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

Preston City Council elections are generally held three years out of every four, with a third of the council elected each time. Preston City Council is the local authority for the non-metropolitan district of Preston in Lancashire, England. Since the last boundary changes in 2019, 48 councillors have been elected from 16 wards.[1]

Coat of Arms of the City Council
Year Labour Conservative Liberal Liberal Democrats Respect Independent
1973 38 19
1974 38 19
1975 38 19
1976 13 43 1
1978 18 37 2
1979 26 30 1
1980 31 25 1
1982 30 24 3
1983 30 24 3
1984 31 21 5
1985 31 21 5
1986 34 18 5
1987 35 16 6
1988 36 16 5
1990 35 16 6
1991 34 17 6
1992 32 20 5
1994 31 19 7
1995 Preston Borough Council election 31 18 8
1996 Preston Council election 32 13 12
1997 Preston Council election 29 13 13 2
1998 Preston Borough Council election 30 13 13 1i
1999 Preston Borough Council election1 28 13 14 2*
2000 Preston Borough Council election 24 17 12 4^
2002 Preston Borough Council election 25 19 11 2*
2003 Preston City Council election 25 18 10 4#
2004 Preston City Council election 24 18 10 1 4#
2006 Preston City Council election 24 17 12 2 2*
2007 Preston City Council election 24 20 10 1 2*
2008 Preston City Council election2 24 21 9 1 2α
2010 Preston City Council election 24 22 8 3β
2011 Preston City Council election 29 21 6 1γ
2012 Preston City Council election 31 19 5 2**
2014 Preston City Council election 32 19 5 1γ
2015 Preston City Council election 32 19 5 1γ
2016 Preston City Council election 33 19 5
2018 Preston City Council election3 35 17 5
2019 Preston City Council election4 30 9 9
2021 Preston City Council election 30 11 7
2022 Preston City Council election 30 11 7
2023 Preston City Council election 31 10 7
2024 Preston City Council election 30 6 12

Notes

Independent 1, Labour Independent 1
i Independent 1
* Labour Independent 2
^ Labour Independent 3, People's Party 1
# Independent 2 (one elected as Socialist Alliance Against the War[2]), Labour Independent 2
α Deepdale Independent 2
β Deepdale Independent 2, Independent Socialist 1
γ Deepdale Independent 1
** Independent 1, Deepdale Independent 1
1 During September 1999 two councillors formed "The People's Party"[2]
2 During November 2008 one councillor changed his designation from the Respect Party to Independent Socialist[2]
3 During August 2018 two councillors formed an Independent Conservatives group.[2]
4 During May 2020 one councillor resigned their seat, which remained vacant until restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.

Council elections

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

2020s

District result maps

Changes between elections

1990 boundaries

St Matthews By-Election 1 October 1998[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Veronica Afrin 617 41.5 -28.6
Liberal Democrats Anna Riedel 383 25.8 +13.2
Independent Paul Malliband 278 18.7 N/A
Conservative Elaine Pugh 179 12.0 -5.2
Independent Gerald Kerrone 30 2.0 N/A
Majority 234 15.7
Turnout 1,487 30.1
Labour hold Swing
Central By-Election 20 January 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Swindells 361 64.6 -3.6
Conservative David Hammond 134 24.0 +8.6
Independent Bernadette Jones 64 1.5 N/A
Majority 227 40.6
Turnout 559 8.6
Labour hold Swing
Rural East By-Election 20 January 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harry Landless 903 82.1 +2.4
Liberal Democrats John Bruton 153 13.9 +2.9
Labour Terry Mattinson 44 4.0 -5.3
Majority 750 68.2
Turnout 1,100 21.0
Conservative hold Swing
Larches By-Election 29 March 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Ward 501 48.8 +24.0
Liberal Democrats Danny Gallagher 349 34.0 -23.8
Conservative R Turner 110 10.7 -0.4
Independent I Heywood 67 6.5 +0.2
Majority 152 14.8
Turnout 1,027 23.7
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +23.9

2007 boundaries

Tulketh by-election 14 February 2008[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Rankin 423 34.3 -6.8
Liberal Democrats Rick Seymour 400 32.4 +21.5
Conservative Paul Balshaw 292 23.6 -6.7
No description Barry Hill 84 6.8 N/A
Green Kizzi Murtagh 36 2.9 N/A
Majority 23 1.9
Turnout 1,235
Labour hold Swing -14.2
Fishwick by-election 1 October 2009[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jennifer Mein 656 55.7 +13.2
Conservative Sharon Riley 283 24.0 +3.9
Liberal Democrats Luke Bosman 239 20.3 +1.3
Majority 373 31.7
Turnout 1,178 30.9
Labour hold Swing +8.6
Riversway by-election 15 July 2010 [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Linda Crompton 890 66.72
Liberal Democrats Stephen Wilkinson 388 29.09
Green Adam Vardey 56 4.20
Majority 502 37.63
Turnout 1,334
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +8.6
Cadley by-election 16 September 2010 [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Potter 721 43.1 -14.0
Labour John Young 476 28.5 +20.8
Conservative David Walker 465 28.4 -6.9
Majority 245 14.7 -141
Turnout 1,672
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -3.6
Ashton by-election, 4 May 2017[13] (term ends 2020)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Liz Atkins 648 47.89 +3.29
Conservative Michael Balshaw 477 35.25 +2.28
Liberal Democrats Jeremy Dable 166 12.27 +4.15
UKIP Simon Platt 62 4.58 -3.37
Majority 171 12.64 +1.01
Turnout 1,353
Labour hold Swing
Preston Rural East by-election, 4 May 2017[13] (term ends 2018)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ron Woollam 987 69.46 -0.84
Labour Joshua Mascord 216 15.20 -14.50
Liberal Democrats David Callaghan 160 11.26 N/A
UKIP Kieran Aspden 58 4.08 N/A
Majority 771 54.26
Turnout 1,421
Conservative hold Swing

Conservative councillor Damien Moore (Greyfriars) resigned from the council in March 2018 (he was elected Member of Parliament for Southport in 2017).[14] The seat (term ending 2019 due to boundary changes[15] trigger a full election) was filled in a double election for Greyfriars on 3 May.[16]

References

  1. ^ a b "The Preston (Electoral Changes) Order 2017", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2018/548, retrieved 24 August 2022
  2. ^ a b c d "Political history composition of Preston City Council" (PDF). Preston City Council. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  3. ^ The Borough of Preston (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1975
  4. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Preston (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1989. Retrieved on 4 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Preston". BBC News Online. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  6. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Preston (Electoral Changes) Order 2001. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  7. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Preston (Electoral Changes) Order 2007. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  8. ^ Afrin predicts nasty campaign in by-election Lancashire Telegraph (written 10 September 1998)
  9. ^ "Tulketh by-election". Preston City Council. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  10. ^ "Fishwick by-election". Preston City Council. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  11. ^ Statement of Persons Nomination Archived 28 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine Preston City Council
  12. ^ "Preston City Council • Elections". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2010. Preston City Council
  13. ^ a b Walker, Ed. "Preston by-election results: Who won in Ashton and Preston Rural East?". Blog Preston. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  14. ^ "They break ties in Ockendon | LocalCouncils.co.uk". localcouncils.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Local Government Boundary Commission for England Consultation Portal". consultation.lgbce.org.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  16. ^ th.palin. "Elections 2018 | Preston City Council". www.preston.gov.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2018.