This week’s round of local elections and byelections was a mixed bag.
The Conservatives held county council seats in Suffolk (Stowmarket North and Stowupland division) and Oxfordshire (Carterton South West division). In an important result in Vale Royal District in the Davenham and Moulton ward, where the poll had been postponed in May due to the death of a candidate, two Conservatives and one Liberal Democrat were elected: this ensures Conservative control of the district.
Independent candidates suffered in three seats where nominations were reopened because too few candidates were nominated for May’s elections. In Llanyblodwel and Pant (Oswestry Borough) and Upper Culm (Mid Devon District), it was the Conservatives that gained; in Pickering East (Ryedale District) it was the anti-merger Liberal Party.