Mansfield district council: There are two vacancies: in Portland ward, after the death of Tom Appleby, and in Sherwood ward, after the death of Norman Cook. Both councillors were members of Mansfield Independent Forum and both seats have terms ending in 2011.
Southwark borough council: Impending vacancy in The Lane ward, after the impending resignation of Labour councillor Susan Elan Jones who has been selected as Parliamentary candidate for Clwyd South. As of 5 November, any vacancies which arise in the London borough councils cannot be filled by a byelection due to the full council elections which are due in May 2010.
Westminster city council: Byelection on 10 December in Queen’s Park ward after the death of Labour councillor Mushtaq Qureshi, a tireless champion and highly respected councillor for his ward over the last 15 years. Term ends May 2010.
Shepway district council: The Conservative Party candidate, Shane Lawrence, won the byelection on 12 November in New Romney Coast ward. This is no change in party representation but a seat gained in votes, as the previous councillor was elected as a Liberal Democrat before joining the Conservatives.
Thanet district council: Byelection on 3 December in Dane Valley ward, after a valid resignation was received from Stephen Broadhurst. Broadhurst has been spending much of his time in Panama and was about to be disqualified for failing to attend any council meeting in six months; a previous resignation letter purporting to be from him was found to be invalid because someone else had signed the letter on his behalf. Broadhurst had originally been elected as a Conservative. Term ends 2011.
Worthing borough council: Impending vacancies in Marine ward and Salvington ward, due to the resignations (respectively) of outgoing council leader Keith Mercer and his wife Dr Heather Mercer (both Conservatives) who are emigrating to Cyprus where Heather Mercer is to take up a university post. Terms ends in May 2010 (Salvington) and 2011 (Marine). The Salvington vacancy cannot now be filled by a byelection as it is now within six months of its ordinary election.
Cornwall council: Byelection on 26 November in St Austell Bay ward, after the resignation of Conservative councillor Richard Stewart due to ill health. Term ends 2013.
Stoke-on-Trent city council: The game of musical chairs which has enlivened Stoke council in recent years held another round this week, with Lee Wanger (Tunstall ward) and Sheila Matthews (Norton and Bradeley ward) leaving the Conservative and Independent group to found a new ‘Stoke-on-Trent Independent Group’. Both Wanger and Matthews were elected as Independents in 2006. The current state of the parties on Stoke is: 16 City Independents, 14 Labour, 9 British National Party, 7 Conservatives, 5 Liberal Democrats, 3 Non-Aligned Group, 2 Stoke-on-Trent Independent Group, 2 Potteries Alliance, 1 Libertarian Party, 1 non-aligned. Parties in bold are part of the cabinet.
East Dunbartonshire council: Byelection on 10 December in ward no. 3 (Bearsden South) after the resignation of Conservative councillor Simon Hutchison. There is an unusual Labour/Conservative coalition running the council, whose survival is potentially endangered if neither wins the seat. Term ends 2012.
Falkirk council: Byelection on 19 November in Bo’ness and Blackness ward, after the death of Harry Constable of the Scottish National Party. Term ends 2012.