Election to replace ousted councillor

Local elections. May 2008.'Ian Womersley. Independant. Hemsworth.'w3843r819
Local elections. May 2008.'Ian Womersley. Independant. Hemsworth.'w3843r819

AN ELECTION to replace an ousted member of Hemsworth Town Council is to be held next month.

Ian Womersley, who was voted in as an independent on the west ward for Hemsworth in May 2011, was kicked off the council for failing to attend a meeting in six months.

Mr Womersley had been unable to attend as he was caring for his sick wife and, later, grieving for her following her death.

As town council elections are not due to be held until 2015, a by-election to replace Mr Womersley has been organised.

Anyone who is interested in standing as a candidate has until noon tomorrow to submit their nomination.

If the election is contested - that is, if there is more than one candidate - the election will take place on Thursday, February 9.

If there is only one candidate, that person will automatically become a councillor. Nominations forms are available from and must be submitted to the Returning officer, County Hall, Wakefield, WF1 2QW.

Mr Womersley also resigned from his seat on Wakefield Council, which he had held since May 2008, following Mrs Womersley’s death. He would have been up for election this year.

As he resigned within six months of the date of the next district council election, his seat will be filled on May 3.

A Wakefield Council spokeswoman said: “Ian Womersley was due to retire as a local councillor in May 2012 at the end of his term of office, having been elected for four years in 2008.

“The local elections are to be held on May 3, 2012, and, as his resignation was effective on a date within the six months before the date of the election, then the law states that there will not be a local by-election. The vacant seat will be filled after the local elections on May 3, 2012.

“The position differs in the case of the town council as there are not due to be town and parish council elections until 2015.”