Lancashire County Council elections are held every four years. Lancashire County Council is the upper-tier authority for the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire in England. Since the last boundary changes in 2017, 84 councillors have been elected from 82 electoral divisions.[1]

Political control

Lancashire County Council was first created in 1889. Its territory, powers and responsibilities were significantly reformed under the Local Government Act 1972, with a new council elected in 1973, initially acting as a shadow authority ahead of the new arrangements coming into effect on 1 April 1974. Since 1973, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973–1981
Labour 1981–1985
No overall control 1985–1989
Labour 1989–2009
Conservative 2009–2013
No overall control 2013–2017
Conservative 2017–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1974 have been:[3]

Councillor Party From To
Leonard Broughton Conservative 1 Apr 1974 May 1981
Louise Ellman Labour May 1981 1997
John West Labour 1997 Jun 2001
Hazel Harding Labour Jun 2001 7 Jun 2009
Geoff Driver[4] Conservative Jun 2009 23 May 2013
Jennifer Mein Labour 23 May 2013 25 May 2017
Geoff Driver Conservative 25 May 2017 9 May 2021
Phillippa Williamson Conservative 27 May 2021

Council elections

County result maps

By-election results

Elections in the 1990s

Hesketh By-Election 13 June 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 2,263 53.1
Conservative 2,004 46.9
Majority 259 6.2
Turnout 4,267 37.9
Labour hold Swing
Marine By-Election 10 June 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,644 60.4 -5.3
Conservative 1,076 39.6 +5.3
Majority 568 20.8
Turnout 2,720 31.1
Labour hold Swing
South Ribble Central By-Election 16 September 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 751 38.5 -11.2
Conservative 636 32.6 -2.2
Liberal Democrats 565 28.9 +13.4
Majority 115 5.9
Turnout 1,952 17.9
Labour hold Swing
Nelson By-Election 2 March 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,358 48.6 -5.8
Liberal Democrats 1,296 46.3 +14.7
Conservative 143 5.1 -8.8
Majority 62 2.3
Turnout 2,797 29.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s

South Ribble South By-Election 4 May 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,721 48.5 -4.8
Labour 1,198 33.8 +3.2
Conservative 627 17.7 +2.1
Majority 523 14.7
Turnout 3,546 32.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
West Lancashire South By-Election 4 May 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 2,242 70.6 +9.2
Labour 933 29.4 -6.8
Majority 1,309 41.2
Turnout 3,175 30.4
Conservative hold Swing
South Ribble North West By-Election 22 November 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Anthony Pimblett 1,518 48.8 +13.7
Conservative P Wakeling 1,232 39.6 +4.7
Labour D Lyon 358 11.5 -18.4
Majority 286 9.2
Turnout 3,108
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Preston Rural West By-Election 1 May 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Parkinson 1,781 49.8 +20.1
Liberal Democrats Howard Henshaw 1,205 33.7 -14.8
Labour Jean Al-Serraj 590 16.5 -5.2
Majority 576 16.1
Turnout 3,576 28.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Thornton Cleveleys Central By-Election 7 February 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jim Lawrenson 1,536 48.3 +7.7
Labour Wayne Martin 934 29.4 -6.1
UKIP Olive Bergin 489 15.4 +9.5
Liberal Democrats Philip Pitman 220 6.9 -11.1
Majority 602 18.9
Turnout 3,175=9
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 2010s

Burnley Central East by-election, 6 May 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Misfar Hassan 3,157 44.35 +4.75
Liberal Democrats Martin Smith 2,279 32.01 -5.95
BNP Paul McDevitt 868 12.19 +2.14
Conservative Matthew Isherwood 815 11.45 -0.94
Majority 878 12.3
Turnout
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Wyreside by-election, 28 October 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Vivien Taylor 2,178 58.00 -7.86
Labour Kevin Higginson 877 23.36 +10.30
UKIP Simon Noble 361 9.61 N/A
Green Susan White 339 9.03 -12.06
Majority 1,301
Turnout 3,762
Conservative hold Swing
Lancaster East by-election, 6 May 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lizzi Collinge 1,758 50.85 +5.95
Green Tim Hamilton-Cox 1,408 40.73 -0.27
Liberal Democrats Robin Long 231 6.68 N/A
TUSC Steve Metcalfe 60 1.74 N/A
Majority 350 10.1
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
Chorley Rural North by-election, 21 July 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Cullens 1,144 43.76 +2.65
Labour Yvonne Hargreaves 1,042 38.37 +0.57
UKIP Christopher Stuart 303 11.16 -6.15
Liberal Democrats Stephen Fenn 125 4.60 +0.83
Majority 102 3.9
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
Burnley Central East by-election, 3 November 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sobia Malik 1,348 68.88 +10.74
Liberal Democrats Emma Payne 276 14.10 -1.42
UKIP Mark Girven 249 12.72 -6.68
Green Laura Fisk 84 4.29 N/A
Majority 1,072
Turnout
Labour hold Swing
Wyre Rural Central by-election, 11 January 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Matthew Salter 1,745 60.03 -6.11
Labour Nic Fogg 925 31.82 +11.01
Green Susan White 237 8.15 -4.90
Majority 820 59.86
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing
Morecambe North by-election, 15 February 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stuart Morris 1,332 48.95 -14.23
Liberal Democrats Andrew Severn 809 29.73 +21.58
Labour Darren Clifford 580 21.32 -0.71
Majority 523
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ a b "The Lancashire (Electoral Changes) Order 2016", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2016/1069, retrieved 22 August 2022
  2. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Council minutes". Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Geoff Driver: Lancashire County Council leader to resign". BBC News. 12 February 2021. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  5. ^ The County of Lancashire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1981 S.I. 1981/43
  6. ^ "The County of Lancashire (Electoral Changes) Order 2005", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2005/170, retrieved 22 August 2022