WATCH: The Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems declines to rule out an electoral pact with Labour

26 Jun

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WATCH: Montgomerie predicts that Johnson will be ousted as Prime Minister before the General Election

26 Jun

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WATCH: “We can’t continue to just print money and drive further inflation” – Lewis

26 Jun

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Newslinks for Sunday 26th June 2022

26 Jun

Johnson 1) He is ‘actively thinking about’ a third term in Downing Street

“Boris Johnson has said he is “actively thinking” about a third term, amid criticism of his leadership. The prime minister was asked if he would like to serve a full second term in office – to 2028 or 2029. “At the moment I’m thinking actively about the third term and what could happen then, but I will review that when I get to it,” he told reporters. One Tory MP has said he wants the rules changed so Mr Johnson could face another confidence vote. Speaking to reporters in Kigali, Rwanda, where he has been at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, the prime minister was asked to elaborate on his comment, replying that he was thinking ‘about a third term – mid 2030s’.” – BBC

  • Aspiration is “delusional” claim his critics – The Observer
  • I will not undergo psychological transformation, warns PM – BBC
  • Six Tory MPs “ready to defect” as rebels say: “We can’t wait a year” – Sunday Times
  • Chris Heaton-Harris, the Chief Whip,  “was seen patrolling the gardens of Westminster Abbey on Wednesday night, where the ConservativeHome website had its summer party, noting which cabinet ministers were talking to journalists.” – Sunday Times
  •  “When Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, spoke at the Conservative Home party on Wednesday night, you could sense his stock rising and falling almost by the sentence.” – Robert Colvile, Sunday Times
  • Pull your finger out, if you want to stay PM – Leader, The Sun on Sunday
  • He needs to really get Brexit done – Nigel Farage, Mail on Sunday
  • PM must make good on promises – Leader, Sunday Express
  • Cameron met Dowden “to plot against Johnson” – Mail on Sunday

Johnson 2) Plan “to impose steel tariffs to win back Red Wall”

“Boris Johnson will risk fresh allegations that he is breaking international law this week as he imposes sweeping new steel tariffs as part of an effort to win back support in Red Wall seats. The Prime Minister is preparing to hit several developing countries with new “safeguard” import limits designed to protect UK manufacturers from a “flood of cheap steel” from overseas. At the same time, ministers will announce a two-year extension of steel tariffs already imposed on developed countries and China.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • All protectionism will tell Red Wall voters is that the Government has lost its way – Leader, Sunday Telegraph

Johnson 3) Call on world leaders to step up backing for Ukraine

“The Prime Minister will promise further financial support for Ukraine as he meets world leaders at a series of summits. He will urge allies to continue backing Kyiv against Moscow’s “barbarism,” saying now is not the time to give up on Ukraine. He will pledge £429m in guarantees for World Bank lending. He will attend the G7 summit in Germany and Nato’s meeting in Madrid on Sunday as his leadership is being questioned. Mr Johnson is due back in the UK on Thursday.” – BBC

  • Putin’s threats are emptier than we think – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times

Coffey to require benefits claimants to work longer hours to avoid job centre interviews

“Benefits claimants will have to work longer hours in order to be released from regular job centre visits under a crackdown to be announced by Therese Coffey. In an interview with The Telegraph, the Work and Pensions Secretary suggested benefits rules will initially be overhauled so that anyone working fewer than 12 hours a week will have to attend appointments at job centres and look for more work. Dr Coffey said she wanted to increase the threshold even further in a second stage, which could see the current requirement of nine hours work per week increased by more than 50 per cent.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • “I claimed benefits three times before becoming an MP” – Interview with Therese Coffey, Sunday Telegraph

Adams “in the frame” to be next Conservative Party Chairman

“Boris Johnson’s Mr Fixit could be the next party chairman, top Tories say. Minister without Portfolio Nigel Adams is in the frame after Oliver Dowden resigned last week. Adams is seen as a Cabinet enforcer and has served in the Foreign Office, as Sports Minister and a party whip. A Tory source said: “As we head towards the general election, the next party chairman needs charisma, the willingness to campaign, an ability to rally the troops in CCHQ and the activists around the country, and be laser-focused on the party, not their ego.” Business Minister Paul Scully and Foreign Office Minister and ex-chairman James Cleverly could also be asked to take on the role.” – The Sun on Sunday

