Forthcoming byelections in principal local authorities, and seats vacant, appear to be as follows:
Daventry district council: Drayton ward, after the disqualification of Terry Mullett who has been sentenced to 18 weeks’ imprisonment for benefit fraud; background checks also revealed that he was disqualified from election. He was a Conservative when first elected but had recently been sitting as an Independent. Term ends 2011.
Daventry district council: Yelvertoft ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Kay Hemmings. Term ends May 2010.
Harborough district council: Market Harborough Welland ward, after the resignation of Bev Field (Liberal Democrat) who is moving out of the district. Term ends 2011.
South Tyneside borough council: Westoe ward, after the Independent councillor Allen Branley was disqualified for not attending a council meeting in six months. He is standing again in the byelection. Term ends 2012.
Bedford borough council: There will be a byelection for the post of Mayor of Bedford, following the death of Frank Branston who had held the post since it was established. Branston was elected under the banner of his own party, the Better Bedford Independent Party. In the interim, deputy Mayor Nicky Attenborough (Conservative) will be in charge. Term ends 2011.
Lincolnshire county council: Boston North West division, after Conservative councillor Andrea Jenkyns discovered she was disqualified from election due to work as a part-time music tutor in county schools. Having resigned, she intends to seek re-election. Term ends 2013.
Forest Heath district council: Eriswell and The Rows ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Terry Waters who is the subject of an Adjudication Panel hearing scheduled for next month. Waters believes he has not been supported by council officers and that the hearing will not be fair. Term ends 2011.
Gosport borough council: Leesland ward, after Liberal Democrat group leader Peter Chegwyn was disqualified for two years by the Adjudication Panel. No byelection can take place until the High Court has ruled on Chegwyn’s appeal. Term ends May 2010.
Hampshire county council: Hardway division, after Liberal Democrat councillor Peter Chegwyn was disqualified for two years by the Adjudication Panel. No byelection can take place until the High Court has ruled on Chegwyn’s appeal. Term ends 2013.
Thanet district council: Dane Valley ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Stephen Broadhurst whose business has taken him to Panama. He had faced criticism for lack of attendance. Term ends 2011.