Norfolk County Council in England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes, 84 councillors have been elected from 84 wards.[1]

Political control

Since the council was formed in 1889, political control has been as follows:[2][3]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1889–1993
No overall control 1993–2001
Conservative 2001–2013
No overall control 2013–2017
Conservative 2017–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2007 have been:[4]

Councillor Party From To
Daniel Cox[5] Conservative 2007 Oct 2010
Derrick Murphy[6] Conservative 11 Oct 2010 9 Jan 2013
Bill Borrett[7][8] Conservative 25 Feb 2013 13 May 2013
George Nobbs Labour 24 May 2013 9 May 2016
Cliff Jordan[9][10] Conservative 9 May 2016 18 May 2018
Andrew Proctor Conservative 1 Jun 2018

Historical composition

1989




1993



1997



2001




2005



2009



2013


2017



2021



Council election results

County result maps

By-election results 1997 to present day

1997-2001

University By-Election 20 November 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 808 43.0 +1.0
Liberal Democrats 796 42.4 +2.5
Conservative 275 14.6 −0.2
Majority 12 0.6
Turnout 1,879 33.3
Labour hold Swing
Lakenham By-Election 6 May 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 803 53.5 +1.2
Liberal Democrats 402 26.8 −2.2
Conservative 296 19.7 +2.5
Majority 401 26.7
Turnout 1,501
Labour hold Swing
Holt By-Election 28 October 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,848 55.4 +14.5
Conservative 1,358 40.7 +0.7
Labour 130 3.9 −15.2
Majority 490 14.7
Turnout 3,336 44.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Northgate By-Election 15 June 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 575 48.4 −8.3
Conservative 558 47.0 +15.5
Liberal Democrats 55 4.6 −7.2
Majority 17 1.4
Turnout 1,188 27.0
Labour hold Swing

2001-2005

Wymondham By-Election 2 August 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,736 49.2 +13.0
Conservative 1,734 49.1 +9.1
Green 57 1.6 −0.7
Majority 2 0.1
Turnout 3,527 35.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Mousehold By-Election 26 September 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 807 51.6 +7.4
Liberal Democrats Paul Kendrick 461 29.5 −3.7
Conservative 132 8.4 −8.2
Independent 82 5.2 +5.2
Green 81 5.2 −0.7
Majority 346 22.1
Turnout 1,563
Labour hold Swing
Downham Market By-Election 16 December 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Shelagh Hutson 1,301 68.3 +13.0
Labour 223 11.7 −20.4
UKIP Michael Stone 191 10.1 +10.1
Liberal Democrats John Nicholas-Letch 190 10.0 +0.2
Majority 1,078 56.6
Turnout 1,905 21.3
Conservative hold Swing

2005-2009

Town Close By-Election 26 May 2005[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Christopher Hull 1,151 36.1 +30.9
Liberal Democrats Moira Toye 958 30.1 −11.7
Labour David Fullman 606 19.0 −14.7
Conservative John Wyatt 470 14.8 −4.5
Majority 193 6.0
Turnout 3,185 41.0
Green gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Humbleyard By-Election 4 May 2006[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Judith Virgo 1,725 47.7 +1.6
Liberal Democrats Jacqueline Sutton 1,474 40.7 +7.4
Green Richard Bearman 239 6.6 +0.7
Labour John Cowan 180 5.0 −9.7
Majority 251 7.0
Turnout 3,618
Conservative hold Swing
Clavering By-Election 3 May 2007[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tony Tomkinson 1,743 46.0 +5.2
Liberal Democrats Bronwen Jenkins 1,347 35.6 −8.1
Green Paul Fitzgerald 378 9.8 +2.2
Labour Jeanette Fowler 324 8.6 +8.6
Majority 396 10.4
Turnout 3,787 45.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Aylsham By-Election 22 November 2007[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Harrison 1,696 60.6 +23.2
Conservative Ian Graham 854 30.5 −6.4
Labour Terry Glasspoole 177 6.3 −19.4
UKIP Vandra Ahlstrom 71 2.5 +2.5
Majority 842 30.1
Turnout 2,798 39.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

