Cambridgeshire County Council elections

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Shire Hall in Cambridge, headquarters of Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council is elected every four years by the first past the post system of election. The council currently consists of 69 councillors, representing 60 electoral divisions. The Conservative Party is currently the largest party on the council, having lost overall control in the 2013 local elections. The council meets at Shire Hall in Cambridge.

Under the Local Government Act 1972 the non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire was created from the merger of the administrative counties of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely and Huntingdon and Peterborough, both of which were formed in 1965. The first elections to the new authority were in April 1973, and the council took office on 1 April 1974.

From its creation until 1998, the county council administered the entire area of the ceremonial county of Cambridgeshire. Peterborough city council became a unitary authority in 1998, but continues to form part of the county for ceremonial purposes.

Political control[edit]

Since 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:

Party Tenure
No overall control 1973 – 1977
Conservative 1977 – 1985
No overall control 1985 – 1989
Conservative 1989 – 1993
No overall control 1993 – 1997
Conservative 1997 – 2013
No overall control 2013 – present

County council composition[edit]

Election Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat[1] UKIP Green Other Total
1973[2] 28 22 5 0 0 13 68
1977[2] 56 7 1 0 0 4 68
1981[2] 35 19 11 0 0 3 68
1985[2] 29 21 26 0 0 1 77
1989[2] 46 20 10 0 0 1 77
1993[3] 33 21 20 0 0 3[4] 77
1997[3][5][6] 33 10 16 0 0 0 59
2001[5][6] 34 9 16 0 0 0 59
2005[7] 42 4 23 0 0 0 69
2009[8] 42 2 23 1 1 0 69
2013[9] 32 7 14 12 0 4 69

Composition since 1973[edit]

1973



1977



1981



1985



1989



1993



1997




2001




2005




2009



2013



By-election results[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of by-elections to Cambridgeshire County Council.

1993-1997[edit]

Abbey By-Election, 7 November 1996[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Colin Shaw 723 72.2 +6.9
Conservative Simon Mitton 175 17.5 -3.4
Liberal Democrat Evelyn Knowles 104 10.4 -3.4
Majority 548 54.7 +10.3
Turnout 1,002 20.6
Labour hold Swing

1997-2001[edit]

Melbourn By-Election, 4 March 1999[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat R L Trueman[12] 1,206 51.0 +14.1
Conservative 922 39.0 +5.4
Labour 236 10.0 -6.6
Majority 284 12.0
Turnout 2,364 32.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Houghton & Wyton By-Election, 8 April 1999[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S M Campbell[12] 1,300 52.0 -3.9
Liberal Democrat 1,202 48.0 +18.8
Majority 98 4.0
Turnout 2,502 34.0
Conservative hold Swing
March East By-Election, 4 January 2001[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative F Yeulett[15] 769 56.2 +13.1
Labour 313 22.9 -13.5
Liberal Democrat 177 12.9 -0.4
Independent 109 8.0 +8.0
Majority 456 33.3
Turnout 1,368 17.3
Conservative hold Swing

2001-2005[edit]

Newnham By-Election, 1 May 2003[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Alexander Reid 930 51.3 -3.8
Conservative C. Gail Kenney 376 20.7 +1.5
Labour Daphne Roper 290 16.0 -9.6
Green Anna Gomori-Woodcock 218 12.0 +12.0
Majority 554 30.6 +1.1
Turnout 1,814 23.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Melbourn By-Election, 2 October 2003[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Anthony Stuart Milton 1,298 56.9 +19.5
Conservative David Leon Porter 985 43.1 +2.9
Majority 313 13.8
Turnout 2,283 30.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Fulbourn By-Election, 10 June 2004[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Barker 1,392 45.5 +16.3
Liberal Democrat Frances Amrani 1,057 34.5 +22.0
Labour Martin Evans 613 20.0 -25.5
Majority 335 11.0
Turnout 3,062 46.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Castle By-Election, 10 December 2004[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat J. David White 922 55.8 -1.5
Conservative Robert Boorman 280 16.9 -2.5
Labour Jane Jacks 276 16.7 -6.6
Green Stephen Lawrence 117 7.1 +7.1
UKIP Helene Davies 58 3.5 +3.5
Majority 642 38.9 +4.9
Turnout 1,653 23.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

2005-2009[edit]