Fuller calls for taxpayer funding of trade union officials salaries to be capped

“Ministers are under pressure to tighten up on the time public sector workers spend on duties for the trade unions. Tory MP Richard Fuller is writing to Cabinet Office ministers to request time is capped. Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg said last week it was “difficult to understand” why union activities are “supported by the taxpayer”. Some public bodies including Network Rail and Hs2 don’t have to reveal the number of union officials working in them or the cost of their “facility time.” Analysis by the Taxpayers’ Alliance estimates that more than £100 million of facility time goes unreported – on top of the £98 million that has been logged for 2020-21.” – The Sun on Sunday

  • Trade unions “blocking the introduction of vital safety equipment” – Mail on Sunday
  • Government pledges to take a tough line – Sunday Express

Dorries: Choose fairness over inclusivity in sport

“Sports have tried to balance inclusivity with fairness. Instead, they’ve offset one against the other. And in a choice between inclusivity against fairness, as Culture Secretary I will always choose fairness. The Sports Councils are clear that ‘categorisation by sex remains the most useful and functional division relative to sporting performance’ and that ‘testosterone suppression is unlikely to guarantee fairness’. So I’m setting a very clear line on this: Competitive women’s sport must be reserved for people born of the female sex. Not someone who was born male, took puberty blockers or has suppressed testosterone. But unequivocally and unarguably someone born female. I want all our sporting governing bodies to follow that policy.” – Nadine Dorries, Mail on Sunday

Green: Ministers should demonstrate their leadership credentials

“The fashion of finding “wedge issues” where you divide the population and leave your political opponents on the wrong side of an argument only works when most people trust what you are saying to them. Without trust, we are left with bombast and rhetoric. Like many others this weekend I have been waiting for Cabinet Ministers to lead this essential debate. It is not a secret that a significant proportion of the Cabinet think they could do a better job of leading the country than the current incumbent. Now would be a good time to demonstrate those leadership qualities.” – Damian Green, Sunday Telegraph

  • If there really is no other Tory able to see of Keir Starmer, the party should turn off the lights – Dan Hodges, Mail on Sunday

Davis: There is a year to deliver real tax cuts

“The biggest policy difference is that we want our Government to stop talking about tax reductions and actually deliver them, so that we are no longer the highest taxing Tory Government in history. I am not one of those who has argued for a change in the rules on leadership. So in theory at least, Boris has a year to earn back the support of those who voted against him. My advice to him is that it is not a psychological change that we want, it is not even big headline grabbing initiatives that we want, but rather a return to being a competent, and above all Conservative Government once more.” – David Davis, Sunday Telegraph

  • Voters turn on Government and Bank of England over cost of living crisis – Sunday Telegraph
  • Stop the groupthink Chancellor … you can cut taxes – Gerard Lyons, The Sun on Sunday

Tactical voting “a growing threat” to Conservatives

“Analysis by YouGov found that there were 44 Tory-held seats where the combined Labour and Lib Dem vote at the 2019 election was higher than the total for the Conservatives. So even if there were to be no Tory deserters, Boris Johnson’s majority would disappear if the maximum amount of tactical voting took place.” – The Observer

  • Why it’s time for Labour to back proportional representation – Andy Burnham, The Observer
  • Tribal voting that is stopping us getting the leaders we need – Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday
  • Durham Police have handed out 100 back-dates lockdown fines. So is Sir Keir Starmer’s Beergate gamble about to backfire? – Mail on Sunday

Biden wants to make abortion a key issue for the US mid-term elections

“Even as he prepared to sign the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades yesterday, President Joe Biden’s mind was still on the Supreme Court ruling the day before that removed women’s constitutional right to abortion and ignited protests across America. “Yesterday, I spoke about the Supreme Court’s shocking decision striking down Roe v Wade,” Biden said…he added that his administration was going to do what it could to “protect women’s health”. To do that effectively he needs voters. With Republican-held states already moving to ban abortion across swathes of the country, Democrats are seeking to make women’s rights central to campaigning for crucial midterm elections in November.” – Sunday Times

>Today: ToryDiary: America provides a timely reminder that law is no adequate substitute for politics

