Lancaster shown within the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire (Unitary authorities excluded)
Lancaster shown within the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire (Unitary authorities excluded)

Lancaster City Council elections are held every four years. Lancaster City Council is the local authority for the non-metropolitan district of Lancaster in Lancashire, England. Since the last boundary changes in 2015, 60 councillors have been elected from 27 wards.[1]

Political control

Coat of Arms of the City Council
Coat of Arms of the City Council

Lancaster was a municipal borough from 1836 to 1974, and also held city status from 1937.[2][3] The city's territory was substantially expanded under the Local Government Act 1972 to include several nearby towns and villages, and becoming a non-metropolitan district.[4][5] The first election to the reconstituted city council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority until the new arrangements took effect on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1973 has been held by the following parties:[6][7]

Party Period
Conservative 1973–1987
No overall control 1987–1995
Labour 1995–1999
No overall control 1999–2017
Labour 2017–2019
No overall control 2019–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1993 have been:[8]

Councillor Party From To
Stanley Henig Labour pre-1993 9 May 1999
Tricia Heath Morecambe Bay Independents 19 May 1999 6 May 2003
Ian Barker Labour May 2003 6 May 2007
Roger Mace Conservative 21 May 2007 4 Feb 2009
Abbott Bryning Labour 4 Feb 2009 18 May 2009
Stuart Langhorn Liberal Democrats 18 May 2009 8 May 2011
Eileen Blamire Labour 23 May 2011 5 May 2019
Erica Lewis Labour 20 May 2019 17 May 2021
Caroline Jackson Green 17 May 2021

Council elections

Election results

Overall control Labour Conservative MB Independent Green Lib Dems Independent
2019 NOC 21 12 14 10 3 -
2015 NOC 29 19 2 9 - 1
2011 NOC 24 16 8 8 - 4
2007 NOC 15 12 11 12 5 5
2003 NOC 20 10 11 7 8 4

By-elections

1995–1999

Torrisholme By-Election 5 December 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 538 34.7
Conservative 460 29.6
Liberal Democrats 348 22.4
Morecambe Bay Independents 206 13.3
Majority 78 5.1
Turnout 1,552 42.8
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Ellel By-Election 24 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 366 38.6 +0.8
Independent 321 33.9 +33.9
Conservative 261 27.5 -15.0
Majority 45 4.7
Turnout 948 27.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Alexandra By-Election 9 October 1997[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Robinson 389 48.4 -25.3
Conservative 161 20.0 +20.0
Morecambe Bay Independent 142 17.7 +17.7
Independent 77 9.6 +9.6
Independent 30 3.7 -22.6
Green 5 0.6 +0.6
Majority 228 28.4
Turnout 804
Labour hold Swing
Arkholme By-Election 9 October 1997[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Irey 421 81.0 +15.0
Labour 99 19.0 +19.0
Majority 322 62.0
Turnout 520
Conservative hold Swing
Skerton West By-Election 9 October 1997[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Harrison 427 46.9 -26.8
Morecambe Bay Independents 285 31.1 +31.3
Conservative 198 21.8 -4.5
Majority 142 15.8
Turnout 910
Labour hold Swing
Hornby By-Election 30 April 1998[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clive Lamb 451 53.6 +5.0
Liberal Democrats Henry Humphreys 261 31.0 -0.8
Labour Kevin Dixon 80 9.5 -10.0
Independent John Greathead 50 5.9 +5.9
Majority 190 22.6
Turnout 842 54.1
Conservative hold Swing
Parks By-Election 30 April 1998[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Fretwell 845 65.6 +40.7
Conservative David Le Bas 274 21.3 -12.9
Labour Leslie Houghton 106 8.2 -13.4
Liberal Democrats Majorie Buck 64 4.9 -14.3
Majority 571 44.3
Turnout 1,289 36.8
Independent gain from Conservative Swing

1999–2003

John O'Gaunt By-Election 28 September 2000[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Liz Scott 424 25.5 +5.2
Labour Richard Newman-Thompson 395 23.8 -14.6
Independent Sheila Kavanagh 340 20.5 +12.0
Conservative Chris Reich 291 17.5 +0.4
Green Peter Gordon 212 12.8 -2.9
Majority 29 1.7
Turnout 1,662 27.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

