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Elections 2015

Council elections news

Party leaders in York set for crucial council talks

York Press:

8:01am Monday 11th May 2015

PARTY leaders are today preparing for crucial talks that could decide who runs York and how over the next four years.

York council hung - Labour big names beaten - Relive the night's drama blow by blow....

York Press:

5:47pm Friday 8th May 2015

Live coverage of the City of York Council election count.

22 fresh faces bring hope of a new era at York council

York Press:

6:02pm Saturday 9th May 2015

NEARLY half of York's councillors will be newcomers to the council chamber, sparking hopes of a new era of fresh ideas and consensus politics.

Ann Reid breaks election votes record

York Press: Coun Ann Reid

7:59am Tuesday 19th May 2015

YORK councillor Ann Reid is on cloud nine after her recent re-election - after polling the biggest vote in the history of City of York Council.

Selby District Council: Conservatives take 22 out of 31 seats

York Press: Selby District Council - zxc

3:13pm Friday 8th May 2015

CONSERVATIVES again took the majority within Selby District Council but some Labour stalwarts also returned to their seats.

Ryedale District Council local election results as they are declared

York Press:

10:31am Friday 8th May 2015

Amotherby: Fiona Farnell, Conservative Party has been elected. 

Election 2015: 100s left out by vote registration confusion

York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

10:21am Thursday 7th May 2015

HUNDREDS of people could have lost their chance to vote today thanks to confusion over the new electoral registration system.

Eight new candidates throw down challenge to Osbaldwick parish councillors

York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

8:06am Wednesday 6th May 2015

A YORK village will face its first parish election in more than a decade tomorrow after divisions appeared between long-serving councillors and residents in a new housing estate.

Purpleman goes Green ahead of elections

York Press:

7:50am Wednesday 6th May 2015

THERE aren’t many voters who can have shown their colours as brightly as this.

Green members get the Abbey Road safety habit

York Press:

8:14am Tuesday 5th May 2015

GREEN party councillors fighting to retain their seats on City of York Council have created a virtual version of The Beatles’ legendary Abbey Road album cover to make a point about road safety.

Education and NHS on list of voters' priorities

York Press:

8:54am Tuesday 5th May 2015

The Press asked voters in York what mattered most to them in the City of York Council elections.

VOTE 2015: Council elections are ‘referendum on the green belt’

York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

8:44am Tuesday 5th May 2015

THE City of York Council election is a “referendum on the green belt”, according to Conservative candidate Julian Sturdy.

Final York postal votes to be sent today

York Press:

2:58pm Thursday 30th April 2015

MANY voters across York are waiting for their postal votes to arrive, just a week before polls close.

‘Village comes first’ for independent candidate

York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

9:06am Monday 27th April 2015

A COMMUNITY activist standing for the city council in Bishopthorpe is pledging to put village needs before party political ties.

VIDEO: York's local politicians answer our election questions

York Press:

5:00pm Sunday 26th April 2015

The Press spoke to council party leaders about their plans for York.

Baroness joins Lib Dems on election campaign trail

York Press:

9:15am Monday 20th April 2015

A HIGH profile member of the House of Lords has joined York Liberal Democrats on the campaign trail.

Council hopefuls worried over voter registration

York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

9:09am Monday 20th April 2015

CANDIDATES fighting for election in the city council have spoken out on the new voter registration system, warning that many are losing their vote in the confusion.

VOTE 2015: York sees surge in the number of independent election candidates

York Press:

9:18am Monday 20th April 2015

A SURGE in the number of independent candidates has seen 10 individuals put themselves forward for the City of York Council election.

Anti-cuts party to contest eight seats in York council elections

York Press:

8:18am Saturday 18th April 2015

ANTI- austerity campaigners are targeting City of York Council in the upcoming local election.

Councillor’s safety plea over dangerous section of river

York Press:

10:16am Friday 17th April 2015

SAFETY improvements are needed on the banks of the River Ouse near York’s Millennium Bridge, a Green candidate has claimed.

York Central election hopefuls make their case

York Press:

9:38am Thursday 16th April 2015

EDUCATION took the centre stage at a seven-way debate held in York for candidates fighting for election in the York Central constituency.

Election pledge over Yearsley Pool's future

York Press: York’s Yearsley Pool

10:12am Tuesday 14th April 2015

CAMPAIGNERS in a 15-year fight for York’s 100-year-old Yearsley Pool have called for reassurance from the parties fighting for control of York council.