Hannan: Ministers should stop presenting public spending increases as a virtue in itself

“Ministers did not need to make a virtue of public spending. They made a choice to boast about successive budget rises rather than presenting them as a regrettable contingencies. Even now, the “line to take” documents put out by CCHQ are often a self-satisfied list of spending rises – as if the money committed, rather than the results secured, was what counted. Unsurprisingly, this prodigality encourages a belief that every problem can be solved by moolah. Or, to put it more precisely, when voters see the Centre-Right party, the party they associate with fiscal rectitude, gaily splashing billions around – not just on Covid response measures, but on discretionary schemes like HS2, net zero, levelling up and social care – they assume that there must be plenty in the kitty.” – Daniel Hannan, Sunday Telegraph

News in brief

  • Voters are looking beyond partygate. That’s Johnson’s problem – Fraser Nelson, The Spectator
  • Hammered in Honiton, whacked in Wakefield… how bad is it for the Tories? – Matt Singh, CapX
  • More productivity, higher pay – John Redwood
  • Labour’s Wakefield win is nothing to crow over – Joan Smith, The Critic

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Henry Hill: America provides a timely reminder that law is no adequate substitute for politics

26 Jun

There is a tension at the heart of any system for the extra-political enforcement of ‘fundamental rights’. The system is set up to guard against future shifts in political opinion, yet require a widely-held consensus to operate legitimately which can be destroyed if they fail to track public opinion.

Witness the United States, a profoundly divided society with no common consensus on the nature or extent of the rights provided by their Constitution.

Thus rulings on issues such as free speech, firearms, or abortion, rather than safeguarding common values against the vagaries of the political moment, end up consistently representing a triumph of one part of the nation over the other.

(John Roberts, the Chief Justice, seems to have gone to great pains to try and avoid this, with the perceived legitimacy of the Court his primary concern. But accounts of his conduct, however sympathetic, reveal decisions that owe far more to political positioning than detached legal opinion.)

In the United Kingdom we have, for the most part, avoided this dynamic. Our abortion law, to pick the topic du jour, was settled by Parliament in 1967 and attracts no great public ire today, even as polls suggest voters opinions sometimes trend towards tougher restrictions.

But there are definitely echoes of it in the slow drum beat of anger about the expanding role of human rights law, and the clashes between politicians and our own Supreme Court (one of New Labour’s sad American affectations) in the last Parliament.

Likewise, one can trace the outline of American frustration with Roberts’ caution in the barbed criticism aimed at Lord Reed, the President of the Supreme Court, for adopting a different tack to that of Lady Hale when it comes to judicial review of government decisions. High-minded legal concerns about process seem often turn out to be straightforward political and moral debates about outcomes.

Such distortions are very common in debates over codified rights. For example, you will very often hear critics of the UK’s membership of the ECHR shouted down with cries of “But Winston Churchill signed it!”

This is deceptive on two counts. The more straightforward is that Churchill did not actually sign Britain up to the jurisdiction of a foreign court – that occurred under Harold Wilson.

And this leads to the second and more substantial, which is that membership of the ECHR does not simply entail acceptance of the broadly-worded principles in the Convention. One must instead sign up to a detailed and ever-expanding body of Strasbourg case law, handed down by judges over whom we exercise even less democratic control than do the benighted subjects of the US Constitution.

Viewed one way, it’s an example of a ‘motte and bailey’ argument, with lawyers and activists continually pushing outward the boundaries of Strasbourg’s jurisdiction – such as the decision that it now governs military operations overseas – whilst retreating behind the supremely unobjectionable ‘let’s not be Nazis’ founding document when challenged.

Although at least the Convention is a document explicitly drawn up and ratified, and from which the UK could withdraw, and the US Constitution does have formal pathways to amendment even if that nation is too divided to pursue them.

There is a school of thought in this country which holds that the judges should uphold ‘common law rights’ that sit outside and above the sovereignty of Parliament! In practice, this would mean that the balance of opinion in an ill-defined milieu of jurists and judges would supplant our political institutions as the most powerful force in the land.

Such would be perhaps the ultimate example of one of the most pernicious features of this whole phenomenon: the tendency to mask debates about what ought to be, which are inherently political and should be open to all in a democratic society, as technical debates about what is the case, which afford a privileged role to lawyers, academics, and other experts (as well as those with the cash to bring cases).

