Herefordshire Council elections

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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.[1]

Political control[edit]

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.[2] Political control of the council since 1998 has been held by the following parties:[3]

Party in control Years
Liberal Democrats 1998–2000
No overall control 2000–2007
Conservative 2007–2019
No overall control 2019–present

Leadership[edit]

The leaders of the council since 1998 have been:[4]

Councillor Party From To
Terry James[5] 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

Council elections[edit]

By-election results[edit]

1997–2000[edit]

Weobley By-Election 26 March 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent 333 35.5
Liberal Democrats 284 30.3
Conservative 234 24.9
Labour 62 6.6
Green 25 2.4
Majority 49 5.2
Turnout 938 38.5
Independent gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Holmer By-Election 11 February 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 375 35.6 -22.1
Labour 349 33.2 +12.4
Conservative 220 20.9 +0.6
Independent 108 10.3 +10.3
Majority 26 2.4
Turnout 1,052 19.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Hope End By-Election 20 May 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 736 49.5 +24.0
Liberal Democrats 312 21.0 -5.9
Independent 221 14.9 -9.5
Green 148 10.0 -3.0
Labour 69 4.6 -5.6
Majority 424 28.5
Turnout 1,486
Conservative hold Swing
Three Elms By-Election 18 November 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 517 53.1 +31.5
Liberal Democrats 283 29.1 -29.7
Labour 135 13.7 -5.9
Green 39 4.0 +4.0
Majority 234 24.0
Turnout 974 21.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

2000–2003[edit]

St Martin's By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 743 42.5 +8.7
Liberal Democrats 566 32.3 -6.5
Conservative 296 16.9 +4.0
Independent 145 8.3 +8.3
Majority 177 10.2
Turnout 1,750
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

2003–2007[edit]

St Nicholas By-Election 22 January 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Fiona Short 936 37.0 -7.6
Conservative John Ward 783 30.9 +9.4
Independent Julie Woodward 524 20.7 -13.2
Labour John Hitchin 288 11.4 +11.4
Majority 153 6.1
Turnout 2,531 52.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Tupsley By-Election 1 December 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Taylor 831 44.0 +8.7
Conservative John Perris 608 32.2 +8.4
Independent Guy Griffiths 274 14.5 -15.4
Labour John Oliver 118 6.3 +6.3
Independent Richard Thomas 56 3.0 +3.0
Majority 223 11.8
Turnout 1,887 27.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing
Kerne Bridge By-Election 1 June 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Jarvis 482 41.6 +8.2
Liberal Democrats Paul Truman 308 26.6 +26.6
Independent 249 21.5 -45.1
Independent 119 10.3 +10.3
Majority 174 15.0
Turnout 1,158 47.2
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

2007–2011[edit]

Old Gore By-Election 10 April 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barry Durkin 422 37.9 -8.1
Independent John Gartside 401 36.0 -1.8
Liberal Democrats Josephine Lane 241 21.7 +5.4
Green Adrian Worgan 49 4.4 +4.4
Majority 21 1.9
Turnout 1,113 46.0
Conservative hold Swing

2019–2023[edit]

Whitecross By-Election 11 July 2019[6][7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
It's Our County Dave Boulter 304 60.7 Increase 13.0
Liberal Democrats Tricia Hales 141 28.1 Increase 10.5
Conservative Rob Williams 56 11.2 Decrease 3.4
Majority 163 32.5 Increase 5.0
Turnout 501 19.0 Decrease 13.2
It's Our County hold Swing Increase 1.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Herefordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2014", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2014/20, retrieved 24 September 2022
  2. ^ "The Hereford and Worcester (Structural, Boundary and Electoral Changes) Order 1996", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1996/1867, retrieved 19 September 2022
  3. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Council minutes". Herefordshire Council. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Split row resolved". Birmingham Mail. 5 February 1998. p. 29. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  6. ^ "Statement of persons nominated" (PDF). Herefordshire Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 June 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  7. ^ Thomas, James (12 July 2019). "It's Our County hold seat in Whitecross by-election". Hereford Times. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Declaration of Result" (PDF). Herefordshire Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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