Shire Hall in Cambridge, headquarters of Cambridgeshire County Council
Shire Hall in Cambridge, headquarters of Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council is elected every four years using the first past the post system of election. The council currently (2021) consists of 61 council seats, representing 60 electoral divisions. The Conservative Party is currently the largest party bloc on the council. The council meets at Shire Hall in Cambridge, on the site of Cambridge Castle's bailey and a 19th-century prison.

Under the Local Government Act 1972 the non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire was created from the merger of the administrative counties of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely and Huntingdon and Peterborough, both of which were formed in 1965. The first elections to the new authority were in April 1973, and the council took office on 1 April 1974.

From its creation until 1998, the county council administered the entire area of the ceremonial county of Cambridgeshire. Peterborough City Council became a unitary authority in 1998, but continues to form part of the county for ceremonial purposes.

Political control

Since 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:

Party Tenure
No overall control 1973 – 1977
Conservative 1977 – 1985
No overall control 1985 – 1989
Conservative 1989 – 1993
No overall control 1993 – 1997
Conservative 1997 – 2013
No overall control 2013 – 2017
Conservative 2017 – 2021
No overall control 2021 – present

County council composition

Election Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat[1] UKIP Green Other Total
1973[2] 28 22 5 0 0 13 68
1977[2] 56 7 1 0 0 4 68
1981[2] 35 19 11 0 0 3 68
1985[2] 29 21 26 0 0 1 77
1989[2] 46 20 10 0 0 1 77
1993[3] 33 21 20 0 0 3[4] 77
1997[3][5][6] 33 10 16 0 0 0 59
2001[5][6] 34 9 16 0 0 0 59
2005[7] 42 4 23 0 0 0 69
2009[8] 42 2 23 1 1 0 69
2013[9] 32 7 14 12 0 4 69
2017[10] 36 7 15 0 0 3 61
2021 28 9 20 0 0 4 61

Composition since 1973

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1977



1981



1985



1989



1993



1997




2001




2005




2009



2013



2017



2021



County result maps

By-election results

The following is an incomplete list of by-elections to Cambridgeshire County Council.

1973-1976

Trumpington By-Election, October 1975 [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jane Brookes 1,056 63.5
Labour L. Ann Pettifor 493 29.6
Liberal Bernard Greaves 115 6.9
Majority 563 33.8
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
Romsey By-Election, February 1979 [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Hopkins 794 50.2
Conservative Gerald Cotman 501 31.6
Liberal Alan Charlesworth 288 18.1
Majority 293 18.5
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

1993−1997

Abbey By-Election, 7 November 1996[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Colin Shaw 723 72.2 +6.9
Conservative Simon Mitton 175 17.5 −3.4
Liberal Democrats Evelyn Knowles 104 10.4 −3.4
Majority 548 54.7 +10.3
Turnout 1,002 20.6
Labour hold Swing

1997−2001

Melbourn By-Election, 4 March 1999[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats R L Trueman[15] 1,206 51.0 +14.1
Conservative 922 39.0 +5.4
Labour 236 10.0 −6.6
Majority 284 12.0
Turnout 2,364 32.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Houghton & Wyton By-Election, 8 April 1999[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative S M Campbell[15] 1,300 52.0 −3.9
Liberal Democrats 1,202 48.0 +18.8
Majority 98 4.0
Turnout 2,502 34.0
Conservative hold Swing
March East By-Election, 4 January 2001[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Fred Yeulett[18] 769 56.2 +13.1
Labour 313 22.9 −13.5
Liberal Democrats 177 12.9 −0.4
Independent 109 8.0 +8.0
Majority 456 33.3
Turnout 1,368 17.3
Conservative hold Swing

2001−2005

Newnham By-Election, 1 May 2003[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alexander Reid 930 51.3 −3.8
Conservative C. Gail Kenney 376 20.7 +1.5
Labour Daphne Roper 290 16.0 −9.6
Green_Party_of_England_and_Wales Anna Gomori-Woodcock 218 12.0 +12.0
Majority 554 30.6 +1.1
Turnout 1,814 23.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Melbourn By-Election, 2 October 2003[19][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Anthony Stuart Milton 1,298 56.9 +19.5
Conservative David Leon Porter 985 43.1 +2.9
Majority 313 13.8
Turnout 2,283 30.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Fulbourn By-Election, 10 June 2004[19][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Barker 1,392 45.5 +16.3
Liberal Democrats Frances Amrani 1,057 34.5 +22.0
Labour Martin Evans 613 20.0 −25.5
Majority 335 11.0
Turnout 3,062 46.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Castle By-Election, 10 December 2004[19][23][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John White 922 55.8 −1.5
Conservative Robert Boorman 280 16.9 −2.5
Labour Jane Jacks 276 16.7 −6.6
Green_Party_of_England_and_Wales Stephen Lawrence 117 7.1 +7.1
UKIP Helene Davies 58 3.5 +3.5
Majority 642 38.9 +4.9
Turnout 1,653 23.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