Elections 2015: New contenders hope for change

York Press: ELECTIONS: Darlington Borough Council urges residents to vote

7:26am Saturday 11th April 2015

A FIERCE battle for power on City of York Council will see established parties battle to hold on to seats and gain new ones - as fresh contenders challenge the status quo.

Officials set to reveal election results

York Press:

7:29am Saturday 11th April 2015

THE Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of York will take centre stage on election night when they announce the results of the parliamentary polls for York Central and York Outer.

Call for tough action against litter louts and fly tippers

York Press:

11:00am Friday 10th April 2015

A GREEN candidate has called for more effective action against fly-tippers and litter louts in York.

Three generations of the same family to stand in next month’s elections

York Press:

10:05am Wednesday 8th April 2015

THREE generations of the same family have joined the battle for seats on City of York Council next month.

UKIP candidates tell why they are standing for both Parliament and council

York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

10:00am Wednesday 8th April 2015

UKIP'S candidates for both the York Central and York Outer Parliamentary seats have told why they are both also standing for City of York Council.

Lib Dem explains why he's standing for both council and Parliament

York Press:

9:40am Tuesday 7th April 2015

THE only York politician to stand for both council and Parliament has explained why he decided on the twin track approach.

Labour Party launches its election campaign in York

York Press:

8:56am Monday 6th April 2015

THE Labour Party has launched its election campaign in York - with candidates promising to focus on the NHS and to improve living standards for residents.

York shopkeeper to stand for city council

York Press:

8:59am Thursday 2nd April 2015

A WELL-known York shopkeeper has announced he is to fight for a seat on the city council.

Family bond tells a political tale

York Press:

2:10pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

Local politics will be a hot topic in York households in the run-up to the election, none more so than in the family of Lord Mayor Ian Gillies. He’s a staunch Tory; his daughter’s a left-winger. STEPHEN LEWIS set out to find if they could share some common ground...

Sustainable transport hustings

York Press: Councillor David Levene

11:39am Tuesday 31st March 2015

ELECTION candidates are going up against each other at a sustainable transport hustings due to be held on Thursday, April 30.

New homes in the green belt are ruled out by Ukip pledge

York Press:

11:26am Monday 30th March 2015

NEW homes in the greenbelt should be completely ruled out, UKIP candidates for City of York Council have said.

Green party candidates in York launch manifesto with call for 'tourist tax'

York Press:

11:18am Tuesday 24th March 2015

GREEN party candidates in York are proposing a "tourist tax" levied on visitors to help pay for a river patrol and extra street cleaning in the city.

Council hopeful's plans for West Bank Park café

York Press: Christian Vassie

8:39am Friday 13th March 2015

Independent council election candidate Christian Vassie is calling for new thinking to ensure the coffee shop in West Bank Park is reopened, to serve park visitors and to generate funds for local community groups.

VOTE 2015: Labour defectors to stand as independents in Clifton ward

York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

9:17am Wednesday 11th March 2015

FORMER Labour councillors who threw City of York Council into crisis when they defected from the ruling group are planning to fight the next election.

Vote 2015: York Liberal Democrats launch their election manifesto

York Press:

8:03am Monday 9th March 2015

PROTECTING the city’s Green Belt, investing in young people and preserving front line services will be at the top of the Liberal Democrat’s list of priorities if they are elected to run the council in May.

VOTE 2015: Report from York's first hustings

York Press:

12:06pm Saturday 7th March 2015

THREE Parliamentary hopefuls bidding for York Outer constituency went head-to-head in a battle to win the votes of students this week.

Special information session for election hopefuls

York Press: Vote 2015 logo

12:09pm Friday 6th March 2015

COUNCIL election hopefuls in York are being offered a special information session.

VOTE 2015: Election results will not be a foregone conclusion

York Press:

9:11am Thursday 26th February 2015

WITH 10 weeks until the polling day that will shape the future of York and the whole of the UK for the next five years, The Press today launches its Vote 2015 election coverage.

Tory teen fighting for council seat alongside his gran

York Press:

9:56am Friday 13th February 2015

A TEENAGER is fighting alongside his grandma to secure a key seat on City of York Council in May.

Ex-Labour councillor Brian Watson to stand again as independent

York Press:

10:51am Wednesday 28th January 2015

AN independent councillor who left the Labour party after he was deselected for his own seat is to fight the ward again in May.

