There were seven council by-elections this week, three of which were all independent affairs in the City of London. We won't trouble you with those results and will concentrate on the party politics of the rest. Unusually there was a by-election held on Wednesday - in Spelthorne, Surrey. The Green Party gained that seat from the Tories, making it the fourth straight Conservative loss since the local elections earlier this month. However, a 'progressive alliance' largely delivered this result as both Labour and the Lib Dems stood aside. There was no UKIP candidate this time, either.
Laleham & Shepperton Green, Spelthorne Borough Council
Grn: 903 (51.7%) +29.4%
Con: 775 (44.4%) +4.2%
TUSC: 69 (3.9%) New
Grn GAIN from Con
In the other results it was more bad news for the Tories as they lost a seat to an independent in North Kesteven, Lincolnshire. It was a very close call with just six votes in it.
Labour were defending the remaining four seats, including three in Redbridge. They successfully held all four.
Gedling Village, Gedling Borough Council
Lab: 693 (39.4%) -13.9%
Con: 544 (30.9%) +3.1%
LDem: 428 (24.3%) +5.4%
Grn: 95 (5.4%) New
Sleaford Quarrington & Mareham, North Kesteven District Council
Ind: 545 (39.6%) New
Con: 539 (39.6%) +7.2%
Lab: 287 (20.8%) -2.9%
Ind GAIN from Con
Mayfield, Redbridge London Borough Council
Lab: 2349, 2148, 2125
Con: 525, 470, 360
Lab HOLD x 3
|Labour's victorious trio in Redbridge|