There are four by-elections in principal authorities this week that we are aware of. Two of these seats are in Aberdeen and are caused by SNP resignations. There are Lib Dem candidates for the Kincorth, Nigg and Cove ward and the Hilton, Woodside and Stockethill ward on 30 July. The by-elections were caused by the election of MPs who were also councillors. As a result there are no special circumstances to help the Lib Dem performance

The party is fighting a seat on Northumberland County Council that was not fought in 2013. This is a strong Labour seat. Finally in Wychavon the party has a reasonable base of around 15% from May in Droitwich East Ward, The result in May was

BROOKES, Gordon Robert The Conservative Party Candidate 1587 Elected

MORGAN, Andrew Roger UK Independence Party (UKIP) 724

NEARY, Sheila The Labour Party Candidate 775

NOYES, Glenise The Conservative Party Candidate 1201 Elected

ROWE, David Liberal Democrats 534

None of these by-elections look easy for the party, however it will be interesting to see if sharp improvements are maintained. In Droitwich UKIP could well fall behind the party  based on similar contests in recent weeks and it will be an interesting contest.