City of York Council elections

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York is a unitary authority in North Yorkshire, England. Until 1 April 1996 it was a non-metropolitan district.

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1][2]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973–1976
Conservative 1976–1980
No overall control 1980–1986
Labour 1986–1996

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1995–2000
No overall control 2000–2003
Liberal Democrats 2003–2007
No overall control 2007–2011
Labour 2011–2015
No overall control 2015–present

Non-metropolitan district elections

1992-1994

A local election was held in May 1992 to elect members of York City Council. Fifteen seats, previously contested in 1988, were up for election: eleven were won by the Labour Party, three by the Conservative Party and one by the Liberal Democrats.[4][5] The Labour Party retained overall control of the council; the composition of the council after the election was: Labour Party 34 seats, Conservative Party seven seats and Liberal Democrats four seats.[4]

Local election

York local election results 1992[4][5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 11 0 1 Decrease1 - 45.1 - -
  Conservative 3 1 0 Increase1 - 38.1 - -
  Liberal Democrat 1 0 0 0 - 13.3 - -
  Green 0 0 0 0 - 3.5 - -

1994-1995

Local election

A local election took place in May 1994 to elect members of York City Council. Fifteen seats, previously contested in 1990, were up for election: twelve were won by the Labour Party, two by the Liberal Democrats and one by the Conservative Party.[6][7]

York local election results 1991[6][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 12 0 1 Decrease1 - 53.2 - -
  Liberal Democrat 2 1 0 Increase1 - 21.6 - -
  Conservative 1 0 0 0 - 23.5 - -
  Green 0 0 0 0 - 1.7 - -

Unitary authority elections

Summary of local election results

Year Labour Liberal Democrats Conservatives Green Independent
1995 30 18 3 0 2
1999 27 22 3 0 1
2003 15 29 0 2 1
2007 18 19 8 2 0
2011 26 8 10 2 1
2015 15 12 14 4 2

1995-1999

Local election

Elections to the new City of York unitary authority were held on 4 May 1995. Following the creation of the expanded authority, 22 councillors were returned to parished areas that were part of district council areas previously outside the boundaries of the former York City Council and 31 councillors were returned to the former York City Council wards.[8] All 53 council seats were up for election. Labour won thirty seats, the Liberal Democrats won 18 seats, the Conservatives won three seats and two Independent councillors were also elected. The Labour Party won overall control of the council.

York local election result 1995
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 30 56.6
  Liberal Democrat 18 34
  Conservative 3 5.7
  Independent 2 3.8

By-elections

Strensall and Stockton Ward By-Election 30 May 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat 767 46.1
Conservative 580 34.9
Labour 317 19.1
Majority 187 11.2
Turnout 1,664 33.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Osbaldwick Ward By-Election 20 February 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat 661 55.5
Labour 347 29.1
Conservative 183 15.4
Majority 314 26.4
Turnout 1,191 50.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Micklegate Ward By-Election 30 October 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 847 53.0 +2.2
Conservative 529 32.1 -6.1
Liberal Democrat 244 14.8 +3.8
Majority 345 20.9
Turnout 1,647 33.6
Labour hold Swing

1999-2003

Local election

Elections to City of York Council were held on 6 May 1999. All 53 council seats in the city were up for election and the Labour party kept overall control of the council.

York local election result 1999
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 27 0 3 -3 50.9
  Liberal Democrat 22 4 0 +4 41.5
  Conservative 3 1 1 0 5.7
  Independent 1 1 2 -1 1.9

By-elections

A by-election was held in Bootham Ward following the resignation through ill-health of sitting Labour councillor Ken Cooper. The seat was won by the Liberal Democrat candidate, Kim Tarry.[9]

Bootham Ward By-Election 11 May 2000[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Kim Tarry 813 47.6 +25.1
Labour Alexander Fraser 635 37.2 -23.8
Conservative William Bennett 184 10.8 -5.8
Green Andrea Black 59 3.5 +3.5
Monster Raving Loony Graham Cambridge 18 1.1 +1.1
Majority 178
Turnout 1710 35.3
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing

Labour councillor Peter Dodd resigned his Monk Ward seat in 2000 due to ill health.[10] The seat was won in the by-election by the Liberal Democrat candidate, Nick Blitz.[11]

Monk Ward By-Election 18 May 2000[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Nick Blitz 1180 46.9 +17.7
Labour Alistair MacDonald 708 28.2 -15.8
Conservative Kenneth Creek 545 21.7 -5.2
Green Gillian Cossham 81 3.2 +3.2
Majority 472
Turnout 2519 42.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing

A by-election was held following the death of Labour councillor Carol Wallace in 2000.[12] David Evans retained the seat for the Labour Party.[13]

Bishophill Ward By-Election 22 February 2001[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Evans 686 36.9 -9.3
Liberal Democrat Martin Bartlett 556 29.9 +12.7
Green Andy Chase 370 19.9 +1.0
Conservative Bill Bennett 246 13.2 -4.5
Majority 130 7.0
Turnout 1,858 36.2
Labour hold Swing

2003-2007

Local election

Local elections for City of York Council took place on 1 May 2003. Boundary changes reduced the number of seats from 53 to 47.[14][15] The Liberal Democrats won 29 seats, Labour won 15 seats, the Green Party won two seats and an independent candidate won one seat.[16] The Liberal Democrats won overall control of the Council.

York local election result 2003
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 29 7 0 +7 61.7 42.5 25,142
  Labour 15 0 12 -12 31.9 22.6 13,361
  Conservative 0 0 3 -3 0 18.0 10,643
  Green 2 2 0 +2 4.3 8.8 5,192
  Independent 1 0 0 0

2007-2011

Local election

Local elections for City of York Council took place on 3 May 2007. Of the 47 seats contested, the Liberal Democrats won 19 seats, Labour won 18 seats, Conservatives won eight seats and the Green Party won two seats.[17] The Liberal Democrats lose ten seats and overall control of the Council.

