There was also some unusual cheer for Labour, who not only held onto their East Brighton seat with an increased share of the vote but also trounced UKIP to make a gain in the Silverdale & Parksite seat of Newcastle Under Lyme: the party's first by-election gain of the summer. It was, in fact, more of a re-gain as Labour had held the seat until losing it to UKIP last time out, following the defection to UKIP of Labour councillor Derrick Huckfield.
UKIP, however, also reversed their recent bad run of form by not only seeing their share of the vote increase in a council seat for the first time since the Brexit vote, but also gaining the seat in question - Beaver in Ashford - from Labour.
The Tories held on to South East Holderness in the East Riding of Yorkshire and beat off challenges from Independent candidates in Nottinghamshire and Rushcliffe to hold on there too.
|Brighton & Hove||East Brighton||LAB Hold|
|Yorks East Riding||S E Holderness||CON Hold|
|Eden||Alston Moor||LIB DEM Gain|
|Newcastle under Lyme||Silverdale & Parksite||LAB Gain|