Halton Borough Council elections

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Halton Borough Council elections are generally held three years out of every four, with a third of the council being elected each time. Halton Borough Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Halton in Cheshire, England. Since the last boundary changes in 2020, 54 councillors have been elected from 18 wards.[1]

Political control[edit]

Halton was created under the Local Government Act 1972 as a non-metropolitan district, with Cheshire County Council providing county-level services. The first election to the district council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its powers on 1 April 1974. On 1 April 1998 Halton became a unitary authority, becoming independent from Cheshire County Council. Political control of Halton since 1974 has been held by the following parties:[2][3][4]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
Labour 1974–1998

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1998–present

Leadership[edit]

The first leader of the council, John Collins, had been the last leader of the Widnes Borough Council, one of the council's predecessors. The leaders of the council since 1974 have been:[5]

Councillor Party From To
John Collins[6] Labour 1974 1981
Ted Gleave Labour 1981 May 1989
Stan Hill[7] Labour May 1989 May 1993
Dave Cargill[8][9] Labour May 1993 18 May 1999
Tony McDermott Labour 18 May 1999 21 May 2010
Rob Polhill Labour 21 May 2010 21 May 2021
Mike Wharton Labour 21 May 2021

Council elections[edit]

By-election results[edit]

Hough Green By-Election 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 741 75.2 +8.5
Liberal Democrats 245 24.8 +7.9
Majority 496 50.4
Turnout 986
Labour hold Swing
Castlefields By-Election 7 July 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 355 49.5 +5.7
Liberal Democrats 249 34.7 +19.2
Conservative 98 13.6 +1.0
Independent 15 2.1 -16.3
Majority 106 14.8
Turnout 717 15.2
Labour hold Swing
Castlefields By-Election 6 July 2006[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harry Howard 359 42.6 -1.2
Liberal Democrats Peter Blackmore 345 40.9 +25.4
Independent Jimmy Tang 87 10.3 -8.1
Conservative Marjorie Bradshaw 52 6.2 -6.4
Majority 14 1.7
Turnout 843 18.4
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Halton (Electoral Changes) Order 2020", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2020/60, retrieved 3 September 2022
  2. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  3. ^ Coligan, Nick (25 April 2007). "It's one fight that Labour cannot lose; Lib Dems' mission impossible: Local elections 2007". Liverpool Echo. p. 15.
  4. ^ "Halton". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Council minutes". Halton Borough Council. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  6. ^ Farrington, Jessica (22 October 2020). "New Widnes road named in honour of Halton hero". Runcorn and Widnes World. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  7. ^ "New council leader". Runcorn Weekly News. 11 May 1989. p. 3. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  8. ^ "New man at the top". Runcorn Weekly News. 20 May 1993. p. 27. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  9. ^ Lawrence, Andy (20 May 1999). "Council chief defuses row with praise". Runcorn Weekly News. p. 33. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  10. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Halton (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1976. Retrieved on 19 November 2015.
  11. ^ The Borough of Halton (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1986
  12. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Cheshire and Merseyside (County and Metropolitan Borough Boundaries) Order 1993. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  13. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside (County and Metropolitan Borough Boundaries) Order 1993. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  14. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside (County Boundaries) Order 1993. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  15. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Halton (Electoral Changes) Order 1997. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Halton council". * BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  17. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Halton (Electoral Changes) Order 2002. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  18. ^ "2006 Electoral Nominations". Halton Borough Council. Retrieved 24 February 2010.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Castlefields by-election". Halton Borough Council. 7 July 2006. Archived from the original on 25 June 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2010.

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