Taunton Tory trounced

Posted by David Boothroyd
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2 months ago / September 20, 2019

The latest updates on local electoral information are as follows.

Results

  • Canterbury: The byelection in Chestfield ward held on 19 September was won by Ben Fitter-Harding, who returns to the council only four months after losing his seat. Conservative hold.
  • Hammersmith and Fulham: The byelection in Fulham Broadway ward held on 19 September was won by Helen Rowbottom. Labour hold.
  • Liverpool: The byelection in Old Swan ward held on 19 September was won by Will Shortall. Labour hold.
  • North Lanarkshire: The byelection in Thorniewood ward held on 19 September was won by Norah Mooney. Labour hold.
  • Somerset West and Taunton: The byelection in Vivary ward held on 19 September was won by Derek Perry. Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative.
  • Wiltshire: The byelection in Ethandune division held on 19 September was won by Suzanne Wickham, who succeeds her late husband Jerry. Conservative hold.

Changes of allegiance

New vacancies

  • Chelmsford: Marconi ward, after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Catherine Finnecy who heckled Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson at the party conference over accepting the defection of Phillip Lee MP. Term ends 2023.
  • Chorley: Chorley North West ward, after the death of veteran Independent councillor Ralph Snape. Term ends 2022.
  • Moray: Keith and Cullen ward, after the impending resignation of Independent councillor Ron Shepherd. Term ends 2022.
  • Pembrokeshire: Hundleton division, after the death of Independent councillor Margot Bateman. Term ends 2022.
  • Shetland: Shetland Central ward, after the resignation of Independent councillor Mark Burgess. Term ends 2022.
  • Test Valley: Andover St Mary’s ward, after the impending resignation of Andover Alliance councillor Kevin Farrer in opposition to the Andover Business Improvement District. Term ends 2023.
  • West Lindsey: Torksey ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Stuart Kinch. Term ends 2023.

Dates for byelections

  • Daventry: The byelection due in Abbey North ward will be held on 24 October.
  • Powys: The byelection due in Llandrindod North division will be held on 24 October.
  • Powys: The byelection due in Newtown South division will be held on 24 October.
  • Shetland: The byelection due in Lerwick South ward will be held on 7 November.
  • Shetland: The byelection due in Shetland Central ward will be held on 7 November.
  • West Lindsey: The byelection due in Torksey ward will be held on 24 October.
  • Wiltshire: The byelection due in Melksham Without South division will be held on 24 October.
  • Windsor and Maidenhead: The byelection due in Riverside ward will be held on Wednesday 30 October.

Other updates

  • Babergh: A special meeting of the council on Tuesday 22 October has been summoned to consider changing the name of the district. The council, which covers Sudbury, ‘Constable country’ and several small towns, was named after a hundred – a historic division of a county – but finds that no-one knows where it is or is able to pronounce it correctly. The council leader is proposing the name ‘South Suffolk’.
  • Perth and Kinross: The administration is now made up only of Conservatives and Independents; the Liberal Democrats are no longer part of it.