Stoke-on-Trent City Council elections

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council elections are held every four years. Stoke-on-Trent City Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Stoke-on-Trent in the ceremonial county of Staffordshire, England. Since the last boundary changes in 2011, 44 councillors have been elected from 37 wards.[1] New ward boundaries have been prepared to come into effect from the 2023 election.[2]

Political control[edit]

From the federation of Stoke-on-Trent in 1910 until 1974, Stoke-on-Trent was a county borough, independent from any county council.[3] The borough was awarded city status on 5 June 1925.[4] Under the Local Government Act 1972 it became a non-metropolitan district, with Staffordshire County Council providing county-level services. The first election to the reconstituted city council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its revised powers on 1 April 1974. The city became a unitary authority on 1 April 1997, regaining its independence from Staffordshire County Council.[5] Political control of the council since 1910 has been held by the following parties:[6][7]

County borough

Party in control Years
Independent 1910–1929
Labour 1929–1931
Independent 1931–1934
Labour 1934–1937
Independent 1937–1945
Labour 1945–1970
No overall control 1970–1971
Labour 1971–1974

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
Labour 1974–1997

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1997–2002
No overall control 2002–2004
Labour 2004–2006
No overall control 2006–2011
Labour 2011–2015
No overall control 2015–present

Leadership[edit]

The role of Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent is largely ceremonial. Prior to 2002, political leadership was provided by the leader of the council. From 2002 to 2009, the city council had a directly elected mayor who acted as political leader. Since the abolition of the directly elected mayor position in 2009, leadership has again been provided by the leader of the council. The leaders since 1974 have been:[8]

Leaders

Councillor Party From To
Jim Westwood[9] Labour 1974 1976
Arthur Cholerton[10] Labour 1976 1982
Ronald Southern Labour 1982 May 1990
Ted Smith[11] Labour May 1990 1997
Barry Stockley Labour 1997 2002
Geoff Davies Independent May 2002 Oct 2002

Directly-elected mayors

Mayor Party From To
Mike Wolfe Independent 27 Oct 2002 8 May 2005
Mark Meredith Labour 9 May 2005 5 Jun 2009

Leaders

Councillor Party From To
Ross Irving Conservative 5 Jun 2009 27 May 2010
Mohammed Pervez Labour 27 May 2010 28 May 2015
Dave Conway Independent 28 May 2015 17 May 2018
Ann James Independent 17 May 2018 23 May 2019
Abi Brown Conservative 23 May 2019

Council elections[edit]

Mayoral elections[edit]

City result maps[edit]

By-election results[edit]

Springfields & Trent Vale Ward by-election, 26 July 2012 [15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
City Independents Jackie Barnes 370 34.90 N/A
Labour Mubsira Aumir 245 23.11
Liberal Democrats Les Porch 152 14.33
Conservative Harold David Gregory 109 10.28 N/A
UKIP Michael Anthony Bedarsky 105 9.90
Independent Gary Elsby 36 3.39 N/A
BNP Michael Coleman 27 2.54 N/A
TUSC Matt Wright 14 1.32 N/A
Democratic Nationalist Party Mark Leat 2 0.18 N/A
Majority 125
Turnout 1,060 21.6
Baddeley, Milton and Norton Ward by-election, 14 November 2013[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
City Independents Anthony Munday 861 32.19
Conservative Sam Richardson 504 18.84
Labour Candi Chetwynd 444 16.60
UKIP Mick Harold 333 12.45
Independent Gary Elsby 313 11.70
BNP Michael Anthony White 79 2.95
Green Adam William Colclough 50 1.86
Liberal Democrats Tom Grocock 32 1.19
Independent John Davis 27 1.00
TUSC Liat James Norris 25 0.93
Majority 357 13.35
Turnout 2,674 19.18
Moorcroft by-election, 6 May 2021 [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tariq Mahmood 769 49.16 +9.56
Labour Javid Iqbal Najmi 702 44.88 -15.52
TUSC Andy Butcher 77 4.92 +4.92
Majority 67 4.28
Rejected ballots 16 1.0
Turnout 1,564 39.39
Conservative gain from Labour

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Stoke-on-Trent (Electoral Changes) Order 2011", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2011/167, retrieved 14 September 2022
  2. ^ "The Stoke-on-Trent (Electoral Changes) Order 2022", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2022/665, retrieved 14 September 2022
  3. ^ "Stoke-on-Trent Municipal Borough / County Borough". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  4. ^ "No. 33063". The London Gazette. 3 July 1925. p. 4440.
  5. ^ "The Staffordshire (City of Stoke-on-Trent) (Structural and Boundary Changes) Order 1995", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, 14 September 2022, SI 1995/1779
  6. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Elections 2011 - England council elections - Stoke-on-Trent". BBC News Online. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Council minutes". Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  9. ^ "The Queen honours..." Staffordshire Newsletter. 18 June 1976. p. 4. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  10. ^ Hughes, Fred. "People who made the Potteries: Arthur Cholerton and Ronald Southern". Stoke-on-Trent Local History. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  11. ^ "'Fit' Ted to lead city council". Staffordshire Sentinel. 9 May 1990. p. 1. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  12. ^ The City of Stoke-on-Trent (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1976 (S.I. 1976/1820)
  13. ^ "The City of Stoke-on-Trent (Electoral Changes) Order 2001", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2001/1449, retrieved 14 September 2022
  14. ^ "Election 2015: Stoke on Trent City Council Results". Stoke Sentinel. Local World. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  15. ^ By-election result page on council site
  16. ^ "By-election: Baddeley, Milton and Norton - Stoke-on-Trent City Council". Archived from the original on 30 August 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Live: Tories beat Labour in battle to replace ex-Stoke-on-Trent council leader". 7 May 2021.

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