Who can vote in this election

Following the resignation of Councillor Gareth Bacon, there was a by-election on Thursday 6 May 2021 in Longlands Ward, which is the same day as the Greater London Authority Elections.

By-election results
Election candidate Party name Number of votes
Paul William Hurren Liberal Democrats 275
Lisa-Jane Moore Conservative Party 2,467
Linda Purcell Heritage Party 49
Jonathon Scot Rooks Green Party 323
David Joel Michael Tingle Labour Party 859

The new Councillor for the Longlands Ward is Lisa-Jane Moore.

You can vote at this by-election if you are:

  • registered to vote in the Longlands Ward
  • British (or British Overseas Territory) citizens residing in the United Kingdom
  • a qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • a European Union citizen

British citizens living overseas (who are not Members of the Armed Forces, Crown Servants, British Council employees or their spouse or civil partner) are not entitled to vote in this election.


There will be one ballot paper and you will have one vote (X) on the ballot paper, as there is one vacancy in this ward.

Poll cards and polling stations

Before the election, a poll card will be sent to everyone who is eligible to vote. Ordinary poll cards show when, where and how to vote. The poll card is for information only and you do not need to take it to vote. 

Polling stations will be the same for both this by-election and the GLA Elections.

We are working to ensure that all of our polling stations are as COVID-19 secure as possible, including guidance for social distancing and mask-wearing (unless you are exempt), providing hand sanitiser at all polling stations, equipping our staff with PPE and sanitising our polling booths throughout the day.

You may bring your own pencil, or pen, to vote on the day. If you forget to bring your own pen or pencil, we can provide one that you can take home, if necessary.

Find your polling station

Voting arrangements

If you would prefer not to go to the polling station you can apply to vote by post or proxy.

Postal voting

You can apply to vote by post. Due to the current situation, Royal Mail are experiencing difficulties with their services. Therefore, to ensure that you receive your postal vote at the earliest opportunity, please apply as soon as you can.

Due to the statutory timetable, postal vote packs cannot be printed until nominations close in the middle of April, which means that some of these may not be dispatched until 7 to 10 days before the day of poll. 

Please see the key dates for details. If this is not suitable, you may wish to apply for a proxy vote instead.

Proxy voting

You can apply to vote by proxy. This is a person who you choose to vote on your behalf at your polling station.

The deadlines to apply for a postal vote, a proxy vote or to cancel or amend an existing arrangement are listed in the key dates.

Counting of votes

As this election is being held at the same time as the Greater London Authority Elections, the count will take place on Friday 7 May 2021, at the ExCel Centre, London.

Key dates for the by-election
Date Event
Monday 9 March 2021 Notice of casual vacancy published
Monday 29 March 2021 Notice of election published
Thursday 8 April 2021 4pm Deadline for nominations
Friday 9 April 2021 4pm Statement of persons nominated published
Monday 19 April 2021 Deadline for applications to register to vote
Tuesday 20 April 2021 5pm Deadline for new applications to vote by post
or postal proxy
Tuesday 20 April 2021 5pm Deadline to amend or cancel existing postal, proxy or postal proxy votes
Around Friday 21 April 2021 First dispatch of postal votes
Tuesday 27 April  2021 5pm Deadline for new applications to vote by proxy
Thursday 29 April 2021 First date that electors can apply for replacement lost/spoilt postal votes
Thursday 6 May 2021 7am to 10pm Polling day
Thursday 6 May 2021 5pm Deadline for applications for an emergency proxy vote
Thursday 6 May 2021 5pm Deadline for electors to apply for replacement lost/spoilt postal votes
Friday 7 May 2021 Count and results declared

Standing for election - Being a Councillor

Councillors are elected to the local council to represent their local community, so they must either live or work in the area. Becoming a councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects.