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Labour's majority in the balance as student city councillors resign


Lucy Atkinson & Sam Armstrong
Lucy Atkinson & Sam Armstrong
Chris Satori

Two vacancies have been created on Lancaster City Council following the resignation of two councillors.

Lucy Atkinson and Sam Armstrong, who both represented the University and Scotforth Rural ward, have resigned their seats.

Both were elected to the city council in the 2015 district elections and have served 3 years of their four-year terms. Ms Atkinson cited health as the reason she was stepping down, adding that the majority of the students who elected them had left already. Mr Armstrong explained that his professional field required he move elsewhere as he was unable to pursue it further at Lancaster. At her election, Ms Atkinson was the youngest councillor in the UK. 

The Labour party currently holds all three council seats on the University and Scotforth Rural ward. On Lancaster City Council the Labour party holds exactly half of the 60 seats, meaning that the loss of either seat could hang the council, though Labour would likely still form a minority administration.

A notice of casual vacancy has been posted on the council’s website and the vacancies will be filled by a by-election on a date to be announced in due course.