York Local Election Result 2007[17]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 19 0 10 -10 40.43
  Labour 18 3 0 3 38.30
  Conservative 8 8 0 8 17.02
  Green 2 0 0 0 4.26

By-elections

Following the death of Conservative councillor Bill Bennett in 2007, the Heworth Without seat was won by Liberal Democrat, Nigel Ayre.[18][19]

Heworth Without Ward By-Election 6 September 2007[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Nigel Ayre 914 46.7 +11.0
Conservative Adam Sinclair 703 35.9 -1.8
Labour Margaret Wells 219 11.2 -5.8
BNP Michaela Knight 63 3.2 +3.2
Green Charles Everett 58 3.0 -1.4
Majority 211 10.8
Turnout 1,957 61.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing

Labour councillor Paul Blanchard resigned for personal reasons in 2009.[20] His Heworth seat was retained for Labour by Barbara Boyce.[21]

Heworth Ward By-Election 10 September 2009[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Barbara Boyce 876 34.0 -2.7
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Ayre 608 23.6 +11.5
Conservative Andrew Whitney 591 23.0 +2.3
Green Denise Craghill 302 11.7 -6.2
BNP Jeff Kelly 172 6.7 -5.9
Monster Raving Loony Eddie Vee 25 1.0 +1.0
Majority 268 10.4
Turnout 2,581 26.6
Labour hold Swing

Labour Councillor Dr. Roger Pierce resigned in 2010 due to ill health.[23] His Hull Road seat was retained for Labour by Mick Hoban.[24]

Hull Road Ward By-Election 14 October 2010[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mick Hoban 860 58.7 +24.5
Conservative Robin Dickson 296 20.2 -4.8
Liberal Democrat Rachael Williams 183 12.5 -3.3
Green John Cossham 84 5.7 -8.3
BNP Trevor Brown 42 2.9 -8.1
Majority 564 38.4
Turnout 1,468 18.3
Labour hold Swing

2011-2015

Local election

Local elections for City of York Council took place on 5 May 2011. Of the 47 seats contested, Labour won 26 seats, Conservatives won ten seats, the Liberal Democrats won eight seats, the Green Party won two seats and an independent candidate won one seat.[25] The Labour Party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.

York Local Election Result 2011
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 26 8 0 +8 55.3 31.6 20297 +9.2%
  Conservative 10 3 0 +3 24.1 21.9 15472 -2.7%
  Liberal Democrat 8 0 12 -12 17 26.4 16888 -3.8%
  Green 2 0 0 0 4.3 14.6 9349 -0.4%
  Independent 1 1 0 +1 2.1 0.4 630 +0.4%

By-elections

A by-election was held in October 2014 following the death of Councillor Lynn Jefferies. The seat was won by the Liberal Democrat candidate and former Council Leader Andrew Waller.[26]

Westfield Ward By-Election 16 October 2014[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Andrew Waller 1804 60.2 +25.8
Labour Louise Corson 588 19.6 -23.8
UKIP Judith Morris 398 13.3 N/A
Conservative Jason Brown 113 3.8 -10.0
Green Alison Webb 87 2.9 -5.5
English Democrat Sam Kelly 5 0.2 N/A
Majority 1216 40.6
Turnout 2995 28.5 -9.5
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing 24.8

2015-2019

Local election

Local elections for City of York Council took place on 7 May 2015. New ward boundaries came into effect.[28] Of the 47 seats contested, Labour won 15 seats to form the largest group on the Council, Conservatives won 14 seat, the Liberal Democrats won 12 seats, the Green Party won four seats and two independent candidates won seats.[29] Following talks between the political groups after the election, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats agreed to run the Council as a joint administration.[29]

York Local Election Result 2015
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 15 0 11 -11 31.9 23.1 25,311 -8.5
  Conservative 14 4 0 +4 29.8 27.9 30,572 +8
  Liberal Democrat 12 5 1 +4 25.5 21.4 23,444 -5
  Green 4 2 0 +2 8.5 14.9 16,286 +0.3
  Independent 2 1 0 +1 4.3 6.1 6,715 +5.7

NB For wards with multiple seats, the total shown is for each party's highest-polling candidate.

By-elections

Labour Councillors Julie Gunnell and David Levene resigned in 2017 for personal reasons,[30][31] their seats were retained by Labour candidates Jonny Crawshaw and Michael Pavlovic.[32]

Hull Road Ward By-Election 8 June 2017[33][34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Pavlovic 3408
Conservative Matt Freckelton 1199
Green John Scobell Cossham 826
Liberal Democrat Alex Nowis 407
Majority 2209
Turnout 5876 56.8
Labour hold Swing
Micklegate Ward By-Election 8 June 2017[33][34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jonny Crawshaw 3772
Green Rosie Baker 1581
Conservative Paul Healey 1460
Liberal Democrat Aileen Alison Hingston 634
Majority 2191
Turnout 7468 75.5
Labour hold Swing

Labour councillor and former Lord Mayor Sonja Crisp stepped down in 2018 due to ill health, her seat was retained by Labour candidate Kallum Taylor.[35][36]

Holgate Ward By-Election 15 February 2018[37][38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kallum Mark Taylor 1521 50.0 +22.6
Liberal Democrat Emma Claire Keef 982 32.3 +19.5
Conservative Joe Pattinson 334 11.0 -8.0
Green Andreas Heinemeyer 203 6.7 -9.3
Majority 2209
Turnout 539 34
Labour hold Swing

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