The latest updates on local electoral information are as follows.
Sandwell: The byelection in Tividale ward held on 15 July was won by Emma Henlan. Conservative gain from Labour.
Changes of allegiance
Bolton: Two councillors who were elected for the Labour Party in Crompton ward but left it June 2020, have now formed the Crompton Independents group. They are Bilkis Ismail and Martin McMulkin.
Boston: The ‘Independent 2’ group on the council has dissolved. Three of its five members are now non-aligned: Anne Dorrian (Skirbeck ward), Brian Rush (Staniland ward), and Aaron Spencer (Five Villages ward). Two have joined the ‘Independent 20/20’ group: Neill Hastie (Witham ward) and Peter Watson (Kirton and Frampton ward).
East Devon: Paul Millar, who was elected as an Independent in Exmouth Halsdon group, has joined the Labour Party. Both he and newly elected Labour councillor Jake Bonetta (Honiton St Michael’s ward) seem likely to remain part of the Democratic Alliance group which also includes the Liberal Democrats, Green Party and several Independents.
Redcar and Cleveland: Graham Jeffery, who was elected for the Conservative Party in Hutton ward but left the party in March, has now joined the Cleveland Independent Group formed by other former Conservative councillors.