Devon County Council election, 2009

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Devon County Council election, 2009
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All 62 seats to Devon County Council
32 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Party Conservative Liberal Democrat Labour
Seats won 41 14 4
Seat change Increase18 Decrease19 Steady

Devon County Council election 2009 map.svg
Mapped results by ward

Council control before election

Liberal Democrat

Council control after election


An election to Devon County Council took place on 7 May 2009 as part of the United Kingdom local elections, 2009. The elections had been delayed from 7 May, to coincide with elections to the European Parliament. 62 councillors were elected from various electoral divisions, which returned either one or two county councillors each by first-past-the-post voting for a four-year term of office. The electoral divisions were the same as those used at the previous election in 2009. No elections were held in Plymouth and Torbay, which are unitary authorities outside the area covered by the County Council.

All locally registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) who were aged 18 or over on Thursday 2 May 2013 were entitled to vote in the local elections. Those who were temporarily away from their ordinary address (for example, away working, on holiday, in student accommodation or in hospital) were also entitled to vote in the local elections,[1] although those who had moved abroad and registered as overseas electors cannot vote in the local elections. It is possible to register to vote at more than one address (such as a university student who had a term-time address and lives at home during holidays) at the discretion of the local Electoral Register Office, but it remains an offence to vote more than once in the same local government election.[2]


The election saw the Liberal Democrats lose control of the council to the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats were reduced to the second largest party and hence the official opposition. Devon was one of 2 county councils controlled by the Liberal Democrats, the other being Somerset County Council, both were lost to the Conservative Party.


Devon County Council election, 2009[3][4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 41 Increase18 66.1 41.9 106,411 Increase4.2
  Liberal Democrat 14 Decrease19 22.6 29.9 75,815 Decrease8.1
  Labour 4 0 6.5 6.1 15,339 Decrease6.0
  Independent 2 0 3.2 4.6 11,768 Increase0.9
  Green 1 1 0 Increase1 1.6 6.8 17,290 Increase4.3
  UKIP 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 9.0 22,809 Increase4.9
  Liberal 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.0 2,440 Decrease0.1
  BNP 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.5 1,385 New
  Communist 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.0 74 New


  1. ^ "The Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006, Schedule Part 1". 13 October 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "I have two homes. Can I register at both addresses?". The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Devon council". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  4. ^ "Devon County Council Elections 2009". Devon County Council. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 

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