Wear Valley was a non-metropolitan district in County Durham, England. It was abolished on 1 April 2009 and replaced by Durham County Council.

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Labour 1973-1976
No overall control 1976-1979
Labour 1979-1991
Liberal Democrats 1991-1995
Labour 1995-2007
No overall control 2007-2009

Council elections

Election Labour Liberal Democrat[a] Conservative Independent Total Notes
1973[2] 21 9 0 11[b] 41
1976[3] 17 11 2 11[c] 41
1979[4] 25 5 3 8 41
1983[5] 28 2[d] 3 7[e] 40 New ward boundaries[6]
1987[7] 26 3[f] 3 8 40
1991[8] 8 28 0 4 40
1995[9] 35 2 0 3 40
1999[10] 30 5 0 5 40
2003[11] 25 9 0 6 40 New ward boundaries[12]
2007[13] 19 16 0 5 40

By-election results

The following is an incomplete list of by-elections to Wear Valley District Council.

Bishop Auckland Town By-Election 30 March 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 359 49.0 +4.0
Liberal Democrats 249 34.0 -14.0
Conservative 125 17.1 +10.0
Majority 110 15.0
Turnout 733 22.9
Labour hold Swing
Howden Le Wear By-Election 30 March 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 208 52.1 -1.8
Liberal Democrats 191 47.9 +1.8
Majority 17 4.2
Turnout 399 23.1
Labour hold Swing
Woodhouse Close By-Election 26 February 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 713 56.0 -2.5
Liberal Democrats Kenneth Bowser 287 22.5 -11.7
Independent 273 21.4 +21.4
Majority 426 33.5
Turnout 1,273 36.5
Labour hold Swing
Wheatbottom & Helmington Row By-Election 20 January 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rose Seabury 328 59.6 -10.0
Liberal Democrats John Bailey 180 32.7 +2.3
BNP Stuart Neil 42 0.7 +0.7
Majority 148 26.9
Turnout 550 21.8
Labour hold Swing
Bishop Auckland Town By-Election 3 March 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Samuel Zair 181 36.7 +11.6
Labour Robert Yorke 161 32.7 -4.9
Conservative James Tague 135 27.3 +27.3
UKIP Margaret Hopson 16 3.2 +3.2
Majority 20 4.0
Turnout 493 21.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing
Howden By-Election 27 October 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats John Bailey 157 50.5 +6.0
Labour Jay Smith 154 49.5 -6.0
Majority 3 1.0
Turnout 311 24.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Coundon By-Election 9 March 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Norman Strongman 360 52.1 -2.1
Liberal Democrats Diane Hardaker 331 47.9 +2.1
Majority 29 4.2
Turnout 691 21.6
Labour hold Swing

Notes

  1. ^ Liberal Party prior to 1983, SDP-Liberal Alliance in 1983 and 1987.
  2. ^ Includes one People's Rep.
  3. ^ Includes five of other parties.
  4. ^ 2 Liberal, 0 SDP
  5. ^ Includes 1 People's Rep. and 1 People before pol.
  6. ^ 3 Liberal, 0 SDP

References

  1. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Liberals capture Eastbourne and exceed ambition to win 1,000 local government seats". The Times. 9 June 1973.
  3. ^ "Heavy Labour losses in district polls". The Times. 8 May 1976.
  4. ^ Local elections in Britain: a statistical digest, edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher. 1993
  5. ^ "How votes were cast in local government elections". The Times. 7 May 1983. p. 4.
  6. ^ The District of Wear Valley (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1979
  7. ^ "Results in Thursday's local elections". The Times. 9 May 1987.
  8. ^ "Complete round-up of results from Thursday's local council elections". The Times. 4 May 1991.
  9. ^ "Complete list of results from Thursday's council elections". The Times. 6 May 1995. p. 10.
  10. ^ "Wear Valley". BBC News. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Wear Valley". BBC News. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  12. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of Wear Valley (Electoral Changes) Order 1999. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Wear Valley". BBC News. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2013.