America again serves as a fine example. How much breath has been squandered arguing about what the wording of the Second Amendment might or might not mean, rather than on the actual question of what a sensible policy towards firearms policy is? To trying to find a ‘right to privacy’ in the constitution, rather than just making a case for sensible abortion law?

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Our top ten picks of the week

25 Jun

Dowden quits. “Somebody must take responsibility.”

Paul Goodman

“I called recently for the Cabinet to tell Johnson that the game is up, and Dowden’s resignation is the closest that any of them have got.”

There is a dangerous gap between the rhetoric and reality of the Bill of Rights

Henry Hill

“It seems to fall between two stools: neither a tight technical update of the existing system, nor a fundamental overhaul.”

Why wage-price spirals fuel inflation – and neither the Keynesians nor the Monetarists are completely right 

William Atkinson

“Our current inflation is caused both by post-Covid shortages and a huge expansion in the money supply. Large pay increases would make it worse.”

Profile: Grant Shapps, the blandly implausible Cabinet star who is taking on the RMT 

Andrew Gimson

“The Transport Secretary, an early backer of Johnson for the leadership, has become one of the Government’s most trusted media performers.”

The saga of London’s ugly bus shelters and EU procurement rules

Harry Phibbs 

“A box-ticking conformity means that officialdom is content if the process is followed – no matter how drab or expensive the outcome.”

The momentous implications of the Down Syndrome Act for the civil service 

Liam Fox MP

“Parents will know who is responsible, who to write to, and who should be replaced if they don’t get the public service application they are entitled to.”

The Bill of Rights, introduced today, builds on the long tradition of British justice

Lord Bellamy QC

“Our commitment to the rule of law is undiminished, but the Human Rights Act if a flawed vehicle which needs reform.”

What can and should the Government do about the unions?

William Atkinson

“Agency workers and minimum service guarantees are a start. But there is more for Ministers to do.”

Grammar schools. If Downing Street really is prepared to act, MPs need to make sure it counts

Henry Hill  

“This is too important an issue for too many people for ‘the optics of a fight with Labour’ to be the primary motivation.”

Double defeat. The Conservatives lose Wakefield to Labour and Tiverton & Honiton to the LibDems. 

Paul Goodman

“The scene is set for a slaughter of the Johnson loyalists in the forthcoming 1922 Committee Executive elections”

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Adrian Lee: He would hold his hand in a candle flame until the skin turned black. Watergate – 50 years on.

24 Jun

Adrian Lee is a Solicitor-Advocate in London, specialising in criminal defence, and was twice a Conservative Parliamentary Candidate.

Frank Wills, a 24-year-old native of Savannah, Georgia, had never had much luck in life, but that was not unusual for a black American growing up in the Deep South in the 1950s.

When he was just an infant, his father left the family, leaving his mother, Margie, to raise their son. Frank did poorly at school, leaving without qualifications. For the rest of his life, he remained barely literate, making spelling mistakes on the most basic of notes. Frank moved to Michigan and studied heavy machine operation, before joining Detroit’s Ford assembly-line. Sadly, the job didn’t last, as Frank found that the factory work exacerbated his asthma.

He next moved to Washington D.C and by 1972, Frank’s prospects started to improve when he was employed at $80 per week as a security guard at the recently completed Watergate Complex on the banks of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

Built between 1963 and 1971, Watergate was considered one of the capital’s most prestigious developments of office and luxury apartments. The list of Watergate residents read like a Who’s Who of the American political elite.

At 00.30 hrs on Saturday 17th June 1972, Frank was on the night shift from midnight to 7am and was undertaking one of his regular patrols. As he walked through one of the underground car parks, he noticed a piece of masking tape was covering the locks on a stairwell door. He didn’t initially think anything of it, as the daytime maintenance team often taped the doors to prevent them from locking. Frank removed the tape, completed his round and then headed across the street to buy a takeaway hamburger.

Just over an hour later, Frank was making his second patrol when he noticed that the tape had been replaced on the same lock. Now suspicious, at 01.47 hrs he called Police and reported a burglary in progress. Police then radioed their closest patrolling vehicle: squad car 80. Unbeknownst to his superiors, the uniformed driver of the car 80 had knocked off work early and was enjoying a series of Bloody Mary in PW’s Saloon.

