One third of Harrogate Borough Council in North Yorkshire, England was elected each year, followed by one year without election. Since the last boundary changes in 2002, 54 councillors have been elected from 35 wards.[1] The last elections were held in 2018, and no further elections will be held. Harrogate Borough Council will be abolished on 31 March 2023 and its functions transferred to the new North Yorkshire Council.[2] The first elections to the North Yorkshire Council took place on 5 May 2022, when 21 councillors were elected from 21 divisions in the Borough of Harrogate.[3]

Political control

Since the foundation of the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[4][5]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1976–1990
No overall control 1990–1994
Liberal Democrats 1994–2002
No overall control 2002–2003
Conservative 2003–2006
No overall control 2006–2010
Conservative 2010–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2005 have been:[6]

Councillor Party From To
Mike Gardner Conservative 23 May 2005 8 May 2011
Don Mackenzie Conservative 20 May 2011 21 May 2012
Anthony Alton Conservative 21 May 2012 12 Jun 2014
Richard Cooper Conservative 12 Jun 2014

Council elections

Borough result maps

By-election results

1997-2001

Fountains By-Election 26 June 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 196 54.2 -24.0
Conservative 166 45.6 +45.6
Majority 30 8.6
Turnout 362
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Ripon East By-Election 26 June 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 290 41.3 -3.2
Liberal Democrats 255 36.3 +36.3
Labour 157 22.4 -33.1
Majority 35 5.0
Turnout 702 17.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Ripon West By-Election 26 June 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 461 59.9 -3.0
Conservative 309 40.1 +3.0
Majority 152 19.8
Turnout 770
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Lower Nidderdale By-Election 30 July 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 378 50.3 +12.1
Conservative 353 47.0 -6.8
Labour 20 2.7 -5.3
Majority 25 3.3
Turnout 751
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Marston Moor By-Election 4 February 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 486 61.4 +24.4
Conservative 278 35.1 -15.9
Labour 27 3.4 -8.6
Majority 208 26.3
Turnout 791
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Pateley Bridge By-Election 24 February 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 506 58.6 +2.4
Conservative 345 39.9 +1.7
Labour 13 1.5 -4.1
Majority 161 18.7
Turnout 864 43.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Newby By-Election 24 February 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 639 45.8 -24.9
Liberal Democrats 285 20.4 +20.4
Independent 285 20.4 +20.4
Labour 187 13.4 -16.0
Majority 354 25.4
Turnout 1,396
Conservative hold Swing

2001-2005

New Park By-Election 6 May 2004[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 910 65.4 -0.3
Conservative 417 30.0 +3.1
Independent 33 2.4 +2.4
Labour 31 2.2 -5.3
Majority 493 35.4
Turnout 1,391 34.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

2005-2010

New Park By-Election 11 September 2008[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Matthew Webber 843 61.1 -14.2
Conservative Sharon Bentley 491 35.6 +20.9
Labour Andrew Gray 45 3.3 +3.3
Majority 352 25.5
Turnout 1,379 33.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Bilton By-Election 19 February 2009[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Clare McKenzie 902 50.4 +1.0
Conservative Sharon Bentley 673 37.6 -6.9
BNP Steven Gill 164 9.2 +3.0
Labour Andrew Gray 51 2.8 +2.8
Majority 229 12.8
Turnout 1,790 42.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Starbeck By-Election 27 August 2009[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Janet Law 886 63.4 -8.8
Conservative Dennis Pinchen 252 18.0 +5.0
Independent David Rimington 178 12.7 +12.7
Labour Geoff Foxall 82 5.9 +0.8
Majority 634 45.4
Turnout 1,398 31.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

2010-2018

Woodfield By-Election 7 January 2010[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Greta Knight 688 62.6 +4.1
Conservative Heather Adderley 246 22.4 +7.5
BNP Steven Gill 92 8.4 -4.1
Labour Daniel Maguire 73 6.6 -7.5
Majority 442 40.2
Turnout 1,099 27.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

Previous councillor in Woodfield had been elected as a Liberal Democrat and then defected to the Conservatives.[17]

Rossett By-Election 15 November 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Siddans 807 46.3 +22.3
Conservative Rebecca Burnett 704 40.4 -24.2
UKIP Salvina Bashforth 127 7.3 +7.3
Labour Patricia Foxall 106 6.1 -5.3
Majority 103 7.9
Turnout 1,744
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Bilton By-Election 15 November 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Val Rodgers 623 46.0 +8.8
Conservative Neil Bentley 395 29.2 -16.1
Labour Andrew Gray 208 15.4 +2.1
UKIP David Simister 127 9.4 +9.4
Majority 228 16.8
Turnout 1,353
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Hookstone By-Election 17 July 2014[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Clare Skardon 886 51.7 +9.1
Conservative Phil Headford 551 32.1 -1.9
UKIP Alan Henderson 206 12.0 -4.3
Labour Pat Foxall 71 4.1 -3.1
Majority 335 19.5
Turnout 1,714
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Washburn By-Election 28 September 2017[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Victoria Oldham 363 74.5 -0.5
Labour Laura Dinning 61 12.5 -0.9
Green Paul Trewhitt 44 9.0 +9.0
Yorkshire Jack Render 19 3.9 +3.9
Majority 302 62.0
Turnout 487
Conservative hold Swing

2018-2023

Knaresborough Scriven Park By-Election 29 July 2021[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Hannah Gostlow 635 56.6 +19.5
Conservative Jacqueline Renton 384 34.3 -4.1
Labour Sharon-Theresa Calvert 91 8.1 -16.4
UKIP Harvey Alexander 11 1.0 N/A
Turnout 1,124 31.16
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Wathvale By-Election 5 May 2022[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sam Green 686 52.6 -13.9
Liberal Democrats Chris Knight 321 24.6 +3.8
Green Hannah Corlett 297 22.8 +22.8
Majority 365 28.0
Turnout 1,304
Conservative hold Swing

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