Berwick-upon-Tweed was a non-metropolitan district in Northumberland, England. It was abolished on 1 April 2009 and replaced by Northumberland County Council.

The town of Berwick-upon-Tweed now has its own town council, unlike the former borough councillors, the town councillors do not represent political parties.

Political control

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
Independent 1973-1983
No overall control 1983-1999
Liberal Democrats 1999-2003
No overall control 2003-2009

Council elections

Mayoral referendum

A referendum was held on 21 February 2002 on whether to have a directly elected mayor. The proposal was decisively rejected.

Support 3,617 26%

Oppose 10,212 74%

Turnout 64%

By-election results

Seton By-Election 19 February 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 340 57.9
Labour 154 26.2
Conservative 93 15.8
Majority 186 31.7
Turnout 587 39.6
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Bamburgh By-Election 6 July 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 278 73.5
Liberal Democrats 100 26.5
Majority 178 47.0
Turnout 378 52.3
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
North Sunderland By-Election 6 July 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 337 44.5 +44.5
Independent 319 42.1 -9.2
Liberal Democrats 102 13.5 +13.5
Majority 18 2.4
Turnout 758 49.3
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Spittal By-Election 15 November 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 332 51.6 -2.9
Independent 203 31.6 -2.3
Conservative 65 10.1 +10.1
Labour 43 6.7 -4.9
Majority 129 20.0
Turnout 643 26.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Belford By-Election 1 April 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 196 53.7 +32.7
Independent 169 46.3 +12.2
Majority 27 7.4
Turnout 365 41.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Shielfield By-Election 16 December 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Karen Thorburn 111 52.6 +52.6
Liberal Democrats Douglas Hunter 100 47.4 +47.4
Majority 11 5.2
Turnout 211 31.3
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Spittal By-Election 16 December 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent David Stewart 206 61.7 +61.7
Liberal Democrats Thomas Wakenshaw 128 38.3 +38.3
Majority 78 23.4
Turnout 334 15.0
Independent gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

References

  1. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1975. Retrieved on 19 November 2015.
  3. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed (Electoral Changes) Order 1998. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  4. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed (Parish Electoral Arrangements and Electoral Changes) Order 2008. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.