South Walks House in Dorchester, headquarters of West Dorset District Council
South Walks House in Dorchester, headquarters of West Dorset District Council

West Dorset District Council in Dorset, England existed from 1973 to 2019. The council was abolished and subsumed into Dorset Council in 2019.

Political control

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

Party Tenure
Independent 1973–1987
No overall control 1987–2003
Conservative 2003–2019

Council elections

Year Conservative Liberal Democrats Independent Notes
2003[4] 25 12 11 (New ward boundaries)[5]
2007[6] 26 16 6
2011[1] 32 11 5
2015[7] 30 12 0 (New ward boundaries)[8]

District result maps

By-election results

By-elections occur when seats become vacant between council elections. Below is a summary of by-elections from 1997 to 2019;[9] full by-election results can be found by clicking on the by-election name.

By-election Date Incumbent party Winning party
Thorncombe by-election 17 April 1997 Conservative Conservative
Bridport South by-election (2 seats) 1 May 1997 Labour Labour
Independent Conservative
Yetminster by-election 1 May 1997 Liberal Democrats Conservative
Chickerell by-election 10 July 1997 Conservative Liberal Democrats
Cam Vale by-election 2 May 2013 Conservative Conservative
Piddle Valley by-election 13 April 2017 Conservative Conservative
Lyme Regis & Charmouth by-election 14 September 2017 Conservative Independent

References

  1. ^ a b "England council elections". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  2. ^ The District of West Dorset (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1980
  3. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Dorset and Somerset (County Boundaries) Order 1991. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  4. ^ "West Dorset". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  5. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of West Dorset (Electoral Changes) Order 2002. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  6. ^ "West Dorset". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Results of the election to West Dorset District Council 2015". dorsetforyou.com. West Dorset District Council. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  8. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The West Dorset (Electoral Changes) Order 2015. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results". Retrieved 8 May 2016.