Epsom and Ewell borough council provided two shock results in byelections held on 26 February. First the Ruxley ward was won by the Conservatives, gaining a seat from the local Residents’ Associations who control the council; then a few minutes later Labour was declared to have regained the Court ward seat which it had lost in 2007 to the Liberal Democrats.
Two councillors changing groups fall to be noted. Kevan Wakefield, elected for the Labour Party to Nottinghamshire county council in Mansfield South division, has left his party because of his opposition to the proposed waste incinerator on the Rufford Colliery site. He is currently sitting as an “Independent: anti-incineration” councillor.