Babergh: Two councillors who defected from the Conservatives to the Independent Conservative group have now returned to the party. They are Alan Ferguson (South Cosford ward) and Siân Dawson (Hadleigh North ward).
Forest of Dean: Maria Edwards, who was elected for the Conservatives in Tidenham, has joined the Forest First group. The group was originally formed by former Labour councillors out of sympathy with the party’s national leadership.
North Norfolk: Georgie Perry-Warnes, who was elected for the Conservatives in Corpusty ward but left the party in June last year, has now joined the Liberal Democrats.
Wirral: The byelection due in Upton ward will be held on 22 November.
South Ribble: Last weekend Conservative group leader Mary Green was deposed by her group. When she unexpectedly resigned the council leadership at a meeting on Monday, absent councillors meant the Conservatives were prevented from deferring the election of a new leader, and the Liberal Democrats voted in a Labour council leader who has now formed a minority administration. It remains to be seen whether this administration will last given the council has a Conservative majority.
Thanet: There is a dispute over the status of Ian Venables, who was elected as Labour councillor in Margate Central ward. He is employed by Thanet RISE, a homelessness team in which the council is part, and officers determined this employment disqualified him as a councillor. A council meeting has refused to declare his seat vacant with a cross-party group disputing the legal basis.