Medway Council elections

Last updated

Medway Council is the local auhority for the unitary authority of Medway in Kent, England. It was created on 1 April 1998 replacing Gillingham and Rochester-upon-Medway.

Contents

Political control

The first election to the council was held in 1997, initially operating as a shadow authority until formally taking over from the two outgoing councils on 1 April 1998. Since 1997 political control of the council has been held by the following parties: [1] [2]

Party in controlYears
Labour 1997–1998
No overall control 1998–2003
Conservative 2003–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 2000 have been: [3]

CouncillorPartyFromTo
Rodney Chambers Conservative May 200027 May 2015
Alan Jarrett Conservative 27 May 2015

Council elections

By-election results

Gillingham South By-Election 19 February 1998
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Democrats Dayantha Liyanage 656 54.3 +6.7
Labour Pamela Holman37230.8+0.8
Conservative Roy Hunter18014.9-7.5
Majority28423.5
Turnout 1,20827.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Rochester South and Horsted By-Election 8 May 2008 [8]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Trevor Clarke 1,847 48.7 +7.2
Labour Adam Price81921.6-5.0
Liberal Democrats Viv Parker76720.2+3.6
BNP Brian Ravenscroft2576.8+6.8
Green Simon Marchant1042.7+2.7
Majority1,02827.1
Turnout 3,79441.0
Conservative hold Swing

This by-election was triggered by the resignation of Conservative Councillor John Ward

Luton & Wayfield By-Election 3 September 2009 [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Tashi Bhutia 1,042 36.9 +10.8
Labour Sam Whittington1,03836.7-12.3
Liberal Democrats Gary Allanach2237.9+7.9
UKIP Robin Johnson2007.1+7.1
BNP Brian Ravenscroft1866.6+6.6
Independent Brian Cartwright873.1-21.9
Green Sarah D'Angelo511.8+1.8
Majority40.2
Turnout 2,82729.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

This by-election was triggered by the resignation of Labour Councillor Dennis McFarlane

River Ward By-Election 12 August 2010
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative David Craggs 617 45.8
Labour John Jones54440.4
Liberal Democrats Garry Harrison1047.7
Green Steven Keevil453.3
BNP Brian Ravenscroft392.8
English Democrat Ron Sands332.4
Majority735.3
Turnout 1,382
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

This by-election was triggered by the resignation of Labour Councillor Bill Esterson

River Ward By-Election 21 October 2010
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour John Jones 695 45.5
Conservative Andrew Mackness63141.3
Liberal Democrats Garry Harrison926.0
UKIP Anthony Cook422.8
Green Steven Keevil362.4
English Democrat Ron Sands312.0
Majority644.2
Turnout 152725.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

This by-election was triggered by the resignation of Conservative Councillor David Craggs

Strood South by-election 20 October 2016
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Josie Iles 724 38.4 +3.4
Labour Isaac Igwe52127.7+3.4
UKIP Karl Weller48025.5-13.2
Green Steve Dyke743.9N/A
Liberal Democrats Isabelle Cherry623.3N/A
English Democrat Mike Russell231.2N/A
Majority20310.7
Turnout 1,88416.74
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of UKIP Councillor Catriona Brown-Reckless

Rainham Central by-election 3 November 2016
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Jan Aldous 1,448 61.1
UKIP Mark Mencattelli38916.4
Labour Simon Allen32013.5
Liberal Democrats Paul Chaplin1375.8
Green George Meegan 612.6
English Democrat Mike Russell140.6
Majority1,05944.7
Turnout 2,36924.0
Conservative hold Swing

The by-election was triggered by the death of Conservative Councillor Mike O'Brien

Rochester West by-election 8th March 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Alex Paterson 1,212 47.5 +26.5
Conservative Alan Kew100739.5-4.0
Liberal Democrats Martin Rose1194.7+1.0
Green Sonia Hyner1074.2-6.1
UKIP Rob McCulloch Martin1044.1-16.2
Majority2058.0-5.0
Turnout 2,54933
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Conservative Councillor Kelly Tolhurst

Princes Park by-election 26th March 2021 [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Robert George Benedict Lammas 961 67.1 +19.1
Labour John Gower Strevens31321.9-5.6
Green Sonia Lesley Hyner523.6N/A
Independent Matthew Bernard Durcan513.6N/A
Liberal Democrats John Edward Castle493.4N/A
Majority64845.2
Turnout 1,43218.8
Conservative hold Swing
Strood North by-election 26th March 2021 [11]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Zöe Angela Van Dyke 913 37.0 +6.4
Conservative Mark Paul Joy72829.5-2.5
Green Catriona Margaret Jamieson56510.5+1.0
Independent Christopher Stuart Spalding2168.8N/A
Liberal Democrats Alan Edward Wells391.6N/A
Majority1857.5
Turnout 2,46623.5
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Related Research Articles

Blackpool is a unitary authority in Lancashire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.

