Haringey: Mary Mason, who was elected for the Labour Party in Bounds Green ward, has left the party to sit as an Independent councillor.
Highland: A Highland Alliance group has been formed by five councillors, who were previously outside any group. Andrew Jarvie (Wick and East Caithness ward) was non-aligned, Duncan Macpherson (Inverness South ward) was ‘Inverness Independent’, Jim McGillivray (East Sutherland and Edderton ward) was ‘Sutherland Independent’, Matthew Reiss (Thurso and Northwest Caithness ward) was ‘Caithness Independent’, and Maxine Smith (Cromarty Firth ward) was an Independent. Meanwhile Patrick Logue, who was elected for the Conservatives in Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh ward, has left the group to sit as a non-aligned councillor.
Lancashire: Sobia Malik, who was elected for the Labour Party in Burnley Central East division, has left the party to sit as an Independent councillor, over the party’s attitude to the Middle East crisis.
North Northamptonshire: King Lawal, who was elected for the Conservatives in Brickhill and Queensway ward but was suspended from the party in July, has now been readmitted.
Oxford: Six out of the seven councillors who recently left the Labour Party over the Middle East crisis have formed the Oxford Socialist Independents group. The exception is Barbara Coyne (Headington Hill and Northway ward) who remains an ungrouped Independent.
North Kesteven: The byelection due in Billinghay Rural ward will be held on 14 December.
St Albans: The byelection due in Sandridge and Wheathampstead ward will be held on 7 December.
Peterborough: On Wednesday a motion to remove the Conservative leadership was carried, and the nominee of Peterborough First was elected to replace him. An all Peterborough First administration has been formed, with support from Liberal Democrats, Labour, Green Party and the Independent councillor.