Parties accused of failing York

York Press:

11:15am Wednesday 21st January 2015

YORK'S former culture boss is seeking a return to front-line politics, claiming party "tribalism" is failing the city.

City of York Council results

Parliamentary results in key constituencies:

York Central
Rachael Maskell (Lab) - 20,212
Robert McIlveen (Con) - 13,496
Ken Guest (Ukip) - 4,795
Jonathan Tyler (Green) - 4,791
Nick Love (Lib Dem) - 3,804
Chris Whitwood (Yorkshire First) - 291
Megan Ollerhead (TUSC) - 288

York Outer
Julian Sturdy (Con) - 26,447
Joe Riches (Lab) - 13,348
James Blanchard (Lib Dem) - 6,269
Paul Abbott (Ukip) - 5,251
Ginnie Shaw (Green) - 2,558

Thirsk and Malton
Kevin Hollinrake (Con) - 27,545
Alan Avery (Lab) - 8,089
Toby Horton (Ukip) - 7,805
Di Keal (Lib Dem) - 4,703
Chris Newsam (Green) - 2,404
John Clark (Liberal) - 1,127
Philip Tate (Ind) - 692

Selby and Ainsty
Nigel Adams (Con) - 27,725
Mark Hayes (Lab) - 14,168
Colin Heath (Ukip) - 7,389
Ian Richards (Green) - 1,465
Nicola Turner (Lib Dem) - 1,920
Ian Wilson (TUSC) - 137

Scarborough and Whitby
Robert Goodwill (Con) - 20,613
Ian McInnes (Lab) - 14,413
Sam Cross (Ukip) - 8,162
David Malone (Green) - 2,185
Michael Beckett (Lib Dem) - 2,159
Juliet Boddington (Alliance for Green Socialism) - 207

East Yorkshire
Greg Knight (Con) - 25,276
Kevin Hickson (Lab) - 10,343
Steph Todd (Ukip) - 8,955
Robert Adamson (Lib Dem) - 2,966
Mark Maloney (Green) - 1,731
Stewart Arnold (Yorkshire First) - 720

The Press is independent, impartial and non-partisan. Election advertising placed on this page or elsewhere does not suggest endorsement of any party and does not reflect the views of The Press in any way.

    General Election news

    GENERAL ELECTION - All local results in - As it happened....

    York Press:

    9:55pm Thursday 7th May 2015

    Live coverage from the counts in York and across the region

    Labour's Rachael Maskell is the new MP for York Central

    York Press:

    11:45am Friday 8th May 2015

    LABOUR in York has bucked the national trend by retaining its York Central seat, even boosting its share of the vote.

    Julian Sturdy retains York Outer seat for Conservatives

    York Press:

    11:37am Friday 8th May 2015

    TORY Julian Sturdy has retained the York Outer seat with a thumping 13,000 majority over second placed Labour candidate Joe Riches.

    Nigel Adams re-elected as MP of Selby and Ainsty

    York Press: Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams, who backs the Chance To Be Chancellor scheme

    11:52am Friday 8th May 2015

    THERE were few surprises at the Selby and Ainsty count in the General Election with Conservatives doing well throughout the district.

    Conservatives win in Ryedale

    York Press:

    7:44am Friday 8th May 2015

    Kevin Hollinrake has swept to victory in the Thirsk and Malton Constituency.

    Follow the results live as they are announced

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    9:52am Thursday 7th May 2015

    FOLLOW the election results as they come in in York and North and East Yorkshire with The Press online.

    Pub hustings venue proves to be popular

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    9:38am Thursday 7th May 2015

    A PUBLIC meeting to help voters in the York Central constituency get to know their prospective MPs has been praised, not just for its content, but for its location.

    Candidates are quizzed by school students

    York Press:

    9:34am Thursday 7th May 2015

    FOUR of York's parliamentary candidates spoke last Wednesday to almost two hundred girls at The Mount Senior School.

    As polls open, Kate and her family are set to be homeless

    York Press:

    9:50am Thursday 7th May 2015

    A YORK mother says she and her three children will become homeless this morning, hours after voters start going to the polls.

    Postal vote update from York election staff

    York Press: City of York Council - zxc

    5:05pm Wednesday 6th May 2015

    ELECTION bosses are urging anyone who is still waiting for their postal vote to get in touch this evening, before polls open in the morning.

