Hartlepool Borough Council elections

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Hartlepool Borough Council elections usually take place for a third of the council, three years out of every four. Hartlepool Borough Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Hartlepool in County Durham, England. Until 1 April 1996 it was a non-metropolitan district in Cleveland. Between 2002 and 2013 the council was led by a directly elected mayor.

Political control[edit]

An earlier municipal borough of Hartlepool existed from 1850 until 1967 covering the old town, whilst neighbouring West Hartlepool was a county borough (making it independent from Durham County Council) from 1902 to 1967. West Hartlepool and Hartlepool merged into a single county borough called Hartlepool in 1967.[1] Under the Local Government Act 1972 a non-metropolitan district called Hartlepool was established, covering a larger area than the previous borough, and Hartlepool was transferred to the new county of Cleveland.[2][3][4] The first election to the reconstituted Hartlepool Borough Council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its powers on 1 April 1974. County-level services were provided by Cleveland County Council until its abolition in 1996, when Hartlepool became a unitary authority. Political control of the council since 1973 has been held by the following parties:[5][6]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–1976
No overall control 1976–1979
Labour 1979–1996

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1995–2000
No overall control 2000–2004
Labour 2004–2008
No overall control 2008–2010
Labour 2010–2019
No overall control 2019–present

Leadership[edit]

Prior to 2002, political leadership was provided by the leader of the council. The leaders from 1999 to 2002 were:

Councillor Party From To
Russell Hart[7] Labour 1999 2000
Arthur Preece[8] Liberal Democrats 2000 5 May 2002

In 2002 the council changed to having a directly elected mayor. The mayor from 2002 to 2013 was:

Mayor Party From To
Stuart Drummond Independent 6 May 2002 2 May 2013

In 2013 the council abolished the post of directly elected mayor, and political leadership was once again provided by the leader of the council. The leaders since 2013 have been:[9]

Councillor Party From To
Christopher Akers-Belcher Labour 2 May 2013 May 2019
Shane Moore Hartlepool Independent Union 23 May 2019 12 Sep 2019
Brexit Party[10] 12 Sep 2019 31 Jan 2020
Hartlepool Independent Union[11] 31 Jan 2020

Council elections[edit]

Non-metropolitan district elections[edit]

Unitary authority elections[edit]

Mayoral elections[edit]

On 18 October 2001 there was a referendum on whether Hartlepool should have a directly elected mayor. The referendum saw a narrow vote in favour with 10,667 yes votes and 10,294 no votes on a turnout of 31%.[16] The first election in 2002 saw an independent candidate Stuart Drummond elected and he has been re-elected in both the 2005 and 2009 elections.[17]

By-election results[edit]

