Monday, 7 November 2011

By-Election Watch (07/11/11)

Here are this week's changes to the by-election page:

Council

Type

Ward

Defending Party

Reason

Date

Kingston-upon-Thames

London

Coombe Vale

Conservative (x2)

Resigned

15th Dec

  

  

  

  

  

  

Waveney

District

Worlingham

Independent

Resigned

TBA

Not much has changed since the last update, but as that was only five days ago I'm sure that has something to do with it!

We knew about the Kingston-upon-Thames vacancy last week but since then a date has been set and another Councillor in the ward has resigned.

The vacancy in Waveney has an interesting back story; the Conservative Councillor Andrew Draper was caught drink driving and made matters worse by assaulting a police officer as they tried to handcuff him. This all happened in August and Draper had already resigned from the cabinet and left the Conservatives before finally vacating his Council seat today.

(I think) Tomorrow is an important date for Council by-elections as the 'six-month' rule comes into force. Any vacancy in a seat up for election in 2012 will be left empty until May's elections. In practice, even if the term does not end next year vacant seats in wards which will be voting anyway may well be left until the big polling day anyway.

We have four by-elections on Thursday, and they're in more interesting wards than last week's batch; the usual coverage will be provided.


 

Tom Harris

1 comment:

  1. There is a byelection on Dec 15th Mid Devon DC Clare and Shuttern ward Conservative seat - resignation ?

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