South Cambridgeshire District Council was created as part of the 1972 local government reforms. The first elections to the new authority were held in the year 1973. From 1978 until 2016, one third of the council were elected each year, followed by one year without a poll. Since 2018, all members of the council are elected at once in a so-called 'all-out' election, after a decision made in 2015.[1]

Political control

Control Dates
Independent 1973 – 1992
No overall control 1992 – 2007
Conservative 2007 – 2018
Liberal Democrat 2018 – present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2001 have been:[2]

Councillor Party From To
Daphne Spink Conservative 17 May 2001 26 May 2005
Sebastian Kindersley Liberal Democrats 26 May 2005 25 May 2006
David Bard Conservative 25 May 2006 11 Jan 2007
Ray Manning Conservative 25 Jan 2007 19 May 2016
Peter Topping Conservative 19 May 2016 23 May 2018
Bridget Smith Liberal Democrats 23 May 2018

Council elections

Election Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat[a] Independent Total
1973[3] 0 8 3 42 53
1976[3][4] 4 8 3 40 55[b]
1978[3][5] 4 4 3 44 55
1979[3] 3 1 4 47 55
1980[3][6] 2 2 4 47 55
1982[3][7] 5 2 7 41 55
1983[3][8] 4 2 5 44 55
1984[3][9] 4 2 4 45 55
1986[3][10] 13 3 5 34 55
1987[3][11] 19 3 3 30 55
1988[3][12] 22 3 1 29 55
1990[3][13] 21 5 1 28 55[c]
1991[3][14] 21 5 1 28 55
1992[3][15] 24 5 4 22 55
1994[16] 22 6 7 20 55
1995[17] 16 8 10 21 55
1996[18] 13 10 11 21 55
1998[19] 15 9 13 18 55
1999[20][21] 15 9 15 16 55
2000[22] 20 5 15 15[d] 55
2002[23] 22 6 16 11[d] 55
2003[24] 23 4 16 12[d] 55
2004[25] 23 2 19 13 57[e]
2006[26] 25 1 19 12 57
2007[27] 29 1 17 10 57
2008[28] 32 1 15 9 57[f]
2010[29] 29 1 20 7 57
2011[30] 31 1 18 7 57
2012[31] 33 1 16 7 57
2014[32] 35 1 13 8 57
2015 38 1 11 7 57
2016 36 1 14 6 57
2018 11 2 30 2 45
2022 8 0 37 0 45
  1. ^ Liberal Party prior to 1982, SDP-Liberal Alliance from 1982 to 1988.
  2. ^ New ward boundaries: The District of South Cambridgeshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1975
  3. ^ Minor alterations to district boundaries: The Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Lincolnshire (County Boundaries) Order 1989.
  4. ^ a b c Including one Other party
  5. ^ New ward boundaries: The District of South Cambridgeshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2002 and The District of South Cambridgeshire (Electoral Changes) (Amendment) Order 2003.
  6. ^ Minor alterations to existing ward boundaries: The South Cambridgeshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2008.

District result maps

By-election results

The following is an incomplete list of by-elections to South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Gamlingay By-Election 24 June 1999[33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 343 51.7 −14.7
Conservative 321 48.3 +14.7
Majority 22 3.4
Turnout 664
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Bar Hill By-Election 6 September 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Duxford & Ickleton By-Election 25 November 2004[34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Frederick Williams 360 43.2 −5.7
Conservative Robin Driver 342 41.0 −10.1
Independent Lawrence de Villamil Wragg 132 15.8 +15.8
Majority 18 2.2
Turnout 834 41.8
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
The Abingtons By-Election 19 October 2006[35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Orgee 496 65.5 +42.8
Liberal Democrats John Williams 261 34.5 −29.1
Majority 235 31.0
Turnout 757 43.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Teversham By-Election 20 November 2008[36]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Frances Aisha Roberts Amrani 269 38.6 N/A
Conservative Colin Charles Barker 237 34.0 −66.0
Independent Dave Kelleway 191 27.4 N/A
Majority 32 4.6
Turnout 697 36.1
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Balsham By-Election 4 June 2009[37]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julia Elizabeth Squier 988 50.6 −0.5
Liberal Democrats Pauline Elizabeth Jarvis 852 43.7 −5.2
Labour Grace Mary Everson 111 5.7 N/A
Majority 136 6.9
Turnout 1,951 54.9
Conservative hold Swing
Bourn By-Election 17 February 2011[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clayton James Hudson 874 56.2 +10.9
Liberal Democrats Nick Spencer Glynn 345 22.2 −16.9
Labour Gavin John Clayton 337 21.66 +10.2
Majority 529 33.9
Turnout 1,556 24.7
Conservative hold Swing
Girton By-Election 6 May 2021[39]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Corinne Mary Garvie 967 44.4
Conservative Khadijeh Zargar 621 28.5
Labour Marcelo Lima 344 15.8
Green Colin Cyril Coe 246 11.3
Majority 346
Turnout 2,178
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing

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  33. ^ Local Authority Byelection Results, Keith Edkins
  34. ^ District Council By-Election: Duxford Ward - Thursday, 25th November 2004, South Cambridgeshire District Council
  35. ^ District Council By-Election: The Abingtons Ward - Thursday, 19th October 2006, South Cambridgeshire District Council
  36. ^ District Council By-Election: Teversham Ward - Thursday, 20th November 2008, South Cambridgeshire District Council
  37. ^ District Council By-Election: Balsham Ward - Thursday, 4th June 2009, South Cambridgeshire District Council
  38. ^ District Council By-Election: Bourn Ward - Thursday, 17th February 2011, South Cambridgeshire District Council
  39. ^ [1], South Cambridgeshire District Council, Election results for Girton District Council - Thursday, 6 May 2021