Jackson By-Election 13 December 2001[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Iseley 465 66.0 +20.9
Liberal Democrats Ken Fox 240 34.0 -20.9
Majority 225 32.0
Turnout 705 17.1
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
St Hilda By-Election 13 February 2003[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Cambridge 502 48.6 +10.5
Labour Keith Fisher 359 34.8 -0.6
Liberal Democrats Kevin Kelly 171 16.6 -10.0
Majority 143 13.8
Turnout 1,032 21.1
Independent hold Swing
Rift House By-Election 24 February 2005[20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lilian Sutheran 440 52.4 +5.8
Liberal Democrats Lynne Gilfoyle 143 17.0 -14.7
UKIP Richard Banks 131 15.6 +15.6
Conservative Brenda Pearson 126 15.0 -6.8
Majority 297 35.4
Turnout 840 18.5
Labour hold Swing
Brus By-Election 8 June 2006[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 350 40.5 -2.3
Liberal Democrats Michelle Plant 230 26.6 +8.6
Independent Jean Pearson 127 14.7 -4.7
BNP 117 13.5 +1.8
Conservative 41 4.7 -3.4
Majority 120 13.9
Turnout 865 18.5
Labour hold Swing
Park By-Election 20 July 2006[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mary Laffey 468 46.1 -2.6
UKIP Eric Wilson 208 20.5 -4.9
Labour Lorraine Fenwick 121 120 -0.5
Liberal Democrats Sheila Bruce 99 9.7 -3.6
BNP Ronald Bage 68 6.7 +6.7
Independent Douglas Ferriday 51 5.0 +5.0
Majority 260 25.6
Turnout 1,015 21.0
Conservative hold Swing
Rossmere By-Election 7 May 2009[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Akers-Belcher 532 42.3 +5.2
UKIP Dave Pascoe 300 23.9 -4.5
Liberal Democrats Pamela Turnedge 166 13.2 -6.4
BNP Cheryl Dunn 157 12.5 +12.5
Conservative Ray Pocklington 102 8.1 -6.9
Majority 232 18.4
Turnout 1,257 26.7
Labour hold Swing
Elwick By-Election 24 September 2009[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Hilary Thompson 233 35.5 -48.8
Conservative Chris Banks 201 30.9 +30.9
Independent Alan Bell 132 20.3 +20.3
Labour Stephen Thomas 40 6.1 -9.3
Independent Ron Watts 28 4.3 +4.3
Liberal Democrats Keith MacFadyen 17 2.6 +2.6
Majority 32 4.9
Turnout 651 39.2
Independent hold Swing
Seaton By-Election 25 October 2012[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Putting Hartlepool First Kelly Atkinson 441 38.4 +23.4
Labour Ann Marshall 261 22.7 +9.6
Independent David Young 193 16.8 -36.7
UKIP Thomas Hind 128 11.1 +0.0
Conservative Shane Moore 94 8.2 +1.0
Liberal Democrats James Tighe 31 2.7 +2.7
Majority 180 15.7
Turnout 1,148 16.1
Putting Hartlepool First gain from Independent Swing
Manor House By-Election 15 August 2013[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Allan Barclay 639 56.4 +7.0
UKIP Tom Hind 226 19.9 +4.2
Putting Hartlepool First Mick Stevens 194 17.1 +0.5
Conservative Mandy Loynes 74 6.5 +0.8
Majority 413 36.5
Turnout 1,133 15.8
Labour hold Swing
Headland & Harbour By-Election 6 October 2016[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Tim Fleming 496 49.2 +0.6
Labour Trevor Rogan 255 25.3 -16.5
Putting Hartlepool First Steve Latimer 155 15.4 +15.4
Conservative Benjamin Marshall 41 4.1 -5.6
Patients not Profits John Robert Price 36 3.6 +3.6
Independent Chris Broadbent 26 2.6 +2.6
Majority 241 23.9
Turnout 1,009 17.8
UKIP gain from Labour Swing
Headland & Harbour By-Election 4 May 2017[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike McLaughlin 555 40.6 +2.6
UKIP Tom Cassidy 532 38.9 +8.1
Conservative Chris Broadbent 210 15.4 +5.6
Independent Lucy Patterson 69 5.1 +5.1
Majority 23 1.7
Turnout 1,366 24.4
Labour hold Swing
Seaton By-Election 19 October 2017[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Putting Hartlepool First Leisa Smith 474 31.6 +3.2
Independent Sue Little 425 28.3 +2.1
Labour Ann Marshall 275 18.3 +4.8
Conservative Mike Young 180 12.0 +6.0
UKIP Karen King 148 9.9 -13.5
Majority 49 3.3
Turnout 1,502 21.4
Putting Hartlepool First gain from Independent Swing
Victoria By-Election 16 November 2017[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Katie Trueman 479 53.1 +1.9
UKIP Jacqui Cummins 325 36.0 +6.4
Conservative Andrew Martin-Wells 98 10.9 -1.0
Majority 154 17.1
Turnout 902 15.9
Labour hold Swing
Rural West By-Election 12 July 2018[32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Young 678 45.4 -13.0
Independent James Brewer 546 36.5 +18.6
Labour Yousuf Khan 184 12.3 -5.4
Green Michael Holt 87 5.8 -0.1
Majority 132 8.8
Turnout 1,495 25.3
Conservative hold Swing
Hart By-Election 11 October 2018[33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent James Brewer 637 44.1 +44.1
Labour Aileen Kendon 582 40.2 +1.5
Conservative Cameron Stokell 200 13.8 -3.4
Green Michael Holt 27 1.9 +1.9
Majority 55 3.8
Turnout 1,446
Independent gain from Labour Swing
Hart By-Election 25 July 2019[34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ann Johnson 366 30.5 -2.3
IU Ian Griffiths 358 29.8 -37.4
Green Michael Ritchie 196 16.3 n/a
For Britain Graham Craddy 166 13.8 n/a
UKIP Graham Harrison 114 9.5 n/a
Majority 8 0.7
Turnout 1,200 16.9
Labour gain from Independent Swing

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