Cllr Sue Fletcher-Hall (right) with David Winnick MP

Surprise by-election in Bloxwich as Councillor resigns

Cllr Sue Fletcher-Hall with David Winnick MP (pic by Stuart Williams)
Cllr Sue Fletcher-Hall with David Winnick MP (pic by Stuart Williams)

An unexpected by-election has been called in the Bloxwich West ward by Walsall Council’s Labour Group, following the resignation of popular local Labour Councillor Sue Ann Fletcher-Hall.

Mrs Fletcher-Hall, who was elected in the May 2011 local government election,  has reluctantly decided to step down due to a family illness, and regrets having to resign but circumstances now prevent her giving the level of commitment the demanding role of a ward councillor requires; coping with constituency work and family life has proven to be incompatible with the job.

Councillor Fletcher-Hall, who has been very active in Labour campaigns in Bloxwich and Walsall, said:

“It has been a huge privilege to serve my fellow residents here in Bloxwich West. Unfortunately for some months I have been struggling with an illness in my family which has taken a great deal of my attention.

She added:

“I have always believed that a local councillor must be able to commit to representing the people of their ward. That is why I believe it is now in the best interests of Bloxwich West residents that I step aside. I am proud to have represented my area and proud to have stood with Walsall Labour in fighting the unfair cuts and out-of-touch policies of the Tory administration here and nationally”.

Mrs Fletcher-Hall, who lives in Clarendon Street, has proven to be an asset to both the local community and the party, according to Labour Group spokesman George Makin.

Formally calling the by-election on behalf of the group, fellow Bloxwich West Councillor Fred Westley thanked Sue for her support:

“By calling for a by-election straightaway we have avoided additional costs to Walsall council, as the election will now be held on the same day as the elections for a Police and Crime Commissioner, which will see polling stations open across the borough.”

Labour ward members will now select their candidate, ready for the November by-election, before beginning their campaign.

For more information about Walsall Council’s Labour Group, see their website:

Walsall Council Labour Group