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Local By-Election Preview : January 30th 2014

January 30th, 2014

Heanor East on Amber Valley (Lab Defence)
Result of last election for council (2012): Con 24, Lab 21 (Conservative overall majority of 3)
Result of ward at last election (2012): Lab 838 (53%), Con 391 (25%), BNP 284 (18%), Lib Dem 69 (4%)
Candidates duly nominated: Steven Grainger (Con), Sheila Oakes (Lab), Kate Smith (Lib Dem)

Chadsmead on Lichfield (Con Defence)
Result of last election for council (2011): Con 46, Lab 10 (Conservative overall majority of 36)
Result of ward at last election (2011): Emboldened denotes elected
Conservative 416, 385
Liberal Democrats 326, 206
Labour 303, 278
Candidates duly nominated: Marion Bland (Lib Dem), Bob Green (UKIP), Jon O’Hagan (Con), Caroline Wood (Lib Dem)

Buckie on Moray (Ind Defence)
Result of last election for council (2012): SNP 10, Ind 10, Lab 3, Con 3 (No Overall Control, SNP and Independents short by 3 of an overall majority)
Result of ward at last election (2012): Emboldened denotes elected
Independent 648, 557 (48%)
Scottish Nationalists 967, 169 (45%)
Conservatives 179 (7%)
Candidates duly nominated: Gordon Cowie (Ind), Margaret Irene Gambles (Con), Marc MacRae (Ind), Linda McDonald (SNP)

For the next few local by-elections, I will only be able to detail the result of the council at the last election, the ward’s last election and the candidates nominated. This is because at the same time I am tallying the European Elections (at the local level) for the 1999, 2004 and 2009 European Elections in order to tally (when the local results are published) the 2014 European Elections. There are a total of 380 local areas and with the assistance of Tim Bickerstaff (who created and maintains the UK-Elect election software) the data will be released after the European elections when the programme is updated. I apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause but hope it will pay off with a detailed analysis of the European elections towards the middle of June.