The latest updates on local electoral information are as follows.
Election regulations issued
Regulations under the Coronavirus Act have now been made which confirm that no byelections will be held until 6 May 2021, which will be the ordinary day for local elections next year. The regulations also provide that no byelection will be held where the term would ordinarily have ended in 2021, or where it would have ended in 2020 before being extended to 2021.
Changes of allegiance
Amber Valley: Sheila Oakes, who was elected for the Labour Party in Heanor East ward, has left the party to sit as an Independent councillor. The whip was withdrawn over comments on Facebook.
Test Valley: David Coole (Anna ward) has left the Andover Alliance to join the Andover Independents; Victoria Harber (Andover St Mary’s ward) has also left to sit as an unaligned Independent councillor.
Ashfield: Skegby ward, after the death of the chairman of the council, Ashfield Independents councillor Anthony Brewer. Term ends 2023.
Barnsley: Central ward, after the death of Labour councillor Doug Birkinshaw. His term was extended to May 2021 so no byelection may be held.
Sandwell: Friar Park ward, after the death of veteran Labour councillor Geoff Lewis. As his term was extended only to 2021, there will be no byelection.
Slough: Wexham Lea ward, after the death of Labour councillor Shabnum Sadiq. Her term was extended to 2021 so no byelection will be held.
Test Valley: Andover St Mary’s ward, after the resignation of Andover Alliance councillor Kevin Farrer. Term ends 2023. This resignationa was intimated in September last year but did not take place until last month.
Dates for byelections
All current vacancies which do not fill a term ending in 2021 will be hel on 6 May 2021, the ordinary day for local elections.