Copeland Borough Council in Cumbria, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 1999, 51 councillors have been elected from 25 wards.[1]

Political control

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

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–1976
No overall control 1976–1979
Labour 1979–present

Leadership

Prior to 2015, political leadership was provided by the leader of the council. The leader from 2003 to 2015 was:[3]

Councillor Party From To
Elaine Woodburn Labour 2003 10 May 2015

In 2015 the council changed to having directly-elected mayors. The mayor since 2015 has been Mike Starkie, who was elected in 2015 and 2019 as an independent, but subsequently joined the Conservatives in June 2020.[4]

Mayor Party From To
Mike Starkie Independent 11 May 2015 22 Jun 2020
Conservative 22 Jun 2020

Council elections

Borough result maps

By-election results

1995-1999

Hillcrest By-Election 1 May 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,113 52.1 +13.3
Labour 1,025 47.9 -13.3
Majority 88 4.2
Turnout 2,138
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Egremont North By-Election 10 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 470 68.1 -7.3
Conservative 164 23.9 -0.7
Liberal Democrats 55 8.0 +8.0
Majority 305 44.2
Turnout 690
Labour hold Swing
Harbour By-Election 10 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 442 58.0 +4.5
Conservative 320 42.0 +20.8
Majority 122 16.0
Turnout 762
Labour hold Swing
Haverigg By-Election 10 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 230 64.4 +11.4
Labour 91 25.6 -21.2
Liberal Democrats 35 9.8 +9.8
Majority 139 38.8
Turnout 356
Conservative hold Swing
Kells By-Election 10 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 229 73.2 -13.9
Conservative 84 26.8 +13.9
Majority 145 46.4
Turnout 313
Labour hold Swing
Newtown By-Election 6 November 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 597 51.8 +7.2
Liberal Democrats 376 32.6 +32.6
Labour 180 15.6 -25.3
Majority 221 19.2
Turnout 1,153 40.8
Conservative hold Swing
Holborn Hill By-Election 26 March 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 407 57.4
Labour 302 42.6
Majority 105 14.8
Turnout 709 31.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

1999-2003

Mirehouse By-Election 4 May 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 817 79.7 +2.6
Conservative 208 20.3 +20.3
Majority 609 59.4
Turnout 1,025 29.5
Labour hold Swing

2003-2007

Harbour By-Election 10 June 2004[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anne Bradshaw 480 41.0 -21.6
Conservative Richard Maley 387 33.0 -4.4
Liberal Democrats Francis Hollowell 304 26.0 +26.0
Majority 93 8.0
Turnout 1,171 37.0
Labour hold Swing
Cleator Moor North By-Election 6 April 2006[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hugh Branney 307 61.6 +15.0
Independent Lauren Mossop 191 38.4 -15.0
Majority 116 23.2
Turnout 498 15.4
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Gosforth By-Election 6 April 2006[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Jacob 264 64.2 -7.7
Labour Christine Cornall 85 20.7 -7.4
Liberal Democrats Mike Minogue 62 15.1 +15.1
Majority 179 43.5
Turnout 411 34.9
Conservative hold Swing
Hensingham By-Election 6 April 2006[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoffrey Garrity 385 61.1 -10.6
Conservative Alexander Carroll 207 32.9 +4.6
Liberal Democrats Frank Hollowell 38 6.0 +6.0
Majority 178 28.2
Turnout 630 19.8
Labour hold Swing

2007-2011

Harbour By-Election 20 September 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeanette Williams 463 44.3 -17.1
Conservative Brigid Whiteside 337 32.2 -6.4
BNP Bill Pugh 245 23.4 +23.4
Majority 126 12.1
Turnout 1,045 31.5
Labour hold Swing

2011-2015

Hensingham By-Election 2 May 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Allan Forster 670 75.0 +4.3
Conservative Genna Martin 223 25.0 -4.3
Majority 447 50.1
Turnout 28.3
Labour hold Swing

2015-2019

Newtown By-Election 8 June 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gerard James McGrath 954 61.4 -9.6
Labour Angela Dixon 601 38.6 +16.4
Majority 353 22.7
Turnout 1,555 59.7
Conservative hold Swing
Egremont South By-Election 2 November 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tom Higgins 354 52.4 +15.7
Conservative Jeff Hailes 321 47.6 +26.8
Majority 33 4.9
Turnout 675 23.8
Labour hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Copeland goes to the polls". The Whitehaven News. 5 May 2011. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  2. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Council leader history". What do they know?. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Copeland mayor Mike Starkie joins Conservatives". ITV News. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  5. ^ The Borough of Copeland (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1978
  6. ^ "Copeland". BBC News Online. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  7. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Copeland (Electoral Changes) Order 1998. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Tories make gains in byelections". guardian.co.uk. 18 June 2004. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  9. ^ Thompson, Andrea (12 June 2004). "Anne wins council seat for Labour". News and Star. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  10. ^ a b c "Lib Dems and Labour make byelection gains". guardian.co.uk. 7 April 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  11. ^ a b c "Labour take two seats in Copeland elections". Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser. 7 April 2006. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011.