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Results: Thursday 10th April 2008.

Herefordshire UA, Old Gore
Con 422 (37.9; -8.1), Ind 401 (36.0; -1.8), LD Josephine Lane 241 (21.7; +5.4), Green 49 (4.4; +4.4).
Majority 21. Turnout 46%. Con hold. (Percentage change since May 2007).

North East Derbyshire DC, Holmewood and Heath
LD Jan Robinson 382 (42.3), Lab 356 (39.4), Con 165 (18.3).
Majority 26. Turnout 25.6%. LD gain from Lab. (Lab x2 unopposed in May 2007).

From David Budd: -
Following a Conservative and Independent resignation from Wareham TownCouncil a by-election was called by a former Conservative Councillor whichwas to be held on 1st May in tandem with the District Council Election. Atthe close of nominations on Friday 4th April only two nominations had beenreceived, both from the Liberal Democrats, hence they were electedunopposed, these two gains giving the Lib Dems an overall majority on theCouncil.


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R v SUSSEX JUSTICES ex p McCARTHY [1924] 1 KB 256

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