By-election called to replace resigning Dunsmore Ward councillors - The Rugby Observer

By-election called to replace resigning Dunsmore Ward councillors

BY-ELECTIONS are to take place in Rugby’s Dunsmore Ward to replace two husband-and wife councillors who have resigned for health reasons.

The by-election takes place on Thursday December 14 following Coun Howard Roberts and Coun Deepah Roberts’ decision to stand down from Rugby Borough Council.

Coun Howard Roberts has also stood down from Warwickshire County Council, meaning a by-election to elect a new councillor for the county’s Dunsmore and Leam Valley Division takes place on the same day.

Standing to fill the two vacant seats on Rugby Borough Council are Salome Eric and Jill Simpson-Vince for the Conservatives, Stephen Dyke and Jenny Offordile for Labour, Jonathan Bennett and Trisha Trimble for the Liberal Democrats, and Helen Ford and Mark Summers for the Green Party.

The County Council seat will be contested by Conservative Dale Keeling, Labour candidate Alison Livesey, Liberal Democrat Stephen Pimm, and Helen Ford of the Green Party.

Councillors Howard and Deepah Roberts have left their roles due to Howard’s ill health.

Howard was first elected as a Borough Councillor for the Dunsmore ward in 2008 and Deepah in 2014. Howard has served as the County Councillor for Dunsmore and Leam Valley since 2013.

Applications to register to vote must reach the electoral registration officer by 12 midnight today (Tuesday November 28).

Applications to vote by post at the by-elections must be submitted before 5pm on Wednesday (November 29), while applications to vote by proxy must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday December 6.

Voters who intend to vote at a polling station must produce a valid form of photo ID in order to receive a ballot paper.

Applications for a free Voter Authority Certificate must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday December 6.

Visit for more information or to submit applications.

Due to availability, a number of new polling stations have been booked for the by-elections. Polling cards posted to voters include information about polling station locations, with information also published online at

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