The politics of Dortmund are dominated by the social-democratic SPD. Since World War II, the SPD has been the biggest party on the town council (German: Stadtrat) - except from 1999 to 2004. Since the 2012 local election, there are 8 parties and electors' groups on the town council (86 seats; 2009: 96 seats):
|Party||Party List votes||Vote percentage||Total Seats||Seat percentage|
|Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)||63.616||43,7 % (+5,9 %)||38 (+1)||44,2 %|
|Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)||39.627||27,2 % (-1,5 %)||23 (-5)||26,7 %|
|Alliance '90/The Greens (GRÜNE)||25.081||17,2 % (+1,8 %)||15 (=)||17,4 %|
|The Left (DIE LINKE.)||5.071||3,5 % (-2,0 %)||3 (-2)||3,5 %|
|Free Democratic Party (FDP)||3.739||2,6 % (-3,7 %)||2 (-4)||2,3 %|
|National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD)||2.771||1,9 % (+1,0 %)||2 (+1)||2,3 %|
|Citizens' List – Free Voters Dortmund (Bürgerliste)||2.760||1,9 % (-0,1 %)||2 (=)||2,3 %|
|Free Citizens' Initiative (FBI)||1.684||1,2 % (+0,1 %)||1 (=)||1,2 %|
|Left Alliance Dortmund - Partyfree Left, DKP and SDAJ (Linkes Bündnis Dortmund)||782||0,5 % (-0,1 %)||- (=)||-|
|Dortmund Independent Voters' Community 2009 (DUW 2009)||175||0,1 % (=)||- (=)||-|
|Break-up basic income – Stopp Hartz IV (Aufbruch Grundeinkommen – Hartz IV muss weg)||166||0,1 % (=)||- (=)||-|
|Independent candidate||22||0,0 % (=)||- (=)||-|
|German People's Union (DVU)||-||- (-1,5%)||- (-1)||-|
|Gesamt||145.595||100,0 %||86 (-10)||100,0 %|
Actual composition of the local council:
Since May 2010, the lord mayor of Dortmund is Ullrich Sierau (SPD). He works with changing majorities in the local council.
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