Lewes District council in East Sussex, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2003, 41 councillors are elected from 21 wards.

Following the election on 2 May 2019 the Council is composed as follows

Year Conservative Liberal Democrat Green Party Independent Labour UKIP
2015 24 11 3 2 0 1
2019[1] 19 8 9 2 3 0

Political parties

From its formation, until 2013, the council comprised mainly Conservative and Liberal Democrat or Liberal councillors, with a small number of independents and some Labour councillors at different points. However, in 2013 two Conservative members of the council crossed the floor and joined UKIP, giving the party its first Lewes District councillors. This also meant that the Conservatives lost control of the council, putting it in No overall control. In 2015, neither of the previous UKIP members were re-elected; however, a new UKIP District Councillor was elected to the council, and, for the first time in its history, three Green Party councillors.

2019 saw the Conservative Party return 19 councillors, and the Green Party increase their representation to nine councillors, becoming the second largest party, ahead of the Liberal Democrats, who managed eight. The Labour Party elected three councillors, and they were joined by two Independents.

However, since then, one Green Party Councillor has left the Green Party to join the Liberal Democrats on Lewes Council, making the Liberal Democrats the second largest party.[2]

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[3]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973–1991
Liberal Democrats 1991–2011
Conservative 2011–2013
No overall control 2013–2015
Conservative 2015–2018
No overall control 2018–present

Council elections

By-election results

1999-2003

Peacehaven North By-Election 6 December 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 450 49.3 +10.1
Labour 293 32.1 +10.5
Liberal Democrats 169 18.5 -20.7
Majority 157 17.2
Turnout 912 16.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

2003-2007

Peacehaven North By-Election 15 December 2005[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Chistopher Bishop 406 64.6 +12.7
Liberal Democrats Carla Butler 113 18.0 -12.0
Labour John Carden 109 17.4 -0.8
Majority 293 46.6
Turnout 628 18.2
Conservative hold Swing
Ouse Valley and Ringmer By-Election 17 August 2006[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Gardiner 715 43.7 +21.6
Conservative Paul Gander 521 31.8 +6.5
Seagulls Edward Bassford 359 21.9 +21.9
Labour Trevor Hopper 41 2.5 -10.7
Majority 194 12.9
Turnout 1,636 33.4
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing

2015-2019

Lewes Bridge by-election 2 June 2016[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Will Elliott 543 44.6 +17.1
Green Johnny Denis 345 28.3 +7.7
Labour Richard Hurn 212 17.4 +1.3
Conservative Roy Burman 117 9.6 -2.4
Majority 198 16.3
Turnout 1,217
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Seaford West by-election 8 June 2017[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Liz Boorman 1,573 51.8 +6.6
Liberal Democrats Will Elliott 806 26.6 -0.5
Labour Barbara Hayes 363 12.0 +12.0
UKIP Eric Woodward 152 5.0 -14.2
Green Zoe Ford 141 4.6 -3.9
Majority 767 25.3
Turnout 3,035
Conservative hold Swing
Ouse Valley & Ringmer by-election 7 September 2017[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Johnny Denis 835 38.7 +22.3
Conservative Clare Herbert 660 30.6 +1.6
Liberal Democrats James Gardiner 457 21.2 -8.0
Labour Tim Telford 167 7.7 -4.4
UKIP Phil Howson 38 1.8 -11.5
Majority 175 8.1
Turnout 2,161 42
Green gain from Conservative Swing
Chailey and Wivelsfield by-election 2 July 2018[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nancy Bikson 563 53.6 +4.9
Liberal Democrats Marion Hughes 324 30.8 +5.0
Labour Nicholas Belcher 104 9.9 +9.9
Green Brenda Barnes 60 5.7 -6.4
Majority 239 22.7
Turnout 1,051
Conservative hold Swing

2019-2023

Seaford East by-election 6 May 2021[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Turner 820 47.5 +6.8
Green James Meek 452 26.2 +4.1
Liberal Democrats Pinky Adil 347 20.1 +20.1
Labour Ann Biddle 109 6.3 -10.2
Majority 368 21.3
Turnout 1,728
Conservative hold Swing
Seaford West by-election 6 May 2021[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Linda Wallraven 1,028 56.3 +9.9
Liberal Democrats Olivia Honeyman 401 22.0 +22.0
Green Gemma McFarlane 277 15.2 -19.0
Labour Chris Purser 120 6.6 -12.8
Majority 627 34.3
Turnout 1,826
Conservative hold Swing
Peacehaven West by-election 12 May 2022[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ciarron Clarkson 641 54.7 +54.7
Conservative Katie Sanderson 467 39.8 +13.8
Green Holly Atkins 32 2.7 -14.9
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Lee 32 2.7 -13.8
Majority 174 14.8
Turnout 1,172
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

References

  1. ^ "Full Results Notice (Lewes District District Council) - 2 May 2019" (PDF). Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Council's mental health champion resigns from Lewes Green group". sussexexpress.co.uk. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  4. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Lewes (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1979. Retrieved on 19 November 2015.
  5. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent (County Boundaries) Order 1992. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Lewes". BBC Online. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
  7. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Lewes (Electoral Changes) Order 2001. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Lib Dem infighting sees mixed byelection results". guardian.co.uk. 16 December 2005. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  9. ^ "By-election - Lewes District Council" (PDF). Lewes District Council. Retrieved 12 February 2009.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Lewes Bridge Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Seaford West Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  12. ^ "Result of poll" (PDF). Lewes District Council. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Chailey and Wivelsfield Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  14. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Seaford East Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  15. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Seaford West Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  16. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Peacehaven West Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2022.