Eden District Council in Cumbria, England is elected every four years.

Political control

Since the foundation of the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Independent 1973–2007
No overall control 2007–2008
Independent 2008–2015
Conservative 2015–2019
No overall control 2019–present

Leadership

In 2002, following the Local Government Act 2000, the council adopted the "alternative arrangements" style of governance, as was permitted for authorities with under 85,000 residents. Eden's alternative arrangements were said to be unique within England for not having a single nominated leader, but instead having a group of four joint leaders, each of whom chaired one of the council's four main committees. The arrangement lasted for six years. In 2008, the council changed to a leader and cabinet model instead, with a single leader.[2][3][4] The leaders of the council since 2002 have been:[5]

Councillor Party From To
Four joint leaders (alternative arrangements) Independent 9 May 2002 29 May 2008
Colin Nineham[6] Independent 29 May 2008 25 Aug 2009
Keith Phillips[7] Independent 1 Sep 2009 31 Mar 2010
Gordon Nicolson Conservative 1 Apr 2010 21 May 2015
Kevin Beaty[8] Conservative 21 May 2015 16 May 2019
Virginia Taylor Liberal Democrats 16 May 2019

Council elections

By-election results

1999-2003

Penrith West By-Election 26 October 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 100 36.9 +36.9
Independent 89 32.8 -31.4
Labour 82 30.3 -5.5
Majority 11 4.1
Turnout 271 12.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Hesket By-Election 18 April 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent 294 37.9 -1.2
Conservative 245 31.6 +5.0
Liberal Democrats 237 30.5 +8.9
Majority 49 6.3
Turnout 776 36.7
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Penrith North By-Election 18 April 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent 255 49.4 +14.4
Conservative 186 36.0 +12.1
Liberal Democrats 175 33.9 +10.2
Majority 69 13.4
Turnout 616 18.0
Independent gain from Conservative Swing

2003-2007

Kirkby Stephen By-Election 19 June 2003[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mark Saunders 384 59.5
Conservative Barbara Dowson 186 28.8
Independent Simon Bennett 75 11.6
Majority 198 30.7
Turnout 645 32.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Ullswater By-Election 26 June 2003[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sydney Simpson 198 60.2
Independent Jean Wildish 107 32.5
Labour Christopher Bagshaw 24 7.3
Majority 91 27.7
Turnout 329 30.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Ravenstonedale By-Election 19 February 2004[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Metcalfe-Gibson 192 51.5
Liberal Democrats John Raw 129 34.6
Independent Jane Brook 52 13.9
Majority 63 16.9
Turnout 373 52.0
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Askham By-Election 24 February 2005[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joan Lowis 206 55.1 +55.1
Independent Colin Warren 91 24.3 -43.3
Liberal Democrats Stuart Hughes 77 20.6 -11.8
Majority 115 30.8
Turnout 374 35.5
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Crosby Ravensworth By-Election 8 June 2006[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joan Raine 211 39.7
Independent Brian Morris 185 34.8
Liberal Democrats Margaret Wilcox 135 25.4
Majority 26 4.9
Turnout 531 47.7
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Orton with Tebay By-Election 3 August 2006[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Margaret Wilcox 165 50.5 +3.1
Conservative Peter Knowles 162 49.5 +49.5
Majority 3 1.0
Turnout 327 29.8
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing
Penrith Carleton By-Election 5 October 2006[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Patricia Bell 223 54.1
Conservative Christopher Vipond 189 45.9
Majority 34 11.8
Turnout 412 32.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

2007-2011

Morland By-Election 17 April 2008[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Michael Tonkin 198 52.1 +7.1
Conservative Joan Savage 108 28.4 -26.6
Liberal Democrats John Turner 74 19.5 +19.5
Majority 90 23.7
Turnout 380 38.1
Independent gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Penrith West By-Election 8 October 2009[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Elissa Robinson 387 51.7 +51.7
Conservative David Whipp 157 21.0 -17.6
BNP Alistair Barbour 102 13.6 +13.6
Independent Rebecca Taylor 58 7.8 -37.5
Labour Geoffrey Rockliffe-King 26 3.5 -12.7
Green Alan Marsden 18 2.4 +2.4
Majority 230 30.7
Turnout 748 31.8
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing

2015-present

Alston Moor by-election 4 August 2016[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Thomas Sheriff 302 54.6 N/A
Conservative Stephen Harrison 251 45.4 +15.7
Majority 51 9.2
Turnout 556 34
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Councillor David Hymers.

Alston Moor by-election 20 July 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lizzie Sharp 407 55.8 n/a
Conservative Jim Clapp 253 34.7 +5.1
Independent Holly Ho 57 7.8 n/a
Green Richard O'Brien 13 1.8 n/a
Majority 154 21.1
Turnout 730 43.8
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Councillor Thomas Sheriff.

References

  1. ^ "Eden". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Council minutes, 25 April 2002" (PDF). Eden District Council. Retrieved 15 June 2022. Resolved that Eden District Council operate alternative arrangements... with effect from 9 May 2002.
  3. ^ "Council minutes, 21 February 2008" (PDF). Eden District Council. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Council minutes, 29 May 2008". Eden District Council. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Council minutes". Eden District Council. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Council leader quits amid recycling fraud allegations". Let's Recycle. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Eden Council rift leads to search for new leader". Westmorland Gazette. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  8. ^ "New leader of Eden District Council thanks predecessor for 'tireless work'". Westmorland Gazette. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  9. ^ The District of Eden (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1976
  10. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Cumbria, Northumberland and North Yorkshire (County Boundaries) Order 1989. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Eden". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  12. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Eden (Electoral Changes) Order 1998. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "District Council by-election results since May 2003". Eden District Council. Retrieved 11 September 2009.[dead link]
  14. ^ "Morland Ward by-election result". The Westmorland Gazette. 18 April 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  15. ^ "Lib Dems win Eden council by-election". News and Star. 9 October 2009. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  16. ^ "Result of poll - Penrith West ward - 8 October 2009". Eden District Council. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  17. ^ http://www.eden.gov.uk/your-council/communicating-with-the-public/news/alston-moor-ward-by-election-result-for-district-council-vacancy/[dead link]