taunton: Bob Bowrah, who was a councillor on the former Taunton Deane council, has died.

Date for byelection

  • Havering: The byelection due in Cranham ward will be held on 9 May.

Other updates

  • Local government reorganisation took place in several areas on Monday. Until the elections on 2 May they are run by temporary shadow authorities consisting of all councillors on the predecessor authorities. All existing councils in Dorset were abolished to be replaced by new unitary councils of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset. Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury districts merged to form West Suffolk, while Suffolk Coastal and Waveney districts merged to form East Suffolk. Finally West Somerset has merged with Taunton Deane to make Somerset West and Taunton.