Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council elections

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Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire, England is elected every four years. The council also has a directly elected mayor since 2001.

From 1973 to 2014, the council was elected by thirds every year except the year in which county council elections took place in other parts of England. In 2015, the whole council was elected due to boundary changes to the wards and it was decided that the whole council would be elected every four years in future from 2017, so that the council elections would coincide with the election of the Mayor of Doncaster in future.[1]

Political control[edit]

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973 - 2004
No overall control 2004 - 2010
Labour 2010–present

Council elections[edit]

Elected mayor[edit]

Mayoral referendum[edit]

On 20 September 2001 Doncaster held a referendum on introducing a directly elected mayor. The result saw 35,453 (65%) vote in favour, while 19,398 (35%) opposed, on a turnout of 25%.[4]

Elected Mayor[edit]

Mayoral elections[edit]

By-election results[edit]

1998-2003[edit]

Stainforth By-Election 12 February 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat 1,330 55.9 +45.2
Labour 1,048 44.1 -27.3
Majority 282 11.8
Turnout 2,378 19.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Rossington By-Election 27 August 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Rossington Independent 538 30.2 +11.4
Labour 533 30.0 +3.5
Independent 456 25.6 -17.8
Conservative 129 7.3 +0.1
Independent 80 4.5 +4.5
Liberal Democrat 43 2.4 +2.4
Majority 5 0.2
Turnout 1,779 18.0
Independent gain from Labour Swing
Adwick By-Election 3 September 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 1,071 51.6
Liberal Democrat 614 29.5
Conservative 390 18.7
Majority 457 22.1
Turnout 2,075 17.0
Labour hold Swing
Wheatley By-Election 3 September 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 941 45.0
Liberal Democrat 859 41.1
Conservative 290 13.8
Majority 82 3.9
Turnout 2,090 24.5
Labour hold Swing
Adwick By-Election 12 August 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 742 38.1 -19.6
Liberal Democrat 620 31.8 -0.1
Ratepayers against Landfill 523 26.8 +26.8
Conservative 122 3.3 -7.1
Majority 122 6.3
Turnout 2,007
Labour hold Swing
Conisbrough By-Election 18 November 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 938 53.5 -9.1
Independent Labour 532 30.3 +6.8
Independent 140 8.0 +8.0
Liberal Democrat 76 4.3 -3.0
Conservative 68 3.9 -1.9
Majority 406 23.2
Turnout 1,754 16.1
Labour hold Swing
Balby By-Election 5 October 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 763 53.2 -5.0
Liberal Democrat 404 28.2 +10.5
Conservative 266 18.6 -5.6
Majority 359 25.0
Turnout 1,433 13.9
Labour hold Swing
Stainforth By-Election 20 June 2002[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Nora Troops 1,170 56.7 +8.1
Liberal Democrat Kevin Abell 444 21.5 -1.5
Conservative Kathleen Fletcher 238 11.5 +0.0
BNP David Owen 210 10.2 -1.8
Majority 726 35.2
Turnout 2,062 17.0
Labour hold Swing

2003-2010[edit]

Armthorpe By-Election 19 December 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Corden 940 49.7 +9.0
Independent 822 43.5 -6.8
Conservative 95 5.0 -4.0
Independent 33 1.7 +1.7
Majority 118 6.2
Turnout 1,890 14.1
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Mexborough By-Election 19 February 2004[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Susan Phillips 2,670 56.8 +6.6
Labour 1,866 39.7 -2.9
Conservative 163 3.5 -0.3
Majority 804 17.1
Turnout 4,699 45.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Central By-Election 5 May 2005[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John McHale 2,903 58.0 +17.1
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Snelling 2,107 42.0 +7.7
Majority 796 16.0
Turnout 5,010 47.8
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Rossington By-Election 19 November 2009[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Cooper-Holmes 637 26.9 +1.1
English Democrats Mick Cooper 551 23.3
Independent John Cooke 506 21.4
Independent Terry Wilde 420 17.7
BNP Dave Owen 101 4.3 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Robert Mitchell 78 3.3 +3.3
Independent George Sheldon 76 3.2
Majority 86 3.6
Turnout 2,369 24.6
Labour gain from Independent Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Borough of Doncaster (Scheme of Elections) Order 2013". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Doncaster". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Doncaster council". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  4. ^ Parker, Simon (2001-09-21). "Doncaster votes for a mayor". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  5. ^ "Stainforth By-election Result". Doncaster Council. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  6. ^ "Tories take two steps forward in byelections". London: guardian.co.uk. 2004-02-20. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  7. ^ "Lib Dems in town hope to 'do a Sheffield'". Yorkshire Post. 2004-02-25. p. 1. 
  8. ^ "Doncaster Central Ward Election 2005". Doncaster Council. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  9. ^ "New Rossington Councillor elected". Doncaster Council. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 

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