There’s no escaping the national political turmoil over Brexit, even for local council by-elections.
With the attention of the political world firmly focused on the unfolding chaos at Westminster, local by-elections during the past few weeks have taken even more of a back seat than usual.
Just two seats from a total of 22 recent vacancies changed hands, with the Conservatives defeated in both cases.
Independents took the honours during this year’s party conference season. A further three gains go into the wins column, which now stands at 18 set against nine losses since the last General Election