2003–2007

Overton By-Election 7 August 2003[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Garry Baxter 269 37.2 +9.9
Independent Susan Ayrey 197 27.2 +27.2
Morecambe Bay Independents Barbara Williams 120 16.6 -24.7
Labour Darren Clifford 69 9.5 +9.5
Conservative John Battersby-Hill 55 7.6 -19.6
Liberal Democrats Terence Taylor 14 1.9 +1.9
Majority 72 10.0
Turnout 724 38.0
Independent gain from Independent Swing
Heysham South By-Election 26 February 2004[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Brown 499 36.1 +36.1
Labour Darren Clifford 493 35.6 -0.1
England First Party Paul Bamford 191 13.8 +13.8
Morecambe Bay Independents Christopher Greenall 143 10.3 -39.5
Liberal Democrats Terence Taylor 37 2.7 +2.7
Green Ashley Toms 20 1.4 -13.0
Majority 6 0.5
Turnout 1,383 27.7
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Carnforth By-Election 11 March 2004[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Judith Newton 353 48.5 +14.9
Conservative David Wood 207 28.4 +11.4
Independent Robert Roe 168 23.1 -3.2
Majority 146 20.1
Turnout 728 21.8
Labour hold Swing
John O'Gaunt By-Election 5 May 2005[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Chadwick 1,282 40.7 -2.3
Liberal Democrats Philip Dunster 1,115 35.4 +18.0
Conservative Sheila Parkinson 750 23.8 +0.0
Majority 167 5.3
Turnout 3,147
Labour hold Swing
John O'Gaunt By-Election 8 December 2005[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Blakely 466 38.0 -2.7
Liberal Democrats Philip Dunster 287 23.4 -12.0
Green Matthew Wootton 247 20.1 +20.1
Conservative William Hill 226 18.4 -5.4
Majority 179 14.6
Turnout 1,226 23.9
Labour hold Swing
Skerton West By-Election 22 June 2006[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Smith 826 59.8 +16.8
Conservative Debbie Buck 336 24.3 +4.9
BNP Christopher Hill 220 15.9 +15.9
Majority 490 35.5
Turnout 1,382 31.2
Labour hold Swing
Skerton West By-Election 14 December 2006[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Leytham 493 59.1 +16.1
Conservative John Airey 172 20.6 +1.2
BNP Christopher Hill 93 11.2 +11.2
Independent Norman Gardner 76 9.1 -8.2
Majority 321 38.5
Turnout 834 17.4
Labour hold Swing

2007–2011

Castle By-Election 4 June 2009[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Melanie Forrest 1,191 53.5 -4.9
Conservative Billy Hill 442 19.9 +5.9
Labour Richard Newman-Thompson 369 16.6 +0.2
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Parris 223 10.0 +2.2
Majority 749 33.6
Turnout 2,225
Green hold Swing
John O'Gaunt By-Election 1 April 2010[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Elizabeth Scott 603 35.2 -4.9
Liberal Democrats Harry Arrmistead 389 22.7 +22.7
Green Ian Chamberlain 339 19.8 -17.5
Conservative Billy Hill 301 17.6 -5.1
UKIP Fred McGlade 83 4.8 +4.8
Majority 214 12.5
Turnout 1,715 29.8
Labour hold Swing
Scotforth West By-Election 22 May 2014[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Abi Mills 823 36.24
Labour Colin Hartley 802 35.31
Conservative Janet Walton 339 22.77
Liberal Democrats Philip Dunster 80 3.52
TUSC Steve Metcalfe 49 2.25
Majority 21 12.5
Turnout
Green gain from Labour Swing
University By-Election 22 May 2014[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Jack Filmore 273 39.28
Labour James Leyshon 237 34.10
Conservative Daniel Aldred 128 18.42
Liberal Democrats Oliver Mountjoy 33 4.75
Independent Stuart Langhorn 24 3.45
Majority 46 6.62
Turnout 695
Green gain from Labour Swing

2015–2019

Carnforth and Millhead by-election 5 May 2016[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Reynolds 702 43.1 8.0
Conservative John Bassinder 671 41.2 -6.8
UKIP Robert Wilson Gillespie 134 8.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Phil Dunster 74 4.5 N/A
Green Cait Sinclair 49 3.0 -13.9
Majority 31 1.9
Turnout 695
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Westgate by-election 13 October 2016[27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Clift 443 41.6 9.1
MB Independent Roger Dennison 193 18.1 0.4
UKIP Michelle Ogden 183 17.2 -7.5
Conservative Daniel Gibbins 178 16.7 -8.3
Liberal Democrats Louise Stansfield 41 3.9 3.9
Green Richard Moriarty 26 2.4 2.4
Majority 250 1.9
Turnout 695 23.5
Labour hold Swing
University and Scotforth Rural by-election 8 December 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nathan Burns 98 34.9 -0.5
Green Xeina Aveyard 79 28.1 -4.4
Conservative Luke Brandon 68 24.2 0.5
Liberal Democrats Pippa Hepworth 36 12.8 4.4
Majority 19 6.8
Turnout 282 7.1
Labour hold Swing

Labour Cllr Karen Leytham (Skerton West) resigned in July 2017. A by-election was held:[28]

Skerton West by-election, 7 Sep 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hilda Jean Parr 512 61
Conservative Andy Kay 288 35
Liberal Democrats Derek John Kaye 33 4
Turnout 833 16
Labour hold

Independent Cllr Paul Woodruff (Halton-with-Aughton) resigned in July 2017.[29] A by-election was held:[30]

