Coventry & Warwickshire

Whole of Rugby Borough Council up for election

All seats on Rugby Borough Council are up for election on 3 May after 16 new wards were created as a result of a boundary review.

The changes mean the number of councillors in the borough will be reduced from 48 to 42.

The council is currently led by the Conservatives who have 28 seats, while Labour has 11 seats, the Liberal Democrats eight and one is independent.

It follows a Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) review.

Rugby Borough Council proposed reducing the number of its councillors to 42, while the commission had looked at the Warwickshire town's ward boundaries in a review completed in September 2011.

An LGBCE spokesman said the ward boundaries needed to be changed because of "electoral variances" meaning there were notable differences between the number of voters represented by each councillor in Rugby.

The LGBCE said electoral variances occurred because of factors such as new housing developments and population movements and it reviewed the boundaries in 20 to 30 local authorities each year.

Rugby Borough Council said the vote counting would start at 09:00 BST on 4 May.

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