Northfield by-election - full list of candidates for city council vote

Northfield in Birmingham
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The attention of much of the country is firmly on the upcoming general election and what it will mean for communities in the UK. The election, which will see hundreds of MPs’ seats in play across the country, will be held in just over three weeks on July 4.

However, thousands of voters in the Northfield ward will also be able to take part in a separate, local by-election for one seat on the city council. The by-election was triggered following the resignation of Labour councillor Kirsten Kurt-Elli.

The city council by-election in Northfield will now be held on July 4 - the same day as the general election. The full list of candidates in the by-election can be found below:

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  • Laura Jane Griffiths - Green Party

  • Andrew William Moles - Liberal Democrat

  • Esther Rai - Labour Party

  • Abigail Margaret Smith - Conservative Party

There have been two city council by-elections in recent months. Towards the end of May, candidate Clifton Frederick Welch retained a seat in Kingstanding for the Conservative Party.

The Birmingham Conservative Group reacted to the victory by posting on X: “The people of Kingstanding have sent a clear message to Birmingham Labour over their double whammy of higher taxes and fewer services!” Meanwhile a separate by-election, held in the Bournbrook and Selly Park ward earlier that month, saw candidate Jamie Scott retain a vacant seat for the Labour Party.

Prior to the election on May 4, Mr Scott argued that funding had been stripped from Birmingham over the past 14 years. The council’s financial situation is down to Birmingham-specific issues, such as an equal pay fiasco and the disastrous implementation of a new IT and finance system, as well as the rising demand for services and funding cuts.

Council leader John Cotton previously criticised the Conservative government and argued councils across the country face a perfect storm of smaller budgets and higher costs. Conservative politicians, such as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, meanwhile have pointed the finger at the mistakes made by the Labour council administration.

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Meanwhile the parliamentary candidates for Northfield in the upcoming general election are as follows:

  • Jerry Evans - Liberal Democrats

  • Robert Andrew Grant - Green Party

  • Dean Gwilliam - Independent

  • Altaf Hussain - Independent

  • Stephen Richard Peters - Reform UK

  • Dick Rodgers - Common Good

  • Gary Sambrook - Conservative Party

  • Laurence David Russell Turner - Labour Party

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