Blackpool Borough Council elections are generally held every four years. Blackpool Borough Council (which styles itself "Blackpool Council") is the local authority for the unitary authority of Blackpool in Lancashire, England. Since the last boundary changes in 2003, 42 councillors have been elected from 21 wards.[1]

Political control

From 1889 to 1974, Blackpool was a county borough, independent from any county council.[2] Under the Local Government Act 1972 Blackpool was reconstituted as a non-metropolitan district, with Lancashire County Council providing county-level services.[3] The first election to the reformed borough council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority until the new arrangements took effect on 1 April 1974. Blackpool became a unitary authority on 1 April 1998, regaining its independence from Lancashire County Council.[4] Political control of the council since 1973 has been held by the following parties:[5][6]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973–1987
No overall control 1987–1991
Labour 1991–1998

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1998–2007
Conservative 2007–2011
Labour 2011–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1991 have been:[7]

Councillor Party From To
Ivan Taylor[8] Labour 1991 5 Jun 2000
George Bancroft[9] Labour 12 Jul 2000 11 Jul 2001
Roy Fisher[10] Labour Aug 2001 6 May 2007
Peter Callow Conservative 21 May 2007 23 May 2011
Simon Blackburn Labour 23 May 2011 Jun 2020
Lynn Williams Labour 20 Jul 2020

Council elections

Borough result maps

By-election results

1997–2000

Marton By-Election 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 963 48.1 +0.3
Labour 878 43.8 -8.4
Liberal Democrats 162 8.1 +8.1
Majority 85 4.3
Turnout 2,003
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Waterloo By-Election 23 July 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 532 36.8 -1.7
Liberal Democrats 468 32.4 +8.3
Labour 447 30.9 -6.6
Majority 64 4.4
Turnout 1,447 30.8
Conservative hold Swing
Ingthorpe By-Election 21 January 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 914 63.2 +1.5
Conservative 533 36.8 -1.5
Majority 381 26.4
Turnout 1,447 26
Labour hold Swing

2000–2003

Waterloo By-Election 7 June 2001[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Carol Radcliffe 859 33.1 +1.7
Conservative John Herdman 833 32.1 -9.5
Liberal Democrats Ian Coleman 696 26.8 -0.3
Independent Ann Edwards 208 8.0 +8.0
Majority 26 1.0
Turnout 2,596
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Brunswick By-Election 13 September 2001[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barry Cresswell 515 53.5 -9.5
Liberal Democrats Steven Bate 255 26.5 +26.5
Conservative Andrew Stansfield 135 14.0 -23.0
First Alliance Kenneht Coups 38 3.9 +3.9
Independent Charles Thomas 20 2.1 +2.1
Majority 260 27.0
Turnout 963 20
Labour hold Swing

2007–2011

Park By-Election 26 June 2008[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Collins 977 55.2 +28.1
Labour Roy Fisher 448 25.3 -8.1
BNP Les Joy 218 12.3 -4.8
Liberal Democrats Susan Close 97 5.5 -8.5
UKIP Colin Porter 30 1.7 -6.7
Majority 529 29.9
Turnout 1,770
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Stanley By-Election 20 August 2009[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jean Kenrick 648 32.8 -28.2
Labour John Jones 602 30.5 +4.6
Liberal Democrats Michael Hodkinson 332 16.8 +3.6
UKIP Colin Porter 203 10.3 +10.3
BNP Les Joy 192 9.7 +9.7
Majority 46 2.3
Turnout 1,977 36.4
Conservative hold Swing

2011–2015

Waterloo by-election 9 October 2014[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Robertson 406 34.5 -5.3
UKIP John Braithwaite 372 31.6 N/A
Labour Kathy Ellis 347 29.5 -17.5
Liberal Democrats Mike Hodkinson 34 2.9 -10.3
BNP Jack Renshaw 17 1.4 N/A
Majority 34 2.9
Turnout 22.2 -12.4
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was triggered by the death of Conservative Councillor Tony Lee

2015-2019

Bloomfield by-election 3 March 2016[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Hobson 450 57.6 +12.8
Conservative Tony Jones 150 19.2 -0.7
UKIP Spencer Shackleton 118 15.1 -10.0
Green Phill Armstrong 32 4.1 -4.6
Liberal Democrats Neil Close 31 4.0 +4.0
Majority 300 38.4
Turnout 781
Labour hold Swing
Tyldesley by-election 29 September 2016[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Collett 535 48.3 +10.0
Conservative Moira Graham 297 26.8 -2.4
UKIP Kim Knight 238 21.5 -0.5
Liberal Democrats Paul Hindley 37 3.3 -2.3
Majority 238 21.5
Turnout 1,107
Labour hold Swing
Warbreck by-election 16 March 2017[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michele Scott 728 54.8 +17.5
Labour Ian Treasure 468 35.2 +6.2
UKIP Walter Cairns 75 5.6 -13.5
Liberal Democrats Kevan Benfold 57 4.3 -2.8
Majority 260 19.6
Turnout 1,328
Conservative hold Swing

2019-2023

Highfield by-election 6 May 2021[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bradley Mitchell 982 54.9 +6.0
Labour Christine Wright 498 27.8 -23.3
Independent Rob Wynne 192 10.7 +10.7
Green Becky Daniels 55 3.1 +3.1
Reform UK Kim Knight 40 2.2 +2.2
Liberal Democrats Bill Greene 22 1.2 +1.2
Majority 484 27.1
Turnout 1,789
Conservative hold Swing
Norbreck by-election 6 May 2021[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julie Sloman 963 50.6 +18.9
Independent Pam Haslam 480 25.2 +25.2
Labour Julie Jones 378 19.9 +0.3
Liberal Democrats Simon Jowitt 82 4.3 -6.0
Majority 483 25.4
Turnout 1,903
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

References

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