The Ludlow Advertiser carries the not unexpected news that Rosanna Taylor-Smith is to stand down as councillor for Ludlow North, just seven months after being re-elected. She has also announced her departure on Twitter:


Last May, her husband, Martin Taylor-Smith, a former Cabinet member of Shropshire Council, lost his seat by a massive 225 votes to Viv Parry. Rosanna Taylor-Smith beat me by 85 votes.

Now they have decided to leave town for Kent, triggering a byelection. The date has yet to be announced but it is likely to be in February.

I will be the candidate for the Lib Dems in Ludlow North. We have a great Lib Dem team here in Ludlow and Shropshire and I look forward to working with my friends to win this election.

We have a busy few weeks ahead. If you can help us, please drop me a note to

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