Tuesday, 8 April 2014

By-Election Preview: 10 April 2014

Four seats up for election this week.  Three over on the English Elections blog and one here:

Flintshire County Council; caused by the death of Labour councillor Ted Evans at the age of 76.  Retired after a long career at the local Courtaulds textile factory where he was a T&G steward, Evans had a long career in local government and served three times as Mayor of Flint.

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One of four electoral divisions covering the town of Flint, the Trelawny ward is a generally residential area, covering the south of the town along the road to Mold.  It extends beyond the Flint built-up area (such as it is) into the countryside, climbing up the lower slopes of the Clwydian Hills to the misleadingly-named village of Flint Mountain and up to the A55 road, the main highway through North Wales.

The division has returned two Labour councillors at every election this century.  Although the Tories had a near-miss at the 2008 election when they were less than 50 votes short of Labour, the main opposition here generally comes from independent candidates.

Defending for Labour is firefighter Paul Cunningham, the current deputy mayor of Flint who will take on the mayoralty in May.  The runner-up in the 2012 election, independent candidate John Yorke, stands again; he is retired after four decades as a traffic and road safety engineer.  The Conservatives have nominated local government worker Swapna Das, who gives an address some distance away in Broughton, while the UKIP candidate is teashop owner Nigel Williams, from the village of Northop just to the south of the division.

Parliamentary and Assembly constituency: Delyn
Assembly electoral region: North Wales
Postcode districts: CH6, CH7

Paul Cunningham (Lab)
Swapna Das (C)
Nigel Williams (UKIP)
John Yorke (Ind)

May 2012 result Lab 578/570 Ind 303 LD 143
May 2008 result Lab 497/496 C 450 Ind 427
June 2004 result Lab 680/575 Ind 379 LD 256

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