Ward map of Colchester Borough showing the 2016 boundaries
Ward map of Colchester Borough showing the 2016 boundaries

One third of Colchester Borough Council in Essex, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election. Since the last boundary changes at the 2016 election, 51 councillors have been elected from 17 wards.

Political control

Following the 2022 election, the council's composition is:

14 13 3 2 19
Liberal Democrats Labour G Ind Conservative

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1][2]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973-1976
Conservative 1976-1986
No overall control 1986-1994
Liberal Democrats 1994-1998
No overall control 1998-2007
Conservative 2007-2008
No overall control 2008-present

Detailed results of these elections are shown in the table below. Boundary changes took place for the 1990, 2003 and 2016 elections leading to the whole council being elected on those years.[3]

Year LD[n 1] Con Lab Tip Res Ind Grn
2022 14 19 13 - 2 3
2021 12 23 11 - 3 2
2019 13 23 11 - 3 1
2018 12 25 11 - 3 -
2016 15 22 11 - 3 -
Ward boundary changes; seats reduced from 60 to 51
2015 20 27 9 - 4 -
2014 25 23 8 - 3 - [4] [n 2]
2012 26 23 8 - 3 - [5]
2011 26 24 7 - 3 - [6]
2010 26 24 7 - 3 - [7]
2008 23 27 7 - 3 - [8]
2007 21 30 6 - 3 - [9]
2006 21 30 7 - 2 - [10]
2004 23 28 6 - 2 - [11]
2003 25 24 5 - 6 - [12]
2002 26 24 6 - 4 - [3]
Ward boundary changes
2000 23 21 15 1 - - [13]
1999 26 17 16 1 - - [14]
1998 27 14 18 1 - - [15]
1996 32 11 16 1 - - [16]
1995 33 14 12 1 - - [17]
1994 33 19 7 1 - - [18]
1992 29 21 8 2 - - [19]
1991 28 19 11 2 - -
1990 28 17 12 3 - -
Ward boundary changes
1988 24 23 9 3 1 -
1987 22 24 10 3 1 -
1986 16 28 12 3 1 -
1984 10 34 12 3 1 -
1983 5 35 16 3 1 -
1982 2 35 19 3 1 -
1980 - 35 22 2 1 -
1979 - 36 21 2 1 -
1978 - 37 21 1 1 -
1976 - 39 18 2 1 -
New ward boundaries; seats increased from 58 to 60
1973 1 28 26 3 2 -
Local authority reorganisation; interim council created (58 seats)

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2008 have been:[20]

Councillor Party From To
Anne Turrell Liberal Democrats 2008 16 Jun 2014
Martin Hunt Liberal Democrats 16 Jun 2014 10 May 2015
Paul Smith Liberal Democrats 27 May 2015 6 May 2018
Mark Cory Liberal Democrats 23 May 2018 26 May 2021
Paul Dundas Conservative 26 May 2021 8 May 2022
David King Liberal Democrats 22 May 2022

Borough Results Maps

By-election results

By-elections occur when seats become vacant between council elections. Below is a summary of recent by-elections;[21] full by-election results can be found by clicking on the by-election name.

By-election Date Incumbent party Winning party
Shrub End by-election 9 September 2017 Liberal Democrats Conservative
Dedham & Langham by-election 15 September 2015 Conservative Conservative
Wivenhoe Quay by-election 3 July 2014 Labour Labour
Birch and Winstree by-election 4 December 2008 Conservative Conservative
Berechurch by-election 21 October 2004 Liberal Democrats Labour
Wivenhoe Quay by-election 22 April 2004 Independent Labour
Mile End by-election 22 November 2001 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats
Prettygate by-election 7 June 2001 Conservative Liberal Democrats
Lexden by-election 19 October 2000 Conservative Conservative
Tiptree by-election 25 June 1998 Labour Labour
Dedham 4 September 1997 Liberal Democrats Conservative

Notes

  1. ^ Seat totals include those elected for the Liberal and SDP parties as both participated in the SDP-Liberal Alliance and subsequently merged to form the Liberal Democrats
  2. ^ One seat vacant

References

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  15. ^ "Local government election results". The Independent. 8 May 1998.
  16. ^ "Election Results Round-Up - Local Elections". The Times. 3 May 1996. p. 8.
  17. ^ "The complete list of local council election results". The Independent. 6 May 1995.
  18. ^ "Local Elections: Full results of the voting in local authority polls". The Independent. 7 May 1994.
  19. ^ "UK Council Elections: Election Results". Financial Times. 8 May 1992. p. 11.
  20. ^ "Council minutes". Colchester Borough Council. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  21. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results". Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2014.