Peterborough: The byelection in Orton Longueville ward held on 2 August was won by Gavin Elsey who returns to the council only three months after losing his seat in Orton Waterville ward. Conservative hold.
Changes of allegiance
Copeland: John Dirom, who was elected for the Conservatives in Ennerdale ward, has left the party to sit as an Independent councillor.
Gravesham: The council leader David Turner (Istead Rise ward) and nine fellow members have left the Conservative Party to form an Independent Conservative group, after they were denied approval to stand as Conservative candidates in the election next May. Their move means the council has no majority group and it is uncertain what will happen to the administration.
Northamptonshire: Heather Smith, who was elected for the Conservative Party in Oundle division and was previously leader of the council, has left the party after feeling she was being made a scapegoat for the council’s financial difficulties.