Harrow borough council: The ruling Labour group has split, after group leader Thaya Idaikkadar (Roxeth ward) was deposed at its annual meeting last month. Idaikkadar has decided not to resign the leadership of the council and has instead formed an Independent Labour group, joined by eight other councillors previously in the Labour group: Husain Akhtar (Canons ward), who was elected as a Conservative but joined Labour in March; Nana Asante (Edgware ward); Mano Dharmarajah (Roxbourne ward); current Mayor Nizam Ismail (Queensbury ward); Krishna James (Marlborough ward); Zarina Khalid (Queensbury ward); Asad Omar (Headstone South ward); and Raj Ray (Roxeth ward). The split means that no party now has an overall majority. Idaikkadar, who remains Leader of the council until the future is resolved, has dismissed his cabinet. An extraordinary meeting of the council on 23 May has been summoned.
Sunderland city council: Accidentally omitted from last week’s byelection results was the election of Gemma Taylor as councillor for Houghton ward on 2 May. She held the seat for the Labour Party.
Allerdale borough council: Vacancy in Boltons ward after the death of Independent councillor and former Mayor Joe Mumberson. Term ends 2015. His loss means that Labour has an overall majority on the council.
Southampton city council: Byelection on 13 June in Woolston ward after the resignation of Labour councillor and former council leader Richard Williams, following an inquiry into the reasons why a cabinet member’s resignation was wrongly ascribed to ill health. Term ends 2016.
Thanet district council: Rozanne Duncan, of the UK Independence Party, was elected councillor for Cliftonville East ward on 9 May. She gains a seat previously held by the Conservatives, although the sitting councillor was an Independent when disqualified.
Argyll and Bute council: The council administration has been changed. While the Scottish National Party will continue to be the main administration party, and the Argyll and Bute Independent Group as well as certain individual Independent councillors will continue to be part of the administration, they will now joined by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups. The ‘For Argyll’ group of Independent councillors has gone into opposition. It is rumoured that the Scottish National Party leadership is not happy with the actions of their council group.