Three counties going unitary?

Posted by David Boothroyd
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3 months ago / February 26, 2021

The latest updates on local electoral information are as follows.

Changes of allegiance

New vacancies

  • Cheshire West and Chester: Frodsham ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Andrew Dawson who has taken a post with the Falkland Islands Government. Term ends 2023.
  • Darlington: Red Hall ward, after the resignation of Labour councillor Sam Howarth. Term ends 2023.
  • Hertsmere: Bushey North ward, after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Andrew Melville. Term ends 2023.
  • Newark and Sherwood: Boughton ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Brendan Clarke-Smith, now Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw. Term ends 2023.
  • North East Lincolnshire: East Marsh ward, after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Terry Walker. Term ends 2023.
  • North Warwickshire: Atherstone Central ward, after the death of Labour councillor Dawn Downes. Term ends 2023.
  • North Warwickshire: Curdworth ward, after the resignation of Independent councillor Shelly Lebrun, who was elected as a Conservative. Term ends 2023.
  • St Albans: Redbourn ward, after the death of Independent councillor Tony Swendell. His term was extended to May so no byelection will be held.
  • Staffordshire Moorlands: Cheadle South East ward, after the resignation of Independent councillor Peter Elkin. Term ends 2023.
  • Swale: Sheerness ward, after the death of Labour councillor Mark Ellen. Term ends 2023.
  • Tameside: Longdendale ward, after the disqualification of Labour councillor Chris Buglass who failed to attend any meetings for six months. His term would have been extended to May so no byelection will happen.
  • Telford and Wrekin: Dawley and Aqueduct ward, after the resignation of Labour councillor Jane Pinter. Term ends 2023.
  • Test Valley: Andover Millway ward, after the resignation of Andover Alliance councillor Alison Watts. 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. Regulations in Wales require outstanding byelections to be held in a period between 1 March and 6 May 2021.
  • Monmouthshire: The byelection due in St Kingsmark division will be held on 1 April.
  • Torfaen: The byelection due in Abersychan and Cwmavon division will be held on 8 April.
  • Torfaen: The byelection due in Cwmynyscoy division will be held on 8 April.
  • Torfaen: The byelection due in New Inn division will be held on 8 April.

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