Derby City Council elections

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Derby City Council elections are generally held three years out of every four, with a third of the council elected each time. Derby City Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Derby in Derbyshire, England. Since the last boundary changes in 2002, 51 councillors have been elected from 17 wards.[1] From 2023 the council will move to the whole council being elected once every four years.[2]

Political control[edit]

From 1889 to 1974 Derby was a county borough, independent of any county council.[3] Under the Local Government Act 1972 it became a non-metropolitan district, with Derbyshire County Council providing county-level services. The first election to the reformed borough council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its revised powers on 1 April 1974. Derby was awarded city status in 1977. Derby became a unitary authority on 1 April 1997, regaining its independence from Derbyshire County Council.[4] Political control of the council since 1973 has been held by the following parties:[5][6][7]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–1976
Conservative 1976–1979
Labour 1979–1988
Conservative 1988–1991
No overall control 1991–1994
Labour 1994–1997

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1997–2003
No overall control 2003–2005
Labour 2005–2006
No overall control 2006–2012
Labour 2012–2018
No overall control 2018–present

Leadership[edit]

The leaders of the council since 2002 have been:[8]

Councillor Party From To
Chris Williamson Labour pre-2002 21 May 2003
Maurice Burgess[9] Liberal Democrats 21 May 2003 20 Jul 2005
Chris Williamson Labour 20 Jul 2005 21 May 2008
Hilary Jones Liberal Democrats 21 May 2008 26 May 2010
Harvey Jennings Conservative 26 May 2010 25 May 2011
Philip Hickson Conservative 25 May 2011 23 May 2012
Paul Bayliss Labour 23 May 2012 11 Jun 2014
Ranjit Banwait Labour 11 Jun 2014 6 May 2018
Chris Poulter Conservative 23 May 2018

Council elections[edit]

City result maps[edit]

By-election results[edit]

1997–2001[edit]

Babington By-Election 10 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,009 71.8 +2.4
Liberal Democrats 396 28.2 +20.2
Majority 613 43.6
Turnout 1,405 18.6
Labour hold Swing
Osmaston By-Election 10 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 557 65.6 -15.6
Liberal Democrats 225 26.5 +7.7
National Democrat 67 7.9 +7.9
Majority 332 39.1
Turnout 849 14.8
Labour hold Swing

2001–2005[edit]

Derwent By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 2,149 62.5 +2.9
Conservative 796 23.2 -5.0
Liberal Democrats 492 14.3 +2.2
Majority 1,353 39.3
Turnout 3,437
Labour hold Swing
Mackworth By-Election 29 July 2004[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lisa Higginbottom 1,180 41.0 -2.6
Liberal Democrats Simon Lysaczenko 941 32.7 +0.1
Conservative Frank Harwood 290 10.1 -13.6
UKIP Martin Bardoe 287 10.0 +10.0
BNP Robert Poundall 182 6.3 +6.3
Majority 239 8.3
Turnout 2,880 31.0
Labour hold Swing

2005–2009[edit]

Abbey By-Election 14 July 2005[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Asaf Afzal 1,187 45.2 +16.5
Liberal Democrats Michael Mullaney 1,176 44.8 +2.4
Conservative Andrew Hill 173 6.6 -5.8
UKIP D. Black 88 3.3 -11.1
Majority 11 0.4
Turnout 2,624
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Derwent By-Election 14 July 2005[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Martin Rawson 1,193 63.6 +14.2
Conservative Frank Harwood 462 24.6 -6.6
Liberal Democrats Rafe Nauen 161 8.5 -10.9
UKIP S. Deakin 60 3.2 +3.2
Majority 731 39.0
Turnout 1,876 21.0
Labour hold Swing
Darley By-Election 24 July 2008[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Paul Keane 1,040 35.8 -0.9
Conservative Lorraine Radford 976 33.6 +4.1
Labour Chris Wynn 695 23.9 -1.0
Green David Clasby 192 6.6 -2.2
Majority 64 2.2
Turnout 2,903 27.2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

2009–2013[edit]

Allestree By-Election 1 October 2009[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Saadia Davis 1,988 52.3 -10.2
Liberal Democrats Deena Smith 1,037 27.3 +15.1
Labour Josh Eades 532 14.0 -0.3
BNP Paul Hilliard 242 6.4 -4.5
Majority 951 25.0
Turnout 3,799 34.7
Conservative hold Swing

2013–2017[edit]

Allestree by-election 29 September 2016[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ged Potter 2,006 54.2%
Liberal Democrats Deena Smith 1,053 28.5%
Labour Oleg Sotnicenko 409 11.1%
Green Marten Kats 115 3.1%
UKIP Gaurav Pandey 91 2.5%
Majority 953 25.9%
Turnout 3,674
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was called after former Conservative councillor Richard Smalley was jailed for giving a false address.[17]

Derwent by-election 9 March 2017[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steve Willoughby 789 37.1 +28.1
Labour Nadine Peatfield 611 28.7 -2.4
UKIP Tony Crawley 537 25.2 -7.2
Liberal Democrats Simon Ferrigno 192 9.0 -15.4
Majority 178 8.4
Turnout 2,138 21.9
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The City of Derby (Electoral Changes) Order 2001", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2001/3482, retrieved 21 August 2022
  2. ^ Hawley, Zena (20 January 2022). "All change in Derby as new electoral system is voted in". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Derby Municipal Borough / County Borough". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  4. ^ "The Derbyshire (City of Derby) (Structural Change) Order 1995", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1995/1773, retrieved 21 August 2022
  5. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Derby". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  7. ^ a b c "Labour wins city council control". BBC News Online. 15 July 2005. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  8. ^ "Council minutes". Derby City Council. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  9. ^ "Ex-Derby council boss jailed for child sex attack". BBC News. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  10. ^ The City of Derby (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1978
  11. ^ "Derby". BBC Online. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
  12. ^ "City UKIP member holds vital vote". BBC News Online. 30 July 2004. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  13. ^ "Liberal Democrats win Darley by-election (with audio)". This Is Derbyshire. 25 July 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
  14. ^ "Darley Ward by-election result". Derby City Council. 25 July 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2008.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Big cut in Tories' safe-seat majority". This is Derbyshire. 2 October 2009. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2009.
  16. ^ "Statement of Results - Allestree By-Election" (PDF). Derby City Council. 29 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Councillor Richard Smalley jailed for lying about address". BBC News. 23 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Statements of Results - Derwent By-Election" (PDF). Derby City Council. 9 March 2017.

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