Forest of Dean: Brian Robinson, who was elected for the Conservatives in Longhope and Huntley ward and was the group leader, has left the party to sit as a non-aligned Independent councillor. It is also noted that Bernie O’Neill, who was elected for the Labour Party in Ruspidge ward, is now sitting as an Independent Labour councillor, and that Paul Hiett (Bream ward) has left the Independent Alliance group.
West Oxfordshire: Merilyn Davies, who was elected for the Labour Party in Freeland and Hanborough ward but left the party in April 2019, has now joined the Conservative group. Meanwhile Mike Cahill, who was elected for the Labour Party in Chipping Norton ward, has left the party to sit as an Independent councillor.
In England, all current vacancies which do not fill a term ending in 2021 will be held on 6 May 2021, the ordinary day for local elections. The Cabinet Office has confirmed that local elections teams should not plan on this date being brought forward. Regulations in Wales require outstanding byelections to be held in a period between 1 March and 6 May 2021.
Conwy: The byelection due in Eirias division will be held on 18 March.
Perth and Kinross: The byelection due in Almond and Earn ward will be held on 25 March.
Wrexham: The byelection due in Maesydre division will be held on 18 March.