Durham City Council elections

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Durham was a non-metropolitan district in County Durham, England. It was abolished on 1 April 2009 and replaced by Durham County Council.

Political control[edit]

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

Party in control Years
Labour 1973-1979
No overall control 1979-1983
Labour 1983-2003
Liberal Democrats 2003-2009

Council elections[edit]

Election Labour Liberal Democrat[a] Conservative Independent Total Notes
1973[2] 40 7 0 14 61
1976[3] 34 10 0 17[b] 61
1979[4] 24 7 4 14 49 New ward boundaries[5]
1983[6] 27 9[c] 2 11[d] 49
1987[7] 26 14[e] 0 9[f] 49 City boundary changes took place but the number of seats remained the same[8][9]
1991[10] 28 15 0 6 49
1995[11] 38 7 0 4 49 City boundary changes took place but the number of seats remained the same[12][13]
1999[14] 33 13 0 3 49
2003[15] 17 30 0 3 50 New ward boundaries[16]
2007[17] 17 30 0 3 50

By-election results[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of by-elections to Durham City Council.

Deerness By-Election 22 May 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 561 64.2
Independent 259 29.6
Liberal Democrat 54 6.2
Majority 302 34.6
Turnout 874 31.0
Labour hold Swing
Pelaw By-Election 12 December 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 239 51.7 -20.9
Liberal Democrat 223 48.3 +20.9
Majority 16 3.4
Turnout 462 29.0
Labour hold Swing
Brandon By-Election 11 December 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 645 59.5 -8.6
Liberal Democrat 396 36.5 +4.6
Conservative 43 4.0 +4.0
Majority 249 23.0
Turnout 1,084 23.4
Labour hold Swing
Belmont By-Election 16 December 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat 364 46.1 -4.5
Independent 244 30.9 +1.6
Labour 119 15.1 +0.1
Conservative 63 8.0 +2.9
Majority 120 15.2
Turnout 790 26.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Newton Hall North By-Election 3 February 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Amanda Hopgood 740 70.7 -9.4
Labour 180 17.2 -2.7
Conservative 65 6.2 +6.2
Independent 62 5.9 +5.9
Majority 560 53.5
Turnout 1,047 39.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Carrville and Gilesgate Moor By-Election 5 May 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Les Thomson 1,618 54.1
Labour 1,141 38.2
Conservative 229 7.7
Majority 477 53.5
Turnout 2,988 69.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Coxhoe By-Election 5 May 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Hepplewhite 1,947 69.3
Liberal Democrat 640 22.8
Conservative 221 7.9
Majority 1,307 46.5
Turnout 2,808 64.6
Labour hold Swing
Shadforth & Sherburn By-Election 6 April 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Brian Colledge 658 48.7 -5.1
Labour Angela Leary 625 46.3 +15.2
Conservative Carolyn Smith 67 5.0 +5.0
Majority 33 2.4
Turnout 1,350 35.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Liberal Party prior to 1983, SDP-Liberal Alliance in 1983 and 1987.
  2. ^ Including one Independent Labour
  3. ^ 5 Liberal, 4 SDP
  4. ^ Including one Independent Labour
  5. ^ 5 Liberal, 9 SDP
  6. ^ Including three Independent Labour

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Final poll result may lie with Independents". The Times. 8 June 1973.
  3. ^ "Heavy Labour losses in district polls". The Times. 8 May 1976.
  4. ^ Local elections in Britain: a statistical digest, edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher. 1993
  5. ^ The City of Durham (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1978
  6. ^ "How votes were cast in local government elections". The Times. 7 May 1983. p. 4.
  7. ^ "Results in Thursday's local elections". The Times. 9 May 1987.
  8. ^ The Durham and Easington (Areas) Order 1985
  9. ^ The Durham (District Boundaries) Order 1986
  10. ^ "Complete round-up of results from Thursday's local council elections". The Times. 4 May 1991.
  11. ^ "Complete list of results from Thursday's council elections". The Times. 6 May 1995. p. 10.
  12. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Durham and Tyne and Wear (County and District Boundaries) Order 1992. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  13. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Durham and Tyne and Wear (County and District Boundaries) (Variation) Order 1993. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  14. ^ "Durham City". BBC News. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  15. ^ "Durham City". BBC News. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  16. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The City of Durham (Electoral Changes) Order 1999. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Durham". BBC News. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2013.