Wear Valley District Council elections

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Wear Valley was a non-metropolitan district in County Durham, England. It was abolished on 1 April 2009 and replaced by Durham County Council.

Political control[edit]

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973-1976
No overall control 1976-1979
Labour 1979-1991
Liberal Democrats 1991-1995
Labour 1995-2007
No overall control 2007-2009

Council elections[edit]

Election Labour Liberal Democrat[a] Conservative Independent Total Notes
1973[2] 21 9 0 11[b] 41
1976[3] 17 11 2 11[c] 41
1979[4] 25 5 3 8 41
1983[5] 28 2[d] 3 7[e] 40 New ward boundaries[6]
1987[7] 26 3[f] 3 8 40
1991[8] 8 28 0 4 40
1995[9] 35 2 0 3 40
1999[10] 30 5 0 5 40
2003[11] 25 9 0 6 40 New ward boundaries[12]
2007[13] 19 16 0 5 40

By-election results[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of by-elections to Wear Valley District Council.

Bishop Auckland Town By-Election 30 March 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 359 49.0 +4.0
Liberal Democrat 249 34.0 -14.0
Conservative 125 17.1 +10.0
Majority 110 15.0
Turnout 733 22.9
Labour hold Swing
Howden Le Wear By-Election 30 March 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 208 52.1 -1.8
Liberal Democrat 191 47.9 +1.8
Majority 17 4.2
Turnout 399 23.1
Labour hold Swing
Woodhouse Close By-Election 26 February 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 713 56.0 -2.5
Liberal Democrat Kenneth Bowser 287 22.5 -11.7
Independent 273 21.4 +21.4
Majority 426 33.5
Turnout 1,273 36.5
Labour hold Swing
Wheatbottom & Helmington Row By-Election 20 January 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rose Seabury 328 59.6 -10.0
Liberal Democrat John Bailey 180 32.7 +2.3
BNP Stuart Neil 42 0.7 +0.7
Majority 148 26.9
Turnout 550 21.8
Labour hold Swing
Bishop Auckland Town By-Election 3 March 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Samuel Zair 181 36.7 +11.6
Labour Robert Yorke 161 32.7 -4.9
Conservative James Tague 135 27.3 +27.3
UKIP Margaret Hopson 16 3.2 +3.2
Majority 20 4.0
Turnout 493 21.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Independent Swing
Howden By-Election 27 October 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Bailey 157 50.5 +6.0
Labour Jay Smith 154 49.5 -6.0
Majority 3 1.0
Turnout 311 24.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Coundon By-Election 9 March 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Norman Strongman 360 52.1 -2.1
Liberal Democrat Diane Hardaker 331 47.9 +2.1
Majority 29 4.2
Turnout 691 21.6
Labour hold Swing

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Liberal Party prior to 1983, SDP-Liberal Alliance in 1983 and 1987.
  2. ^ Includes one People's Rep.
  3. ^ Includes five of other parties.
  4. ^ 2 Liberal, 0 SDP
  5. ^ Includes 1 People's Rep. and 1 People before pol.
  6. ^ 3 Liberal, 0 SDP

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Liberals capture Eastbourne and exceed ambition to win 1,000 local government seats". The Times. 9 June 1973.
  3. ^ "Heavy Labour losses in district polls". The Times. 8 May 1976.
  4. ^ Local elections in Britain: a statistical digest, edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher. 1993
  5. ^ "How votes were cast in local government elections". The Times. 7 May 1983. p. 4.
  6. ^ The District of Wear Valley (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1979
  7. ^ "Results in Thursday's local elections". The Times. 9 May 1987.
  8. ^ "Complete round-up of results from Thursday's local council elections". The Times. 4 May 1991.
  9. ^ "Complete list of results from Thursday's council elections". The Times. 6 May 1995. p. 10.
  10. ^ "Wear Valley". BBC News. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Wear Valley". BBC News. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  12. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Wear Valley (Electoral Changes) Order 1999. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Wear Valley". BBC News. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2013.