Torbay Council elections

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Torbay Unitary Council, in Devon, England, is elected every four years. The council also has a directly elected mayor since 2005.

Political control[edit]

Council Control[edit]

Since the council became a unitary authority, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Liberal Democrats 1997–2000
Conservative 2000–2003
Liberal Democrats 2003–2007
Conservative 2007 – present

Elected Mayor[edit]

Party in control Years
Conservative 2005 – present

Council elections[edit]

Mayoral Referendum result[edit]

A referendum took place on 14 July 2005 on establishing a directly elected mayor. The result saw a majority in favour with 18,074 in support and 14,684 opposed on a 32.1% turnout.[3]

Mayoral Elections[edit]

By-election results[edit]

1997–2000[edit]

Tormohun By-Election 15 January 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,380 46.3 +10.9
Liberal Democrat 884 29.7 -2.4
Independent 521 17.5 -3.5
Labour 195 6.5 -5.0
Majority 469 16.6
Turnout 2,980 35.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Tormohun By-Election 17 September 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Damian Barton 671 38.2 +5.9
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Faulkner 667 38.0 -5.3
Labour Darren Cowell 321 18.3 -6.1
Liberal 97 5.5 +5.5
Majority 4 0.2
Turnout 1,756
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Preston By-Election 8 April 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,504 51.4 +16.0
Liberal Democrat 1,129 38.6 +6.5
Labour 295 10.1 -1.4
Majority 375 12.8
Turnout 2,928 34.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

2000–2003[edit]

Ellacombe By-Election 7 December 2000[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Andrew Blake 1,151 62.9 +32.9
Conservative David Selley 546 29.8 -7.2
Labour Pauline Digby 94 5.1 +0.0
Independent Lionel Digby 40 2.2 +2.2
Majority 605 33.1
Turnout 1,831 24.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Tormohun By-Election 29 November 2001[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat 1,201 63.4 -26.3
Conservative 557 29.6 -10.9
Labour 121 6.4 -5.6
Majority 644 33.8
Turnout 1,879 25.5
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing

2003–2007[edit]

Roundham with Hyde By-Election 20 May 2004[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joseph Carroll 498 29.3 -2.3
Liberal Democrat Andrew Douglas-Dunbar 413 24.3 -24.7
Independent Alan Hall 203 11.9 +4.6
Labour David Pedrick-Friend 203 11.9 -0.1
UKIP Mark Dent 128 7.5 +7.5
BNP Michael Turner 106 6.2 +6.2
Independent Pamela Neale 85 5.0 +5.0
Independent Mary Bennett 63 3.7 +3.7
Majority 85 5.0
Turnout 1,699 31.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Wellswood By-Election 5 August 2004 (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 964
Conservative 923
UKIP 545
UKIP 482
Liberal Democrat Tristan Gruber 198
Liberal Democrat Thomas Pentney 192
Labour 102
Labour 89
Turnout 3,496 27.6
Conservative hold Swing
Goodrington with Roselands By-Election 21 October 2004[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Hurst 701 42.2 +10.5
Liberal Democrat Thomas Pentney 510 30.7 -27.9
UKIP Mark Dent 284 17.1 +7.4
Labour John Mellor 116 7.0 +7.0
BNP Michael Turner 50 3.0 +3.0
Majority 191 11.5
Turnout 1,661 30.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Wellswood By-Election 10 March 2005[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hanley 1,261 62.5 +8.5
Liberal Democrat Jefferson Rose 331 16.4 +5.2
UKIP Mark Dent 326 16.1 -13.3
Labour Thomas Millman 99 4.9 -0.6
Majority 930 46.1
Turnout 2,017 29.6
Conservative hold Swing
Blatchcombe By-Election 5 May 2005[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jeanette Richards 1,708 38.9 +18.9
Liberal Democrat Alan Forbes 1,563 35.6 -14.1
Labour Jonathan Haines 1,124 25.6 +7.4
Majority 145 3.3
Turnout 4,395 57.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Churston with Galmpton By-Election 8 December 2005[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Mills 1,250 77.7 +27.4
Liberal Democrat Andrew Douglas-Dunbar 270 16.8 -32.9
Labour Trevor Fine 89 5.5 +5.5
Majority 980 60.9
Turnout 1,609 28.3
Conservative hold Swing

2007–2011[edit]

Berryhead with Furzeham By-Election 14 June 2007 (3)[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Michael Morey 1,006
Independent Vic Ellery 952
Conservative Martyn Hodge 853
Conservative Simon Jones 727
Conservative Alan Craig 689
Independent Tony Walker 510
Liberal Democrat Chris Lomas 483
Independent Nigel James 397
Liberal Democrat Catherine Johns 277
Liberal Democrat John Turner 245
BNP Michael Turner 159
BNP Maureen Turner 152
BNP Chris Marchant 151
UKIP Gary Booth 145
UKIP Peter Fryett 129
UKIP Mike Simpson 93
Labour Patrick Canavan 71
Labour Jermaine Atiya-Alla 67
Labour Irene Reade 66
Turnout 7,172 31.8
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
St. Mary's-with-Summercombe By-Election 22 July 2010[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Andrew Baldrey 801 52.7
Conservative Nicholas Henderson 365 24.0
Labour Rosemary Ann Clarke 195 12.8
UKIP Jen Walsh 159 10.5
Majority
Turnout 2,017 1,520
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing


2011–2015[edit]

Cockington-with-Chelston By-Election 23 June 2011[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Mark Pountney 1 048 46.3
Conservative Sylvia Faryna 614 27.1
Labour Leonora Critchlow 357 15.8
Independent Susie Colley 129 5.7
Independent Mark Dent 61 2.7
Green Thomas Cooper 55 2.4
Majority
Turnout 2 264 26.3
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Torbay". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Local elections". * BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Totals so far". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 11 September 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Torbay Borough Council Casual Election 7th December 2000". Torbay Council. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Labour regains Burnley". London: guardian.co.uk. 30 November 2001. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Roundham with Hyde By-Election". Torbay Council. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Tories keep seats despite Ukip vote surge". London: guardian.co.uk. 6 August 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Labour wins byelection in army town". London: guardian.co.uk. 22 October 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Candidates named for by-election". BBC News Online. 25 September 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Declaration of result of poll". Torbay Council. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Declaration of result of poll". Torbay Council. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "Declaration of result of poll". Torbay Council. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Declaration of result of poll". Torbay Council. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Declaration of result of poll". Torbay Council. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Declaration of result of poll". Torbay Council. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 

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