Cleadon and East Boldon by-election: Candidates announced after Jeff Milburn disqualified - here's who is standing to replace him
Candidates have been revealed for a council by-election in South Tyneside – the second to be announced in recent months.
The Cleadon and East Boldon by-election will take place on Thursday, September 9, 2021 to fill the vacancy left by former Independent Conservative councillor Jeff Milburn.
This was linked to an incident where Milburn was found to be in possession of a lock knife when attending the same court on January 10, 2020.
As the four-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, exceeded the disqualification threshold set out in South Tyneside Council’s constitution, Milburn could no longer act in the civic role.
Following a vacancy being declared at a full council meeting on Thursday, July 22, a by-election was announced to elect a new representative for Cleadon and East Boldon.
Those intending to stand as a candidate in the by-election had to complete and return nomination papers by 4pm on Thursday, August 12.
Nominations have now closed, with the full list of candidates revealed by South Tyneside Council.
The candidates for Cleadon and East Boldon are:
David Herbert (Green Party)
Philip Toulson (Labour Party)
Stan Wildhirt (Conservative Party)
Poll cards should have been delivered to voters in the Cleadon and East Boldon ward between August 4-10 which show the address of specific polling stations.
The last day to register to vote for this election is Monday, August 23 and online applications can be made up to midnight.
The postal voting application form is available online at the dedicated Cleadon and East Boldon by-election website via www.southtyneside.gov.uk/73228
Ward residents registered to vote by post should receive a postal voting pack from Wednesday, August 25.
Those wanting to apply for a proxy vote can also ask the council to post them an application form by emailing [email protected] or by calling 0191 427 7000.
An option to download and print the proxy vote application form via the council’s website is also available.
The Cleadon and East Boldon by-election is the second by-election to be announced since the May 2021 local elections and follows a contest in Fellgate and Hedworth triggered by the resignation of independent councillor John Robertson.