By-election announced after £26,000 expenses councillor quits

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A BY-ELECTION has been announced after an expenses row councillor stood down “for health reasons.”

Washington East councillor Neville Padgett announced he was standing down earlier this month. Read the full story here.
The news came after he had previously taken flak over claiming more than £26,000 in expenses in just two years.

Now voters will go to the polls to choose a new councillor in December.

Sunderland’s returning officer Dave Smith, who is also chief executive of Sunderland City Council, said: “Following publication of the notice that a vacancy exists in the Washington East electoral ward, a request to fill the vacancy has now been received from two electors.

“Subject to nominations, and in line with the precedent for local elections on a Thursday, an election to fill the ward vacancy has been scheduled for Thursday 11 December.”

Candidates wishing to throw their hat into the ring have until Friday November 14 at 4pm to enter their nominations.

Anyone who has not yet registered to vote is urged to contact Electoral Services at Sunderland City Council on 0191 520 5550 or contact