One third of Great Yarmouth Borough Council in Norfolk, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election. Since the last boundary changes in 2004, 39 councillors have been elected from 17 wards.[1]

Great Yarmouth rejected the introduction of a directly elected mayor by 15,595 votes to 10,051 in a referendum in 2011, held at the same time as the 2011 election.[2]

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[3]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973–1980
No overall control 1980–1983
Conservative 1983–1986
No overall control 1986–1990
Labour 1990–2000
Conservative 2000–2012
Labour 2012–2014
No overall control 2014–2017
Conservative 2017–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1999 have been:[4]

Councillor Party From To
Barry Coleman[5] Conservative 1999 2011
Steve Ames Conservative 2011 6 May 2012
Trevor Wainwright[6] Labour May 2012 19 May 2015
Graham Plant Conservative 19 May 2015 16 May 2019
Carl Smith Conservative 16 May 2019

Council elections

Borough result maps

By-election results

1997-2001

Caister North By-Election 16 October 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 477 58.7 -3.7
Conservative 287 35.3 -2.3
Liberal Democrats 49 6.0 +6.0
Majority 190 23.4
Turnout 813
Labour hold Swing
Caister South By-Election 16 October 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 503 50.1 +13.5
Labour 381 38.0 -16.6
Liberal Democrats 83 8.3 -0.6
Independent 36 3.6 +3.6
Majority 122 12.1
Turnout 1,003
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Lothingland By-Election 24 February 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 505 52.9 -3.4
Labour 306 32.1 -11.6
Liberal Democrats 143 15.0 +15.0
Majority 199 20.8
Turnout 954 22.7
Conservative hold Swing
Bradwell South and Hopton By-Election 22 February 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 644 53.1 -3.7
Labour 568 46.9 +12.7
Majority 76 6.2
Turnout 1,212 24.7
Conservative hold Swing

2005-2009

Claydon By-Election 5 May 2005[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Barker 1,588 53.6
Conservative David Denning 796 26.9
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Dyer 382 12.9
UKIP Michael Dix 196 6.6
Majority 792 26.7
Turnout 2,962
Labour hold Swing
Gorleston By-Election 4 August 2005[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Burroughs 369 39.2
Liberal Democrats Ivan Lees 278 29.6
Labour Peter Alexander 242 25.7
UKIP Colin Aldred 51 5.4
Majority 91 9.6
Turnout 940
Conservative hold Swing
Nelson By-Election 25 October 2007[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brenda Taylor 329 42.5 +0.1
Independent William Robinson 257 33.2 +33.2
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Dyer 96 12.4 +12.4
Independent Thomas Holmes 49 6.3 +6.3
Green Ian Holman 43 5.6 -1.8
Majority 72 9.3
Turnout 774
Labour hold Swing
Bradwell South and Hopton By-Election 7 February 2008[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Susan Hacon 475 37.4 -15.8
Liberal Democrats Aleck Buchanan 397 31.2 +31.2
Labour Joanne Vriesema 254 20.0 -7.9
UKIP Colin Aldred 116 9.1 -9.8
Green Ian Holman 29 2.3 +2.3
Majority 78 6.2
Turnout 1,271
Conservative hold Swing
Bradwell South and Hopton By-Election 10 July 2008[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Butcher 623 50.0 +2.0
Labour Trevor Wainwright 429 34.4 +15.2
UKIP Colin Aldred 196 15.7 +5.3
Majority 194 15.6
Turnout 1,248 24.9
Conservative hold Swing

2009-2013

St Andrews By-Election 23 June 2011[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Marlene Fairhead 424 51.4 -0.9
Conservative Carl Smith 401 48.6 +0.9
Majority 23 2.8
Turnout 825 24.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Bradwell South and Hopton By-Election 20 October 2011[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Plane 557 49.6 +3.4
Labour Hilary Wainwright 407 36.2 +0.3
UKIP Colin Aldred 159 14.2 +1.4
Majority 150 13.4
Turnout 1,123 21.0
Conservative hold Swing

References

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  4. ^ "Council minutes". Great Yarmouth Borough Council. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  5. ^ Owens, John (17 May 2011). "Former council leader made mayor of Great Yarmouth". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Labour take overall control of Norwich City Council and win Great Yarmouth Borough Council". Eastern Daily Press. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  7. ^ The Borough of Great Yarmouth (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1979
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  9. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Great Yarmouth (Electoral Changes) Order 2002. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
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  12. ^ "Tories lose by-elections in nail-biting night". The Independent. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  13. ^ "Labour snatch Tory stronghold borough seat in Gorleston". Great Yarmouth Mercury. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  14. ^ "By-election ends with Conservative victory". Great Yarmouth Mercury. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011.