Here is the state of play with forthcoming local authority byelections:
This is the normal date at which local elections are due to be held. The following are the byelections taking place in authorities which would not otherwise have any elections:
The following are the ‘double vacancies’ where the vacancy will be filled in a multi-member election together with the seat that would ordinarily fall vacant this year.
There are known to be Conservative vacancies in Abbey division, Cheshire county council, after the resignation of Shirley Harris, in Leftwich and Kingsmead ward, Vale Royal district council, following the resignation of Will Charlton, and in Rochester South and Horsted ward, Medway council, following the resignation of John Ward over a controversial post on his blog.
There is a further Labour seat vacant in Killamarsh West ward of North East Derbyshire district council, following the death of Colin Robinson.
The Liberal Democrats have vacancies in Chard Crimchard ward, South Somerset district council, following the death of Jean Smith, and Comeytrowe ward, Taunton Deane district council, following the death of Tony Floyd.
Brockworth division, Gloucestershire county council, is vacant following the resignation of Sean Connors of the Brockworth Residents Group. Canvey South ward of Castle Point district council is vacant after the resignation of Canvey Island Independent Natalie Darby. Unstone ward, North East Derbyshire district council, is vacant following the death of Fred Hopkinson, who was an Independent councillor.
There are some seats vacant which will not be filled because the term of the councillor who caused the vacancy would have expired in May 2008.
(NB post updated, 26 March)