Difficult situation in Crawley

Posted by David Boothroyd
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4 months ago / July 3, 2020

The latest updates on local electoral information are as follows.

Changes of allegiance

  • Boston: Michael Cooper, who was elected for the Conservative Party in Five Villages ward, has again left the party to sit as a non-aligned councillor. It is noted that Tracey Abbott, who was elected as an Independent in Wyberton ward, has joined the Conservative Party.
  • Calderdale: Roger Taylor, who was elected for the Conservative Party in Northowram and Shelf ward before being suspended from the party in November, has now joined the Brexit Party.
  • Crawley: Karen Sudan, who was elected for the Labour Party in Northgate and West Green ward, has left the party in order to defend herself against accusations of antisemitism; she has been joined in this move by her son, Rory Fiveash (Bewbush and North Broadfield ward). As a result the Conservatives are now the largest group.
  • East Hampshire: Neville Taylor, who was elected as an Independent in Lindford ward and had been a member of the East Hampshire Independent Group, has now joined the Liberal Democrats.
  • Surrey: Charlotte Morley, who was elected for the Conservatives in Camberley West division, has left the party to sit as an Independent county councillor.

New vacancies

  • Ealing: Hobbayne ward, after the death of Labour councillor Anna Tomlinson. Term ends 2022.
  • Hackney: Hoxton East and Shoreditch ward, after the resignation of Labour councillor Feryal Clark, now Member of Parliament for Enfield North. Term ends 2022.
  • Hackney: Stamford Hill West ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Aron Klein due to ill health. Term ends 2022.
  • Lancaster: Kellet ward, after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Michael Mumford. Term ends 2023.
  • Norfolk: Freebridge Lynn division, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Simon Eyre. His term was due to end in 2021 so no byelection will be held.
  • Reigate and Banstead: Earlswood and Whitebushes ward, after the resignation of Green Party councillor Sue Fenton. Her term was extended to 2021 so she will not be replaced in a byelection.
  • Warrington: Birchwood ward, after the death of Labour councillor Pauline Nelson. Her term was extended to 2021 so no byelection will be held.

Dates for byelections

  • In England, all current vacancies which do not fill a term ending in 2021 will be held on 6 May 2021, the ordinary day for local elections. In Wales, all byelections will be held in a period between 1 February and 16 April 2021.
  • Clackmannanshire: The byelection in Clackmannanshire East ward will be held on 19 November.

Other updates

  • Crawley: Following the decision of two Labour councillors to leave the party so that the Conservatives are now the largest group, the Labour leader of the council has invited the Conservatives to move a motion of no confidence at the next meeting on 15 July, to remove any uncertainty about the council leadership. This is in reality a challenge to the defecting councillors who must now either show they still want a Labour leadership, or take responsibility for bringing it down.