Possibly due to miscalculation a snap byelection in Moulsham and Central ward, Chelmsford borough council was held on the Friday. It resulted in a Liberal Democrat gain from the Conservatives.
There was a byelection for both seats in St. Mary’s ward (two seats), Castle Point district council; although the Conservatives kept one seat, Labour won the second from them. The Conservatives did manage to keep hold of Springfield ward, Hackney borough council in the other pre-Christmas byelection.
On 3 January, Manchester city councillor Faraz Bhatti announced that he had left the Liberal Democrats and joined the Conservatives. He is the first Conservative Party member on the council for more than a decade.