Forthcoming byelections in principal local authorities, and seats vacant, appear to be as follows:
Inverclyde council: Ward 6 – Inverclyde South West, after the death of Ken Ferguson of the Scottish National Party. Term ends 2012, assuming the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill is passed by the Scottish Parliament.
Stockton-on-Tees borough council: Ingleby Barwick West ward, after the disqualification of Lee Narroway (then of the Ingleby Barwick Independent Society) who has been sentenced to a term of 26 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. Term ends 2011.
Angus council: Monifieth and Sidlaw ward, after the death of Scottish National Party councillor Frank Ellis. Term ends 2012, assuming the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill is passed by the Scottish Parliament.
Gosport borough council: Brockhurst ward, a double vacancy after the resignations of Julia and Michael Salter (both Liberal Democrats) who are emigrating to Australia. The candidate polling the most votes will have a term ending in 2012; the second placed candidate will face re-election in May 2010.
Derbyshire county council: Kirk Hallam division, not a byelection but part of the county council elections postponed from 4 June due to the death of a candidate. In 2005 the division was won by Labour. Term ends 2013.
Warwickshire county council: Arbury and Stockingford division, after the resignation of newly-elected Conservative Tom Wilson who was employed by the authority at the time of his nomination and therefore disqualified. He has since resigned and will defend his seat at the byelection. Term ends 2013.
Brent borough council: Wembley Central ward, after the disqualification of Vijay Shah who has been sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for fraud. Elected as a Liberal Democrat, he had been sitting as an Independent after he was charged. Term ends 2010.
Broxtowe borough council: Brinsley ward, after Sadie Graham-Single was disqualified for failing to attend any meetings in six months. Originally elected for the British National Party, Mrs Graham-Single was expelled from the party in December 2007 and had been sitting as an Independent. 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.