Thanet Star

So when is the by-election?

After the news that another UKIP councillor has abandoned the party (and their post) we are all left wondering what happens next.

Vince Munday is (or should I say was) a councillor for Newington. He was elected back in May this year and five months later he's leaving the country.

This raises two questions:

1. Surely he knew he was not likely to be here back at election time (so why did he stand)?

2. When is the by-election taking place?

Two questions only Vince Munday can actually answer. Unless he actually resigns from the council Vince is legally entitled to claim public money for "being" a councillor for up to six months from the time of his last meeting.

Assuming he chooses to soak up as much free cash as possible that means he will not be removed from the council until December. Which would place the by-election sometime early next year.

That's assuming he does not decide to pop back twice a year to keep the free cash flowing.

Think you can do better? · read more items categorised Politics · Don't miss a thing: Subscribe Today · Help: what's a feed? · This site is operated on set principles of policy and disclosure read them here

Public Comments

No comments yet
This item is closed, it's not possible to add new comments to it or to vote on it

Add Comment

Please note that while email addresses may be given via this form they are not shown to anyone but the editors and post author.

If you have a blog or other website of your own leaving a link so we can visit you too.

Byte Sized


We got a mention in 5 ways to blog from Thanet now.

Byte Sized


Thanet Creative have a new webiste and a new name

Byte Sized

Local Art

Local Artist, John Wooster-Brown has a new website.

Byte Sized

Like to write?

If you love to write then the Thanet Creative Writers blog might be the ideal place to connect with your nearest writer group.


Get the latest comments by feed

Contact Us

Talk to us on Google+.

Connect with Thanet Star on twitter as @thanetstar

Thanet Star on Facebook

You can also leave a message