Devon County Council elections

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Local elections in Devon are held every four years in order to vote for councillors on Devon County Council. There are a total of 62 councillors on the council. Since 1998, Plymouth and Torbay have been unitary authorities, making them independent of Devon County Council.

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Political control

The county council was established in 1889. The council's functions and territory were reformed under the Local Government Act 1972. The first election following those reforms was held in 1973, with the council assuming its altered powers on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1973 has been held by the following parties:

Party in controlYears
Conservative 1973–1985
No overall control 1985–1989
Conservative 1989–1993
Liberal Democrats 1993–2001
No overall control 2001–2005
Liberal Democrats 2005–2009
Conservative 2009–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1973 have been: [1] [2]

CouncillorPartyFromTo
George Creber [3] Conservative 19731981
Arnold Sayers [4] Conservative 19811985
David Morrish Liberal 1985Jul 1987
(no leader)Jul 1987May 1989
Frederick (Ted) Pinney Conservative May 1989
Brian Greenslade Liberal Democrats 19932002
Christine Channon [5] Conservative 20022003
Brian Greenslade Liberal Democrats 20032004
Christine Channon Conservative 200426 May 2005
Brian Greenslade [6] [7] Liberal Democrats 26 May 200525 Jun 2009
John Hart Conservative 25 Jun 2009

Council elections

County result maps

By-election results

Plymstock Radford By-Election 7 November 1996
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative 79637.9
Labour 65932.5
Liberal Democrats 59929.5
Majority1105.4
Turnout 2,05424.3
Conservative hold Swing
Honickeknowle By-Election 7 August 1997
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour 1,33961.7-16.5
Conservative 41419.1-2.8
Liberal Democrats 34515.9+15.9
723.3+3.3
Majority92542.6
Turnout 2,17023.0
Labour hold Swing
Exwick and Cowick By-Election 10 December 1997
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour 1,03659.4+10.3
Conservative 33619.3-7.0
Liberal Democrats 28216.2-2.7
Liberal 905.2-0.5
Majority70040.1
Turnout 1,744
Labour hold Swing
Ilfracombe By-Election 19 February 1998
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative 1,16345.5+27.5
Liberal Democrats 70027.4-3.9
Labour 69527.3+15.9
Majority46318.1
Turnout 2,55832.0
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Bradnich and Creedy By-Election 31 March 1999
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative 1,81151.0+7.7
Liberal Democrats 1,50542.4+4.6
Labour 1504.2-5.4
Liberal 822.3-6.9
Majority3068.6
Turnout 3,54840.0
Conservative hold Swing
Dawlish By-Election 28 October 1999
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative 1,34446.2+7.8
Liberal Democrats 1,29144.3+1.4
Labour 2779.5-9.3
Majority531.9
Turnout 2,91229.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Ilfracombe By-Election 27 November 2003
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Democrats 75639.0+7.9
Conservative 68635.4-2.6
Independent 31816.4+8.9
Independent 1789.2+4.2
Majority703.6
Turnout 1,93823.6
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Exeter St Davids and Pennsylvania By-Election 26 February 2004
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Democrats Sheila Hobden1,33041.3+7.3
Conservative Jeffrey Coates1,09033.8+3.0
Labour Lesley Robson45214.0-13.0
Independent Sylvia Hardy35110.9+10.9
Majority2407.5
Turnout 3,22326.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Yealmpton By-Election 2 March 2006
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Mumford1,53049.5+3.8
Liberal Democrats Keith Baldry1,42146.0+3.1
Labour David Trigger1404.5+4.5
Majority1093.5
Turnout 3,09135.9
Conservative hold Swing
Alphington and Cowick By-Election 13 July 2006
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Democrats Vanessa Newcombe1,26539.3-4.5
Conservative Margaret Baldwin1,21137.6+17.8
Labour Allan Hart56817.7-8.7
Green Andrew Bell1745.4+0.8
Majority541.7
Turnout 3,21830.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Yealmpton by-election 22 May 2014 [8]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Richard Hosking2,49357.9+6.8
Liberal Democrats Brian Blake1,02823.9+6.2
Labour David Trigger70616.4+16.4
Majority1,46534.0+1.8
Turnout 4,30747.6+11.8
Conservative hold Swing
Heavitree and Whipton Barton by-election 24 October 2019 [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Greg Sheldon103231.9-19%
Conservative John Harvey99230.7-1%
Liberal Democrats Rowena Squires57617.8+11%
Green Lizzie Woodman56317.4+11%
For Britain Frankie Rufolo702.2+2.2%
Majority401.2%-18.7%
Turnout 3,24830.6-10.4%
Labour hold Swing

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