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

One third of Preston City Council in Lancashire, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election to allow for the Lancashire County Council elections. Preston is a non-metropolitan district forming a lower-tier of local government under Lancashire County Council.

Political control

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

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
  Labour 1973–1976
  Conservative 1976–1980
  Labour 1980–1999
  No overall control 1999–2011
  Labour 2011 – present
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 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

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.

Current composition

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 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. ^ "Preston". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Preston City Council
  13. ^ a b Walker, Ed. Blog Preston http://www.blogpreston.co.uk/2017/05/preston-by-election-results-who-won-in-ashton-and-preston-rural-east/. Retrieved 6 May 2017. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  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.