Parliamentary Order laid to postpone Northamptonshire elections
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, yesterday laid before Parliament an Order under the Local Government Act 2000 to postpone district and parish elections in Northamptonshire due to be held in May 2019. Following potential changes to local government in Northamptonshire and the potential formation of two new unitary councils, all eight councils in the county expressed concerns that district councillors elected in May 2019 would serve only one year and elections in such circumstances could risk confusing voters.
The order states that changes will come into effect on 14 January 2019 and councillors shall continue in their position until the postponed elections in May 2020.
Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “The Parliamentary Order has now been laid to postpone next year’s elections and we will continue to work with all councils in the county towards potential changes to local government in Northamptonshire and deliver high-quality services for our residents.”