Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council elections

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Kirklees is a metropolitan borough of West Yorkshire, England. One third of the Council is elected each election year. Every fourth year there is no election. Since the last boundary changes in 2004, 69 councillors have been elected from 23 wards.

As of the 2016 elections the council remains in "No Overall Control", with Labour 1 seat short of a majority.

Political Control[edit]

Since 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–1975
No overall control 1975–1976
Conservative 1976–1979
No overall control 1979–1980
Labour 1980–1986
No overall control 1986–1990
Labour 1990–1994
No overall control 1994–1995
Labour 1995–1999
No overall control 1999–Present

Council elections[edit]

The political make-up of the council is as follows;

Party political make-up of Kirklees Council
   Party Seats Current Council (2016)
2012[1] 2014[2] 2015[3]
  Labour 32 32 34                                                                                                                                          
  Conservative 18 18 18                                                                                                                                          
  Liberal Democrat 10 10 10                                                                                                                                          
  Green Party 5 5 4                                                                                                                                          
  Independent 4 4 3                                                                                                                                          
34 20 9 3 3
Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat Green Ind

Previous election results[edit]

2016 election[edit]

Summary of the May 2016 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council election results
Parties
Seats Gains Losses Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 34 1 1 0
Conservative 20 3 1 +2
Liberal Democrat 9 1 2 -1
Green 3 0 1 -1
Independent 3 0 0 0

2015 election[edit]

Summary of the May 2015 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council election results
Parties
Seats Gains Losses Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 34 2 0 +2
Conservative 18 1 1 0
Liberal Democrat 10 0 0 0
Green 4 0 1 -1
Independent 3 0 1 -1

2014 election[edit]

Summary of the May 2014 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council election results
Parties
Seats Gains Losses Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 32 0 0 0
Conservative 18 0 0 0
Liberal Democrat 10 0 0 0
Green 5 0 0 0
Independent 4 0 0 0

2012 election[edit]

Summary of the May 2012 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council election results
Parties
Seats Gains Losses Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 32 5 0 +5
Conservative 18 1 4 -3
Liberal Democrat 10 0 4 -4
Green 5 1 0 +1
Independent 4 1 0 +1

2011 election[edit]

Summary of the May 2011 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council election results
Parties
Seats Gains Losses Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 27 3 0 +3
Conservative 21 2 0 +2
Liberal Democrat 14 0 6 -6
Green 4 0 0 0
Independent 3 0 0 0

2010 election[edit]

Summary of the May 2010 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council election results
Parties
Seats Gains Losses Net
Gain/Loss
Labour 24 2 0 +2
Conservative 19 0 2 -2
Liberal Democrat 20 1 0 +1
Green 4 0 0 0
Independent 2 0 0 0

Summary of election results 1973 - 2016[edit]

The first elections to Kirklees council were held on 10 May 1973, with the councillors serving as a shadow authority until 1 April of the next year. A system of elections by thirds was then introduced from 1975, with polls being held in three years out of four. This continued until 1982 when new ward boundaries were introduced, and an election of the whole council was held.[4] Elections by thirds continued from that date until 2016.

Election Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat/Liberal UKIP Green Independent Other Control
1973[5] 45 14 8 0 0 1 0 Labour
1975[6] 36 28 7 0 0 1 0 Labour hold
1976[7] 25 50 9 0 0 0 0 Conservative gain from Labour
1978[8] 15 48 9 0 0 0 0 Conservative hold
1979[9] 32 35 5 0 0 0 0 Conservative lose to no overall control
1980[10] 44 25 3 0 0 0 0 Labour gain from no overall control
1982[4][11] 37 19 12 0 0 0 4 Labour hold
1983[12] 37 20 12 0 0 0 3 Labour hold
1984[13] 37 18 14 0 0 0 3 Labour hold
1986[14] 36 18 17 0 0 1 0 Labour hold
1987[15] 33 21 18 0 0 0 0 Labour lose to no overall control
1988[16] 33 23 15 0 0 1 0 No overall control
1990[17] 45 15 12 0 0 0 0 Labour gain from no overall control
1992[18] 41 19 10 0 0 2 0 Labour hold
1994[19] 35 21 15 0 0 1 0 Labour lose to no overall control
1995[20] 40 16 14 0 0 2 0 Labour gain from no overall control
1996[21] 45 6 18 0 1 1 1 vacancy Labour hold
1998[22] 43 7 20 0 2 0 0 Labour hold
1999[23] 36 10 23 0 3 0 0 Labour lose to no overall control
2000[24] 25 15 29 0 3 0 0 No overall control
2002[25] 26 15 28 0 3 0 0 No overall control
2003[26] 22 16 31 0 3 0 0 No overall control
2004[27] 17 22 25 0 3 1 1 No overall control
2006[28] 20 21 20 0 3 1 4 No overall control
2007[29] 22 20 18 0 4 1 4 No overall control
2008[30] 22 21 19 0 4 0 3 No overall control
2010[31] 24 19 20 0 4 2 0 No overall control
2011[32] 27 21 14 0 4 3 0 No overall control
2012[33] 32 18 10 0 5 4 0 No overall control
2014[34] 32 18 10 0 5 4 0 No overall control
2015[35] 34 18 10 0 4 3 0 No overall control
2016[36] 34 20 9 0 3 3 0 No overall control