    UK could face another election within a year

    York Press: Top speakers to feature at free business breakfast event

    9:23am Wednesday 6th May 2015

    A SENIOR Conservative last week warned that he could see another election taking place within 12 months.

    York Central: Contest will go down to the wire

    York Press:

    8:56am Monday 4th May 2015

    YORK Central is the most interesting of the area’s electoral battlegrounds, writes University of York elections expert Professor Neil Carter.

    Voters give their views on this week's elections

    York Press:

    9:14am Monday 4th May 2015

    YORK Central has been held by Sir Hugh Bayley for Labour since 1992. It will be contested by a new Labour candidate, and opponents from the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Ukip, the Green Party, the TUSC and Yorkshire First. Chloe Farand spoke to voters about what is most important to them.

    Mine job losses may affect Selby and Ainsty votes

    York Press: Selby Abbey in all its  magnificence

    9:47am Saturday 2nd May 2015

    SELBY and Ainsty covers large rural areas to the south of York - but takes in the towns of Selby, Tadcaster and Sherbet in Elmet.

    Election hopefuls disagree on low-wage jobs

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    9:44am Saturday 2nd May 2015

    YORK’s economy needs serious action to shake off the hold of low-wage, low-skill jobs, MP candidates have claimed.

    School funding pledges ‘simply not true’

    York Press: John Tomsett, of Huntington School

    10:01am Friday 1st May 2015

    A YORK head teacher has hit out at political pledges to ring-fence education funding saying they “simply aren’t true”.

    York teacher's 'values' plea to candidates

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    10:00am Friday 1st May 2015

    A YORK teacher has written an open letter to the candidates fighting for his vote, asking about their values.

    Seven-way fight for Thirsk and Malton seat

    York Press:

    11:07am Thursday 30th April 2015

    THE largely rural Thirsk and Malton constituency has had a Conservative MP since it was created in 2010.

    Ukip candidate accused of ‘personal attack’

    York Press: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

    7:52am Wednesday 29th April 2015

    A UKIP candidate in York has become embroiled in an email spat with a constituent, which is being widely shared across social media.

    Penguins hope to p-p-pick up votes at Sea Life centre

    York Press:

    10:14am Wednesday 29th April 2015

    THERE is no confusion in Scarborough over whether to vote red, blue, yellow or any other political hue – all choices are black and white.

    Plan to ease congestion around York

    York Press: York Outer MP Julian Sturdy

    11:23am Tuesday 28th April 2015

    A MEETING has taken place to step up plans that could ultimately ease congestion around York’s outer ring road.

    Fracking proves ‘huge turn-off’ for electorate

    York Press: Frack Free Ryedale protesters  hand over  a petition to Ryedale District Council after a protest at the Council Offices on Monday afternoon     Picture Frank Dwyer (16481799)

    11:20am Tuesday 28th April 2015

    ALMOST a quarter of Liberal Democrat and Labour candidates have pledged to oppose fracking in their constituencies, going against their party line.

    Green candidate Jonathon Tyler says his seat won’t let Tories in

    York Press:

    9:03am Monday 27th April 2015

    THE Green party's deputy leader Amelia Womack has visited York on the campaign trail journey around the country.

    Thousands beat voting deadline

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    9:04am Monday 27th April 2015

    THOUSANDS of people registered to vote in York for the General Election in the four days before the registration deadline.

    Ballot battle for ‘doughnut’ voters

    York Press:

    11:12am Saturday 25th April 2015

    THE YORK Outer electoral battle will see incumbent Conservative Julian Sturdy fight challengers from the Labour, Liberal Democrat, UKIP and Green parties.

    Meet the parliamentary candidates for York Outer

    York Press:

    10:10am Friday 24th April 2015

    In the second of two ‘meet the candidate’ spreads, we invited the five parliamentary candidates standing for York Outer to introduce themselves.

    Elections 2015: Candidates outline their immigration policy

    York Press:

    9:05am Friday 24th April 2015

    MP CANDIDATES were challenged on immigration policy at a debate hosted by York College yesterday.

    Elections 2015: Mental health provision on hustings agenda

    York Press:

    10:24am Thursday 23rd April 2015

    YORK Parliamentary candidates were grilled by students and members of the public on how they would improve mental health provision in the city, at the University of York on Tuesday night.

