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Shropshire local elections

Shropshire Council (prior to 1 April 2009, Shropshire County Council) is elected every four years.

The previous county council was the top-tier of local authorities in the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire, England. The new unitary authority (since 2009) is now the principal local council of the non-metropolitan county. The county is entirely parished and elections to the town and parish councils also take place every four years – these have (as from 2013) all been aligned to coincide with the Shropshire Council elections.

In 1998, the district of Telford and Wrekin was removed from the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire, reducing the area covered and electorate of Shropshire (County) Council.

Since the last boundary changes in 2009, 74 councillors are elected from 63 electoral divisions (53 single member divisions, nine 2-member divisions and one 3-member electoral division).

Political control

Since 1973 political control of first the county council and then the unitary authority has been held by the following parties:[1][2]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973–2005
Conservative 2005 – present

Full council elections

All the county's electoral divisions are up for election at once, every four years.

  • Shropshire Council election, 2013

By-election results

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

1997–2001

Bayston Hill By-Election 22 July 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 706 35.9 +35.9
Labour 651 33.1 -4.0
Liberal Democrat 612 31.1 -31.8
Majority 55 2.8
Turnout 1,969 47.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Meole Brace By-Election 26 October 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 822 47.0 +21.8
Labour 778 44.5 +8.1
Liberal Democrat 150 8.6 -29.8
Majority 44 2.5
Turnout 1,750 30.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

2001–2005

Shifnal By-Election 20 June 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 914 56.2 +56.2
Independent 445 27.4 -8.5
Independent 218 13.4 +0.0
Independent 50 3.0 -27.8
Majority 469 28.8
Turnout 1,627 27.0
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Myddle By-Election 25 March 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,457 50.3 +0.5
Liberal Democrat 1,441 49.7 -0.5
Majority 16 0.6
Turnout 2,898 51.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

2005–2009

Oswestry By-Election 30 November 2006[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joyce Barrow 770 53.8 +22.4
Labour Susan Crow 338 23.6 -14.7
Liberal Democrat Henry Stevens 324 22.6 -7.7
Majority 432 30.2
Turnout 1,432 15.0
Conservative hold Swing
Whittington By-Election 30 November 2006[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Trevor Davies 680 54.9 +54.9
Conservative David Glyn 559 45.1 +18.2
Majority 121 9.8
Turnout 1,239 24.9
Liberal Democrat gain from Independent Swing
Market Drayton By-Election 5 June 2008[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Erwin 1,178 53.1 +0.6
Labour Roger Walker 510 23.0 -24.5
Independent Colin Phillips 362 16.3 +16.3
Independent Michael Gould 170 7.7 +7.7
Majority 668 30.1
Turnout 2,220 25.2
Conservative hold Swing

2009–2013

Five by-elections were held during this term, which saw the Liberal Democrats gain three seats from the Conservatives.

Clee Division By-Election 1 July 2010[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Richard Mark Huffer 946
Conservative Hayley Clare Fernihough 506
Independent Graeme Perks 116
Majority 440
Turnout 1568 43.11
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Quarry and Coton Hill Division By-Election 17 February 2011[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Andrew David Murray Bannerman 356
Conservative Judie McCoy 268
Labour John Olaf Lewis 197
Independent James Grimshaw Gollins 30
Majority
Turnout 30.47
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Bishop's Castle Division By-Election 29 September 2011[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Charlotte Ann Barnes 801
Conservative Georgiana Louise Dacre Ellis 544
Labour Jean Gray 80
Green Michael Richard Tucker 74
Majority
Turnout 51.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Abbey Division By-Election 1 March 2012[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Hannah Fraser 550
Conservative Peter John Wright 542
Green John Robert Brown 122
Majority
Turnout 41.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Church Stretton and Craven Arms Division By-Election 13 September 2012[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lee Chapman 1216
Liberal Democrat Robert Douglas Welch 969
Labour Clive Stephen Leworthy 529
Majority
Turnout 38
Conservative hold Swing

See also

Former councils in Shropshire:

References

  • By-election results

External links

  • Shropshire Council
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