Forthcoming byelections in principal local authorities, and seats vacant, appear to be as follows:
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk borough council: Gaywood Chase ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Derrick Murphy who is now concentrating on his role as cabinet member for cultural services and Deputy Leader of Norfolk county council. Term ends 2011.
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.
Westminster city council: West End ward, after the particularly sad death of Ian Wilder who was a Conservative and an exceptionally dedicated servant of his ward. Term ends May 2010.
West Somerset district council: West Quantock ward, after the resignation of Mitch Wicking who sat as an Independent councillor. He was recently suspended from office for three months by the Adjudication Panel after publicizing details of the compensation payments to departing Chief Executive Tim Howes. Term ends 2011.