Leicestershire County Council elections are held every four years. Leicestershire County Council is the upper-tier authority for the non-metropolitan county of Leicestershire in England. Since the last boundary changes in 2017, 55 county councillors have been elected from 53 electoral divisions.[1]

Political control

Leicestershire County Council was first created in 1889. Its territory and its powers and responsibilities were significantly reformed under the Local Government Act 1972, with a new council elected in 1973 to act as a shadow authority ahead of the new powers coming into force in 1974. Since 1973, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2][3]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973–1977
Conservative 1977–1981
No overall control 1981–2001
Conservative 2001–present

Leadership

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

Councillor Party From To
Harry Barber Conservative 1999 21 May 2003
David Parsons[5] Conservative 21 May 2003 3 Jul 2012
Nicholas Rushton Conservative 26 Sep 2012

Council elections

County result maps

Changes between elections

1993-1997

North Braunstone By-Election 5 December 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 399 33.1
Labour 367 30.4
Conservative 189 15.7
Militant Labour 150 12.4
Socialist Labour 101 8.4
Majority 32 2.7
Turnout 1,206 21
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

1997-2001

Rothley By-Election 9 September 1999[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Osborne 1,064 72.0 +21.5
Liberal Democrats Helena Edwards 414 28.0 +0.5
Majority 650 44.0
Turnout 1,478 21.8
Conservative hold Swing
Loughborough Shelthorpe By-Election 28 October 1999[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Marylin Cowles 751 52.3 +0.9
Conservative Richard Allen 525 36.5 +2.5
Liberal Democrats Paul Tyler 159 11.1 -3.4
Majority 226 15.8
Turnout 1,435 19.2
Labour hold Swing

2005-2009

Shepshed By-Election 4 October 2007[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Parler 1,217 30.2 -12.7
Conservative Christine Radford 1,074 26.6 -10.2
Liberal Democrats John Popley 933 23.1 +2.8
BNP Julia Green 807 20.0 +20.0
Majority 143 3.6
Turnout 4,031 37.3
Labour hold Swing

2009-2013

Syston Ridgeway By-Election, 3 November 2011[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen John Hampson 981 52.13 -0.47
Labour Colin Lovell 490 26.04 +6.64
BNP Catherine Ann Mary Duffy 279 14.82 -4.58
Liberal Democrats Richard John Miller 132 7.01 -10.39
Majority 491
Turnout 1,882
Conservative hold Swing

2013-2017

Narborough and Whetstone By-Election, 7 May 2015[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Terence Richardson 4,011 56.0 -3.3
Labour Michael Bounds 1,658 23.2 -7.1
UKIP Carolyn Brennan 1,491 20.8 +20.8
Majority 2,353 32.9
Turnout 7,160
Conservative hold Swing

2017-2021

Stoney Stanton and Croft By-Election, 3 May 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Maggie Wright 1,566 49.0 -24.2
Liberal Democrats Danny Findlay 1,032 32.3 +22.9
Labour Christina Emmett 444 13.9 -3.5
Green Nick Cox 153 4.8 +4.8
Majority 534 16.7
Turnout 3,195
Conservative hold Swing
Syston Ridgeway By-Election, 28 June 2018[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Barkley 810 59.7 +2.0
Labour Claire Poole 251 18.5 -2.3
Liberal Democrats Nitesh Dave 149 11.0 +5.0
Green Matthew Wise 97 7.2 -1.2
UKIP Andy McWilliam 49 3.6 -3.5
Majority 559 41.2
Turnout 1,356
Conservative hold Swing
Cosby and Countesthorpe By-Election, 12 December 2019[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Les Phillimore 4,535 60.4 -3.5
Labour Sandra Parkinson 1,290 17.2 -4.4
Liberal Democrats Royston Bayliss 1,139 15.2 +7.5
Green Christiane Startin-Lorent 543 7.2 +7.2
Majority 3,245 43.2
Turnout 7,507
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "The Leicestershire (Electoral Changes) Order 2016", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2016/1070, retrieved 17 August 2022
  2. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Leicestershire". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Council minutes". Leicestershire County Council. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Leicestershire council leader David Parsons resigns". BBC News. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Local election results: Leicestershire". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  7. ^ "Tories victorious". Leicester Mercury. 10 September 1999.
  8. ^ "Labour delight". Leicester Mercury. 29 October 1999.
  9. ^ "County Council By Election Result for Shepshed Electoral Division". Leicestershire County Council. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  10. ^ "Leicestershire County Council | Serving the people of Leicestershire".
  11. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Narborough and Whetstone Division". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  12. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Stoney Stanton and Croft Division". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  13. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Syston Ridgeway Division". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  14. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Cosby and Countesthorpe Division". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2022.

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