Weymouth and Portland: The byelection in Tophill East ward on 8 February was won by Kathy Garcia who had a majority of eight votes over Labour. Conservative gain from Independent.
Weymouth and Portland: The byelection in Tophill West ward on 8 February was won by Kerry Baker. Conservative hold.
Changes of allegiance
Thanet: The UK Independence Party group has split in two, after disputes over the draft local plan led to the plan being voted down in full council in January. This week the 12 councillors from the UKIP group who had voted against the plan formally left, and established the ‘Thanet Independent UKIP group’. As a result the position of council leader Chris Webb is endangered.
Aylesbury Vale: Central and Walton ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Edward Sims for work reaons. Term ends 2019.