City of durham local elections

Elections to Durham City Council were held every four years. The district was created as part of the 1972 local government reforms. The first elections to the new authority were held in 1973 in advance of the council taking office in 1974. The last district elections took place in 2007 before the district was abolished as part of changes to local government in 2009. The area today forms part of the unitary Durham County Council.

Political control

Control Dates
Labour 1973 – 1979
No overall control 1979 – 1983
Labour 1983 – 2003
Liberal Democrats 2003 – 2009

Council elections

Election Labour Liberal Democrat[lower-alpha 1] Conservative Independent Total
1973[1] 40 7 0 14 61
1976[2] 34 10 0 17[lower-alpha 2] 61
1979[3] 24 7 4 14 49
1983[4] 27 9[lower-alpha 3] 2 11[lower-alpha 4] 49
1987[5] 26 14[lower-alpha 5] 0 9[lower-alpha 6] 49
1991[6] 28 15 0 6 49
1995[7] 38 7 0 4 49
1999[8] 33 13 0 3 49
2003[9] 17 30 0 3 50
2007[10] 17 30 0 3 50

By-election results

The following is an incomplete list of by-elections to Durham City Council.

Deerness By-Election 22 May 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 561 64.2
Independent 259 29.6
Liberal Democrat 54 6.2
Majority 302 34.6
Turnout 874 31.0
Labour hold Swing
Pelaw By-Election 12 December 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 239 51.7 -20.9
Liberal Democrat 223 48.3 +20.9
Majority 16 3.4
Turnout 462 29.0
Labour hold Swing
Brandon By-Election 11 December 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 645 59.5 -8.6
Liberal Democrat 396 36.5 +4.6
Conservative 43 4.0 +4.0
Majority 249 23.0
Turnout 1,084 23.4
Labour hold Swing
Belmont By-Election 16 December 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat 364 46.1 -4.5
Independent 244 30.9 +1.6
Labour 119 15.1 +0.1
Conservative 63 8.0 +2.9
Majority 120 15.2
Turnout 790 26.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Newton Hall North By-Election 3 February 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Amanda Hopgood 740 70.7 -9.4
Labour 180 17.2 -2.7
Conservative 65 6.2 +6.2
Independent 62 5.9 +5.9
Majority 560 53.5
Turnout 1,047 39.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Carrville and Gilesgate Moor By-Election 5 May 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Les Thomson 1,618 54.1
Labour 1,141 38.2
Conservative 229 7.7
Majority 477 53.5
Turnout 2,988 69.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Coxhoe By-Election 5 May 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Hepplewhite 1,947 69.3
Liberal Democrat 640 22.8
Conservative 221 7.9
Majority 1,307 46.5
Turnout 2,808 64.6
Labour hold Swing
Shadforth & Sherburn By-Election 6 April 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Brian Colledge 658 48.7 -5.1
Labour Angela Leary 625 46.3 +15.2
Conservative Carolyn Smith 67 5.0 +5.0
Majority 33 2.4
Turnout 1,350 35.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

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