Tory Wilts in the Lib Dem heatwave

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

The latest updates on local electoral information are as follows.


  • Chorley: The byelection in Eccleston and Mawdesley ward held on 4 July was won by Val Caunce, widow of the late councillor. Conservative hold.
  • Middlesbrough: The byelection in Park End and Beckfield ward held on 4 July was won by Stephen Hill. He stood as an Independent candidate and replaces a fellow Independent.
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf: The byelection in Rhondda division held on 4 July was won by Eleri Griffiths. Plaid Cymru gain from Labour.
  • Wiltshire: The byelection in Trowbridge Drynham division held on 4 July was won by Andrew Bryant. Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative.

Changes of allegiance

New vacancies

  • Corby: Beanfield ward, after the death of Labour councillor Mary Butcher. The term is likely to end when the authority is abolished in April next year.
  • Huntingdonshire: Godmanchester and Hemingford Abbotts ward, after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor David Underwood. Term ends 2022.
  • Luton: Icknield ward, after the death of Conservative councillor Mike Garrett. Term ends 2023.
  • North Lanarkshire: Thorniewood ward, after the resignation of Labour councillor Hugh Gaffney, Member of Parliament for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill. Term ends 2022.
  • Shropshire: Meole division, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Nic Laurens. Term ends 2021.

Dates for byelections

  • East Northamptonshire: The byelection due in Irthlingborough Waterloo ward will be held on 8 August.
  • Huntingdonshire: The byelection due in Godmanchester and Hemingford Abbotts ward will be held on 1 August.
  • Worcester: The byelection due in Claines ward will be held on 8 August.

Other updates

  • Cotswold: It is confirmed that Independent candidate Kevin Painter has lodged an election petition against the one-vote victory of Stephen Hirst (Conservative) in Tetbury Town ward. The vote was tied before the Returning Officer accepted a ballot paper on which was written “I voted to leave” with an arrow pointing to Hirst as indicating a vote for him.