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.
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 control||Years|
|No overall control||1985–1989|
|No overall control||2001–2005|
The leaders of the council since 1973 have been:
|David Morrish||Liberal||1985||Jul 1987|
|(no leader)||Jul 1987||May 1989|
|Frederick (Ted) Pinney||Conservative||May 1989|
|Brian Greenslade||Liberal Democrats||1993||2002|
|Brian Greenslade||Liberal Democrats||2003||2004|
|Christine Channon||Conservative||2004||26 May 2005|
|Brian Greenslade||Liberal Democrats||26 May 2005||25 Jun 2009|
|John Hart||Conservative||25 Jun 2009|
|Conservative gain from Independent||Swing|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Sheila Hobden||1,330||41.3||+7.3|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Keith Baldry||1,421||46.0||+3.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Vanessa Newcombe||1,265||39.3||-4.5|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Liberal Democrats||Brian Blake||1,028||23.9||+6.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Rowena Squires||576||17.8||+11%|
|For Britain||Frankie Rufolo||70||2.2||+2.2%|
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