2009-2013

Humbleyard By-Election 13 January 2011[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Judith Virgo 1,015 46.6 −5.4
Liberal Democrats Jacqueline Sutton 438 20.1 −4.5
Labour Marian Chapman 424 19.5 +11.4
Green Janet Kitchener 170 7.8 −7.7
UKIP Richard Coke 133 6.1 +6.1
Majority 577 26.5 −0.9
Turnout 2,185 26.1 −20.8
Conservative hold Swing −0.5
Lothingland By-Election 5 May 2011[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barry Stone 1,611 49.0 +3.6
Labour Trevor Wainwright 1,076 32.7 +10.6
Independent John Cooper 418 12.7 +12.7
Green Michael Brackenbury 184 5.6 +5.6
Majority 535 16.3 +3.3
Turnout 3,289
Conservative hold Swing −3.5
Old Catton By-Election 14 July 2011[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Judy Leggett 664 40.6 −8.2
Liberal Democrats Bob Fowkes 414 25.3 +11.8
Labour Co-op Chrissie Rumsby 377 23.0 +12.2
UKIP Glenn Tingle 107 6.5 −9.7
Green Jennifer Parkhouse 75 4.6 −6.0
Majority 250 15.3 −617.3
Turnout 1,642 25.7 −12.5
Conservative hold Swing −10.0
Lakenham By-Election 24 November 2011[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Susan Whitaker 1,051 43.0 +16.1
Liberal Democrats David Fairbairn 611 25.0 −6.7
Green Paul Neale 492 20.1 +7.4
Conservative Mathew Morris 160 6.5 −6.5
UKIP Stephen Emmens 133 5.4 −10.3
Majority 440 18.0 +13.1
Turnout 2,455
Labour Co-op gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +11.4
Clenchwarton and Kings Lynn South By-Election 27 September 2012[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alexandra Kampouropoulos 824 45.8 +34.1
Conservative Paul Foster 424 23.5 −15.7
Liberal Democrats Kathleen Mayer 282 15.7 −13.1
UKIP Michael Stone 271 15.0 +15.0
Majority 400 22.2 +11.7
Turnout 1,806 22.5 −12.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +24.9

Percentage change is since June 2009.

2013-2017

West Thetford By-Election 1 August 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Terry Jermy 1,071 45.2 +9.8
UKIP John Newton 900 38.0 +2.6
Conservative Tristan Ashby 282 11.9 −3.5
Independent Danny Jeffrey 78 3.3 N/A
Green Sandra Walmsley 40 1.7 −1.1
Majority 171 7.2
Turnout 2,371 24.6 +0.9
Labour gain from UKIP Swing 6.2

Percentage change is since May 2013. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of UKIP Councillor Peter Georgiou, after he admitted to shoplifting and tobacco duty evasion.[20]

North Walsham East By-Election 24th October 2013[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Eric Seward 1,044 40.9 +5.8
UKIP Lynette Comber 565 22.1 −1.0
Labour Stephen Burke 442 17.3 −3.9
Conservative David Oliver 359 14.1 −2.4
Green Paul Oakes 80 3.1 −0.9
Independent Graham Jones 61 2.4 N/A
Majority 479 18.8
Turnout 2,562 29.5 −5.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Gorleston St Andrews By-Election 16 July 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Plant 876 42.7 +15.3
Labour Tony Wright 773 37.7 +1.8
UKIP Adrian Myers 285 13.9 −22.8
Liberal Democrats Tony Harris 66 3.2 N/A
Green Harry Webb 51 2.5 N/A
Majority 103 5.0
Turnout 2,053 27.9
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Councillor Matthew Smith, who was elected as a member of the UK Independence Party, following his guilty plea to charges of electoral fraud[22]

Mile Cross By-Election 16 July 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Chrissie Rumsby 749 51.8 +7.2
Conservative Chelsea Bales 279 19.3 +8.7
Green Richard Edwards 209 14.4 −6.8
UKIP Michelle Ho 148 10.2 −9.2
Liberal Democrats Tom Dymoke 62 4.3 +0.1
Majority 470 32.5 +9.2
Turnout 1,452 18.5 −7.6
Labour hold Swing −0.8
Loddon By-Election 24 September 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barry Stone 1,094 57.0 −6.7
Labour Co-op David Bissonnet 357 18.6 +6.4
Liberal Democrats Christopher Brown 235 12.3 +7.1
UKIP Alan Baugh 233 12.1 −6.8
Majority 737 38.4 −6.4
Turnout 1,926 23.2 −21.6
Conservative hold Swing −6.6
South Smallburgh By-Election 19 November 2015[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alison Bradnock 1,383 56.4 +25.8
Conservative Paul Rice 697 28.4 +1.0
UKIP Barry Whitehouse 219 8.9 −17.8
Labour Co-op David Spencer 103 4.2 −5.3
Green Anne Filgate 52 2.1 −1.6
Majority 686 28.0
Turnout 2,456 34.7 −5.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Watton By-Election 19 November 2015[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Claire Bowes 822 45.6 +18.2
Independent Keith Gilbert 793 44.0 +20.4
Labour Joseph Sisto 105 5.8 −5.4
Green Timothy Birt 81 4.5 +0.3
Majority 29 1.6
Turnout 1,806 21
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Councillor Stan Hebborn, who was elected for the UK Independence Party.[25]

2017-2021

Yare & All Saints By-Election 12 July 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Edward Connolly 955 64.8 −8.0
Labour Harry Clarke 337 22.9 +10.6
Liberal Democrats Andrew Thorpe 182 12.4 −2.6
Majority 618 41.2 −16.6
Turnout 1,478 19.1 −16.6
Conservative hold Swing −9.3
Wroxham By-Election 4 April 2019
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Fran Whymark 922 55.7 −3.2
Liberal Democrats Stephen Heard 395 23.9 +4.0
Green Jan Davis 174 10.5 +5.0
Labour Juila Wheeler 163 9.9 −0.8
Majority 527 31.9 −7.2
Turnout 1,673 20.7 −16.0
Conservative hold Swing −3.6

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