Herefordshire Council elections
Herefordshire Council elections are held every four years. Herefordshire Council is the local authority for the unitary authority and ceremonial county of Herefordshire in England. Since the last boundary changes in 2015, 53 councillors have been elected from 53 wards.
Herefordshire County Council was first established in 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888. The county council was abolished in 1974, with the area merging with neighbouring Worcestershire to become a new non-metropolitan county called Hereford and Worcester, with Hereford and Worcester County Council serving as the higher-tier authority of the new county. Hereford and Worcester was abolished 24 years later and split back into separate ceremonial counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, with Herefordshire Council being established in 1998 as the council for the new unitary authority of Herefordshire (formally being a district council which also performs the functions of a county council). Herefordshire Council replaced the districts of Hereford, South Herefordshire, most of Leominster and part of Malvern Hills, and also took over the county-level functions of the abolished Hereford and Worcester County Council. The first elections to the new Herefordshire Council were held in 1997, initially operating as a shadow authority until the new arrangements came into effect on 1 April 1998. Political control of the council since 1998 has been held by the following parties:
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||2000–2007|
|No overall control||2019–present|
|Terry James||Liberal Democrats||1 Apr 1998||23 May 2003|
|Roger Phillips||Conservative||23 May 2003||27 May 2011|
|John Jarvis||Conservative||27 May 2011||24 May 2013|
|Tony Johnson||Conservative||24 May 2013||9 Mar 2018|
|Jonathan Lester||Conservative||9 Mar 2018||24 May 2019|
|David Hitchiner||Independent||24 May 2019|
- 1997 Herefordshire Council election
- 2000 Herefordshire Council election
- 2003 Herefordshire Council election
- 2007 Herefordshire Council election
- 2011 Herefordshire Council election
- 2015 Herefordshire Council election (new ward boundaries)
- 2019 Herefordshire Council election
|Independent gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing|
|Labour gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Fiona Short||936||37.0||-7.6|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Elizabeth Taylor||831||44.0||+8.7|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Independent||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Paul Truman||308||26.6||+26.6|
|Conservative gain from Independent||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Josephine Lane||241||21.7||+5.4|
|It's Our County||Dave Boulter||304||60.7||13.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Tricia Hales||141||28.1||10.5|
|It's Our County hold||Swing||1.2|
- "The Herefordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2014", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2014/20, retrieved 24 September 2022
- "The Hereford and Worcester (Structural, Boundary and Electoral Changes) Order 1996", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1996/1867, retrieved 19 September 2022
- "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
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- "Split row resolved". Birmingham Mail. 5 February 1998. p. 29. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
- "Statement of persons nominated" (PDF). Herefordshire Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 June 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
- Thomas, James (12 July 2019). "It's Our County hold seat in Whitecross by-election". Hereford Times. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
- "Declaration of Result" (PDF). Herefordshire Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.