Residents of Leith Walk will choose a new councillor on September 10
The by-election is a consequence of Deidre Brock’s election to the Westminster parliament. Prior to the 2015 general election Deidre Brock had been a Leith Walk councillor for eight years.
She has now formally resigned from her position as a councillor and so the by-election will be held to fill her place at the city chambers.
Sue Bruce, Returning Officer and Chief Executive of The City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Deidre Brock has served as an elected member for more than eight years and I wish her well in her new role as a Member of Parliament.
“I now look forward to involving the public in the democratic process to elect a new councillor for the Leith Walk ward.”
In her resignation letter the former councillor said: “I was elected to serve as a Member of Parliament in May and I do not believe it is practical or possible for me to continue to serve as both a councillor and an MP. For that reason I feel I must tender my resignation to you at this time and resign as a councillor with immediate effect.”
As an MP, Deidre has just made her maiden speech at Westminster, although she has not spoken in any debates. She has however voted in 91% of the votes that have taken place in this session.
She has also signed 10 early day motions registering support for a diverse range of issues including Bike Week, Carers Week, extending the franchise to 16 and 17-year-olds, subsidies for small scale hydro-electric power, and perhaps most oddly, some schools in East Renfrewshire.
Leith Walk by-election polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on 10th September. Details of where these are will be announced by the council “shortly.”
The election will be held using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system where voters can rank candidates in order of preference rather than using a single cross. Voters can give a rank to as many or as few candidates as they like.
To register to vote or apply for a postal vote contact the Electoral Registration Office or phone 0131 344 2500 by 25 August.
If you are uncertain which ward you live in, you can find maps here.