Warrington Borough Council elections

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Warrington Borough Council elections are held every four years. Warrington Borough Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Warrington in Cheshire, England. Since the last boundary changes in 2016, 58 councillors have been elected from 22 wards.[1]

Political control[edit]

From 1900 to 1974 the town of Warrington was a county borough, independent from any county council, although treated as part of Lancashire for ceremonial purposes. Under the Local Government Act 1972 it had its territory enlarged and became a non-metropolitan district in Cheshire, with Cheshire County Council providing county-level services. The first election to the reconstituted borough council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its powers on 1 April 1974. On 1 April 1998 Warrington became a unitary authority, becoming independent from Cheshire County Council. Political control of Warrington since 1974 has been held by the following parties:[2]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
Conservative 1974–1979
No overall control 1979–1983
Labour 1983–1998

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1998–2006
No overall control 2006–2011
Labour 2011–present

Leadership[edit]

The leaders of the council since 1985 have been:[3]

Councillor Party From To
Mike Hall Labour 1985 1992
John Gartside Labour 1992 23 May 2002
Mike Hughes[4] Labour 23 May 2002 23 Feb 2004
John Joyce Labour 23 Feb 2004 22 May 2006
Ian Marks Liberal Democrats 22 May 2006 23 May 2011
Terry O'Neill[5] Labour 23 May 2011 17 Dec 2018
Russ Bowden Labour 17 Dec 2018

Council elections[edit]

By-election results[edit]

Rixton and Woolston By-Election 7 January 1999[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edmund Coop 762 59.2 +0.2
Conservative Alan Freeman 381 29.6 +1.0
Liberal Democrats George Hill 145 11.3 -1.2
Majority 381 29.6
Turnout 1,288 16.8
Labour hold Swing
Poulton North By-Election 18 September 2003[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 698 51.6 +28.2
Labour 498 37.0 -18.9
Conservative 151 11.2 -9.6
Majority 200 14.6
Turnout 1,347 19.9
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Poulton North By-Election 7 September 2006[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sharon Wilson 1,358 64.2 +19.8
Labour Kevin Bennett 505 23.9 -13.4
Conservative Francine Leslie 209 9.9 -8.4
Green Michael Jackson 43 2.0 +2.0
Majority 853 40.3
Turnout 2,115 27.5
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Lymm South By-Election 19 April 2018[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Anna Fradgley 769 42.8 +10.4
Labour Trish Cockayne 328 18.3 -1.1
Conservative Stephen Taylor 649 36.2 -2.3
Green Michael Wass 24 1.3 +1.3
UKIP James Ashington 25 1.4 -8.3
Majority 120 6.6
Turnout 1,795 37.5
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Warrington (Electoral Changes) Order 2016", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2016/115, retrieved 4 September 2022
  2. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Council minutes". Warrington Borough Council. Retrieved 4 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Hughes to resign this month, say sources". Warrington Guardian. 3 February 2004. Retrieved 4 September 2022.
  5. ^ Dhillon, Aran (28 October 2019). "Former council leader Terry O'Neill dies". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 4 September 2022.
  6. ^ The Borough of Warrington (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1978
  7. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Warrington (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1989. Retrieved on 4 November 2015.
  8. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Cheshire and Greater Manchester (County and District Boundaries) Order 1992. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  9. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside (County and District Boundaries) Order 1993. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  10. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside (County Boundaries) Order 1993. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  11. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Warrington (Parishes and Electoral Changes) Order 1997. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Warrington". * BBC Online. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  13. ^ "Warrington". * BBC Online. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  14. ^ "Warrington". * BBC Online. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  15. ^ "Warrington". * BBC Online. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  16. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Warrington (Electoral Changes) Order 2002. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  17. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Warrington (Electoral Changes) (Amendment) Order 2003. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  18. ^ "Warrington". * BBC Online. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  19. ^ "Your councillors". Warrington Borough Council. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
  20. ^ "Warrington". * BBC Online. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  21. ^ "Warrington". * BBC Online. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  22. ^ England council elections
  23. ^ "Labour candidate wins by-election". Warrington Guardian. 18 January 1999. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
  24. ^ "September 2003 By-election (Poulton North)". Warrington Borough Council. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
  25. ^ "Declaration of result of poll" (PDF). Warrington Borough Council. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
  26. ^ "Declaration of result of poll" (PDF). Warrington Borough Council. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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