Wealden district council, East Sussex
Caused by the death of Conservative councillor Anthony Quin. Quin had served as a Wealden councillor since 1999 after a career in the Royal Marines, from which he retired with the rank of Major. He served on several committees during his time as a councillor and for some years chaired the regulatory and audit committee.
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The Crowborough West ward is a safe Tory ward where the party are not seriously challenged. At the most recent election in 2011 the two-person Tory slate polled 73% in a straight fight with a single Labour candidate. The Tories hold both the county council seats for the town as a whole, with the runner-up spot at the last county elections in 2013 going to an independent who was just ahead of the UKIP slate.
Whoever wins this by-election is likely to be back on the campaign trail immediately in order to seek re-election at May's ordinary election. Defending in the blue corner is Jeannette Towey, an accredited tennis referee and volunteer at Citizens Advice. Challenging in the purple corner is Simon Staveley, a manager at an IT company.
Parliamentary constituency: Wealden
East Sussex county council division: Crowborough
ONS Travel to Work Area: Tunbridge Wells
Postcode districts: TN6, TN7
May 2011 result C 1387/1225 Lab 517
May 2007 result C 992/954 LD 336 Lab 192
May 2003 result C 814/812 LD 394 Lab 238