We’ve already heard earlier today about the Manchester Central by-election (set for November), but there could be a spate of them on the same date. A few weeks ago we talked about Birmingham where either Liam Byrne or Gisela Stuart could trigger a by-election if Birmingham chooses to have a mayor (and if either are selected as Labour’s candidate). But there’s another potential by-election we missed in nearby Coventry, where former Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth could be a candidate. The Coventry Telegraph reports:
“Mr Ainsworth is campaigning for a “yes” vote in a referendum on May 3, which will decide whether Coventry replaces the existing system of a council leader with a mayor chosen directly by voters. If the city does vote for the new system, he then plans to apply for the chance to become Labour’s candidate in the election.”
And of course if Ainsworth is selected as Labour’s candidate – that means a by-election in Coventry on November 15th too.