2005−2009

Ely South and West By-Election, 19 January 2006[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Simon Higginson 1,140 60.0 +3.8
Conservative Roderick Mair 583 30.7 −13.1
Green_Party_of_England_and_Wales Andrew Allen 105 5.5 +5.5
Labour Fiona Ross 72 3.8 +3.8
Majority 557 29.3
Turnout 1,900 32.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Romsey By-Election, 4 May 2006[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alice Douglas 955 40.2 −4.8
Labour Paul Gilchrist 656 27.6 −5.7
Green_Party_of_England_and_Wales Jesse Griffiths 265 11.2 +0.4
Conservative Richard Normington 258 10.9 +1.2
Respect Denise Knowelden 240 10.1 +10.1
Majority 299 12.6
Turnout 2,374 37.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Somersham and Earith By-Election, 12 October 2006[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Criswell 1,377 68.0 +18.8
Liberal Democrats Anthony Hulme 566 28.0 −9.4
Labour Richard Allen 81 4.0 −9.4
Majority 811 40.0
Turnout 2,024 28.2
Conservative hold Swing
Little Paxton and St Neot's North By-Election, 3 May 2007[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Churchill 2,412 52.9 +3.3
Liberal Democrats Robert Eaton 1,885 41.4 +8.5
Labour Richard Allen 260 5.7 −11.8
Majority 527 11.5
Turnout 4,557 37.5
Conservative hold Swing
Sutton By-Election, 3 May 2007[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Read 1,077 47.5 +4.3
Liberal Democrats Ian Dewar 574 25.3 −31.5
Independent Kenneth Winters 485 21.4 +21.4
Labour Fiona Ross 130 5.7 +5.7
Majority 503 22.2
Turnout 2,266 36.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Roman Bank and Peckover By-Election, 3 January 2008[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Humphrey 897 61.1 +2.1
Labour Barry Diggle 380 25.9 +25.9
UKIP Paul Clapp 192 13.1 +13.1
Majority 517 35.2
Turnout 1,469 21.9
Conservative hold Swing
Romsey By-Election, 1 May 2008[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Kilian Bourke 781 37.0 −8.0
Labour Chris Freeman 597 28.3 −5.0
Conservative Mike Morley 289 13.7 +4.0
Green Keith Garrett 237 11.2 +0.4
Left List Andrew Osborne 207 9.8 +9.8
Majority 184 8.7
Turnout 2,111 33.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Hardwick By-Election, 27 November 2008[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Fiona Whelan 1,369 49.9 +14.5
Conservative John Ionides 1,169 42.6 +1.3
Labour Helen Haugh 208 7.6 −7.4
Majority 200 7.3
Turnout 2,746 36.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

2009-2013

Ramsey Election, 23 July 2009[26][27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Peter Reeve 865 45.3 +45.3
Conservative Susan Normington 682 35.7 −10.6
Liberal Democrats Anthony Hulme 308 16.1 −21.5
Labour Susan Coomey 53 2.8 −13.3
Majority 183 9.6
Turnout 1,908 30.1
UKIP gain from Conservative Swing
Wisbech North by-election, 15 April 2010[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Samantha Hoy 548 34.8 −6.9
Liberal Democrats David Patrick 506 32.1 +20.0
Labour Barry Diggle 287 18.2 +2.7
UKIP Paul Clapp 233 14.8 −15.9
Majority 42 2.7
Turnout 1,574 21.1
Conservative hold Swing

By-election called following the death of Leslie Sims.

East Chesterton by-election, 16 September 2010[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ian Manning 832 40.9 +5.1
Labour Gerri Bird 663 32.6 +17.6
Conservative Matthew Bradney 334 16.4 −8.4
Green_Party_of_England_and_Wales Peter Pope 117 5.7 −9.0
Cambridge Socialists Anna Gordon 53 2.6 +2.6
UKIP Peter Burkinshaw 37 1.8 −8.0
Majority 169 8.3
Turnout 2,036 30.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

By-election called following the resignation of Siep Wijsenbeek.

