Plymouth City Council elections

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Plymouth City Council is the local authority for the a unitary authority of Plymouth in Devon, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.

Political control[edit]

Since the first election to the council in 1973 following the reforms of the Local Government Act 1972, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1][2]

Non-metropolitan district[edit]

Election Labour Conservatives SDP–Liberal Alliance Independent Conservative Party in control
1973 29 37 Conservative
1976 27 39
1979 26 33 1
1983 23 34 3
1987 19 31 10
1991 41 19 Labour
1995 54 6

Unitary authority[edit]

Election summary[edit]

After 2003, the council was elected in thirds. The number of councillors for each party following each election is listed in the table.

Election Labour Conservatives Liberal Democrats UKIP Greens Independent
1997 47 13
2000 38 22
2003 36 18 3
2004 35 19 2
2006 28 25 3 1
2007 26 31
2008 20 37
2010 20 36 1
2011 25 31 1
2012 31 26
2014 30 24 3
2015 28 26 3
2016 27 27 3
2018 31 26
2019 31 25 1
2021 24 26 7
2022 24 24 1 8

Party control[edit]

Party in control Years
Labour 1997–2000
Conservative 2000–2003
Labour 2003–2006
No overall control[3][4] 2006
(4 May – 22 June)
Labour 2006–2007
Conservative 2007–2012
Labour 2012–2015
No overall control 2015–2017
Conservative[5] 2017–2018
Labour 2018–2021
No overall control 2021–2022
Conservative 2022–present

Leadership[edit]

The leaders of the council since 1991 have been:[6][7]

Councillor Party From To
John Ingham Labour 1991 May 1998
Tudor Evans Labour May 1998 May 2000
Patrick Nicholson Conservative May 2000 2002
Kevin Wigens Conservative 2002 May 2003
Tudor Evans Labour May 2003 May 2007
Vivien Pengelly Conservative May 2007 18 May 2012
Tudor Evans Labour 18 May 2012 20 May 2016
Ian Bowyer Conservative 20 May 2016 18 May 2018
Tudor Evans Labour 18 May 2018 21 May 2021
Nick Kelly Conservative 21 May 2021 21 Mar 2022
Richard Bingley Conservative 21 Mar 2022

Council elections[edit]

Non-metropolitan district elections[edit]

Unitary authority elections[edit]

Result maps[edit]

Changes between elections[edit]

Unitary authority[edit]

Honicknowle By-Election 7 August 1997[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,328 61.1 -11.3
Conservative 420 19.3 -8.3
Liberal Democrats 344 15.8 +15.8
Independent 67 3.1 +3.1
Independent Democrat 14 0.6 +0.6
Majority 908 41.8
Turnout 2,173 23.0
Labour hold Swing
Ham By-Election 25 September 1997[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,017 65.5 +4.8
Conservative 307 19.8 -2.3
Liberal Democrats 173 11.1 +11.1
Independent Democrat 56 3.6 -13.6
Majority 710 45.7
Turnout 1,553
Labour hold Swing
Mount Gould By-Election 2 May 2002 (2)[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,179
Labour 1,101
Liberal Democrats 590
Liberal Democrats 566
Conservative 464
Conservative 449
Green 120
Green 119
UKIP 51
Turnout 4,639 29.9
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
St Budeaux By-Election 2 May 2002[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,253 55.7 +8.9
Conservative 715 31.8 -6.7
Liberal Democrats 282 12.5 +0.0
Majority 538 23.9
Turnout 2,250 25.5
Labour hold Swing

2003 boundaries[edit]

Southway By-Election 22 June 2006[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Kirk 1,624 43.3 +3.9
Conservative Brenda Brookshaw 1,517 40.5 +0.3
Liberal Democrats Terrance O'Connor 214 5.7 -14.7
BNP Liam Birch 200 5.3 +5.3
UKIP Thomas Williams 139 3.7 +3.7
Green Raymond Tuohy 53 1.4 +1.4
Majority 107 2.8
Turnout 3,747 40.4
Labour hold Swing
Ham By-Election 3 September 2009[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tina Tuohy 1,243 44.0 +2.7
Conservative Nigel Churchill 676 23.9 -15.7
UKIP Andrew Leigh 442 15.6 +15.6
Independent Margaret Storer 204 7.2 +7.2
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Trimnell 181 6.4 -6.8
BNP Adrian Romilly 82 2.9 +2.9
Majority 567 20.1
Turnout 2,828 29.0
Labour hold Swing

In September 2017, the three UKIP councillors elected in 2014, Christopher Storer (Ham), John Riley (Honicknowle) and Maddie Bridgeman (Moor View), moved to the Conservatives.[21]

Southway By-Election 27 June 2013[22][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jonny Morris 1,247 43.1 -8.2
UKIP Peter David Berrow 764 26.4 +4.6
Conservative David Alexander Downie 487 16.8 -10.0
Independent Dennis Law Silverwood 290 10.0 +10.0
Liberal Democrats Justin Dominic Stafford 82 2.8 +2.8
TUSC Ryan Aldred 22 22 0.8 +0.8
Majority 483
Turnout 29.24
Labour hold Swing
Stoke By-Election 26 July 2018[24][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jemima Laing 1,427 52.8% +0.2%
Conservative Kathy Watkin 981 36.3% +2.8%
Liberal Democrats Connor Clarke 174 6.4% +1.4%
Active for Plymouth Iuliu Popescue 123 4.5% +4.5%
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Plymouth". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Labour loses control in Plymouth". BBC News. 5 May 2006.
  4. ^ "Labour regains control of Plymouth city council". The Guardian. 23 June 2006.
  5. ^ All three of Plymouth's Ukip councillors have just quit the party and joined the Tories
  6. ^ "Council minutes". Plymouth City Council. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  7. ^ Telford, William (4 May 2018). "Tudor Evans - the ups and downs of a political survivor". Plymouth Live. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  8. ^ The City of Plymouth (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1978
  9. ^ The Devon (District Boundaries) Order 1985
  10. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The City of Plymouth (Electoral Changes) Order 2002. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Local elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  12. ^ "Council and democracy". Plymouth City Council. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  13. ^ "Labour lose their majority hold over Plymouth City Council". The Herald. 8 May 2015. Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  14. ^ "About Plymouth City Council". Plymouth City Council. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Local Authority Byelecion Results - August 1997". Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  16. ^ "Local Authority Byelecion Results - September 1997". Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Local Authority Byelecion Results - May 2002". Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  18. ^ "Local Authority Byelecion Results - May 2002". Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  19. ^ "Labour regains control of Plymouth city council". guardian.co.uk. London. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  20. ^ "Ham by-election". Plymouth City Council. Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  21. ^ O'Leary, Miles (10 September 2017). "All three of Plymouth's Ukip councillors have just quit the party". plymouthherald. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Local Authority Byelecion Results - June 2013". Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  23. ^ "Past election results". Plymouth City Council. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  24. ^ "Labour hold Stoke ward seat in Plymouth by-election". Plymouth Herald. 27 July 2018.
  25. ^ "Local Authority Byelecion Results - July 2018". Retrieved 19 November 2019.

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