Latest information about local council electoral matters is as follows:
High Peak district council: Bill Clarke was elected on 22 October as councillor for Tintwistle ward, holding the seat in a byelection. There is also a byelection on 26 November in Blackbrook ward, after the death of the Mayor of High Peak, Tony Bingham who was a Conservative councillor. Term ends 2011.
Epping Forest district council: Byelection on 5 November in Lower Sheering ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor and former cabinet member Heather Harding. Term ends 2011.
Forest Heath district council: James Waters held Eriswell and The Rows ward in the byelection on 22 October caused by the resignation of his father Terry Waters. Waters’ 54 vote majority keeps the seat Conservative.
Hertsmere borough council: Tugay Sevincli held the Potters Bar Oakmere ward for the Conservatives in the byelection on 22 October. There is another byelection on 26 November, this one in Bushey Heath ward, due to the resignation of Conservative councillor Anne Swerling. Term ends 2011.
Southwark borough council: Impending vacancy in The Lane ward, after the impending resignation of Labour councillor Susan Elan Jones who has been selected as Parliamentary candidate for Clwyd South. We understand that her resignation will not be submitted until after 9 November which is the latest date for byelections (no byelection may take place within six months of an ordinary council election, which is due in May 2010).
Shepway district council: Byelection on 12 November in New Romney Coast ward, after the resignation of Sue Ashworth due to ill health. Originally elected as a Liberal Democrat, she had since joined the Conservative Party. Term ends 2011.
Thanet district council: Byelection on 3 December in Dane Valley ward, after a valid resignation was received from Stephen Broadhurst. Broadhurst has been spending much of his time in Panama and was about to be disqualified for failing to attend any council meeting in six months; a previous resignation letter purporting to be from him was found to be invalid because someone else had signed the letter on his behalf. Broadhurst had originally been elected as a Conservative. Term ends 2011.
Worthing borough council: Impending vacancies in Marine ward and Salvington ward, due to the resignations (respectively) of outgoing council leader Keith Mercer and his wife Dr Heather Mercer (both Conservatives) who are emigrating to Cyprus where Heather Mercer is to take up a university post. Terms ends in May 2010 (Salvington) and 2011 (Marine).
Cornwall council: Byelection on 26 November in St Austell Bay ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Richard Stewart due to ill health. Term ends 2013.
Stoke-on-Trent city council: The neverending game of musical chairs on the council continued this week when Joan Bell (Longton South), who had previously resigned from the Labour group to sit as a non-aligned councillor, returned to the fold. It is believed that dissatisfaction with former group leader Mike Barnes was a major factor in her original split so her decision to return after his resignation is not a surprise.