West Thornton by-election in May after councillor resignation

 

Voters in West Thornton will be electing a new local councillor on 5 May after Labour member Emily Benn announced she was stepping down to take a work promotion in the United States.

Councillor Benn, who has held the seat since 2014, announced via social media earlier this month that she was moving to New York and would therefore be giving up her seat.

Croydon Council will now hold a by-election to find Councillor Benn’s replacement on 5 May, with a statutory deadline for candidate nominations set for 4pm on Thursday, 7 April.

The council is also urging anyone in the West Thornton ward not on the electoral register to sign up. Completed applications to register to vote must reach the council’s electoral registration officer at Croydon Town Hall by no later than Monday 18 April. The by-election will be held on the same day as voting for the London Assembly and Mayor of London.

For more information on the West Thornton by-election, including how to obtain a nomination pack to stand as a candidate or for deadlines on voting by post or by proxy, visit the by-election page on the council’s website.

For more general information on how to vote or check if you are registered, visit www.croydon.gov.uk/elections

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