The sky may go blue because of Rayleigh scattering, but the council seat stays blue when Rayleigh voters stick with their party. The latest information about local council electoral matters is as follows:
Harlow borough council: Vacancy in Mark Hall ward after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Nick Macy who was the sole member of his party remaining on the council. As his term was due to end in May, there will be no byelection for a replacement.
Rochford district council: Cheryl Roe was elected councillor for Rayleigh Central ward on 1 December. She holds the seat for the Conservative Party.
St Albans city and district council: Byelection on 12 January in Batchwood ward after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Amanda Archer. Term ends 2014. Her resignation gives the Conservatives an overall majority of the council.
Adur district council: Vacancy in Eastbrook ward following the disqualification of Liberal Democrat councillor Gavin Ayling, who failed to attend any meetings of the council in six months. The term ends May next year.
Hampshire county council: Vacancy in Winchester Southern Parishes division after the death of Conservative councillor and Vice-Chairman of the council Frederick Allgood who was also a former Mayor of Winchester. Term ends 2013.
Portsmouth city council: Vacancy in Paulsgrove ward after the resignation of Conservative councillor Mike Blake. As he resigned within six months of his term ending in May next year, no byelection will be held.
Newport city council: Vacancy in Alway division after the death of veteran Labour councillor Ken Powell. Although a byelection could be called, the term will end in May and so it is expected that the seat will be left vacant.
Swansea city and county council: Vacancy in Castle division after the death of Labour councillor Barbara Hynes. Although a byelection could be called, the term will end in May and so it is expected that the seat will be left vacant.
Argyll and Bute council: Vacancy in Oban South and The Isles ward after the death of Scottish National Party councillor Donald McIntosh. As it is less than six months until the end of his term, no byelection can be called.