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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.

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