Lib Dems climb the Mendips

Posted by David Boothroyd
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4 weeks ago / September 25, 2020

The latest updates on local electoral information are as follows.

Changes of allegiance

New vacancies

  • Conwy: Eirias division, after the death of Plaid Cymru councillor Dave Cowans. Term ends 2022.
  • Craven: Barden Fell ward, after the disqualification of Independent councillor David Pighills. His term was extended to May next year so no byelection will be held. As a result the Conservatives have attained an overall majority on the council.
  • Epping Forest: Chigwell Village ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor John Knapman. No byelection will be held as his term was extended to May next year.
  • Epping Forest: Waltham Abbey High Beech ward, after the death of Conservative councillor Syd Stavrou. Tern ends 2023.
  • Richmond-upon-Thames: Hampton Wick ward, after the resignation of Green Party councillor Dylan Baxendale. Term ends 2022.
  • Rochford: Hullbridge ward, after the death of Green Party councillor Diane Hoy. Term ends 2023.
  • West Suffolk: Lakenheath ward, after the death of Independent councillor David Gathercole. Term ends 2023.

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. The Cabinet Office has confirmed that local elections teams should not plan on this date being brought forward. In Wales, all byelections will be held in a period between 1 February and 16 April 2021.
  • Scottish Borders: The byelection due in Leaderdale and Melrose ward, which was originally scheduled for 21 May, then rescheduled for 29 October, has now been put off to 11 March 2021.

Other updates

  • Eden: An attempt to remove the Liberal Democrat/Independent/Labour/Green Party coalition administration with a motion of no confidence was defeated on Thursday evening, by 20-16.
  • Newham: A petition for a referendum on a change away from the directly-elected Mayor system has been ruled invalid, as Coronavirus legislation states it cannot be received until next May. The current Mayor has proposed instead a council resolution which would enable a referendum on 6 May 2021.