Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council elections are held three years out of every four, with a third of the council elected each time. Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is the local authority for the metropolitan borough of Dudley in the West Midlands, England. Since the last boundary changes in 2004, 72 councillors have been elected from 24 wards.[1]

Political control

From 1889 to 1974 Dudley was a county borough, independent of any county council.[2] Under the Local Government Act 1972 it had its territory enlarged and became a metropolitan borough, with West Midlands County Council providing county-level services. The first election to the reconstituted borough council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its revised powers on 1 April 1974. West Midlands County Council was abolished in 1986 and Dudley became a unitary authority. Political control of the council since 1974 has been held by the following parties:[3]

Party in control Years Notes
Labour 1973–1976
Conservative 1976–1980
No overall control 1980–1982
Conservative 1982–1984
No overall control 1984–1986
Labour 1986–1992
No overall control 1992–1994
Labour 1994–2003
No overall control 2003–2004 Conservative led minority administration
Conservative 2004–2012
Labour 2012–2016
No overall control 2016–2021 Minority administration changed between Labour and Conservative during this period
Conservative 2021–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1998 have been:[4]

Councillor Party From To
Tim Sunter Labour 1998 15 May 2003
David Caunt Conservative 15 May 2003 21 May 2009
Anne Millward Conservative 21 May 2009 8 May 2011
Les Jones Conservative 19 May 2011 17 May 2012
Dave Sparks Labour 17 May 2012 1 Dec 2014
Pete Lowe Labour 1 Dec 2014 18 May 2017
Patrick Harley Conservative 18 May 2017 26 Sep 2018
Pete Lowe Labour 26 Sep 2018 15 Nov 2018
Qadar Zada Labour 15 Nov 2018 16 May 2019
Patrick Harley Conservative 16 May 2019

Council elections

By-election results

Halesowen South By-Election 9 July 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Woodall 1,333 56.5 +5.4
Labour Nigel Hodgetts 777 32.9 -4.1
Liberal Democrats Stanley Robert Ratcliff 249 10.6 -1.3
Majority 556 23.6
Turnout 2,359 23.0
Conservative hold Swing
St Andrews By-Election 18 October 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phil Higgins 794 62.2 +14.3
Conservative Steve Ridley 358 28.0 -13.3
Liberal Democrats Tim Fletcher 125 9.8 -1.0
Majority 436 34.2
Turnout 1,277 13.6
Labour hold Swing
Norton by-election, 21 June 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Elcock 1,375 51.17
Labour Adnan Rashid 633 23.56
Liberal Democrats Chris Bramall 259 9.64
UKIP Glenn Wilson 229 8.52
Green Benjamin Sweeney 143 5.32
National Front Kevin Inman 47 1.75
Majority 742
Turnout 2,686 27.68
Wollaston & Stourbridge Town By election, 1 February 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Barbara Evelyn Sykes 847 35.69 -1.5
Conservative Matt Rogers 787 33.16 +0.9
UKIP Barbara Gillian Deeley 249 10.49 +0.8
Independent Russell Anthony Eden 211 8.89 +8.9
Liberal Democrats Christopher Ashley Bramall 169 7.12 -5.7
BNP Ken Griffiths 96 4.05 +4.1
Green Ben Sweeney 7 0.29 +0.3
Majority 60
Turnout 2,366
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Coseley East Ward by-election, 19 September 2013[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clem Baugh 1,053 55.7 +1.3
UKIP Star Etheridge 478 25.3 +8.2
Conservative Julian Ryder 190 10.1 -8.5
BNP Ken Griffiths 120 6.3 +6.3
Green Becky Blatchford 33 1.7 -1.1
National Front Kevin Inman 16 0.8 -2.0
Majority 575 30.4
Turnout 1,890
Labour hold Swing
Kingswinford North and Wall Heath Ward by-election, 25 February 2016[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Lawrence 1,456 53.8 +3.9
Labour Lynn Boleyn 934 34.5 +8.1
UKIP Mick Forsyth 262 9.7 -11.4
Green Andi Mohr 52 1,9 -0.8
Majority 522 19.3
Turnout 2,704
Conservative hold Swing
St James's Ward by-election, 25 February 2016[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cathryn Bayton 847 46.3 +1.3
UKIP Graeme Lloyd 554 30.3 +2.3
Conservative Wayne Sullivan 427 23.4 -0.4
Majority 293 16.0
Turnout 1,828
Labour hold Swing
St Thomas's Ward by-election, 16 February 2017[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shaneila Mughal 1,466 60.6 +17.9
UKIP Phil Wimlett 653 27.0 -2.8
Conservative Jonathan Elliott 249 10.3 -11.9
Green Francis Sheppard 52 2.1 -1.2
Majority 813 33.6
Turnout 2,420
Labour hold Swing

References

  1. ^ a b "The Borough of Dudley (Electoral Changes) Order 2003", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2003/2767, retrieved 13 September 2022
  2. ^ "Dudley Municipal Borough / County Borough". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Council minutes". Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Coseley East Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  7. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Kingswinford North and Wall Heath Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — St James's Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — St Thomas's Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 18 April 2022.