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 East Wittering ward, Chichester district council, Alderholt ward on East Dorset district council, Ashford East ward on Spelthorne borough council, Lancaster Gate ward on Westminster city council, and both Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South on Wolverhampton city council.
In further bad news for the team in yellow, Councillor John Wren has left the Liberal Democrat group on Harrogate borough council (where he represents Woodfield ward) and joined the Conservatives. His switch gives the Conservatives an overall majority. Councillor Wren also represents Harrogate Bilton and Nidd Gorge on North Yorkshire county council.