Chestler-le-Street District Council elections were generally held every four years between the council's creation in 1974 and its abolition in 2009. Chester-le-Street was a non-metropolitan district in County Durham, England. On 1 April 2009 the council's functions passed to Durham County Council, which became a unitary authority.

Political control

The first election to the council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its powers on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council from 1973 until its abolition in 2009 was held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–2009

Leadership

The leaders of the council from 1976 until its abolition in 2009 were:[2]

Councillor Party From To
George Staines Labour 1976 10 May 1991
Malcolm Pratt[3] Labour 10 May 1991 4 May 2003
Linda Ebbatson[4] Labour 13 May 2003 31 Mar 2009

Council elections

Election Labour Liberal Democrat[a] Conservative Independent Total Notes
1973[5] 23 6 0 4 33
1976[6] 22 6 0 5 33
1979[7] 21 7 0 5 33 New ward boundaries[8]
1983[9] 23 4[b] 1 5 33
1987[10] 24 4[c] 1 4 33 District boundary changes took place but the number of seats remained the same[11]
1991[12] 27 1 1 4 33
1995[13] 30 1 1 1 33 District boundary changes took place but the number of seats remained the same[14][15][16]
1999[17] 30 1 1 1 33
2003[18] 29 0 1 4 34 New ward boundaries[19]
2007[20] 26 1 2 5 34

By-election results

The following is an incomplete list of by-elections to Chester-le-Street District Council.

Chester Central By-Election 1 August 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 188 54.0
Liberal Democrats 95 27.3
Conservative 65 18.6
Majority 93 26.7
Turnout 348 27.3
Labour hold Swing
Pelton By-Election 20 March 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 667 88.1
Liberal Democrats 90 11.9
Majority 577 76.2
Turnout 757 19.0
Labour hold Swing
Ouston By-Election 30 September 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 422 83.9
Conservative 81 16.1
Majority 341 67.8
Turnout 503 20.5
Labour hold Swing
Chester-le-Street West By-Election 5 April 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 60.3 -13.6
Conservative 454 33.9 +33.9
Independent 44 5.8 +5.8
Majority 199 26.4
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
Chester North By-Election 2 October 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,114 48.2 -10.0
Conservative 604 26.1 -15.7
Liberal Democrats 423 18.3 +18.3
BNP 170 7.4 +7.4
Majority 510 22.1
Turnout 2,311 60.4
Labour hold Swing
Edmondsley and Waldridge By-Election 16 September 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 628 42.2
Liberal Democrats 537 36.1
Conservative 324 21.8
Majority 91 6.1
Turnout 1,489 37.9
Labour hold Swing
Pelton Fell By-Election 10 February 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 310 87.0
Liberal Democrats 46 12.9
Majority 264 74.1
Turnout 356 33.6
Labour hold Swing
Pelton By-Election 15 June 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dorothy Rand 530 64.0 +23.8
Conservative Amanda Hall 139 16.8 -1.8
Liberal Democrats Philip Nathan 113 13.6 +13.6
Independent George Gardner 46 5.6 -35.6
Majority 391 47.2
Turnout 828 19.8
Labour hold Swing
Chester Central By-Election 27 September 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lawson Armstrong 324 59.4 -11.1
Conservative Nick Varley 89 16.3 -13.2
Liberal Democrats Sean Kilkenny 81 14.9 +14.9
BNP Andrew Gowland 51 9.4 +9.4
Majority 235 43.1
Turnout 545 25.7
Labour hold Swing

Notes

  1. ^ Liberal Party prior to 1983, SDP-Liberal Alliance in 1983 and 1987.
  2. ^ 4 Liberal, 0 SDP
  3. ^ 4 Liberal, 0 SDP

References

  1. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Council minutes". Durham County Council. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Council's new leader". Newcastle Evening Chronicle. 11 May 1991. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Council to have first woman leader". Northern Echo. 9 May 2003. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Liberals capture Eastbourne and exceed ambition to win 1,000 loval government seats". The Times. 9 June 1973.
  6. ^ "Heavy Labour losses in district polls". The Times. 8 May 1976.
  7. ^ Local elections in Britain: a statistical digest, edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher. 1993
  8. ^ The District of Chester-le-Street (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1976
  9. ^ "How votes were cast in local government elections". The Times. 7 May 1983. p. 4.
  10. ^ "Results in Thursday's local elections". The Times. 9 May 1987.
  11. ^ The Durham (District Boundaries) Order 1986
  12. ^ "Complete round-up of results from Thursday's local council elections". The Times. 4 May 1991.
  13. ^ "Complete list of results from Thursday's council elections". The Times. 6 May 1995. p. 10.
  14. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Durham and Tyne and Wear (County and District Boundaries) Order 1992. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  15. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Durham and Tyne and Wear (County and District Boundaries) (Variation) Order 1993. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  16. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear (County and District Boundaries) Order 1992. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  17. ^ "Chester-le-Street". BBC News. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  18. ^ "Chester-le-Street". BBC News. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  19. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Chester-le-Street (Electoral Changes) Order 1999. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Chester-le-Street". BBC News. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2013.