Sandy Beds goes Green

Labour made the only gain of the byelections on 30 October, taking Workington St Johns ward on Allerdale borough council from the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats narrowly held off a Labour challenge to their seat in Kentish Town ward of Camden borough council, despite the sitting councillor being forced out after being discovered in Arizona.…

Forthcoming byelections

Here are the vacancies and forthcoming byelections: 6 November Edinburgh city council: Forth ward, after the death of Elizabeth Maginnis who was a Labour councillor. Term ends 2012. Glasgow city council: Bailieston ward, after the death of veteran Labour councillor Dougie Hay. Term ends 2012. Rutland county council: Whissendine ward, after the resignation of Conservative…

Bad night for the Lib Dems

Nothing went the Liberal Democrats’ way in the byelections of 23 October. Labour gained the Town ward of Merthyr Tydfil county borough council from them, and the Conservatives gained Billington and Old Langho ward on Ribble Valley district council from them. Labour held Loughborough Dishley and Hathern ward on Charnwood borough council. The Conservatives held…

Forthcoming byelections

Here are the vacancies and forthcoming byelections: 30 October Allerdale borough council: Workington St Johns ward, following the death of Conservative councillor John Heathcote. Term ends 2011. Brentwood borough council: Hutton South ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Frank Kenny, said to be connected to internal strife in the Conservative group. Term ends 2012.…

Brian Jones makes a comeback

Labour gained a seat on Kirklees borough council in Dewsbury East ward in a byelection held on 16 October. The seat had previously been held by Colin Auty who was elected as a British National Party member but fell out with the party earlier this year after his leadership challenge failed. In Tewkesbury borough council,…

Forthcoming byelections

Here are the vacancies and forthcoming byelections: 23 October Charnwood borough council: Loughborough Dishley and Hathern ward, after the resignation of Labour councillor Sharon Williams which is connected to plans for housebuilding by the Conservative administration of the council. Term ends 2011. Chichester district council: East Wittering ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Sevey…

Red Ted’s conquerer goes red himself

Only two seats changed hands at byelections on 9 October, and one of them was handed over without a fight. The Liberal Democrats gained St George West ward on Bristol city council from Labour. The Conservatives gained Middle Rasen ward on West Lindsey district council from the Liberal Democrats, after the party failed to nominate…