Telford and Wrekin Council elections

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Telford and Wrekin Council elections are held every four years. Telford and Wrekin Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Telford and Wrekin in the ceremonial county of Shropshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district. Since the last boundary changes in 2015, 54 councillors have been elected from 30 wards.[1]

Political control[edit]

Wrekin district was created under the Local Government Act 1972 as a non-metropolitan district, with Shropshire County Council providing county-level services. The first election to the district council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its powers on 1 April 1974. During 1974 the council changed the district's name to "The Wrekin" rather than just "Wrekin".[2] On 1 April 1998 the district changed its name to "Telford and Wrekin" and became a unitary authority, becoming independent from Shropshire County Council.[3] Political control of the council since 1974 has been held by the following parties:[4]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–1998

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1998–2006
No overall control 2006–2008
Conservative 2008–2011
Labour 2011–2015
No overall control 2015–2016
Labour 2016–present

Leadership[edit]

The leaders of the council since 2008 have been:[5]

Councillor Party From To
Andrew Eade Conservative pre-2008 26 May 2011
Kuldip Sahota Labour 26 May 2011 26 May 2016
Shaun Davies Labour 26 May 2016

Council elections[edit]

By-election results[edit]

By-elections for individual seats can occur during a council's four-year term, for instance when a councillor dies or resigns their seat.

1997–2000[edit]

College By-Election 21 October 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 370 52.0 +16.0
Labour 342 48.0 +0.2
Majority 28 4.0
Turnout 712 31.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +7.9

2000–2003[edit]

Malinslee and Langley By-Election 7 December 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 443 56.4
Conservative 176 22.4
Liberal Democrats 167 21.2
Majority 267 34.0
Turnout 786 13.4
Labour hold Swing
Dawley Magna By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,826 49.6 +16.2
Conservative 1,083 29.4 -11.9
Liberal Democrats 597 16.2 +16.2
Socialist Alliance 178 4.8 +4.8
Majority 743 20.2
Turnout 3,684
Labour hold Swing +14.4
Malinslee and Langley By-Election 25 October 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 421 53.4
Liberal Democrats 257 32.6
UKIP 77 9.8
Socialist Alliance 34 4.3
Majority 164 20.8
Turnout 789 13.5
Labour hold Swing
Wombridge By-Election 25 October 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 257 47.8 -17.6
Conservative 158 29.4 -5.2
UKIP 80 14.9 +14.9
Liberal Democrats 43 8.0 +8.0
Majority 99 18.4
Turnout 538 12.4
Labour hold Swing -6.2
Donnington By-Election 14 February 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 462 63.1 +4.2
Conservative 243 33.2 -7.9
Liberal Democrats 27 3.7 +3.7
Majority 219 29.9
Turnout 732 20.6
Labour hold Swing +6.1

2003–2007[edit]

The Nedge By-Election 31 July 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 763 32.3 -7.0
Independent 701 29.7 -2.9
Conservative 666 28.2 +0.1
Independent 174 7.4 +7.4
Independent 57 2.4 +2.4
Majority 62 2.6
Turnout 2,361 36.0
Labour hold Swing +2.1
Ketley and Oakengates By-Election 18 September 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,225 42.1 +12.9
Labour 1,183 40.6 -4.3
Independent 350 12.0 +12.0
Independent 153 5.3 +5.3
Majority 42 1.5
Turnout 2,911 43.3
Conservative hold Swing +8.6
Haygate By-Election 12 February 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rosemary Chaplin 374 33.8 -16.3
Labour Frank Burns 342 30.9 -2.3
Liberal Democrats Sean Blackhurst 173 15.6 +15.6
Independent Roger Aveley 152 13.7 -3.0
Independent Barry Olliver 65 5.9 +5.9
Majority 32 2.9
Turnout 1,106 54.1
Conservative hold Swing -7.0
Newport North By-Election 12 February 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Daniel Ashley 500 40.0 +7.9
Liberal Democrats Robert Unwin 441 35.3 -32.6
Independent Susan Harris-Cohen 158 12.7 +12.7
Labour James Roberts 150 12.0 +12.0
Majority 59 4.7
Turnout 1,249 56.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +20.3
Madeley By-Election 22 April 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janice Jones 421 29.1 -10.5
Independent John Birtwhistle 387 26.7 -8.2
Conservative Pamela Wilkie 311 21.5 -4.0
BNP Brian Coleman 188 13.0 +13.0
Liberal Democrats Patricia King 105 7.2 +7.2
UKIP Raymond Knight 36 2.5 +2.5
Majority 34 2.4
Turnout 1,448 35.1
Labour hold Swing +1.2
Dawley Magna By-Election 7 December 2006[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Telford and Wrekin Peoples Association Adrian Williams 649 41.3 +41.3
Labour Santokho Sekham 476 30.3 -24.9
Conservative Harvey Unwin 446 28.4 -3.4
Majority 173 11.0
Turnout 1,571 22.5
Independent gain from Labour Swing +33.1

