Braintree District Council in Essex, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2015, 49 councillors have been elected from 26 wards.[1]

Political control

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

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973–1976
Conservative 1976–1979
No overall control 1979–1995
Labour 1995–2003
No overall control 2003–2007
Conservative 2007–present

Council elections

Changes between elections

1995–1999

Braintree Central By-Election 31 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 583 65.5 +1.7
Liberal Democrats 165 18.5 -3.1
Conservative 119 13.4 -1.2
Green 23 2.6 +2.6
Majority 418 47.0
Turnout 890 17.8
Labour hold Swing

1999–2003

Central By-Election 10 February 2000[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 466 53.8 +0.6
Conservative 260 30.0 +8.5
Liberal Democrats 140 16.2 -0.6
Majority 206 23.8
Turnout 866 16.0
Labour hold Swing
East By-Election 10 February 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 587 50.4 -2.5
Conservative 344 29.5 +3.5
Liberal Democrats 192 16.5 -4.6
Green 42 3.6 +3.6
Majority 243 20.9
Turnout 1,165 17.0
Labour hold Swing
Castle Hedingham By-Election 29 June 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 328 69.5 -5.1
Labour 144 30.5 +5.1
Majority 184 39.0
Turnout 472 32.0
Conservative hold Swing
Braintree Central By-Election 6 July 2000[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 694 52.1 -1.1
Conservative 475 35.7 +14.2
Liberal Democrats 124 9.3 -7.5
Green 38 2.9 -5.6
Majority 219 16.4
Turnout 1,331 24.1
Labour hold Swing
Braintree West By-Election 31 January 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 671 39.0 +5.0
Conservative 666 38.7 +8.4
Liberal Democrats 261 15.2 -20.5
Independent 66 3.8 +3.8
Green 39 2.3 +2.3
Legalise Cannabis 19 1.1 +1.1
Majority 5 0.3
Turnout 1,722 30.0
Labour hold Swing
Braintree Central By-Election 21 March 2002[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 758 61.0 +7.8
Conservative 278 22.4 +0.9
Liberal Democrats 144 11.6 -5.2
Green 62 5.0 -3.5
Majority 480 38.6
Turnout 1,242 21.8
Labour hold Swing

2003–2007

Hedingham and Maplestead By-Election 11 March 2004[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Stephen Bolter 664 45.8 +21.1
Conservative 625 43.1 -3.0
Labour 160 11.0 -4.1
Majority 39 2.7
Turnout 1,449 29.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Rayne By-Election 14 October 2004[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Banthorpe 289 49.5 +0.3
Liberal Democrats Joanne Fish 272 46.6 -4.2
Green 23 3.9 +3.9
Majority 17 2.9
Turnout 584 34.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

2007–2011

Braintree East By-Election 19 June 2008[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jennifer Smith 668 50.7 +17.4
Labour Agnes Bishop 406 30.8 -4.6
Green Wendy Partridge 125 9.5 +9.5
Liberal Democrats Paul Lemon 119 9.0 -6.0
Majority 262 19.9
Turnout 1,318 27.4
Conservative hold Swing
Hatfield Peveral By-Election 19 June 2008[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ron Elliston 782 78.1 +0.1
Labour Carole Hine 138 13.8 -8.2
Green Agnes Wells 81 8.1 +8.1
Majority 644 64.3
Turnout 1,001 30.1
Conservative hold Swing
Witham West By-Election 2 October 2008[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Cohen 508 40.9 +1.2
Labour Kathleen Tearle 373 30.1 +3.2
Liberal Democrats Joy Reekie 182 14.7 -2.2
Green Wendy Partridge 178 14.3 -2.1
Majority 135 10.8
Turnout 1,241 24.0
Conservative hold Swing
The Three Colnes By-Election 4 December 2008[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Siddall 647 77.0 +24.5
Labour Richard Tincknell 121 14.4 +4.1
Green Wendy Partridge 72 8.6 +8.6
Majority 526 62.6
Turnout 840 21.5
Conservative hold Swing

2015–2019

Witham South by-election, 5 May 2016[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gavin Maclure 446 44.3 -13.2
Labour Paul Heath 376 37.4 +10.8
Green Stephen Hicks 184 18.3 +12.0
Majority 70 7.0
Turnout 1,014 23.0 -38.9
Conservative hold
Witham North by-election, 20 October 2016[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip Barlow 339 37.5 +4.2
Conservative Lorne Campbell 308 34.0 -11.0
Green Michelle Weeks 227 25.1 +12.8
Liberal Democrats Mark Scott 31 3.4 -6.0
Majority 31 3.4
Turnout 906 18.3 -43.0
Labour gain from Conservative
Bumpstead by-election, 20 October 2016[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Diana Garrod 350 64.6 +2.7
UKIP Debbie Shaw 84 15.5 -4.1
Labour William Edwards 45 8.3 -10.3
Liberal Democrats Stephen Bolter 40 7.4 +7.4
Green Anne Bishop 23 4.2 +4.2
Majority 266 49.1 +6.8
Turnout 542 23.2 -52.5
Conservative hold
Bocking North by-election, 3 May 2018[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anthony Everard 619 48.3 +9.0
Conservative Dean Wallace 540 42.2 +3.1
UKIP Samuel Cowie 78 6.1 -10.6
Green Dawn Holmes 44 3.4 -1.5
Majority 79 6.2
Turnout 1,281 30.7 -35.4
Labour gain from Conservative
Hatfield Peverel and Terling by-election, 3 May 2018[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Coleridge 965 64.7 -3.0
Green Jonathan Barker 293 19.6 +9.7
Labour Lucy Barlow 234 15.7 -6.3
Majority 672 45.0
Turnout 1,496 32.2 -41.2
Conservative hold

References

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