Fenland District Council in the Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2015, 39 councillors are returned from 24 wards.[1] The elections are held concurrently with the local government elections for Chatteris Town Council, March Town Council, Whittlesey Town Council, Wisbech Town Council and the other parish councils in the district (except for the 1979 local elections), when the general election was held with district elections and the town and parish elections were pushed back to 24 May 1979.[2]

Fenland rejected the introduction of a directly elected mayor by 17,296 votes to 5,509, on a turnout of just under 34%, in a referendum held in July 2005.[3]

The Electoral Reform Society declared Fenland District Council top of the Rotten Boroughs table in the 2019 elections. 12 councillors out of 39 were returned unopposed.[4]

Chairman

Chairman Dates
Alex Miscandlon 2020-21
Kay Mayor [5] 2017-2020
? 2019-20
? 2018-19
? 2017-2018
? 2016-2017
? 2015-2016
? 2014-2015
? 2013-2014
Ann Carlisle [6] 2001-2004

Political control

Since the foundation of the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[7]

Control Dates
No overall control 1973 – 1976
Conservative 1976 – 1995
Labour 1995 – 1999
Conservative 1999 – present

Council elections

Election Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat[a] Green Others Total
1973[8][9] 20 8 0 0 12 40
1976[8][10] 27 8 1 0 4 40[b]
1979[8] 24 6 3 0 7 40
1983[8][11] 22 8 6 0 4 40
1987[8][12] 25 4 6 0 5 40
1991[8][13] 27 6 2 0 5 40[c]
1995[14] 14 21 2 0 3 40
1999[15][16] 28 7 1 0 3 40[d]
2003[17] 36 3 0 0 1 40[e]
2007[18] 39 0 0 0 1 40
2011[19] 34 0 2 0 4 40
2015 34 0 2 0 3 39[f]
2019[20] 26 0 2 1 10 39

Composition since 1973

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2019



District result maps

By-election results

1995-1999

Manea By-Election 6 March 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 278 50.1
Labour 133 24.0
Independent 98 17.6
Liberal Democrats 46 8.2
Majority 145 26.1
Turnout 555 50.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Leverington By-Election 31 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 434 56.7 +10.8
Labour 252 32.9 -21.2
Independent 79 10.3 +10.3
Majority 182 23.8
Turnout 765 24.4
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
March West By-Election 31 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 574 50.6 -0.3
Conservative 561 49.4 +0.3
Majority 13 1.2
Turnout 1,135 27.7
Labour hold Swing
March East By-Election 30 October 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 707 59.4 +8.2
Conservative 483 40.6 +10.0
Majority 224 18.8
Turnout 1,190
Labour hold Swing

1999-2003

Manea By-Election 24 June 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 298 71.8 +71.8
Labour 57 13.7 -37.3
Liberal Democrats 42 10.1 -38.9
Independent Labour 18 4.3 +4.3
Majority 241 58.1
Turnout 415 37.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
March East By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,596 49.6
Conservative 1,366 42.4
Liberal Democrats 258 8.0
Majority 230 7.2
Turnout 3,220
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Whittlesey Bassenhally By-Election 12 July 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 402 49.2 +2.0
Liberal Democrats 343 42.0 -0.8
Labour 72 8.8 -1.2
Majority 59 7.2
Turnout 817 25.7
Conservative hold Swing
Wisbech South West By-Election 26 July 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 546 65.4 +20.5
Labour 289 34.6 +10.1
Majority 257 30.8
Turnout 835 16.5
Conservative hold Swing

2003-2007

Roman Bank By-Election 30 September 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Hatton 501 50.2 -21.9
Liberal Democrats Maddy Forster 254 25.5 +25.5
Independent 155 15.5 +15.5
Labour 88 8.8 -19.1
Majority 247 24.7
Turnout 998 21.0
Conservative hold Swing
Manea By-Election 2 February 2006[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Sears 264 45.0
Liberal Democrats Christopher Howes 136 23.2
Independent Mark Archer 136 23.2
Independent Stephen Wilson 39 6.6
Labour Richard Hibbert 12 2.0
Majority 128 21.8
Turnout 587 42.1
Conservative hold Swing
Slade Lode By-Election 13 July 2006[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Florence Newell 259 57.2 +17.8
Liberal Democrats Christopher Howes 194 42.8 +12.0
Majority 65 14.4
Turnout 453 26.7
Conservative hold Swing

2007-2011

Parsons Drove and Wisbech St Mary By-Election 3 April 2008[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Phil Wait 646 61.8
Labour Dave Goode 191 18.3
Independent Paul Carpenter 119 11.4
UKIP Paul Clapp 55 5.3
Liberal Democrats Chris Howes 35 3.3
Majority 455 43.5
Turnout 1,046
Conservative hold Swing
Parson Drove and Wisbech St Mary By-Election 11 December 2008[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Scrimshaw 512 50.6
Liberal Democrats Gavin Booth 208 20.6
Labour Dave Goode 190 18.8
Green Paul Carpenter 101 10.0
Majority 304 30.0
Turnout 1,011
Conservative hold Swing
March West By-Election 8 October 2009[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steve Count 803 53.9 -5.2
Labour Martin Field 460 29.9 +29.9
Liberal Democrats Ann Elliott 250 16.2 -24.7
Majority 370 24.0
Turnout 1,540 28
Conservative hold Swing
The Mills By-Election 4 March 2010[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Chambers 301 45.9 -11.2
Liberal Democrats Christopher Howes 264 40.2 -2.7
UKIP Sandra Rylance 58 8.8 +8.8
Labour Max Kelly 33 5.0 +5.0
Majority 37 5.7
Turnout 656 31.8
Conservative hold Swing
Wisbech Kirkgate By-Election 15 April 2010[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Dave Patrick 287 51.3
Conservative Steve Tierney 145 25.9
Labour Barry Diggle 74 13.2
UKIP Paul Clapp 54 9.6
Majority 142 25.4
Turnout 560 31.1
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

2011-2015

Staithe By-Election 22 September 2011[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Hodgson 228 42.0 -13.1
Labour John White 166 30.6 +1.8
Liberal Democrats Robert McLaren 90 16.6 +16.6
UKIP Will Schooling 39 7.2 -8.9
Independent Phil Webb 20 3.7 +3.7
Majority 62 11.4
Turnout 543 28.8
Conservative hold Swing

This by-election was due to the Conservative incumbent cllr Farmer being disqualified for a firearms offence.[29] This was cllr Tierney's third attempt to win a seat on FDC.

Wisbech By-Election October 2014[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steve Tierney 257 44.6
UKIP Andrew Hunt 201 34.9
Labour Kathy Dougall 79 13.7
Liberal Democrats Josie Ratcliffe 24 4.2
Independent Erbie Murat 15 2.6
Majority 56
Turnout 576
Conservative hold Swing

2015-2019

2019-2023

Lattersey By-Election 6 May 2021[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jason Mockett 449 62.71
Labour Jes Hibbert 267 37.29
Majority 716
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

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