Somerset County Council elections

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Somerset County Council in England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2001, 58 councillors have been elected from 58 wards.

Political control[edit]

Since 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973 - 1985
No overall control 1985 - 1989
Conservative 1989 - 1993
Liberal Democrats 1993 - 2001
No overall control 2001 - 2005
Liberal Democrats 2005 - 2009
Conservative 2009 - present

Council elections[edit]

By-election results[edit]

1997-2001[edit]

Minehead By-Election 30 July 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,428 42.6 +7.2
Liberal Democrat 1,125 33.6 -1.4
Labour 798 23.8 -5.8
Majority 303 9.0
Turnout 3,351 37.0
Conservative hold Swing
Lydeard By-Election 28 October 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 948 68.2 +28.7
Liberal Democrat 442 31.8 -14.0
Majority 506 36.4
Turnout 1,390 28.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

2005-2009[edit]

Mendip North East By-Election 1 May 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Matthew Ellis 1,568 51.2 +6.9
Liberal Democrat Ian Hasell 1,497 48.8 +9.7
Majority 71 2.4
Turnout 3,065 43.8
Conservative hold Swing
Shepton Mallett By-Election 29 May 2008[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Margaret Robinson 950 47.4 +10.0
Liberal Democrat Rachel Witcombe 783 39.1 +5.5
Labour Christopher Inchley 271 13.5 -15.5
Majority 167 8.3
Turnout 2,004 29.0
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Somerset". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Somerset". BBC Online. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  3. ^ "New Faces Join Mendip District Council". Mendip District Council. 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 

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