West Devon Borough Council in Devon, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2015, 31 councillors have been elected from 18 wards.[1]

Political control

The first election to the council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority before coming into its powers on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1973 has been held by the following parties:[2][3]

Party in control Years
Independent 1973–1987
No overall control 1987–1991
Independent 1991–1995
Liberal Democrats 1995–1999
No overall control 1999–2015
Conservative 2015–2020
No overall control 2020–2021
Conservative[4] 2021–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2011 have been:[5]

Councillor Party From To
James McInnes Conservative pre-2011 15 May 2012
Philip Sanders Conservative 15 May 2012 5 May 2019
Neil Jory Conservative 21 May 2019

Council elections

By-election results

1999-2003

Okehampton By-Election 24 February 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative unopposed
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Milton Ford By-Election 4 May 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 248 52.3 +52.3
Liberal Democrats 226 47.7 +47.7
Majority 22 4.6
Turnout 474 41.0
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Buckland Monachorum By-Election 7 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative 1,075 51.7 +10.6
Liberal Democrats 1,006 48.3 +25.2
Majority 69 3.4
Turnout 2,081
Conservative hold Swing
Lydford By-Election 11 July 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 228 56.3 +11.6
Conservative 177 43.7 -11.6
Majority 51 12.6
Turnout 405 36.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

2003-2007

Chagford By-Election 14 September 2006[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Robert Sampson 310 58.1
Conservative Thomas Wells 224 41.9
Majority 86 16.2
Turnout 534 46.0
Independent hold Swing

2007-2011

Tavistock North By-Election 7 February 2008[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Adam Bridgewater 812 59.3 +33.7
Conservative David Whitcomb 425 31.0 +4.2
Green Vanni Cook 133 9.7 -5.0
Majority 387 28.3
Turnout 1,370 33.9
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Tavistock South By-Election 10 December 2009[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Kirstie Clish-Green 523 45.8 +33.5
Conservative Susan Bailey 450 39.4 +13.6
Independent Brian Trew 170 14.9 -47.1
Majority 73 6.4
Turnout 1,143 33.9
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

References

  1. ^ a b "The West Devon (Electoral Changes) Order 2015", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2015/1, retrieved 29 July 2022
  2. ^ "West Devon". BBC News Online. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  3. ^ Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. West Devon Borough Council Election Results 1973–2011 (PDF). The Elections Centre, Plymouth University. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  4. ^ Churm, Philip (12 December 2021). "West Devon's newest councillor". Plymouth Live. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Council minutes". West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  6. ^ The District of West Devon (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1977
  7. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Mid Devon, Torridge and West Devon (District Boundaries) Order 1991. Retrieved on 6 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Local elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  9. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of West Devon (Electoral Changes) Order 1999. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  10. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of West Devon (Electoral Changes) (Amendment) Order 2004. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Declaration of result of poll" (PDF). West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  12. ^ "Declaration of result of poll" (PDF). West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  13. ^ "Huge boost for Labour in latest council by-elections". 24dash.com. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  14. ^ "Declaration of result of poll" (PDF). West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 24 March 2010.