Ely South and West By-Election, 19 January 2006[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Simon Higginson 1,140 60.0 +3.8
Conservative Roderick Mair 583 30.7 -13.1
Green Andrew Allen 105 5.5 +5.5
Labour Fiona Ross 72 3.8 +3.8
Majority 557 29.3
Turnout 1,900 32.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Romsey By-Election, 4 May 2006[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Alice Douglas 955 40.2 -4.8
Labour Paul Gilchrist 656 27.6 -5.7
Green Jesse Griffiths 265 11.2 +0.4
Conservative Richard Normington 258 10.9 +1.2
Respect Denise Knowelden 240 10.1 +10.1
Majority 299 12.6
Turnout 2,374 37.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Somersham and Earith By-Election, 12 October 2006[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Criswell 1,377 68.0 +18.8
Liberal Democrat Anthony Hulme 566 28.0 -9.4
Labour Richard Allen 81 4.0 -9.4
Majority 811 40.0
Turnout 2,024 28.2
Conservative hold Swing
Little Paxton and St Neot's North By-Election, 3 May 2007[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Churchill 2,412 52.9 +3.3
Liberal Democrat Robert Eaton 1,885 41.4 +8.5
Labour Richard Allen 260 5.7 -11.8
Majority 527 11.5
Turnout 4,557 37.5
Conservative hold Swing
Sutton By-Election, 3 May 2007[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Read 1,077 47.5 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Ian Dewar 574 25.3 -31.5
Independent Kenneth Winters 485 21.4 +21.4
Labour Fiona Ross 130 5.7 +5.7
Majority 503 22.2
Turnout 2,266 36.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Roman Bank and Peckover By-Election, 3 January 2008[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Humphrey 897 61.1 +2.1
Labour Barry Diggle 380 25.9 +25.9
UKIP Paul Clapp 192 13.1 +13.1
Majority 517 35.2
Turnout 1,469 21.9
Conservative hold Swing
Romsey By-Election, 1 May 2008[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Kilian Bourke 781 37.0 -8.0
Labour Chris Freeman 597 28.3 -5.0
Conservative Mike Morley 289 13.7 +4.0
Green Keith Garrett 237 11.2 +0.4
Left List Andrew Osborne 207 9.8 +9.8
Majority 184 8.7
Turnout 2,111 33.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Hardwick By-Election, 27 November 2008[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Fiona Whelan 1,369 49.9 +14.5
Conservative John Ionides 1,169 42.6 +1.3
Labour Helen Haugh 208 7.6 -7.4
Majority 200 7.3
Turnout 2,746 36.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing

2009-2013[edit]

Ramsey Election, 23 July 2009[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Peter Reeve 865 45.3 +45.3
Conservative Susan Normington 682 35.7 -10.6
Liberal Democrat Anthony Hulme 308 16.1 -21.5
Labour Susan Coomey 53 2.8 -13.3
Majority 183 9.6
Turnout 1,908 30.1
UKIP gain from Conservative Swing
Wisbech North By-Election, 15 April 2010[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Samantha Hoy 548 34.8 -6.9
Liberal Democrat Dave Patrick 506 32.1 +20.0
Labour Barry Diggle 287 18.2 +2.7
UKIP Paul Clapp 233 14.8 -15.9
Majority 42 2.7
Turnout 1,574 21.1
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liberal prior to 1981, SDP-Liberal Alliance from 1981 to 1988.
  2. ^ a b c d e Local elections in Britain: a statistical digest edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher. 1993
  3. ^ a b "Briefing Notes for the County Council Elections to be held on 5 May 2005". Cambridgeshire County Council. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  4. ^ Including one Liberal councillor
  5. ^ a b "COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS 7th June 2001 RESULTS". Cambridgeshire County Council. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Election 2001 - Cambridgeshire". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  7. ^ "Election 2005 - Cambridgeshire". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  8. ^ "Election 2009 - Cambridgeshire". BBC News. 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  9. ^ "Results for Cambridgeshire". BBC News. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results - November 1996". Keith Edkins. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  11. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results - March 1999". Keith Edkins. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  12. ^ a b "Notice of Meeting". Cambridgeshire County Council. 1999-05-04. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  13. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results - April 1999". Keith Edkins. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  14. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results - January 2001". Keith Edkins. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  15. ^ "Notice of Meeting". Cambridgeshire County Council. 2001-02-06. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Democracy in Cambridgeshire 2001 to 2005- Results of By Elections since June 2001". Cambridgeshire County Council. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g "Results of By elections held since May 2005". Cambridgeshire County Council. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  18. ^ "News releases - Liberal Democrats Win Hardwick County Council Seat". Cambridgeshire County Council. 2008-11-28. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  19. ^ Election delayed from 4 June due to the death of incumbent councillor and Liberal Democrat candidate Ray Powell
  20. ^ "UKIP election win ‘is watershed’". News & Crier. 2009-07-25. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  21. ^ "Dave Patrick stuns Tories and wins Wisbech seat on Fenland District Council for Lib Dems". Wisbech Standard. 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 

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