A quick round-up of up-coming byelections:
Bede (Nuneaton and Bedworth) following the resignation of Sheila Hancox (Lab) who took a politically restricted job under the Widdicombe rules. If Labour do not retain this, they lose overall control of the council.
East Barnet ward (Barnet Borough), due to the death from cancer of Olwen Evans (Conservative). The term lasts until 2010.
Bensham Manor ward (Croydon Borough) following the resignation of Paula Shaw (Lab). As in other London councils, this term lasts to 2010.
Penryn division (Cornwall County), a Liberal Democrat seat held by Stuart Hutchings until his death, and under challenge from a local independent. The winner will serve until 2009.
Brunshaw ward (Burnley Borough), caused by the death of Labour councillor Donald Hall. The successful candidate will serve until 2010.
Daneshouse with Stoneyholme ward (Burnley Borough as well), caused by the disqualification of Mozaquir Ali (Liberal Democrat) who had been convicted of election offences. This vacancy is for a term ending in 2008.
Warboys and Bury ward (Huntingdonshire District), a Liberal Democrat seat left vacant by the death of Jack Taylor. The term runs until 2008.
Castle division Cumbria County), held by the Liberal Democrats’ Geoff Hodgson until his death. This ward is in Carlisle, and the winner serves until 2009.
Pilgrims Hatch ward (Brentwood Borough), caused by the resignation of Conservative councillor Sandra Roberts due to family circumstances. The successful candidate will serve until 2008. This is a three seat ward and the other two councillors are Liberal Democrats.