    First-time voters question their prospective MPs

    York Press:

    11:09am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

    FIRST-time voters for next month’s General Election were given the opportunity to quiz the local prospective parliamentary candidates.

    Election 2015: Parties in pledges over cash for health

    York Press:

    9:03am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

    YORK NHS cash is proving a local election battleground as candidates pledge to fight for fair funding for the city.

    Student poll shows more support for Greens

    York Press:

    8:15am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

    A NEW poll shows the Green party pulling into the lead with student voters in York.

    VOTE 2015: Rural issues warning for the main parties

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    9:09am Tuesday 21st April 2015

    ELECTION manifestos from the three traditional Westminster parties are a “mixed bag” for rural councils, a campaign group has claimed.

    Labour tops York student poll

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    9:01am Monday 20th April 2015

    THE Labour party looks likely to win the student vote in York, according to a report published today.

    Time is running out to be able to cast your vote

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    10:12am Friday 17th April 2015

    VOTERS have until Monday to get on the electoral register in time for May’s general and local elections.

    Care group issues plea for social care funding

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    10:14am Friday 17th April 2015

    POLITICIANS are ignoring the grave threat posed by a crisis in social care funding, a leading North Yorkshire care group has warned.

    Election candidates to attend LGBT ‘Queerstion Time’

    10:13am Friday 17th April 2015

    THE LGBT perspective on party politics will come under the spotlight next week at a special event at York St John University.

    Meet the parliamentary candidates for York Central

    York Press:

    10:44am Friday 17th April 2015

    In the first of two York ‘meet the candidates’ spreads, we invited the seven parliamentary candidates competing for York Central to introduce themselves.

    Lib Dems manifesto pledges millions for education

    York Press:

    9:40am Thursday 16th April 2015

    THE Liberal Democrats followed Labour and the Conservatives with a manifesto launch yesterday, promising to hold Britain back from the extremes threatened by the SNP or Ukip.

    First-time voters can quiz candidates

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    3:59pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

    FIRST-time voters for the General Election are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote.

    Battle for our vote begins

    York Press:

    3:53pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

    CANDIDATES hoping to become the next MP for Thirsk and Malton will step up their campaign drives as election nominations have now closed.

    Election candidates grilled by entrepreneurs

    York Press:

    9:54am Wednesday 15th April 2015

    YORK Outer candidates have pitched for votes from small business owners – and faced a grilling on everything from statutory sick pay and the living wage to pay-on-exit parking.

    200,000 new homes under Conservative manifesto pledge

    York Press:

    2:58pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

    DAVID Cameron has launched his party's manifesto for the coming election with promises of new rights to buy housing association homes, and money for brownfield development.

    Labour offer devolution and frozen rail fares in manifesto

    York Press:

    2:35pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

    LABOUR have promised an English Devolution bill with more powers for cities and counties if they triumph at next month’s polls.

    Voluntary sector workers able to quiz election hopefuls

    York Press:

    10:10am Tuesday 14th April 2015

    YORK CVS is holding hustings to give voluntary sector workers chance to quiz those fighting for election in York.

    Candidates are revealed as General Election nominations deadline passes

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    8:44am Friday 10th April 2015

    NOMINATIONS have closed for the General Election, starting the final countdown to polling day on May 7.

    Shadow minister visits new homes scheme in York

    York Press:

    9:06am Thursday 9th April 2015

    A SHADOW Minister has visited a new council housing development in York - and pledged hundreds of thousands of badly needed new homes will be built if Labour is elected.

    Tories launch 'most determined' York campaign in decades

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    9:03am Thursday 9th April 2015

    THE Conservatives say they have launched their most determined and energetic General Election campaign in York for decades.

    Chamber hosts election call for candidates in Harrogate

    York Press: A vote being entered at the ballot box

    8:57am Thursday 9th April 2015

    PROSPECTIVE parliamentary candidates for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency will be quizzed by business people when the chamber of trade and commerce holds an election call at the Old Swan Hotel at 6pm next Monday.

    UKIP candidates tell why they are standing for both Parliament and council

    York Press: Vote 2015 - election logo

    10:00am Wednesday 8th April 2015

    UKIP'S candidates for both the York Central and York Outer Parliamentary seats have told why they are both also standing for City of York Council.

    Lib Dem explains why he's standing for both council and Parliament

    York Press:

    9:40am Tuesday 7th April 2015

    THE only York politician to stand for both council and Parliament has explained why he decided on the twin track approach.