The Surrey area that will have a by-election on same day as general election

Spelthorne Borough Council offices in Knowle Green, Staines. May 2023
-Credit: (Image: Emily Coady-Stemp)


As the nation goes to the polls to decide who will be the next prime minister, residents in Ashford East will also be able to cast their ballots to determine who should fill the vacant seat on Spelthorne Borough Council.

The seat was won in 2023 by Independent Spelthorne Group’s Elizabeth Baldock when she finished second in the ward with 776 votes. The other two seats went to fellow independent Joanne Sexton, 991, and the Conservative Rose Chandler with 714.

The election that day left the Conservatives as the largest single party with 12 councillors followed by the Liberal Democrats with 10, Labour seven , Independents seven and three Green councillors. Councillors elected Joanne Sexton as leader after her Independent Spelthorne Group took seven seats. She was the only candidate nominated.

Elizabeth Baldock has stepped down as a councillor due to ill health -Credit:Council handout
Elizabeth Baldock has stepped down as a councillor due to ill health -Credit:Council handout

She nominated Cllr Chris Bateson, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat group to be the council's deputy leader. A post on independent group’s website read: “It’s with deep sadness that Elizabeth Baldock has stepped down as a councillor due to ill health. We wish her a speedy recovery and thank her for all she has done this past year as deputy mayor and Ashford East Ward Councillor."

“This has now triggered a bi-election which will be held on the same day as the General Election, July 4. We will be putting up an independent.” Candidates looking to stand must submit their notification papers to Spelthorne Borough Council by no later than 4pm on Friday June 7.

A vote will be held on July 4 alongside the national poll if more than one candidate or party stands. Voter registration closes at midnight on Tuesday June 18 - application can be made online - with applications for a postal ballot closing the next day.