By-election to be held after councillor steps down

Newark and Sherwood District Council offices.
By Anna Whittaker, Local Democracy Reporter

A by-election will be held in a Nottinghamshire town after a councillor stepped down from his post.

Ollerton ward councillor Neal Mitchell (Lab) has left Newark and Sherwood District Council.

The news was announced on May 18 by chairman councillor Penny Rainbow (Con) who sent her best wishes to Mr Mitchell on behalf of the authority.

Mr Mitchell’s term of office was from 2017 to 2022.

Councillor Paul Peacock, Leader of Labour Group, said during the Full Council meeting: “It is fair to say Neal was universally liked across the council with members and staff colleagues.

“He was an excellent councillor but also had things to contribute to the Economic Development Committee.

“Up until the last few years with Covid, Neal was extremely active and always had something positive to contribute.

“He made the decision to leave the council, it was a difficult decision for him, it was the right decision for him.

“We should all put our families first and Neal has done that. In doing so he stayed true to his values and his nature.”

A by-election date will be set in due course.

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