Local elections in Devon are held every four years in order to vote for councillors on Devon County Council. Politically Devon is a shire county, thus the unitary authority areas of Plymouth and Torbay are not affected by the governance of Devon County Council. There are a total of 62 councillors on the council, the majority of whom are currently Conservative.

Political control

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973 - 1985
No overall control 1985 - 1989
Conservative 1989 - 1993
Liberal Democrats 1993 - 2001
No overall control 2001 - 2005
Liberal Democrats 2005 - 2009
Conservative 2009 - present

Council elections

County result maps

By-election results

Plymstock Radford By-Election 7 November 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 796 37.9
Labour 659 32.5
Liberal Democrats 599 29.5
Majority 110 5.4
Turnout 2,054 24.3
Conservative hold Swing
Honickeknowle By-Election 7 August 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,339 61.7 -16.5
Conservative 414 19.1 -2.8
Liberal Democrats 345 15.9 +15.9
72 3.3 +3.3
Majority 925 42.6
Turnout 2,170 23.0
Labour hold Swing
Exwick and Cowick By-Election 10 December 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,036 59.4 +10.3
Conservative 336 19.3 -7.0
Liberal Democrats 282 16.2 -2.7
Liberal 90 5.2 -0.5
Majority 700 40.1
Turnout 1,744
Labour hold Swing
Ilfracombe By-Election 19 February 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,163 45.5 +27.5
Liberal Democrats 700 27.4 -3.9
Labour 695 27.3 +15.9
Majority 463 18.1
Turnout 2,558 32.0
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Bradnich and Creedy By-Election 31 March 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,811 51.0 +7.7
Liberal Democrats 1,505 42.4 +4.6
Labour 150 4.2 -5.4
Liberal 82 2.3 -6.9
Majority 306 8.6
Turnout 3,548 40.0
Conservative hold Swing
Dawlish By-Election 28 October 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,344 46.2 +7.8
Liberal Democrats 1,291 44.3 +1.4
Labour 277 9.5 -9.3
Majority 53 1.9
Turnout 2,912 29.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Ilfracombe By-Election 27 November 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 756 39.0 +7.9
Conservative 686 35.4 -2.6
Independent 318 16.4 +8.9
Independent 178 9.2 +4.2
Majority 70 3.6
Turnout 1,938 23.6
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Exeter St Davids and Pennsylvania By-Election 26 February 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sheila Hobden 1,330 41.3 +7.3
Conservative Jeffrey Coates 1,090 33.8 +3.0
Labour Lesley Robson 452 14.0 -13.0
Independent Sylvia Hardy 351 10.9 +10.9
Majority 240 7.5
Turnout 3,223 26.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Yealmpton By-Election 2 March 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Mumford 1,530 49.5 +3.8
Liberal Democrats Keith Baldry 1,421 46.0 +3.1
Labour David Trigger 140 4.5 +4.5
Majority 109 3.5
Turnout 3,091 35.9
Conservative hold Swing
Alphington and Cowick By-Election 13 July 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Vanessa Newcombe 1,265 39.3 -4.5
Conservative Margaret Baldwin 1,211 37.6 +17.8
Labour Allan Hart 568 17.7 -8.7
Green Andrew Bell 174 5.4 +0.8
Majority 54 1.7
Turnout 3,218 30.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Yealmpton by-election 22 May 2014[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Hosking 2,493 57.9 +6.8
Liberal Democrats Brian Blake 1,028 23.9 +6.2
Labour David Trigger 706 16.4 +16.4
Majority 1,465 34.0 +1.8
Turnout 4,307 47.6 +11.8
Conservative hold Swing
Heavitree and Whipton Barton by-election 24 October 2019[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Greg Sheldon 1032 31.9 -19%
Conservative John Harvey 992 30.7 -1%
Liberal Democrats Rowena Squires 576 17.8 +11%
Green Lizzie Woodman 563 17.4 +11%
For Britain Frankie Rufolo 70 2.2 +2.2%
Majority 40 1.2% -18.7%
Turnout 10,614 30.6 -10.4%
Labour hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Yealmpton by-election 22 May 2014". Devon County Council. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Heavitree and Whipton Barton by-election 24 October 2019". Exeter City Council.