By-election to find new councillor following death of Walsall Labour leader

A by-election has been called in Walsall following the death of Labour leader and long-serving councillor Tim Oliver.

Voters will go to the polls on July 24 for the Birchills Leamore ward.

Nomination papers are available from now until the closing date of June 27 at 4pm.

Councillor Oliver, whose funeral took place last week, passed away, aged 56, following a battle with cancer.

He represented Birchills and Leamore ward for 18 years and was also director of Palfrey Community Association. He had been leader of the Labour group on Walsall Council since May 2005.

Councillor Oliver’s family invited donations to be made to Pancreatic Cancer UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay tribute to Councillor Oliver at last Thursday's memorial service at Walsall Town Hall.

Mr Oliver was former captain of Walsall Health Cricket Club’s Sunday team. He started playing for the club in the late 1980s along with a number of colleagues from his other team Walsall Phoenix.

A memorial cricket match is planned for later this year, although the exact details have yet to be finalised.