Shropshire Council elections

Shropshire Council (prior to 1 April 2009, Shropshire County Council) is elected in full 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 authority 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.

County result maps

Shropshire UK local election 2013 map

2013 results map

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

2013–2017

Ludlow North Division By-Election 13 March 2014[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Andrew Boddington 579
Conservative Anthony Gerard Bevington 382
Independent Graeme Perks 223
Labour Co-op Danny Sweeney 94
Majority 197
Turnout 1286 45.79%
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Oswestry East Division By-Election 12 February 2015[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John W Price 629
Labour Claire Rebecca Norris 247
Green Duncan Kerr 231
Liberal Democrat Amanda Jane Woof 218
Majority 382
Turnout 1337 19.46%
Conservative hold Swing
Belle Vue Division by-election 12 November 2015[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Amy Liebich 546 47.4 -29.1
Conservative Andrew Wagner 292 25.3 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Beverley Baker 240 20.8 n/a
Green Sam Taylor 75 6.5 n/a
Majority 254 22.0 -30.9
Turnout 1,153 34.5
Labour hold Swing -15.5
Meole Division by-election 3 December 2015[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nic Laurens 490 43.1 -11.8
Labour Co-op John Lewis 303 26.7 -11.0
Liberal Democrat Nat Green 223 19.6 +12.3
UKIP David Morgan 64 5.6 N/A
Green John Newnham 56 4.9 N/A
Majority 187 16.5 -0.4
Turnout 1,139 37.7 -2.2
Conservative hold Swing -0.4

See also

Former councils in Shropshire:

References

  1. ^ a b "Local election results: Shropshire". BBC Online. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Shropshire". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b "By-election results – 30 November 2006". Shropshire County Council. Archived from the original on 11 February 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Market Drayton by-election result". Shropshire County Council. 6 June 2008. Archived from the original on 29 August 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Declaration of Poll: Clee Division" (PDF). Shropshire Council. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Shropshire Council By-Election: Quarry and Coton Hill Division". Shropshire Council. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Shropshire Council By-Election: Bishop's Castle Division" (PDF). Shropshire Council. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Shropshire Council By-Election: Abbey Division" (PDF). Shropshire Council. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Shropshire Council By-Election: Church Stretton and Craven Arms Division" (PDF). Shropshire Council. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Shropshire Council By-Election: Ludlow North Division" (PDF). Shropshire Council. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Shropshire Council By-Election: Oswestry East Division" (PDF). Shropshire Council. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Election of a Unitary Councillor for the Belle Vue Division of Shropshire Council" (PDF). Shropshire Council. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  13. ^ (PDF). Shropshire Council https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/media/1842570/Statement-as-to-Persons-Nominated-Meole-Division.pdf. Retrieved 26 November 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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1977 Salop County Council election

Elections to Salop County Council were held on Thursday, 5 May 1977. The whole council of sixty-three members was up for election and the result was that the Independents gained a narrow majority of one, from no overall control, winning thirty-two seats, a nett gain of two. The Conservatives gained eight seats, ending as the second largest political group with twenty-two, while Labour lost eleven seats and the Liberals gained one, ending with five and four respectively.

2001 Shropshire County Council election

The 2001 elections to Shropshire County Council took place on 7 June 2001.

The Labour party increased its number of councillors at the expense of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. The council remained no overall control however.No boundary changes had occurred since the 1997 elections.

2005 Shropshire County Council election

The 2005 elections to Shropshire County Council (the final elections to the county council, before Shropshire became a unitary authority in 2009) took place on 5 May 2005, alongside the 2005 general election across the entire United Kingdom.

48 councillors were elected from 46 electoral divisions. The Conservatives had 6 net gains and took control of the council, which had previously been no overall control, with a majority of just 2. The Liberal Democrats also gained seats, whilst Labour lost seats, resulting in the Liberal Democrats becoming the second party. Three independent candidates were elected as councillors.

Boundary changes had occurred since the 2001 elections; the number of seats increased from 44 to 48.

2009 Shropshire Council election

Elections to Shropshire Council in England were held on 4 June 2009. These were the first elections to the new unitary body, which replaced Shropshire County Council and the district councils of Bridgnorth, North Shropshire, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Atcham and South Shropshire on 1 April as part of the 2009 local government restructuring across England.The vote was moved from 7 May to coincide with the European Parliament elections that year.