When the call came through on his walkie-talkie, the slightly inebriated patrolman exclaimed to the bartender “How the hell am I going to investigate a burglary? I can’t even stand.” The officer quickly made an excuse of running out of petrol and the matter was passed onto two plain-clothed officers travelling in an unmarked vehicle. Consequently, the “spotter” for the burglars, stationed in a building opposite, failed to radio the gang when two casually dressed, long-haired, males entered the Watergate.

Shortly after 02.00 hrs, the two policemen entered the offices of the Democratic National Committee on the sixth floor and found five men in suits and ties, wearing surgical gloves, hiding in the dark. Scattered around the office was a wealth of electronic surveillance equipment, from radios to bugs, plus 40 rolls of film and two cameras. Finally, a total of $2,300 was discovered in rolls of fresh, sequentially numbered, $100 notes.

The men were identified as Frank Sturgis, a former CIA undercover operative, Virgilio González and Eugenio Martinez, two Anti-Castro Cuban exiles, Bernard Barker, another former CIA undercover agent, and James W. McCord, Head of Security for the Committee to Re-elect the President (C.R.E.E.P.). The last was a direct employee of President Nixon’s campaign staff.

Investigations led to rooms 419 and 723 of the Howard Johnson Hotel opposite Watergate. It became clear from evidence left behind, including address books listing White House contacts, that the burglary had been coordinated from these rooms, and the occupants had left quickly.

A few weeks later two further men were charged: E. Howard Hunt, former CIA agent turned novelist, and G. Gordon Liddy, senior White House employee, Counsel to the Finance Committee of C.R.E.E.P. and one of the most extraordinary people ever to operate on the fringes of American power. Fred Emery, the journalist, described Liddy as “an exceptionally articulate man with rambunctious Right-wing views.”

G. Gordon Liddy resembled a character out of a novel. By 1972, he had served as both as an F.B.I. Agent and a Prosecuting Attorney. He then transferred over to the Nixon administration and established the White House Plumber’s Unit (with the aim to plug leaks of sensitive government papers) in the wake of the publication of the hitherto secret Pentagon Papers in June 1971.

Liddy had a psychopathic personality. His virulent detestation of the Left and loyalty to Nixon resulted in his willingness (some would say eagerness) to break the law. “I knew exactly what had to be done and why, and I was under no illusion about its legality”, Liddy wrote in his autobiography. Liddy frequently demonstrated his unwavering allegiance to the Republican cause by thrusting his hand into a candle flame and to holding it there until the skin turned black. He once described to White House secretaries how to kill an opponent using a pencil.

On 3rd September 1971, Liddy led a team that burgled the office of the psychiatrist of Daniel Ellsberg, academic and leaker of the Pentagon Papers. The aim was to find confidential papers on Ellsberg’s mental state and thus to discredit him. Despite breaking into several filing cabinets, the mission failed.

Later, Liddy was involved in discussions regarding the proposed assassination of Jack Anderson, a widely syndicated Left-wing journalist. Shortly after, he was appointed to the Nixon re-election campaign and set about recruiting a dirty-tricks team. By Christmas, he had devised a covert plan and had been assigned a budget of up to a million dollars.

On 27th January 1972, Liddy made a presentation of his ideas to the newly appointed Chairman of Nixon’s re-election campaign, John Mitchell. Mitchell was then serving as US Attorney General and the venue chosen for the meeting was the Justice Department.

Liddy called his plan “Operation Gemstone”, and the different component parts were each given the name of a precious stone

“Diamond” referred to a proposal to prevent the student Left from disrupting the forthcoming Republican National Convention. Liddy suggested that they kidnap, drug, and hold the leaders of anti-war movement in Mexico until proceedings ended.

“Crystal” proposed leasing a luxury yacht, filling it with highly attractive prostitutes and packing it with electronic surveillance equipment. “Sapphire” envisaged enticing leading Democrats to visit the ladies on this yacht during Democratic convention in Miami.

“Opal” was a plan for a series of break-ins that would target the offices of aspiring Democratic presidential candidates.

