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Nicholas Bye

Nicholas Bye
Mayor of Torbay
In office
20 October 2005 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by New Office
Succeeded by Gordon Oliver
Personal details
Born May 1960
Political party Conservative

Nicholas Bye is a Conservative local politician in England. Bye was born in Paignton, Devon and graduated from Oxford University. He was Liberal candidate for Torbay in the 1987 election.

Bye served on Torbay Council for five years and served a term as civic mayor in 2003-04. In October 2005, he became the first directly elected mayor of Torbay, under an electoral system which was later described as "a total failure", Bye receiving votes from fewer than 7% of the electorate [1]. He beat Liberal Democrat Nicholas Pannell in the second round of counting with a total of 7,096 votes to Pannell's 5,197. After the election, Bye noted that "it is quite clear from canvassing that a lot of people did not want an elected mayor."[2]

Bye was the Conservative Party's third directly elected mayor, after Linda Arkley in North Tyneside and the first directly elected mayor in the South West. In 2008 fellow Conservative Boris Johnson was elected as the first Conservative mayor of London.

Bye was one of three contenders for the Totnes Conservative candidacy, after the announcement by Anthony Steen that he will not stand in the next election. He placed third in the Totnes primary, and defeated by Sarah Wollaston.

Bye was the subject of a complaint to Torbay Council's standards committee in August 2010, over the proposed development of a large housing estate on land currently being occupied by Churston Golf Club. This complaint relates to his interests in Eric Lloyd & Co Estate Agents, the only estate agency business with an office in Churston. In 2006 Bye registered the fact that he had a financial interest in the company, and council documents have also shown he is entitled to a profit related bonus from the company.

On 12 November 2010 Bye confirmed that he will be seeking to stand as Mayor of Torbay for a further 4 years however he was deselected by the Conservative Party in favour of former independent candidate, Gordon Oliver, and stood for re-election as an independent.[1] He failed to secure reelection in May 2011, losing to his Conservative opponent Gordon Oliver.[2]

In December 2014 it was announced that Nicholas Bye has rejoined the Conservative Party and is standing for election to Torbay Council for the Wellswood ward in the upcoming 2015 local elections.[3]


  1. ^ "Torbay Mayor Nick Bye loses local Conservative support". The BBC. 2010-11-26. 
  2. ^ "Gordon Oliver is the new mayor of Torbay after local elections". Torbay Herald Express. 2011-05-07. 
  3. ^

External links

  • Official profile
  • BBC News


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Preceded by
New Creation
Mayor of Torbay
Succeeded by
Gordon Oliver
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