The councillor for South Hornchurch in Havering recently passed away. Representing the RA’s he was a genuine ‘People’s Champion’ devoting his whole life in service to the community but his sad death has of course generated a vacancy.
A by-election has been called (by persons presently unknown – on the day of his funeral!) for July 3rd. The local National Liberal Party (NLP), as part of the Peoples Alliance, agreed not to stand a candidate but will instead support an Independent.
The candidate, Michael Burton, stood for the Peoples Alliance (with two other independents), two years ago in the Borough elections. He and his colleagues were only a 100 or so votes off being elected.