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.
Richmondshire district council: Middleham ward, after the resignation of Roger Harrison-Topham (Conservative) who is concentrating on his role as county councillor for Middle Dales division. Term ends 2011.
Forest Heath district council: Eriswell and The Rows ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Terry Waters who was the subject of an Adjudication Panel hearing which was imminent and went ahead in September 2009 after his resignation. Waters believed 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.
Shepway district council: 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.
Southwark borough council: 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 the latest date for byelections (no byelection may take place within six months of an ordinary council election, which is due in May 2010).