2007–2011[edit]

Brookside By-Election 8 November 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Dixon 593 52.0 +21.7
Labour Liz Swift 362 31.7 +3.2
Independent Sudhir Patel 114 10.0 -1.5
Independent John Franklyn 72 6.3 +6.3
Majority 231 20.3
Turnout 1,141 22.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +9.3
Horsehay and Lightmoor By-Election 13 February 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clive Mollett 358 45.6 +6.8
Labour Steve Harrington 172 21.9 +1.6
Telford and Wrekin People's Association John Higginson 145 18.5 +18.5
Independent Alan Hussey 110 14.0 -26.9
Majority 186 23.7
Turnout 785 33.4
Conservative gain from Independent Swing +2.6
Wrockwardine By-Election 13 February 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Terry Kiernan 918 67.3 +15.3
Liberal Democrats Patricia Fairclough 306 22.4 +22.4
Labour Thomas Bolger 141 10.3 -5.9
Majority 612 44.9
Turnout 1,365 32.7
Conservative hold Swing -3.6
Muxton By-Election 24 July 2008[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Dugmore 795 61.9 +2.4
Labour Philip Norton 341 26.6 +1.0
Independent Graham Williamson 100 7.8 +7.8
UKIP Raymond Knight 48 3.7 -11.2
Majority 454 35.3
Turnout 1,284 27.2
Conservative hold Swing +0.7
College By-Election 11 February 2010[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Chaplin 252 29.3 -5.5
Independent Patrick McCarthy 237 27.6
Labour Michael Ion 219 25.5 +25.5
Independent Nusrat Janjua 127 14.8
Telford and Wrekin People's Association Richard Choudhary 24 2.8
Majority 15 1.7
Turnout 859 39.7
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
The Nedge By-Election 11 February 2010[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harvey Unwin 760 42.5 +18.6
Labour Shaun Davies 688 38.5 +15.4
UKIP Ray Knight 237 13.3 -0.6
BNP Terence Gould 103 5.8 +5.8
Majority 72 4.0
Turnout 1,788 27.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +1.6

2011–2015[edit]

Dawley Magna By-Election 14 February 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jane Pinter 957 53.9 +11.6
Conservative Alan Scott 379 21.4 -8.1
UKIP Ryan Laing 312 17.6 +17.6
Independent Angela Jordan 126 7.1 +7.1
Majority 578 32.5
Turnout 1,774 24.5
Labour hold Swing +9.9

2015–2019[edit]

Horsehay and Lightmoor By-Election 8 December 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rajash Mehta 358 46.3
Conservative Robert Cadman 292 37.7
UKIP Denis Allen 124 16
Majority 66 8.6
Turnout 774 17
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Telford & Wrekin (Electoral Changes) Order 2014", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2014/1910, retrieved 18 September 2022
  2. ^ "Shropshire". Database of Local Government Orders. Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  3. ^ a b "The Borough of Telford and Wrekin (Electoral Changes) Order 2002", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2002/2373, retrieved 18 September 2022
  4. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Council minutes". Telford and Wrekin Council. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  6. ^ The District of The Wrekin (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1978
  7. ^ The Shropshire (District Boundaries) Order 1986
  8. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of The Wrekin (Parishes and Electoral Changes) Order 1997. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Local elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  10. ^ "Electoral services". Telford & Wrekin Council. Archived from the original on 10 September 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  11. ^ LGBCE Archived 27 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine Telford and Wrekin review (2014)
  12. ^ "By-election win for parking group". BBC Online. 8 December 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  13. ^ "Declaration of result of poll" (PDF). Telford & Wrekin Council. Retrieved 30 July 2008.[dead link]
  14. ^ a b "By election results". Telford & Wrekin Council. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010.[dead link]

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