District result maps[edit]

By-election Results[edit]

Batley West By-Election 26 September 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 1,558 48.9
Liberal Democrat 1,179 37.0
Conservative 375 11.7
Green 73 2.3
Majority 377 11.9
Turnout 3,185
Labour hold Swing
Colne Valley West By-Election 23 January 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat 2,077 50.6
Labour 1,418 34.5
Conservative 486 11.8
Green 124 3.0
Majority 659 16.1
Turnout 4,105 38.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Heckmondwike By-Election 27 November 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 1,219 55.5 +1.7
Conservative 710 32.3 -3.5
Liberal Democrat 268 12.2 +6.2
Majority 509 23.2
Turnout 2,197 16.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Paddock By-Election 24 February 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat 1,236 43.8 +31.3
Labour 1,039 36.8 -16.6
Conservative 456 16.2 -9.2
Socialist Labour 90 3.2 +0.3
Majority 197 7.0
Turnout 2,821 25.1
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Golcar By-Election 9 November 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat 1,174 43.4 -13.1
Labour 976 36.0 +13.3
Conservative 518 19.1 +3.4
Socialist 40 1.5 +1.5
Majority 198 7.4
Turnout 2,708 21.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Mirfield By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative 3,176 41.2 -14.6
Labour 2,892 37.5 +3.8
Liberal Democrat 1,651 21.4 +13.6
Majority 284 3.7
Turnout 7,719
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Heckmondwike By-Election 14 August 2003[37]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
BNP David Exley 1,607 27.7 +27.7
Liberal Democrat Tabasum Aslam 1,493 25.8 +3.9
Independent Tim Crowther 1,147 19.8 +19.8
Labour Florence Smith 982 16.9 -22.9
Conservative Roger Roberts 490 8.5 -22.9
Green Heidi Smithson 76 1.3 -5.6
Majority 114 1.9
Turnout 5,795 43.8
BNP gain from Labour Swing
Greenhead By-Election 27 July 2006[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Barbara Jones 2,904 63.5 +6.5
Liberal Democrat John O'Reilly 814 17.8 -0.7
Conservative Paul Murphy 287 6.3 -4.1
Green Paul Cooney 240 5.3 -2.1
Respect David Ellis 178 3.9 +3.9
BNP Barry Fowler 148 3.2 -3.5
Majority 2,090 45.7
Turnout 4,571 35.1
Labour hold Swing
Dalton By-Election 10 July 2008[39]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Daniel McBride 1,397 40.5 +10.0
Liberal Democrat Alison Louise Munro 1,155 33.5 -0.8
Conservative Martin James Leonard 605 17.5 -1.9
BNP Jonathan David Baxter Wright 157 4.5 -6.3
Green David William Hargreaves 103 3.0 -2.0
Independent Colin Anthony Walder 34 1.0 +1.0
Majority 242 7.0
Turnout 3,451 27.5
Labour hold Swing
Dewsbury East By-Election 16 October 2008[40]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Cathy Scott 1,513 37.4 -2.0
Liberal Democrat Dennis Hullock 1,405 34.8 +14.3
BNP Joe Barber 690 17.1 -10.6
Conservative Amelia Lynne Bolton 345 8.5 -3.9
Green Adrian Hugh Cruden 58 1.4 N/A
Independent Safiq Ali Patel 17 0.4 N/A
Independent Alan Girvan 15 0.4 N/A
Majority 108 2.7
Turnout 4,043 31.0
Labour gain from BNP Swing
Golcar By-Election 21 November 2013[41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Christine Mary Iredale 1,591 47.6
Labour Stephan Georg Jungnitz 901 27.0
UKIP Gregory Lloyd Broome 450 13.5
Green Daniel Edward Greenwood 210 6.3
Conservative Clinton Noel Simpson 189 5.7
Majority 690 20.7
Turnout 3,341 23.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing

References[edit]

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