One third of West Lindsey District Council in Lincolnshire, England is elected each year, followed by one year when there is an election to Lincolnshire County Council instead.

The council is divided up into 25 wards, electing 37 councillors, since the last boundary changes in 1999.[1] By-elections are held for any vacancies that arise between the yearly elections on the first Thursday of May. Victory in a by-election in May 2006 saw the Liberal Democrat party gain control of the council.[2]

In 2007 an election for the Scotter ward was decided by the toss of a coin after both candidates finished with the same number of votes, resulting in a victory for the Conservative candidate.[3]

Political control

Since the foundation of the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[4]

Party in control Years
Independent 1973 - 1979
No overall control 1979 - 1987
Liberal Democrats 1987 - 1988
No overall control 1988 - 1996
Liberal Democrats 1996 - 1998
No overall control 1998 - 2004
Conservative 2004 - 2006
Liberal Democrats 2006 - 2008
Conservative 2008–present

Council elections

By-election results

Scampton By-Election 17 July 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats 285 58.0
Conservative 173 35.3
Labour 33 6.7
Majority 112 22.7
Turnout 491 35.6
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Yarborough By-Election 10 December 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 207 48.1 +0.1
Conservative 169 39.3 +19.6
Liberal Democrats 54 12.6 -12.6
Majority 38 8.8
Turnout 430 19.0
Labour hold Swing
Cherry Willingham By-Election 13 March 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Adrian Heath 593 55.8 +22.6
Conservative Andrew Brylewski 470 44.2 -9.5
Majority 123 11.6
Turnout 1,063 33.3
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing
Market Rasen By-Election 19 June 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Kitchen 483 44.4 +2.7
Conservative Jennifer Norman 347 31.9 -16.6
Independent John Semple 258 23.7 +23.7
Majority 136 12.5
Turnout 1,088 28.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Lea By-Election 18 May 2006[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ian Parsons 621 61.4 +27.3
Conservative Hugh McDaniel 391 38.6 +19.8
Majority 230 22.8
Turnout 1,012 57.4
Liberal Democrats gain from Independent Swing
Middle Rasen By-Election 9 October 2008[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoff Wiseman 400 76.2 +36.5
UKIP 125 23.8 +13.4
Majority 275 52.4
Turnout 525 22.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Saxilby By-Election 20 August 2009[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jacqueline Brockway 722 60.6 +22.4
Liberal Democrats Dean Woolley 407 34.2 -27.6
UKIP Steven Pearson 62 5.2 +5.2
Majority 315 26.4
Turnout 1,191 28.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

References

  1. ^ "West Lindsey District Council Elections". West Lindsey District Council. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Lib Dems win control of council". BBC Online. 19 May 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Tied council election decided with coin toss". news.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 July 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  4. ^ "West Lindsey". BBC News Online. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  5. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of West Lindsey (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1978. Retrieved on 19 November 2015.
  6. ^ The North Kesteven and West Lindsey (Areas) Order 1983
  7. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire (County Boundaries) Order 1989. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  8. ^ "West Lindsey". BBC Online. Retrieved 13 April 2008.
  9. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The District of West Lindsey (Electoral Changes) Order 1998. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  10. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The West Lindsey (Electoral Changes) Order 2007. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  11. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The West Lindsey (Electoral Changes) Order 2012. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Local byelection results offer Labour some solace". guardian.co.uk. London. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  13. ^ "Declaration of result of poll" (PDF). West Lindsey District Council. Retrieved 26 September 2009.