2005 Norfolk County Council election
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All 84 council division seats
43 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
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Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats
Last election 48 seats, 40.2% 26 seats, 31.9% 10 seats, 23.0%
Seats before 48 26 10
Seats won 46 22 14
Seat change Decrease2 Decrease4 Increase4
Popular vote 158,942 108,043 113,048
Percentage 39.2% 26.6% 27.9%
Swing Decrease1.1% Decrease5.3% Increase4.9%

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Party Green
Last election 0 seats, 4.2%
Seats before 0
Seats won 2
Seat change Increase2
Popular vote 18,786
Percentage 4.6%
Swing Increase0.4%

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Map showing the results of the 2005 Norfolk County Council elections.

Party before election

Conservative

Elected Party

Conservative

The Norfolk County Council election took place on 5 May 2005, coinciding with local elections for all county councils in England and the 2005 general election. It was the first election to be held under new boundaries.[1]

The Conservatives were re-elected with a slightly smaller majority of 8 seats and the Liberal Democrats surpassed Labour in vote share (though not in seats). The Green Party won their first seats on the County Council, both in Norwich.

Other parties and independent candidates stood without winning seats and making little impact.

Summary of results

Norfolk County Council election results 2005[2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 46 −2 54.8 39.2 158,942 −1.1
  Liberal Democrats 14 +4 16.7 27.9 113,048 +4.9
  Labour 22 −4 26.2 26.3 108,043 −5.3
  Green 2 2 0 +2 2.4 4.6 18,786 +0.4
  UKIP 0 0 0 n/a 0.8 3,072 n/a
  Independent 0 0 0 ±0 0.7 2,799 −0.2
  Norwich Over the Water 0 0 0 n/a 0.1 423 n/a
  English Democrat 0 0 0 n/a 0.1 397 n/a
  Legalise Cannabis 0 0 0 n/a 0.1 233 n/a
Total 84 402,562

Election of Group Leaders

Alison King (Humbleyard) was re-elected leader of the Conservative Group, Irene Macdonald (King's Lynn North and Central) became leader of the Labour Group and Barbara Hacker (Thorpe Hamlet) was elected leader of the Liberal Democratic Group.[3]

Barbara Hacker would retire as leader in May 2007 to be replaced by deputy Paul Morse (North Walsham East).[4][5]

Macdonald would be replaced by Susan Whitaker (Lakenham) before the next election.[6]

Election of Leader of the Council

Alison King (Humbleyard) the leader of the Conservative group was duly re-elected leader of the council and formed a Conservative administration.

King would stand down in March 2006 and was replaced by Shaun Murphy (Wroxham), who would retire after only a year in the job.[7]

Daniel Cox (Wymondham) would replace him.[8]

Results by District

Breckland

Broadland

Great Yarmouth

King's Lynn and West Norfolk

North Norfolk

Norwich

South Norfolk

References

  1. ^ "The County of Norfolk (Electoral Changes) Order 2005". www.legislation.gov.uk. 1 February 2005.
  2. ^ "Norfolk council". Andrew Teale. 2005. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Concern over unitary bid". Eastern Daily Press. 24 July 2006.
  4. ^ "Lib Dem leader at County Hall to stand down". Eastern Daily Press. 1 May 2007.
  5. ^ Gray, Tracey (11 February 2013). "Long-standing councillor to retire". Eastern Daily Press.
  6. ^ "Labour source: "Vindictive" Lakenham campaign run by UKIP". 15 August 2008.
  7. ^ Lowthorpe, Shaun (14 March 2007). "Norfolk council leader to quit". Eastern Daily Press.
  8. ^ "Three in race for County Hall top job". Eastern Daily Press. 23 March 2007.