Heavitree and Whipton by-election taking place tomorrow

Residents of Exeter will go to polls on Thursday to elect their representative on Devon County Council.

The Heavitree and Whipton seat was held by Emma Brennan for the Labour Party until she resigned from the council last month.

A by-election to elect her replacement will take place on Thursday, October 24, and candidates from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, and the For Britain Movement will contest the election.

The nominated candidates are:

John Harvey (Conservatives)
Frankie Rufolo (For Britain Movement)
Greg Sheldon (Labour)
Rowena Squires (Liberal Democrats)
Lizzie Woodman (Green)
The elected councillor would serve until May 2021, when the next scheduled elections would take place.

When residents voted back in May 2017, the Labour Party secured 51.2 per cent of the votes. The Conservatives came second with 31.4 per cent, with the Lib Dems third on 6.7 per cent, the Greens secured 5.9 per cent and UKIP got 4.6 per cent.

In May’s local elections for Exeter City Council, the Labour party won seats in both the Heavitree and Mincinglake and Whipton wards, with the Green Party finishing second in Heavitree and UKIP second in Mincinglake and Whipton.

Voting on Thursday will take place between 7am and 10pm. The electoral count will follow at 10pm inside the Civic Centre with a result expected to be declared at around midnight.

The current composition of Devon County Council is:

Conservatives – 42
Labour – 6
Liberal Democrats – 6
Independent – 2
Green Party – 1
East Devon Alliance – 1
Non-aligned Liberal – 1
Vacant – 1

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