Forest of Dean District Council is the local authority for the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England. The council is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2019, 38 councillors are elected from 21 wards.[1]

Political control

Since the first elections to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Independent 1973–1976
No overall control 1976–1991
Labour 1991–2003
No overall control 2003–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2007 have been:[3]

Councillor Party From To
Marion Winship Conservative 23 May 2007 Sep 2009
Peter Amos Conservative 11 Sep 2009 8 May 2011
Patrick Molyneux Conservative 26 May 2011 13 Jul 2017
Tim Gwilliam Independent 13 Jul 2017

Council elections

By-election results

1995-1999

Newnham By-Election 29 August 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 185 50.8
Conservative 179 49.2
Majority 6 1.6
Turnout 364 35.1
Labour hold Swing
Bream By-Election 16 October 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 422 86.5 +15.2
Conservative 66 13.5 +13.5
Majority 356 73.0
Turnout 488 17.0
Labour hold Swing

1999-2003

Broadwell By-Election 18 May 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 368 46.6
Conservative 201 25.4
Liberal Democrats 112 14.2
Independent 109 13.8
Majority 167 21.2
Turnout 790 40.7
Labour hold Swing
Newnham By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 267 36.6 -3.4
Labour 242 33.2 -8.5
Liberal Democrats John Holman 221 30.3 +11.9
Majority 25 3.4
Turnout 730
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

2003-2007

Lydney East By-Election 5 February 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Bevan 785 62.9 +35.8
Labour Albert Stapleton 366 29.3 -7.6
Liberal Democrats Leslie Holman 98 7.8 +7.8
Majority 419 33.6
Turnout 1,249 32.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Hartpury By-Election 4 August 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tracey Hunt 288 50.3
Independent Philip Burford 262 45.8
Labour Bruce Hogan 22 3.8
Majority 26 4.5
Turnout 572
Conservative hold Swing
Awre By-Election 20 October 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jay Waller 239 52.4 +7.8
Conservative Raymond Puttock 217 47.6 -7.8
Majority 22 4.8
Turnout 456 32.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Mitcheldean and Drybrook By-Election 20 October 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bruce Hogan 286 29.0 +8.0
Conservative Brian Robinson 259 26.2 +2.4
Liberal Democrats Andrew Baker 252 25.5 +4.4
Independent Colin Smith 156 15.8 -18.3
Independent Roger Sterry 34 3.4 +3.4
Majority 27 2.8
Turnout 987 29.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Christchurch & English Bicknor By-Election 4 May 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marrilyn Smart 365 55.2 +5.0
Labour Barten Venner 156 23.6 -6.0
Liberal Democrats David Wheeler 140 21.2 +1.0
Majority 209 31.6
Turnout 661 51.0
Conservative hold Swing

2007-2011

Newent Central By-Election 15 January 2009[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Len Lawton 306 49.2 +6.5
Independent Edward Wood 166 26.7 -13.5
Labour Cherry Burrow 96 15.4 -1.7
Independent Stephen Tweedie 54 8.7 +8.7
Majority 140 22.5
Turnout 622 22.0
Conservative hold Swing
Mitcheldean and Drybrook By-Election 20 August 2009[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Sue Henchley 638 55.1 +36.2
Independent Tony Pickthall 239 20.6 -18.2
Conservative Brian Jones 195 16.8 -5.8
Labour Helen Stewart 86 7.4 -12.1
Majority 399 34.5
Turnout 1,158 32.4
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing
Coleford East By-Election 19 November 2009[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Mike Meredith-Edwards 267 29.8 +1.2
Liberal Democrats Heather Lusty 230 25.7 +25.7
Conservative David Cooksley 210 23.5 -17.7
Labour Paul Kay 188 21.0 -9.2
Majority 37 4.1
Turnout 895 21.0
Independent gain from Conservative Swing

2011-2015

Cinderford West By-Election 12 January 2012[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roger Sterry 496
Conservative Aaron Freeman 236
UKIP Colin Guyton 119
Liberal Democrats Colin Davies 89
Majority 260
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
Berry Hill By-Election 7 February 2013[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Timothy Brian Gwilliam 276 59.7 +4.6
Conservative Nigel John Bluett 102 21.9 -23.0
UKIP John Duncan William McOwan 85 18.4 +18.4
Majority 174
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

2015-present

Lydbrook & Ruardean by-election 16 February 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Sid Phelps 360 35.3 +27.9
Conservative Kevin White 248 24.3 +6.2
Labour Karen Brown 231 22.7 -2.0
UKIP Roy Bardo 113 11.1 -12.2
Liberal Democrats Heather Lusty 67 6.6 N/A
Majority 112 11.0
Turnout 25.8
Green gain from UKIP Swing

References

  1. ^ a b "The Forest of Dean (Electoral Changes) Order 2018", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2018/547
  2. ^ "Forest of Dean". BBC News Online. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Council minutes". Forest of Dean District Council. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  4. ^ The District of Forest of Dean (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1980
  5. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Forest of Dean (Parishes and Electoral Changes) Order 1997 Archived 25 August 2020 at the Wayback Machine Archived 25 August 2020 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Forest of Dean". BBC News Online. Archived from the original on 23 April 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
  7. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Forest of Dean (Electoral Changes) Order 2001 Archived 12 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine Archived 12 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  8. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Forest of Dean (Electoral Changes) (Amendment) Order 2002 Archived 3 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine Archived 3 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Election Results January 2009" (PDF). Forest of Dean District Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Result of Poll - Mitcheldean & Drybrook Ward" (PDF). Forest of Dean District Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Elections and voting". Forest of Dean District Council. Archived from the original on 4 February 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  12. ^ "Declaration of Result of Poll" (PDF). Forest of Dean District Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Declaration of Result of Poll". Forest of Dean District Council. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2013.