Hedge End Town Council have recently announced the resignation of Cllr Caitlin Bloom and issued a co-option notice on their website.
Caitlin Bloom, who is the daughter of the high-ranking Lib Dem Eastleigh Borough Councillor & Hedge End Town Councillor, Cllr Louise Bloom, was elected to Hedge End Town Council as a Liberal Democrat in 2011, but has more recently been listed as an ‘Independent’ on the Hedge End Town Council website. The reasons for that change were not formally announced when it happened, leaving Hedge Enders to trip over the change on a rarely visited secondary page of the Hedge End Town Council website.
Caitlin’s public Linkedin profile currently shows Caitlin as the Deputy President Education at De Montfort Students Union, Leicester. Because of her studies and political activities at University in Leicester, Caitlin’s attendance at Hedge End Town Council meetings has been patchy since she was elected.
Although there has been no official announcement of the reasons for her resignation, it is clear that Caitlin’s political career is taking her in an exciting new direction.
Once again there has been no formal announcement to the residents of Hedge End, who Caitlin was elected to serve, but Caitlin’s Twitter account and the #BloomforBlock hashtag reveals that she is currently a candidate for the National Executive Council of the National Union of Students, more commonly known as the ‘Block of 15’.
Her candidacy is confirmed on the official NUS page for these elections, which are due to be held at the forthcoming NUS Conference, which is to be held in Liverpool from 8th – 10th April, (i.e. next week).
Curiously, Caitlin’s candidate profile for these elections makes no reference to her former service as a Liberal Democrat or ‘Independent’ Town Councillor in Hedge End.
Neither is that service mentioned on Caitlin’s public Linkedin profile, although it does mention her participation in the Student Council at Wildern School in Hedge End. That is a strange omission, as standing in a Local Government election and her subsequent service as a Hedge End Town Councillor is very good experience that seems very relevant if standing for another position of office…
Meanwhile, the resignation of Cllr Caitlin Bloom creates a vacancy in the Grange Park East ward of Hedge End Town Council.
With several of these casual vacancies over the last few years, two of which were caused by resignations of Town Councillors for career related reasons, two of which were due to the deaths of serving Town Councillors, the procedure is now well rehearsed in Hedge End.
The co-option notice has been formally announced on the Hedge End Town Council website. If ten residents of the Grange Park East ward write to the Returning Officer at Eastleigh Borough Council by 28th April, requesting that the vacancy be filled by an election, another local by-election will be held.
If no election is called, Hedge End Town Council will be free to co-opt somebody to fill the position.
With the Liberal Democrats currently having a 19-1 majority on the Town Council, it is almost certain that the person co-opted would be another Liberal Democrat…