Ryedale District Council in North Yorkshire, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2003, 30 councillors have been elected from 20 wards.[1]

Political control

Since the foundation of the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Independent 1973–1987
No overall control 1987–1995
Liberal Democrats 1995–1999
No overall control 1999–2011
Conservative 2011–2017
No overall control 2017–present

Leadership

Ryedale operates on a committee system, and decides at each annual meeting whether to appoint a leader of the council that year or not. When no leader is appointed, political leadership is exercised by the chair of the policy and resources committee. (The role of chair of the council is largely ceremonial.) Since 2007, the leaders, or chairs of the policy and resources committee when no there is no leader, have been:[3][4]

Councillor Party From To Title
Keith Knaggs[5] Conservative 17 May 2007 Dec 2012 Leader
Linda Cowling[6] Conservative 10 Jan 2013 18 May 2017 Leader
Luke Ives[7] Conservative 18 May 2017 5 May 2019 Chair of policy and resources committee
Keane Duncan[8] Conservative 16 May 2019 25 Feb 2021 Leader
John Clark[9] Liberal 18 Mar 2021 11 Aug 2021 Chair of policy and resources committee
Dinah (Di) Keal[10] Liberal Democrats 9 Sep 2021 Chair of policy and resources committee

Council elections

By-election results

2003-2007

Sheriff Hutton By-Election 18 September 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent 439 77.2 -7.2
Conservative 130 22.8 +7.2
Majority 309 54.4
Turnout 569 41.5
Independent hold Swing
Wolds By-Election 15 July 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 232 55.9
Liberal Democrats Mike Beckett 183 44.1
Majority 49 11.8
Turnout 415 31.9
Conservative hold Swing

2007-2011

Pickering East By-Election 21 June 2007[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Woodward 577 53.7 +53.7
Conservative Ena Dent 313 29.1 +4.7
Independent Juliet Hepworth 185 17.2 -15.7
Majority 264 24.6
Turnout 1,075 40.3
Liberal gain from Independent Swing
Sheriff Hutton By-Election 16 August 2007[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Eric Hope 348 53.8 +2.5
Independent Gillian Stilwell 299 46.2 -2.5
Majority 49 7.6
Turnout 647 46.9
Conservative hold Swing
Pickering East By-Election 8 October 2009[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sue Cowan 392 42.8
Liberal Democrats Charles Downes 274 29.9
Independent William Oxley 213 23.3
Independent Ann Hopkinson 37 4.0
Majority 118 12.9
Turnout 916 34.3
Liberal gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Norton West By-Election 6 May 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Hugh Spencer 579 50.7
Conservative Judith Denniss 455 39.9
BNP Trevor Moss 107 9.4
Majority 124 10.8
Turnout 1141
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing

2015-2019

Derwent By-Election 17 December 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Mike Potter 283 35
Conservative Kerry Ennis 278 35
Independent Stephen Shaw 124 16
Independent Darren Allanson 81 10
Yorkshire Tobias Barran 32 4
Majority 5 0
Turnout 798
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

2019-2023

Cropton By-Election 18 November 2021[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Alasdair Clark 202 39.6 -15.5
Conservative Greg White 155 30.4 +10.9
Green Richard McLane 121 23.7 +23.7
Labour Jill Wells 32 6.3 6.3
Majority 47 9.2
Turnout 510
Liberal hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Elections - Voting". Ryedale District Council. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Ryedale". BBC News Online. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Council constitution". Ryedale District Council. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Council minutes". Ryedale District Council. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Former Ryedale council leader made honorary alderman". Northern Echo. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Six councillors resign from Ryedale council". Yorkshire Post. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Councillor Luke Ives steps down after eight years". Gazette and Herald. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Ryedale District Council leader and deputy quit over council tax rise". BBC News. 26 February 2021. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  9. ^ Gavaghan, Carl (13 August 2021). "John Clark, 'leader' of Ryedale Council and a politician for 40 years, dies in hospital". Scarborough News. Retrieved 19 June 2022. Cllr Clark was the chairman of Ryedale Council's Policy and Resources Committee, which made him the de facto leader of the authority after councillors chose not to elect a councillor to the official role of leader.
  10. ^ Gavaghan, Carl (16 September 2021). "Ryedale Council elects Cllr Dinah Keal as new 'leader' following death of John Clark". Scarborough News. Retrieved 19 June 2022. Ryedale councillors this year chose not to elect a councillor to the official role of leader which means the chairman of the Policy and Resources committee represents the authority in situations previously reserved for the leader.
  11. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Ryedale (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1979. Retrieved on 19 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Local elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  13. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Ryedale (Electoral Changes) Order 2000. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  14. ^ "New councillor for Pickering East". Ryedale District Council. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  15. ^ "Eric is following in footsteps of his lifelong good friend". Malton and Pickering Mercury. 22 August 2007. p. 41.
  16. ^ "Tories get mixed response from voters in latest council by-elections". 24dash.com. 9 October 2009. Archived from the original on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  17. ^ "Election of a councillor for the Pickering East district ward" (PDF). Ryedale District Council. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  18. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Cropton Ward". www.andrewteale.me.uk. Retrieved 13 June 2022.