“Turquoise” would send a team of anti-Castro Cubans to sabotage the air-conditioning at the Democratic convention. The list went on and on. Amazingly, Mitchell, US chief law officer, sat through this bizarre presentation calmly smoking his pipe. At the end, he said that his main concern was the expense of such an elaborate campaign.

Although the proposals were scaled down, the madness of that day led directly to the attempts to bug the Democrat’s Watergate office.

Why did they do it? Apart from the illegality, it seems illogical given the margin of victory predicted for Nixon in the polls. The personal insecurity of Nixon is usually cited as the main reason. However, the psychology of the Republican Party should also be considered. It is arguable that since 1932, the Democrats have represented the true establishment of America. In a society where academia, the press, the judiciary and Hollywood are perceived as being solidly liberal, America’s conservatives often feel like outsiders and fear permanent exclusion from power.

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Council by-election results from this week and forthcoming contests

24 Jun

Harlow – Bush Fair 

Labour 594 (47.1 per cent, +2.6) Conservatives 482 (38.2 per cent, -6.5) Green Party 109 (8.6 per cent, +1.0) Harlow Alliance 76 (6.0 per cent, +6.0)

Labour gain from Conservatives

Kingston upon Thames – New Malden Village

Lib Dems 1,217, 1,184, 1,182 (32.8 per cent)  Green Party 867 (23.4 per cent.)  Residents Association 724, 703 (19.5 per cent.) Conservatives 467, 372, 327 (12.6 per cent) Labour 436, 429, 374 (11.7 per cent). Deferred election.

Lib Dems win. (New boundaries.)

Neath Port Talbot – Port Talbot 

Labour 914, 898 (58.1 per cent) Plaid Cymru 367, 244 (23.3 per cent) Independent 246, 171 (15.6 per cent.) Green Party 46, 25, (2.9 per cent.) Deferred election. Labour previously elected unopposed.

Labour hold.

Shropshire – Highley

Lib Dems 630 (54.5 per cent, +54.5) Conservatives 279 (24.1 per cent, -9.5) Labour 239 (20.7 per cent, +7.3) Green Party 9 (0.8 per cent, +0.8)

Lib Dems gain from Independent.

Waverley – Hindhead

Lib Dems 537 (54.6 per cent, +7.9) Conservatves 446 (45.4 per cent, -1.2)

Lib Dems gain from Conservatives.

Forthcoming contests

June 30th

  • Buckinghamshire – Bernwood.
  • Croydon – South Croydon. (Conservative held.)
  • East Riding of Yorkshire – Bridlington North.  (Conservative held.)
  • Eilean Siar – Barraigh agus Bhatarsaigh
  • Eilean Siar – Sgìr’ Ùige agus Carlabhagh
  • Liverpool – Fazakerley Ward
  • Middlesbrough  – Berwick Hills & Pallister.  (Independent held)
  • Newark & Sherwood – Ollerton. (Labour held)
  • South Derbyshire – Midway Ward.
  • Wyre – Cleveleys Park Ward.

July 7th

  • Camden – Hampstead Town. (Labour held)
  • Chesterfield – Hollingwood & Inkersall.  (Independent held)
  • Epsom & Ewell – West Ewell.  (Residents Association held)
  • Milton Keynes – Woughton & Fishermead   (Labour)
  • Mole Valley – Charlwood.  (Conservative held)
  • Welwyn Hatfield – Hatfield Central  (Labour held)
  • West Sussex – Worthing West.  (Labour held)

July 14th

  • Breckland – Thetford Boudica.  (Conservative held)
  • Coventry – Binley & Willenhall.  (Labour held)
  • North Tyneside – Camperdown.  (Labour held)
  • Rutland – Oakham South. Ian Razzell. (Independent held)
  • South Somerset – Brympton.
  • Wandsworth – Tooting Broadway.  (Labour held)
  • Warwickshire – Arden.  (Conservative held)
  • Wirral – Liscard. (Labour held)

July 20th

  • Basildon – Nethermayne. (Independent held.)

July 21st

  • Lancaster – Harbour.
  • North Warwickshire – Hartshill.
  • South Staffordshire – Penkridge North East & Acton Trussell.

August 4th

  • Luton – Dallow. (Labour held.)
  • Shetland – North Isles.  Two seats.

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