Current political composition of the council by ward
Current political composition of the council by ward

South Hams District Council in Devon, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2015, 31 councillors have been elected from 20 wards: eleven of which elect one councillor, seven elect two councillors and two elect three councillors.[1] Between 1999 and 2014, 40 councillors were elected from 30 wards.[2]

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[3]

Party in control Years
Independent 1973 - 1983
No overall control 1983 - 1987
Conservative 1987 - 1995
No overall control 1995 - 1999
Conservative 1999–present

Council elections

District result maps

By-election results

1995-1999

Avon & Harbourne By-Election 10 October 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 348 57.6
Liberal Democrats 256 42.4
Majority 92 15.2
Turnout 604
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
West Dart By-Election 13 March 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 398 69.6
Liberal Democrats 174 30.4
Majority 224 39.2
Turnout 572 43.6
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

1999-2003

Dartmouth Townstal By-Election 1 November 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 174 33.9 +20.0
Labour 130 25.3 -48.7
Independent 112 21.8 +21.8
Independent 76 14.8 +14.8
Independent 22 4.3 +4.3
Majority 44 8.6
Turnout 514 30.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

2003-2007

Ivy Bridge Woodlands By-Election 8 December 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Linda Facy 211 41.9
Independent Brian Scown 164 32.5
Liberal Democrats David Robinson 129 25.6
Majority 47 16.3
Turnout 504 15.4
Conservative hold Swing
Erme Valley By-Election 2 March 2006[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Rosevear 643 52.7 -4.7
Liberal Democrats Brian Blake 471 38.6 -4.0
Labour David Trigger 106 8.7 +8.7
Majority 172 14.1
Turnout 1,220
Conservative hold Swing

2007-2011

Totnes Bridgetown By-Election 12 November 2009[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mike Hannaford 522 52.4 +27.4
Green Jacqi Hodgson 265 26.6 +26.6
Conservative Bob Greig 162 16.2 +5.5
Labour Chris Robillard 48 4.8 -4.1
Majority 257 25.8
Turnout 997 33.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Ivybridge Filham By-Election 18 February 2010[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tony Barber 379 44.3 +11.9
Conservative Alan Wright 356 41.6 -26.0
Labour Helen Eassom 121 14.1 +14.1
Majority 23 2.7
Turnout 856 21.8
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

2015-2019

Totnes is represented by three councillors. This by-election was called following the resignation of Green Party councillor Barrie Wood.[13]

Totnes By-Election 8 October 2015[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Birch 558 29.5
Conservative Ralph Clark 268 14.2
Labour Eleanor Cohen 432 22.8
Green John Green 570 30.1
Independent Peter Pirnie 63 3.3
Majority 12 0.6
Turnout 1891 28.37
Green hold Swing

This by-election was called following the resignation of Conservative councillor Lindsay Ward [15]

Charterlands By-Election 23 February 2017[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Huntley 473 46.1 +46.1
Conservative Jonathan Bell 404 39.3 -25.0
Labour David Trigger 110 10.7 10.7
Green Janet Champman 40 3.9 -15.6
Majority 69 0.6
Turnout 1027
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

References

  1. ^ a b "Final recommendations for South Hams published". Local Government Boundary Commission for England. 25 February 2014. Archived from the original on 5 December 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  2. ^ "How to Vote". South Hams District Council. Archived from the original on 9 January 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  3. ^ "South Hams". BBC News Online. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  4. ^ The District of South Hams (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1977
  5. ^ The Mid Devon, South Hams and Teignbridge (Areas) Order 1985
  6. ^ The Devon (District Boundaries) Order 1985
  7. ^ "South Hams". BBC News Online. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  8. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of South Hams (Electoral Changes) Order 1998. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  9. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The South Hams (Electoral Changes) Order 2014. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Labour makes surprise byelection gain". guardian.co.uk. 3 March 2006. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  11. ^ "Apologies and thanks – but what a great night!".
  12. ^ "Declaration of result of poll" (PDF). South Hams District Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  13. ^ Clark, Daniel (4 September 2015). "South Hams councillor resigns opening up vacancy in Totnes ward". Herald Express. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Totnes By-election 2015 Result". South Hams District Council. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  15. ^ Acourt, Sam (31 January 2017). "By-election announced for Charterlands after Cllr Lindsay Ward resigns". Ivybridge & South Brent Gazette. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Charterlands by-election". South Hams District Council. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017.