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LADGATE BY-ELECTION: Date for by-election confirmed

The vote will take place on Thursday, September 16, as long as more than one candidate decides to contest the seat.

Prospective candidates will have until 4pm on Thursday, August 19 to submit their application if they wish to stand in the Ladgate election, and nominations are now open.

It will be the first election in the Middlesbrough ward, which includes residential areas Easterside and Tollesby, since 2019 when longtime campaigner June and Cllr Craig Wright were both elected.

The pair stood as Labour candidates, however, June left the party to join the Middlesbrough Independent Group (MIG) last year.

In the 2019 election, June stormed to victory with 561 votes, with Cllr Wright in second place with 451.

The Conservative candidates, Alison Huggan and Janet Summers, came in third and fourth place respectively and no independent candidates stood for election.

Following June’s death, after a battle with cancer, on Tuesday, July 6, tributes poured in for the Easterside stalwart who was made an MBE in 2007 in recognition of her community work.

The 79-year-old councillor was the former chair of the Easterside Partnership and was responsible for a successful campaign for CCTV cameras, decreasing anti-social behaviour and school absenteeism, and the formation of the Eco Easterside project.

Despite giving up her time since the mid-1990s to volunteer in the community, June did not become a councillor until 2015.

Speaking at the time of her death, MIG leader Cllr Antony High said: “Having known June for many years, I watched her serve the people of Ladgate and Middlesbrough with pride.

“She was an inspiration to many and was always ready to help anyone who needed her support.

“On behalf of all MIG members, we send our heartfelt condolences to Malcolm and June’s family at this very difficult time.”

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said that she had ‘touched so many lives in Easterside and beyond’ and added that it was a ‘privilege’ to know her.

Labour Middlesbrough MP, Andy McDonald, said that the councillor was ‘utterly committed to serving her community and making a positive difference for people’.

While Simon Clarke, Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said that June was a ‘dedicated public servant’ and a ‘pleasure to work with’.

Even though the election date is not until September, residents who are already registered to vote in the area will receive their polling card, which will include the name of their polling station, between August 11 and August 18.

For those who are not registered to vote, they will have until Tuesday, August 31 to apply.

People living in the ward who register to vote before the end of August, will have until 5pm on Wednesday September 1 to submit a new, or make changes to an existing, postal or postal proxy vote application.

If the voter does not require postal voting, then they can submit a new proxy vote application, or make changes to an existing one, until 5pm on Wednesday, September 8.

If residents need to submit an emergency proxy vote due to medical issues or work reasons that occured after 5pm on September 8, then this will need to be submitted to the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday, September 16.


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