|By-election called following the death of Wigan councillor
A by-election has been called following the death of Wigan councillor Rona Winkworth.
Councillor Winkworth died earlier this month having served the Winstanley ward for 25 years. At a recent meeting of full council, warm tributes were paid to the former Mayor of Wigan Borough from across the political spectrum. She was particularly praised for her passion for education.
A by-election was triggered today (Wednesday 18 September) when the returning officer, council chief executive Donna Hall, received a letter signed by Winstanley councillors Paul Kenny and Clive Morgan.
The election will be held on Thursday 24 October. Polling stations will open at seven am and close at ten pm. Anyone seeking to stand for election can collect a nomination pack from Wigan Town Hall.
Donna Hall said: “Everyone at Wigan Council was saddened by the death of Rona Winkworth, who proudly served the Winstanley ward for a quarter of a century. A by-election to find her successor has now been triggered after we received a letter requesting it be called from the other Winstanley councillors.
“We’ve selected Thursday 24 October to hold the election as this was seen as the ideal date to maximise turnout. The clocks won’t have gone back so there will be more daylight hours for people to travel to a polling station and it’s before the school half-term break so voters won’t be away on holiday or doing other activities with their families.”
Nomination packs can be collected from Anne Loftus at Wigan Town Hall. You can register to vote here www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/Voting-and-Elections/How-to-register-to-vote.aspx or by calling 01942 827 168.