Harrogate council by-election details revealed
Last updated Feb 27, 2024
The by-election was triggered by Pat Marsh's resignation.

A by-election is likely within 35 days in Harrogate to elect a successor to Pat Marsh on North Yorkshire Council.

Ms Marsh, a long-serving Liberal Democrat, resigned yesterday after posting anti-semitic messages on X, formerly Twitter. She described Jews as “vile” and “horrendous” and said they “fund politics throughout the world”.

Ms Marsh was elected to represent the Stray, Woodlands and Hookstone division in May 2022 with 1,350 votes, ahead of Conservative John Ennis with 910 votes. Labour’s Helen Burke polled 189 votes and Independent Anna McIntee received 167 votes. The turnout was 43%.

The council said in a statement today

“A by-election will be triggered if two electors from the North Yorkshire area request it. It will then take place within 35 days of the requests.

“If no requests are received, the seat will remain vacant until the next ordinary elections to the council in 2027.”

Requests for a by-election must be sent to: Proper Officer, County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton DL7 8AD or [email protected].

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