All seats of the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire, England are elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2004, 63 councillors have been elected from 21 wards.[1]

As part of the government's response to the Rotherham sexual abuses scandal, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles made an order under the Local Government Act 2000 to switch Rotherham council to holding all-out elections in 2016 and then every fourth year after (the boundaries were not changed).[2] Until then, Rotherham was elected 'in thirds' like other Metropolitan Boroughs, with a third of the council being elected in 3 years out of every 4-year cycle.

Political control

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–present

Regular council elections

By-election results

1993-1997

Herringthorpe By-Election 20 March 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 1,015 90.7
Conservative 104 9.3
Majority 911 81.4
Turnout 1,019
Labour hold Swing

1997-2001

Aston, Orgreave & Ulley By-Election 31 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 894 70.8 -12.7
Independent 213 16.9 +16.9
Conservative 155 12.3 +12.3
Majority 681 53.9
Turnout 1,262 10.8
Labour hold Swing
Brampton, Melton and Wentworth By-Election 10 September 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 818 77.8
Conservative 233 22.2
Majority 585 55.6
Turnout 1,051
Labour hold Swing
Greasbrough By-Election 2 December 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 774 81.7 +13.9
Liberal Democrats 94 9.9 -7.9
Conservative 67 7.1 -4.7
Independent 12 1.3 -1.2
Majority 680 71.8
Turnout 947 13.5
Labour hold Swing
Aston, Orgreave & Ulley By-Election 21 September 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 759 48.0 -8.7
Conservative 349 22.1 +1.5
Liberal Democrats 331 20.9 +6.0
Socialist 107 6.8 -1.0
Democrat Party 35 2.2 +2.2
Majority 410 25.9
Turnout 1,581
Labour hold Swing

2001-2005

Thurcroft and Whiston By-Election 4 April 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Daniel Evans 323 32.8 -11.3
Liberal Democrats 272 27.6 +7.1
Conservative 196 19.9 +7.6
Independent 193 19.6 +19.6
Majority 51 5.2
Turnout 984 24.0
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Thurcroft and Whiston By-Election 18 July 2002[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 554 44.5 -8.1
Liberal Democrats 538 43.2 +11.9
Conservative 102 8.2 -7.9
Independent 51 4.1 +4.1
Majority 16 1.3
Turnout 1,245 15.7
Labour hold Swing
Herringthorpe By-Election 27 November 2003[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 575 64.0 -6.1
Liberal Democrats 100 11.1 +1.7
Conservative 89 9.9 -1.2
Independent 78 8.7 +8.7
Green 57 6.3 -3.1
Majority 475 52.9
Turnout 899 14.8
Labour hold Swing

2005-2009

Rotherham West By-Election 26 October 2006[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Foden 1,024 44.3 +3.8
BNP Marlene Guest 606 26.2 +26.2
Independent Caven Vines 538 23.2 -15.0
Conservative Christopher Middleton 146 6.3 +6.3
Majority 418 18.1
Turnout 2,314 26.3
Labour hold Swing
Valley By-Election 12 July 2007[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Simon Currie 781 43.8 -1.5
BNP Carol Myers 348 19.5 +2.0
Independent James Wilson 308 17.3 +17.3
Conservative Connor Swift 197 11.0 -10.4
Liberal Democrats Eric Shaw 150 8.4 -7.4
Majority 433 24.3
Turnout 1,784 19.5
Labour hold Swing
Wickersley By-Election 28 August 2008[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chris McMahon 871 31.1 -4.8
Conservative Donald Ross 824 29.5 -9.4
BNP Jon Round 538 19.2 +19.2
UKIP Tina Dowdall 373 13.3 -11.9
Liberal Democrats Steven Scutt 191 6.8 +6.8
Majority 47 1.6
Turnout 2,797 30.0
Labour hold Swing

2013-2016

Rawmarsh By-Election 16 May 2013[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Caven Vines 1,143 46.5
Labour Lisa Marie Wright 1,039 42.3
Conservative Martyn Lawton Parker 107 4.4
BNP William George Baldwin 80 3.3
TUSC Andrew Tony Gray 61 2.5
Liberal Democrats Mohammed Meharban 28 1.1
Majority 104 4.2
Turnout 2,458 25.7
UKIP gain from Labour Swing

2016-2021

Dinnington by-election 2 February 2017[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Vjestica 670 36.1 Decrease3.9
UKIP Lee Hunter 303 16.3 Decrease14.1
Conservative Christopher Middleton 238 12.8 Increase12.8
Independent David Smith 232 12.5 Decrease12.8
Independent Jean Hart 180 9.7 Increase9.7
Independent Scott Steven 81 4.4 Increase4.4
Green Charles Foulstone 78 4.2 Decrease7.9
Liberal Democrats Stephen Thornley 75 4.0 Increase4.0
Majority 367 19.8
Turnout 1,857
Labour gain from UKIP Swing
Brinsworth and Catcliffe by-election 2 February 2017[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Adam Carter 2,000 66.0 Increase50.4
Labour Shabana Ahmed 519 17.1 Decrease26.2
UKIP Steven Webster 389 12.8 Decrease16.4
Conservative John Oliver 91 3.0 Increase3.0
Green Rebecca Whyman 30 1.0 Increase1.0
Majority 1,481 48.9
Turnout 3,029
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

The 50% vote increase for the Liberal Democrats marked the highest ever swing in their favour since the creation of the council.

2021-present

Anston and Woodsetts by-election 9 December 2021[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Drew Tarmey 1,016 38.6
Conservative Adrian Knight 686 26.1
Labour Simon Tweed 533 20.3
Independent Clive Jepson 189 7.2
Independent Jonathan Ireland 118 4.5
Green David Foulstone 63 2.4
Yorkshire Chris Whitwood 20 0.8
Rotherham Democratic Party Allen Cowles 6 0.2
Majority 330 12.5
Turnout 2,631
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Aughton and Swallownest by-election 9 December 2021[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Taylor 645 49.8
Conservative Julia Mitchell 686 38.3
Green Louisa Barker 59 4.6
Yorkshire Dennis Bannan 35 2.7
TUSC Paul Marshall 32 2.5
Rotherham Democratic Party Gavin Shawcroft 15 1.2
Liberal Democrats Mark Lambert 14 1.1
Majority 149 11.5
Turnout 1,296
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

References

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  5. ^ "Small byelection gain for Lib Dems". guardian.co.uk. 28 November 2003. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
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  8. ^ "Wickersley ward: Declaration of result of poll" (PDF). Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 6 September 2008.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Rawmarsh Borough Ward By-Election Result 16 May 2013". Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  10. ^ "UKIP councillor Cavan Vines elected in Rotherham". BBC News Online. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Dinnington ward, Borough Council election results 2017, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council". Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Brinsworth and Catcliffe ward, Borough Council election results 2017, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council". Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
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  14. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Aughton and Swallownest Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 20 June 2022.