Map showing the composition of Huntingdonshire District Council after the 2014 election. Conservatives in blue, UK Independence Party in purple, Liberal Democrats in yellow, independents in light grey and Labour in red.
Map showing the composition of Huntingdonshire District Council after the 2014 election. Conservatives in blue, UK Independence Party in purple, Liberal Democrats in yellow, independents in light grey and Labour in red.

Huntingdonshire District Council in Cambridgeshire, England holds elections for all its councillors together every fourth year. Prior to changing to all-out elections in 2018, one third of the council was elected each year, followed by one year without an election. Since the last boundary changes in 2017, 52 councillors have been elected from 26 wards.[1]

Political control

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

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973-1976
Conservative 1976-2022
No overall control 2022-present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2001 have been:

Councillor Party From To
Derek Holley[3] Conservative 2001 7 Dec 2005
Ian Bates[4] Conservative 7 Dec 2005 May 2011
Jason Ablewhite[5] Conservative 18 May 2011 May 2016
Robin Howe[6] Conservative 18 May 2016 26 Jul 2017
Graham Bull[7] Conservative 26 Jul 2017 4 Dec 2019
Ryan Fuller[8] Conservative 4 Dec 2019 8 May 2022
Sarah Conboy[9] Liberal Democrats 18 May 2022

Council elections

Summary of the council composition after recent council elections, click on the year for full details of each election. Boundary changes took place for the 2004 election reducing the number of seats by 1, leading to the whole council being elected in that year.[10]

Year Conservative UK Independence Party Liberal Democrats Independent Labour Green Vacant Notes
1973[11] 16 0 25 9 0
1976[11] 30 0 22 1 0 (New ward boundaries)[12]
1978[11] 35 1 15 2 0
1979[11] 24 3 7 6 0
1980[11] 33 1 13 6 0
1982[11] 32 2 12 7 0
1983[11] 37 2 6 8 0
1984[11] 36 7 3 7 0
1986[11] 41 2 4 6 0
1987[11] 44 1 1 5 0
1988[11] 46 1 2 4 0
1990[13] 42 3 2 6 0
1991[14] 41 5 2 5 0 District boundary changes took place but the number of seats remained the same[15]
1992[16] 42 7 1 3 0
1994[17] 37 0 11 1 4 0
1995[18] 31 0 14 1 7 0
1996[19] 33 0 13 2 5 0
1998[20] 34 0 14 2 3 0
1999[21] 36 0 14 2 0 1
2000[22] 37 0 13 3 0 0
2002[23] 37 0 13 3 0 0
2003[24] 36 0 14 3 0 0
2004[10] 40 0 10 2 0 0 New ward boundaries[25]
2006[26] 40 0 10 2 0 0
2007[27] 39 0 11 2 0 0
2008[28] 38 0 12 2 0 0
2010[29] 37 2 12 1 0 0
2011[30] 41 2 8 1 0 0
2012[31] 39 3 7 2 1 0
2014[32] 34 7 5 4 1 1
2015 35 6 4 4 2 0
2016 32 6 5 6 2 0
2018[33] 30 0 7 11 4 0 Whole council elected
2022[34] 22 0 10 15 4 1 0

District result maps

By-election results

By-elections occur when seats become vacant between council elections. Below is a summary of recent by-elections;[35] full by-election results can be found by clicking on the by-election name.

By-election Date Incumbent party Winning party
Farcet 21 August 1997 Conservative Conservative
Brampton 6 November 1997 Conservative Liberal Democrats
Eynesbury 2 April 1998 Liberal Democrats Conservative
Gransden 10 December 1998 Conservative Conservative
Huntingdon North 3 June 1999 Conservative Conservative
Upwood and the Raveleys 8 March 2001 Conservative Conservative
Eynesbury 7 June 2001 Conservative Conservative
Farcet 7 June 2001 Conservative Conservative
Gransden 7 June 2001 Conservative Conservative
Eaton Socon 21 March 2002 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats
Hemingford Grey 19 September 2002 Conservative Liberal Democrats
Little Paxton 5 May 2005 Conservative Conservative
Earith 12 October 2006 Conservative Conservative
St Neots Eaton 23 November 2006 Conservative Conservative
Warboys and Bury 15 February 2007 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats
Ramsey 2 April 2009 Conservative Conservative
Ramsey 23 July 2009 Liberal Democrats UKIP
Huntingdon North 29 October 2009 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats
Fenstanton 25 February 2010 Conservative Liberal Democrats
Earith 21 June 2012 Conservative Conservative
Brampton 2 May 2013 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats
Warboys and Bury 7 August 2014 Conservative Conservative
St Neots Priory Park 27 November 2014 Conservative Conservative
Godmanchester and Hemingford Abbots[36] 2 August 2019 Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats
St Ives East 13 February 2020 Conservative Conservative

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