One third of Salford City Council in Greater Manchester, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election. Since the last boundary changes in 2004, 60 councillors have been elected from 20 wards. All 60 councillors will be re-elected in May 2021 due to boundary changes.

Lancaster City Council elections

Lancaster City Council in Lancashire, England is elected every four years. Since the boundary changes in 2003, 60 councillors have been elected from 28 wards. Lancaster is a non-metropolitan district forming a lower-tier of local government under Lancashire County Council.

Thurrock Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Thurrock in Essex, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district. One third of the council is elected each year, followed by one year without an election. Since the unitary authority was first elected in 1997, the council has consisted of 49 councillors elected from 20 wards.

Preston City Council elections

One third of Preston City Council in Lancashire, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election to allow for the Lancashire County Council elections. Preston is a non-metropolitan district forming a lower-tier of local government under Lancashire County Council.

Ashford Borough Council in Kent, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2003, 43 councillors have been elected from 35 wards.

One third of Daventry District Council in Northamptonshire, England was elected each year, followed by one year when there was an election to Northamptonshire County Council instead. Since the last boundary changes in 1999, 38 councillors were elected from 24 wards. In another boundary review in 2012 the councillors were reduced to 36 councillors across 16 wards. The council was abolished in 2021, with the area becoming part of West Northamptonshire.

Rochester and Strood (UK Parliament constituency)

Rochester and Strood is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Kelly Tolhurst, a Conservative. Until January 2021 she was a minister in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Slough Borough Council is the local authority for Slough, a unitary authority in Berkshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.

Plymouth is a unitary authority in Devon, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council in Dorset, England existed from 1974 to 2019. One-third of the council was elected each year, followed by one year where there was an election to Dorset County Council instead. The council was abolished and subsumed into Dorset Council in 2019.

East Staffordshire Borough Council is elected every four years.

Swindon Borough Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Swindon in Wiltshire, England. Until 1 April 1997 its area was a non-metropolitan district called Thamesdown Borough Council, with Wiltshire County Council providing the county-level services. Also in April 1997, less than a month after taking over the county-level services, the council changed its name from Thamesdown to Swindon.

Malvern Hills District's councillors in Worcestershire, England are elected by the public every four years.

Wandsworth London Borough Council, England, is elected every four years. From 2002 to 2018, 60 councillors were elected from 20 wards. Following ward boundary changes, in 2022 58 councillors were elected in 22 wards returning either 2 or 3 councillors each.

2014 Rochester and Strood by-election

A by-election was held on 20 November 2014 for the UK parliamentary constituency of Rochester and Strood in Kent, England. The sitting Member of Parliament (MP) Mark Reckless called it on joining the UK Independence Party (UKIP), from the Conservatives. He resigned his seat.

Kelly Tolhurst British Conservative politician

Kelly Jane Tolhurst is a British Conservative Party politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochester and Strood since 2015 and as Deputy Chief Whip since July 2022. Tolhurst served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rough Sleeping and Housing from 2020 to 2021 and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport in 2020. She is a former Councillor for the Rochester West ward on Medway Council.

2019 United Kingdom local elections Local elections held in the United Kingdom

Local elections in parts of the United Kingdom were held on Thursday 2 May 2019, with 248 English local councils, six directly elected mayors in England, and all 11 local councils in Northern Ireland being contested.

References

  1. "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. "Medway". BBC News Online . Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  3. "Council minutes". Medway Council. Retrieved 24 July 2022.
  4. legislation.gov.uk - The District of the Medway Towns (Parishes and Electoral Changes) Order 1997. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  5. legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Medway (Electoral Changes) Order 2002. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  6. "Medway". BBC Online . Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  7. "Your council". Medway Council. Archived from the original on 13 March 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  8. "Rochester South and Horsted by-election result". Medway Council. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2009.[ dead link ]
  9. "Luton and Wayfield ward by-election". Medway Council. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  10. "Princes Park ward results". www.medway.gov.uk. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  11. "Strood North ward results". www.medway.gov.uk. Retrieved 29 August 2021.