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All parish by-elections and neighbourhood plan referenda in Cornwall suspended until a later date

As a consequence of the Covid-19 virus, the Returning Officer has taken the decision to suspend scheduled polls due to take place in Cornwall between now and 7 May 2020.

This includes the Parish Council by-election in the Stratton Ward of Bude Town Council, due to be held on Thursday, 19 March 2020.

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New national guidance issued for Returning Officers on the evening of 18 March confirmed that it would be both reasonable and consistent with the national position for a Returning Officer to suspend any poll scheduled within this period, including those due to take place imminently.

Other affected polls are:

  • Liskeard Town Council - Liskeard West Ward - 26 March 2020 - POSTPONED
  • Ludgvan Neighbourhood Plan Referendum - 2 April 2020 - POSTPONED


  • St Clement Neighbourhood Plan Referendum - 2 April 2020 - POSTPONED


  • Newquay Town Council - Newquay Central Ward - 2 April 2020 - POSTPONED


  • Penzance Town Council - Promenade Ward - 2 April 2020 - POSTPONED


  • Falmouth Town Council - Penwerris Ward - 9 April 2020 - POSTPONED


  • St Mewan Electoral Division - 16 April 2020 - POSTPONED


  • Police and Crime Commissioner Election - Devon and Cornwall Police Area - 7 May 2020 - POSTPONED

The elections will take place on a new date to be announced.

This decision has been taken with due regard to ensure fair participation in our democracy and the protection of the public and elections staff during this time.


Story posted on 18 March 2020