Halton-with-Aughton by-election, 28 Sep 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Frea 247 27
Green Jan Maskell 245 27
Conservative Daniel Scott Gibbins 236 26
Liberal Democrats Catherine Pilling 174 19
Turnout 902 43
Labour gain from Independent

Labour Cllr Roger Sherlock (Skerton West) died in November 2017.[31] A by-election was held:[32]

Skerton West by-election, 17 May 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Rivet 587 57.8 +20.8
Conservative Andy Kay 279 27.1 +1.2
Liberal Democrats Derek John Kaye 95 9.4 +9.4
Green Cait Sinclair 59 5.8 -3.7
Majority
Turnout 1020
Labour hold

University and Scotforth Rural ward Labour councillors Sam Armstrong (elected Green) and Lucy Atkinson retired in March 2018.[33] A double by-election was held.[32]

University and Scotforth Rural by-election 17 May 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Amara Betts-Patel 518 25.37
Labour Oliver Robinson 423 20.72
Green Martin Paley 264 12.93
Green Jan Maskell 235 11.51
Conservative Callum Furner 184 9.01
Conservative Guy F.P Watts 184 9.01
Liberal Democrats Jade Sullivan 120 5.88
Liberal Democrats Iain Emberry 114 5.58
Turnout 1033 27.01 +19.89
Labour gain from Green
Labour hold

2019–2023

Conservative councillor Michael Smith (Overton), who is partially deaf resigned in November 2019 because he was "struggling to hear" in meetings.[34] A by-election was held the next month, on the same day as the 2019 United Kingdom general election.

Overton by-election 12 December 2019[35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Gardiner 650 52 6
Labour Tom Porter 527 42 0
Liberal Democrats Amy Stanning 65 5 N/A
Turnout 1242 67
Conservative hold

In June 2020, Liberal Democrat councillor Michael Mumford (Kellet) died.[36] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no council by-elections will take place in the UK until May 2021 at the earliest.[37]

Kellet by-election 6 May 2021[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stuart Morris 447 51 6
Liberal Democrats Ross Hunter 271 31 -14
Independent Kathryn Atkins 161 18 N/A
Turnout 879
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats
Bulk by-election 6 May 2021[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Jack Lenox 1283 54
Labour Anna Lee 824 35
Conservative Matthew Maxwell-Scott 209 9
Liberal Democrats Katia Adimora 45 2
Turnout 2361
Green hold

Jack O'Dwyer-Henry, Eco-Socialist Independent (elected Labour)[39] councillor for the University and Scotforth Rural ward, resigned from the council, triggering a by-election in the ward.[40]

University and Scotforth Rural by-election, 11 November 2021[41][42][43][44]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fabiha Askari 216 46.1 Increase 5.0
Green Jamie Payne 193 41.2 Increase 11.0
Conservative Matthew Maxwell-Scott 44 9.4 Decrease 7.2
Liberal Democrats Zanna Ashton 16 3.4 Decrease 8.8
Majority 23 4.9
Turnout 469 13.4
Labour hold Swing
Carnforth and Millhead by-election, 25 November 2021[45]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Luke Taylor 538 57.7 +20.4
Conservative Stuart Bateson 315 33.8 +1.5
Green Patrick McMurray 54 5.8 -5.1
Liberal Democrats Tony Saville 25 2.7 +2.7
Majority 223 23.9
Turnout 932
Labour hold Swing
Bare by-election, 2 December 2021[46]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Gerry Blaikie 428 33.1 +21.9
Green James Sommerville 301 23.3 +16.2
MB Independent June Ashworth 243 18.8 -14.1
Conservative Jane Cottam 215 16.6 -12.1
Labour Valerie Rogerson 107 8.3 -7.9
Majority 127 9.8
Turnout 1,294
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Upper Lune Valley by-election, 2 December 2021[47]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ross Hunter 390 63.1 +19.1
Conservative Iain Harbison 183 29.6 -16.3
Green Nicky Sharkey 24 3.9 +3.9
Labour Faith Kenrick 21 3.4 -6.7
Majority 207 33.5
Turnout 618
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Ellel by-election, 19 May 2022[48]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Sally Maddocks 547 39.7 +19.5
Labour Lisa Corkerry 418 30.4 -1.1
Conservative Janet Walton 377 27.4 -14.3
Liberal Democrats Robert Fildes 35 2.5 -4.0
Majority 129 9.4
Turnout 1,377
Green gain from Conservative Swing
Harbour by-election, 21 July 2022[49]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Pattison 555 47.9 +3.8
Liberal Democrats Jake Perkins 479 41.4 +41.4
Conservative Colin Hewitt 124 10.7 -1.6
Majority 76 6.6
Turnout 1,158
Labour hold Swing
Warton by-election, 8 September 2022[50]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Sue Tyldesley 452 65.7 +32.8
Conservative Iain Harbison 169 24.6 -22.6
Labour Faith Kenrick 44 6.4 +13.4
Liberal Democrats Jane Parsons 23 3.3 +3.3
Majority 283 41.1
Turnout 688
Green gain from Conservative Swing

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