One week before the nationwide elections to the European Parliament, and elections in about half of England to county councils, there was only one byelection on 28 May. Labour easily held its seat at North Ormesby and Bramble Farm ward, Middlesbrough borough council.
There is more movement of councillors between parties. Starting off in Stoke-on-Trent city council, Joan Bell (Longton South ward), portfolio holder for community safety and neighbourhood management, has resigned from the Labour group and will sit as an independent due to dissatisfaction with group structure. She has indicated she intends to support the Labour group.