Derbyshire County Council elections are held every four years. Derbyshire County Council is the upper-tier authority for the non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire in England. Since the last boundary changes in 2013, 64 councillors have been elected from 61 electoral divisions.[1]

Political control

Derbyshire County Council was first created in 1889. Its powers and responsibilities were significantly reformed under the Local Government Act 1972, with a new council elected in 1973 to act as a shadow authority ahead of the new powers coming into effect on 1 April 1974. Since 1973, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2][3]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–1977
Conservative 1977–1981
Labour 1981–2009
Conservative 2009–2012
No Overall Control 2012–2013
Labour 2013–2017
Conservative 2017–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1981 have been:[4]

Councillor Party From To
David Bookbinder[5] Labour 1981 1992
Martin Doughty[6] Labour 1992 2001
John Williams[7] Labour 2001 2009
Andrew Lewer[8] Conservative 2009 2013
Anne Western Labour 2013 2017
Barry Lewis[9] Conservative 24 May 2017

Council elections

County result maps

By-election results

1993-1997

Somercotes By-Election 5 September 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Smith 1,300 58.5
Conservative 620 27.9
Liberal Democrats 301 13.6
Majority 680 30.6
Turnout 2,221 25.0
Labour hold Swing

1997-2001

Newhall By-Election 13 November 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 966 71.7 +6.5
Conservative 229 17.0 -4.1
Liberal Democrats 153 11.4 -2.3
Majority 737 54.7
Turnout 1,348 13.4
Labour hold Swing
Melbourne By-Election 13 April 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,789 49.1 +2.8
Labour 1,611 44.0 +3.0
Liberal Democrats 251 6.9 -5.9
Majority 187 5.1
Turnout 3,651 28.7
Conservative hold Swing

2001-2005

Dronfield North By-Election 27 September 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 943 44.1 -0.1
Liberal Democrats 710 33.2 +12.3
Conservative 487 22.8 -12.0
Majority 233 10.9
Turnout 2,140 23.0
Labour hold Swing
West Hallam By-Election 29 April 2004[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carol Hart 1,443 56.8 +12.3
Liberal Democrats Janet Mallet 571 22.5 +5.7
Labour 525 20.7 -18.1
Majority 872 34.3
Turnout 2,539 30.3
Conservative hold Swing

2005-2009

Eckington By-Election 3 July 2008[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Steve Pickering 824 35.9 -15.3
Conservative Carolyn Renwick 658 28.6 +11.0
Independent James Jesson 300 13.1 +4.1
BNP Lewis Allesbrook 253 11.0 +11.0
Independent David Walpole 150 6.5 -1.7
Liberal Democrats Frank Higgins 113 4.9 -9.1
Majority 166 7.3
Turnout 2,298 26.6
Labour hold Swing

2009-2013

Kirk Hallam By-Election 16 July 2009[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michelle Booth 1,261 49.9 -15.9
Conservative Kevin Miller 783 31.0 -3.3
BNP Mark Bailey 327 12.9 +12.9
Liberal Democrats Richard Pyle 158 6.2 +6.2
Majority 478 18.9
Turnout 2,529 29.2
Labour hold Swing

2013-2017

Alport and Derwent By-Election 14 November 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Taylor (E) 1118 44.9 +3.1
UKIP David Fisher 715 28.7 +3.6
Labour Mike Ratcliffe 656 26.4 +1.2
Majority 403 16.2
Turnout 2489 25.8
Conservative hold Swing
Brimington By-Election 5 February 2015[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tricia Gilby (E) 1293 62.0 -6.7
UKIP Paul Christopher Stone 380 18.2 +18.2
Independent Mick Bagshaw 157 7.5 +7.5
Liberal Democrats John Edward Ahern 135 6.5 -2.8
Conservative Lewis Mark Preston 120 5.8 -5.4
Majority
Turnout 2085 21.9
Labour hold Swing
Ashbourne By-Election 7 May 2015[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Bull (E) 4715 68.6 +9.5
Labour Simon John Meredith 965 14.0 +1.5
Green Andrew White 647 9.4 +9.4
Liberal Democrats David Rowe 543 7.9 -0.7
Majority
Turnout 6870 73.3
Conservative hold Swing
Derwent Valley By-Election 24 September 2015[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jo Wild 1017 51.0 +8.1
Labour Martin Rutter 466 21.5 -1.7
Liberal Democrats Michael Crapper 314 13.6 +4.6
UKIP Mike Dawson 285 13.1 -11.0
Majority 641 29.5
Turnout 2172
Conservative hold Swing

2017-2021

Whaley Bridge By-Election 13 February 2020[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ruth George 1851 50.4
Conservative John Frederick Walton 1048 28.5
Liberal Democrats David William Lomax 721 19.6
Independent Paddy Bann 52 1.4
Turnout 3,672
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

2021-2025

Long Eaton By-Election 27 October 2022
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joel Bryan 1104 51.1
Conservative Chris Page 723 33.5
Liberal Democrats Rachel Allen 239 11.1
Green Ashley Dunn 94 4.4
Turnout 2260 22.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

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