The Green Party and the UK Independence Party scored the impressive wins in the byelections held on 23 July. In Goldsmid ward, Brighton and Hove council, Alex Phillips won a former Conservative seat for the Green Party; the win may result in the Conservative administration of the council being voted out of office.
In Ramsey in Huntingdonshire, Peter Reeve of the UK Independence Party secured a double triumph – winning byelections in both Ramsey ward on Huntingdonshire district council and Ramsey division on Cambridgeshire county council. The district seat was formerly held by the Liberal Democrats while the county seat was Conservative in 2005.
Another council administration in trouble after a byelection loss is the Labour/Independent leadership of Redcar and Cleveland council. The second byelection of the year in Dormanstown ward resulted, like the first, in the Liberal Democrats gaining the seat from Labour, this time with Eric Howden. However, Labour are doing much better in Derbyshire Dales district council where Colin Swindell won a seat in Winster and South Darley ward from the Conservatives.
There was an unusual Wednesday byelection this week, due apparently to the council Chief Executive’s reluctance to alter his holiday plans. The Liberal Democrat candidate Carol Caruana won election in Colville ward, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, taking a previously Labour seat.