Maldon muddle

Posted by David Boothroyd
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2 weeks ago / September 11, 2020

The latest updates on local electoral information are as follows.

Changes of allegiance

New vacancies

  • Barnet: Edgware ward, after the death of Conservative councillor Brian Gordon. Term ends 2022.
  • Cambridge: Newnham ward, after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Rod Cantrill. No byelection will take place as a full council election is being held next May.
  • Canterbury: Swalecliffe ward, after the death of Conservative councillor Ian Thomas. Term ends 2023.
  • Horsham: Trafalgar ward, after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Leonard Crosbie. Term ends 2023.
  • Kent: Whitstable East and Herne Bay West division, after the death of Conservative councillor Ian Thomas. His term was due to end next May so no byelection will be held.
  • South Tyneside: Monkton ward, after the resignation of Labour councillor Alan Kerr. Term ends 2023.
  • Wealden: Hailsham South ward, after the death of Conservative councillor Chriss Triandafyllou. Term ends 2023.
  • Wealden: Heathfield South ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Roger Thomas. 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.

Other updates

  • Corporation of London: Full council elections are scheduled to be held on 18 March 2021, and were not covered by the general postponement as they are governed by different legislation. After ruling out combining the elections with the GLA in May 2021, the Policy and Resources Committee has decided to bring forward legislation to defer the elections to 23 March 2022.