Staffordshire County Council elections are held every four years. Staffordshire County Council is the upper-tier authority for the non-metropolitan county of Staffordshire in England. Since the last boundary changes in 2013, 62 councillors have been elected from 60 electoral divisions.[1]

Political control

Staffordshire County Council was first created in 1889. Its territory, powers and responsibilities were significantly reformed under the Local Government Act 1972, with a new council elected in 1973, initially acting as a shadow authority ahead of the new arrangements coming into effect on 1 April 1974. Since 1974, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Labour 1974–1977
Conservative 1977–1981
Labour 1981–2009
Conservative 2009–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1974 have been:[3]

Councillor Party From To
Jim Westwood[4][5] Labour 1 Apr 1974 8 May 1977
Rex Roberts[6][7] Conservative May 1977 May 1981
Bill Austin[8] Labour May 1981 May 1996
Terry Dix[9][10] Labour May 1996 17 May 2007
John Taylor Labour 17 May 2007 7 Jun 2009
Philip Atkins[11] Conservative 18 Jun 2009 23 Jul 2020
Alan White Conservative 23 Jul 2020

Council elections

County result maps

By-election results

1993-1997

Codsall By-Election 8 August 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,262 55.7
Liberal Democrats 504 22.2
Labour 500 22.1
Majority 758 33.5
Turnout 2,266 22.7
Conservative hold Swing

1997-2001

Burntwood Chase By-Election 18 November 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 574 56.9 -4.9
Conservative 246 24.4 +24.4
Liberal Democrats 188 18.7 -4.2
Majority 328 32.5
Turnout 1,008 10.7
Labour hold Swing
Stafford Southgate By-Election 30 March 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,832 60.8 +17.4
Labour 763 25.3 -15.7
Liberal Democrats 420 13.9 -1.8
Majority 1,069 35.5
Turnout 3,015 26.8
Conservative hold Swing

2001-2005

Gnossal By-Election 7 February 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,273 49.4 +21.0
Conservative 1,134 44.0 +2.8
Labour 172 6.7 -18.7
Majority 139 5.4
Turnout 2,579 24.5
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
The Heaths By-Election 21 March 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 701 45.8 -7.1
Conservative 626 40.9 +7.1
Liberal Democrats 202 13.2 -0.1
Majority 75 4.9
Turnout 1,529 11.0
Labour hold Swing
Lichfield Rural East By-Election 2 May 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 1,377 41.9 +20.2
Conservative 1,202 36.6 -11.0
Labour 709 21.6 -9.1
Majority 175 5.3
Turnout 3,288
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
The Hayes By-Election 27 March 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janos Toth 624 36.7 -11.0
Liberal Democrats P Ansell 558 33.0 +14.5
Conservative P Freeman 507 30.0 -3.9
Majority 66 3.7
Turnout 1,689 13.3
Labour hold Swing

2005-2009

Kinver By-Election 23 June 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Edwards 2,403 62.5 +2.0
Liberal Democrats Robert Simmons 1,051 27.3 +7.1
Labour Kevin McElduff 388 10.1 -9.4
Majority 1,352 35.2
Turnout 3,842
Conservative hold Swing
Cheadle & Checkley By-Election 13 July 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Maryon 791 47.6 -2.9
Ratepayer Peter Elkin 560 33.7 +33.7
Liberal Democrats Philip Silk 311 18.7 +1.8
Majority 231 13.9
Turnout 962 14.8
Conservative hold Swing
Keele and Westlands By-Election 12 July 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Simon Tagg 1,067 43.8 -1.5
Liberal Democrats Marion Reddish 1,005 39.5 +6.6
Labour David Beardmore 268 10.5 -13.9
UKIP Wayne Harling 204 8.0 +4.7
Majority 62 2.4
Turnout 2,544 20.4
Conservative hold Swing
Newcastle Rural By-Election 1 May 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frank Chapman 1,994 50.7 +4.2
Liberal Democrats David Becket 820 20.9 -1.4
Labour 588 15.0 -10.9
UKIP David Howell 529 13.5 +8.2
Majority 1,174 29.8
Turnout 3,931
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ a b "The Staffordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2012", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2012/875, retrieved 14 September 2022
  2. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Council minutes". Staffordshire County Council. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Labour group: leaders named". Rugeley Times. 21 April 1973. p. 1. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  5. ^ "'Sort-out' time at county level". Rugeley Times. 14 May 1977. p. 10. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  6. ^ "Council chief vows value for money". Burton Daily Mail. 21 May 1977. p. 1. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Lib / Lab Landslide". Rugeley Times. 9 May 1981. p. 1. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  8. ^ "Now it's down to business". Staffordshire Newsletter. 15 May 1981. p. 14. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  9. ^ "Terry Dix takes reins of power at county". Tamworth Herald. 17 May 1996. p. 3. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  10. ^ "Leader of council to step down". Express and Star. 18 April 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  11. ^ "Staffordshire County Council leader to stand down". Staffordshire County Council. 20 July 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  12. ^ "The County of Staffordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2004", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2004/2818, retrieved 14 September 2022