One third of South Lakeland District Council in Cumbria, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election. Since the last boundary changes in 2008, 51 councillors have been elected from 45 wards.[1]

Political control

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

Party in control Years
Independent 1973–1979
No overall control 1979–2006
Liberal Democrats 2006–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2001 have been:[3]

Councillor Party From To
Colin Hodgson Conservative 12 Sep 2001 16 May 2006
Brendan Jameson Liberal Democrats 16 May 2006 19 Mar 2012
Peter Thornton Liberal Democrats 16 May 2012 18 May 2016
Giles Archibald Liberal Democrats 18 May 2016 19 May 2021
Jonathan Brook Liberal Democrats 19 May 2021

Council elections

District result maps

By-election results

1997-2001

Hawkshead By-Election 25 February 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 219 55.7
Conservative 174 44.3
Majority 45 11.4
Turnout 393 37.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

2001-2005

Holker By-Election 20 September 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Manning 538 71.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Woddy 218 28.8 N/A
Majority 320 42.4
Turnout 756 50.0
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Low Furness and Swarthmoor By-Election 11 October 2001[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Tyson 508 51.7 +9.6
Liberal Democrats Peter Metcalfe 475 48.3 -5.3
Majority 33 3.4
Turnout 983
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Crake Valley By-Election 10 March 2005[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Betty Spendlove 423 57.0 -8.9
Conservative Walter Phillipson 277 37.3 +3.2
Labour Susan Page 42 5.7 +5.7
Majority 146 19.7
Turnout 742 50.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Ulverston South By-Election 10 March 2005[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Wilkinson 202 62.9 -3.4
Labour Bharath Rajan 94 29.3 -4.4
Green William Shaw 25 7.8 +7.8
Majority 108 33.6
Turnout 321 23.3
Conservative hold Swing

2009-2015

Lyth Valley 4 November 2010[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Holmes 474 49.5 -5.4
Liberal Democrats Jane Hall 451 47.1 +4.4
Labour Marilyn Molloy 32 3.3 +1.0
Majority 23 2.4
Turnout 957 48.73
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Windermere Town, 9 February 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jo Stephenson 418 72.9 +3.0
Conservative Sandra Lilley 85 14.8 -0.4
Labour Penny Henderson 50 8.7 -6.1
UKIP Robert Gibson 20 3.5 N/A
Majority 333 58.1
Turnout 573 33.63
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Windermere Bowness North, 29 August 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Colin Jones 431 60.9 -4.1
Conservative Ian Keeling 248 35.0 +5.1
Labour Rae Cross 29 4.1 -0.9
Majority 183 25.9
Turnout 708 42.75
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Levens, 17 October 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Annie Rawlinson 569 57.0 +1.2
Conservative Brian Rendell 430 43.0 +2.8
Majority 139 14.0
Turnout 999 58.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Windermere Town, 2 October 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Dyan Jones 416 64.0 -5.9
Conservative Sandra Lilley 184 28.3 +13.1
Green Gwen Harrison 50 7.7 N/A
Majority 333 58.1
Turnout 650 39.42
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

2015-2021

Windermere Bowness North, 13 October 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Andrew Jarvis 441 60.1 +11.1
Conservative Martin Hall 256 34.9 -4.1
Green Kate Threadgold 37 5.0 -1.0
Majority 185 25.2
Turnout 740 45.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Ambleside & Grasmere, 4 May 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Vicky Hughes 695 50.9 -13.4
Conservative Tim Brown 502 36.7 +14.0
Labour Alison Gilchrist 87 6.4 -0.1
Green Chris Rowley 82 6.0 -0.4
Majority 193 41.6
Turnout 1,372 46.76
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Arnside and Milnthorpe, 20 December 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Helen Chaffey 1,319 59.4 +3.9
Conservative Rachel Ashburner 709 31.9 -1.7
Green Jill Abel 125 5.6 -7.4
Labour Kate Love 68 3.1 -2.0
Majority 610 27.5
Turnout 2,221 44.2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Broughton & Coniston, 5 May 2021
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Heather Troughton 1,317 51.9 +11.4
Conservative Matt Brereton 977 38.5 +0.3
Green Lynette Gilligan 136 5.4 -2.4
Labour Paul Martin 108 4.3 -1.0
Majority 340
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Furness Peninsula, 5 May 2021
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ben Cooper 939 45.7 +9.3
Liberal Democrats Loraine Birchall 790 38.4 -7.1
Labour Sharon Webster 216 10.5 +0.2
Green Peter Howlett 111 5.4 -2.5
Majority 149
Conservative hold Swing
Grange, 5 May 2021
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Pete Endsor 1,427 60.2 +2.5
Conservative Aron Taylor 627 26.4 -1.7
Green Robin Le Mare 163 6.9 -1.6
Labour Ben Barker 155 6.5 +0.8
Majority 800
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Kendal Rural, 5 May 2021
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ali Jama 1,206 52.1 +1.6
Conservative Luke Gudgeon 794 34.3 +2.3
Green Frances Richardson 239 10.3 -3.3
Labour Hanna Burke 74 3.2 -0.7
Majority 412
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Grange, 12 August 2021
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Fiona Hanlon 1,336 66.2 +8.5
Conservative Steve Chambers 541 26.8 -1.3
Green Robin Le Mare 85 4.2 -4.3
Labour Patricia Wright 56 2.8 -2.9
Majority 800 33.8 +4.2
Turnout 2,022 42.9 -8.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Kendal North, 23 September 2021
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Cornthwaite 622 46.9 +12.2
Green Liz Hendry 527 39.8 +9.9
Conservative Aron Taylor 122 9.2 -14.6
Labour Virginia Branney 54 4.1 -11.1
Majority 95
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "About Elections". South Lakeland District Council. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b "South Lakeland". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Council minutes". South Lakeland District Council. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  4. ^ The District of South Lakeland (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1978
  5. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Cumbria and Lancashire (County Boundaries) Order 1988. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  6. ^ "South Lakeland". BBC News Online. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  7. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of South Lakeland (Electoral Changes) Order 1998. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  8. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of South Lakeland (Electoral Changes) Order 2008. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  9. ^ "The South Lakeland (Electoral Changes) Order 2017". legislation.gov.uk. 27 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Big gains for Labour in council byelections". guardian.co.uk. London. 12 October 2001. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  11. ^ a b "No change after Salford battle". guardian.co.uk. London. 11 March 2005. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  12. ^ "Election Results - 2010". South Lakeland District Council. Retrieved 8 August 2011.