Local by-election defeats for the Conservatives may be reaching a critical point.
There are another two Green gains from the Conservatives to report, bringing the total to 14 seats captured over the past year in by-elections.
It would be wise not to read too much into the results of the small number of contests held during the Christmas holiday period.
It was all going reasonably smoothly for local Conservative candidates.
It has been a long time since the Conservative party has endured so many defeats in council by-elections.