March North by-election, 3 March 2011[28][29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steve Count 616 52.4 −3.4
Labour Louis Sugden 282 24.0 +10.3
Liberal Democrats William McAdam 277 23.6 −6.9
Majority 334 28.4
Turnout 1,175 21.0
Conservative hold Swing

By-election following death of John West

Arbury by-election, 5 May 2011[28][30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Sales 1,214 37.9 +8.9
Liberal Democrats Amy Ellis 1,078 33.7 −8.3
Conservative Shapour Meftah 496 15.5 −0.3
Green_Party_of_England_and_Wales Martin Bonner 411 12.8 −0.4
Majority 136 4.3
Turnout 3,199 47.0
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

2013−2017

Willingham by-election, 22 May 2014[28] [31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Hudson 1,252 41.8 +2.2
UKIP Martin Hale 642 21.4 −7.1
Labour Ben Monks 471 15.7 −1.7
Liberal Democrats Susan Gymer 338 11.3 +4.7
Green_Party_of_England_and_Wales Helen Stocks 295 9.8 +1.9
Majority 610 20.3
Turnout 2,998 38.4
Conservative hold Swing

By-election following resignation of Ray Manning on 2 April 2014.

Bar Hill by-election, 12 February 2015[28][32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lynda Harford 787 46.0 +0.6
UKIP Martin Hale 251 14.7 −7.3
Liberal Democrats Fiona Whelan 238 13.9 +5.4
Labour Alex Smith 235 13.7 +0.1
Green_Party_of_England_and_Wales Claudia Roland 200 11.7 +2.3
Majority 536 31.3
Turnout 1,711 23.6
Conservative hold Swing

By-election held following the death of John Reynolds.

Whittlesey North by-election, 7 May 2015[28][33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chris Boden 2,237 56.2 +0.6
UKIP Paul Edwards 1,131 28.4 −1.1
Liberal Democrats David Chapman 615 15.4 +15.4
Majority 1,106 27.8
Turnout 3,983 65.5
Conservative hold Swing

By-election following resignation of Martin Curtis on 22 March 2015.

Wisbech South by-election, 4 June 2015[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Samantha Hoy 1,020 63.8 +32.4
UKIP Susan Carson 298 18.6 −19.6
Labour Dean Reeves 219 13.7 −2.7
Liberal Democrats Josie Ratcliffe 61 3.8 −10.1
Majority 722 45.2
Turnout 1,908 20.0
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Councillor Peter Lagoda, who was elected for the UK Independence Party, following his conviction for benefit fraud.[34]

Romsey by-election, 25 June 2015[28][35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Zoe Moghadas 829 37.3 +5.6
Liberal Democrats Nichola Martin 782 35.2 −12.7
Green_Party_of_England_and_Wales Debbie Aitchison 467 21.0 +15.1
Conservative Raja Rahatul 100 4.5 +0.1
UKIP Richard Jeffs 46 2.1 −3.0
Majority 47 2.1
Turnout 2,224 32.5
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

By-election following the resignation of Killian Bourke on 11 May 2015.

Chatteris by-election, 14 October 2015[28][36]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Richard Mandley 600 41.0 +6.2
Conservative Alan Melton 590 40.3 +5.8
Liberal Democrats John Freeman 274 18.7 −2.6
Majority 10 0.7
Turnout 1,464 23.5
UKIP hold Swing

By-election following the death of Sandra Rylance.

Sutton by-election, 18 February 2016[28][37]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Lorna Dupré 1,063 52.5 +19.8
Conservative Mike Bradley 651 32.2 −17.2
UKIP Pete Bigsby 208 10.3 +10.3
Independent Owen Winters 102 5.0 +5.0
Majority 412 20.3
Turnout 2,044 31.6
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

The by-election was triggered by the death of Councillor Phil Read, who was elected as a Conservative.[38]

St. Neots Eaton Socon and Eynesbury by-election, 5 May 2016[28][39]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Simone Taylor 1,104 34.2
Conservative Karl Wainwright 1,024 31.7
Labour Nik Johnson 625 19.3
Independent James Corley 479 14.8
Majority 80 2.5
Turnout 3,232 27.0
Independent hold Swing

By-election following the death of Councillor Steven Van de Kerkhove in January 2016. 2-member division.

2017−2021

Soham North and Isleham by-election, 4 October 2018 [40]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Goldsack 858 48.8 −17.4
Liberal Democrats Victoria Charlesworth 527 30.0 +12.5
Labour Lee Jinks 191 10.9 −5.5
Independent Geoffrey Woollard 182 10.4 +10.4
Majority 331 18.8 −30.0
Turnout 1,772 21.2 −5.7
Conservative hold Swing −15.0
Trumpington by-election, 2 May 2019 [41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Barbara Ashwood 1,328 46.7 +7.7
Labour Rob Grayston 741 26.0 −3.6
Conservative Shapour Meftah 452 15.9 −8.4
Green Beverley Carpenter 325 11.4 +4.3
Majority 587 20.6 +11.2
Turnout 2,883 37.0 −7.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +5.6
Duxford by-election, 27 February 2020 [42]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter McDonald 1,607 59.6 +26.3
Conservative Stephen Edwards 1,090 40.4 −14.7
Majority 517 19.2 −2.7
Turnout 2,711 32.5 −13.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing +20.5

See also

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