Local elections in Devon are held every four years in order to vote for councillors on Devon County Council. There are a total of 62 councillors on the council. Since 1998, Plymouth and Torbay have been unitary authorities, making them independent of Devon County Council.

Political control

The county council was established in 1889. The council's functions and territory were reformed under the Local Government Act 1972. The first election following those reforms was held in 1973, with the council assuming its altered powers on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1973 has been held by the following parties:

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

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1973 have been:[1][2]

Councillor Party From To
George Creber[3] Conservative 1973 1981
Arnold Sayers[4] Conservative 1981 1985
David Morrish Liberal 1985 Jul 1987
(no leader) Jul 1987 May 1989
Frederick (Ted) Pinney Conservative May 1989
Brian Greenslade Liberal Democrats 1993 2002
Christine Channon[5] Conservative 2002 2003
Brian Greenslade Liberal Democrats 2003 2004
Christine Channon Conservative 2004 26 May 2005
Brian Greenslade[6][7] Liberal Democrats 26 May 2005 25 Jun 2009
John Hart Conservative 25 Jun 2009

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[8]
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[9]
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 3,248 30.6 -10.4%
Labour hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Council minutes". Devon County Council. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  2. ^ Temple, Michael (1992). Coalitions in English local government: Party political strategies in hung councils (PDF). University of Plymouth. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Golden day for George". Western Evening Herald. Plymouth. 8 December 1986. p. 5.
  4. ^ "Lives in brief". The Times. London. 4 February 2010. ...he was leader from 1981 to 1985...
  5. ^ "Devon County Council announces new chairman". Exeter Daily. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2022. Christine was... Leader of the Council between 2002–03 and 2004–05...
  6. ^ "Former Devon County Council leader Brian Greenslade says grope allegations are 'absolute nonsense'". Okehampton Times. 20 May 2021. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Devon ex-council leader Brian Greenslade jailed for sex assaults". BBC News. 24 May 2021. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Yealmpton by-election 22 May 2014". Devon County Council. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Heavitree and Whipton Barton by-election 24 October 2019". Exeter City Council.