Counting took place on 5 June at the Sundorne Sports Village in north Shrewsbury. The count was delayed by around 5 hours, resulting in Shropshire being the last local council to declare results in the 2009 local elections.In total, 74 councillors were elected from 63 newly formed electoral divisions (53 single member divisions, nine 2-member divisions and one 3-member electoral division). The Conservatives won overall control, with 54 councillors elected resulting in a substantial majority of 34. The Liberal Democrats came second with 11 councillors elected, and Labour third with 7 councillors. In addition, the Independent Community and Health Concern candidate in Cleobury Mortimer and one independent candidate were also elected.Average voter turnout was 42.5% across Shropshire.Because of the council's unitary status, all divisions are up for election at once, every four years. The next Shropshire Council election took place on 2 May 2013.

2013 Shropshire Council election

Elections to Shropshire Council were held on 2 May 2013 as part of the 2013 United Kingdom local elections. These were the second elections to the unitary authority created as part of local government restructuring in Shropshire, following on from the previous elections in 2009. All 74 seats in the 63 electoral divisions (consisting of 53 single member divisions, nine 2-member divisions and one 3-member electoral division) were up for election across Shropshire. At the same time, all town and parish council contested elections took place, most notably including Shrewsbury Town Council.The Conservative party retained control of the Council, though with a slightly reduced majority, with 3 fewer seats compared to just prior to the election.

All locally registered electors (British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens) who were aged 18 or over on Thursday 2 May 2013 were entitled to vote in the local elections. Those who were temporarily away from their ordinary address (for example, away working, on holiday, in student accommodation or in hospital) were also entitled to vote in the local elections.

2017 Shropshire Council election

The 2017 Shropshire Council election took place on 4 May 2017 as part of the 2017 local elections in the United Kingdom. All 74 councillors were elected from 63 electoral divisions which return either one, two or three councillors each by first-past-the-post voting for a four-year term of office.

Independent Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern

Independent Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern, (often known as Independent Community And Health Concern and abbreviated as ICHC) is a political party based in Kidderminster, United Kingdom. It grew out of the campaign to restore the casualty unit at Kidderminster Hospital, and the National Health Service is still its primary focus, but the party has since diversified. Since 2015 it has also been known as the Wyre Forest Independent Party and has successfully contested local elections within the Wyre Forest local government area, which includes Kidderminster.

Shrewsbury Town Council

Shrewsbury Town Council is a town council in Shropshire, established in April 2009 as part of structural changes to local government in England that abolished Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council and created in its place the unitary Shropshire Council. Shrewsbury was previously unparished, with the Mayor of Shrewsbury and Atcham acting as the town's mayor. Serving a population of over 72,000, Shrewsbury Town Council is the second most populous parish council in England.

The town council provides horticultural services and is responsible for parks, sports pitches, recreation grounds, allotments and highway verges. The council also manages provision of the town market, community facilities, bus shelters, street lighting and public toilets.The town council is made up of 17 wards, elected every four years alongside Shropshire Council elections using first-past-the-post. The wards are coterminous with the Shropshire Council divisions created in 2009.

Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council is the local authority of Shropshire (excluding Telford and Wrekin) in England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.

It replaced the former two-tier local government structure in the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire on 1 April 2009, which involved its immediate predecessor, Shropshire County Council, and five non-metropolitan district councils – Bridgnorth District Council, North Shropshire District Council, Oswestry Borough Council, Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council and South Shropshire District Council. These districts and their councils were abolished in the reorganisation.The area covered by Shropshire Council is 3,197 square kilometres, or 1,234 square miles. This is 91.7% of the ceremonial county of Shropshire, with the remainder being covered by the other unitary authority in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Council, which was established as a unitary authority in 1998. Shropshire is located in the West Midlands region of England, on the border with Wales.

The council's seat is at Shirehall in Shrewsbury, the largest town (with a population of 70,600) in the unitary authority's area and historic county town of Shropshire. The council, however, has numerous offices across the county and area committees meet in the former district headquarters at Oswestry, Wem, Ludlow and Bridgnorth. The area covered by Shropshire Council is rural, with the second largest town being Oswestry with a population of just 16,600. Prior to the 2009 reorganisation, Shropshire was the least populated two-tier area in England.

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