Ashford Borough Council election, 2011

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Map of results of 2011 election

The 2011 Ashford Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Ashford Borough Council in Kent, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

Election result[edit]

The Conservatives gained 2 seats to have 30 of the 43 councillors.[2] Labour picked up 3 seats, while the Ashford Independents made a net gain of 1 seat, to both have 5 councillors.[3] Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats were reduced to just 2 seats in North Willesborough and Victoria wards, a result that was blamed on the party's national unpopularity.[2] Overall turnout in the election was 56%.[2]

Ashford Local Election Result 2011[4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 30 3 1 +2 69.8 46.8 21,836 -6.0%
  Ashford Independent 5 4 3 +1 11.6 19.9 9,276 +19.9%
  Labour 5 3 0 +3 11.6 10.5 4,914 +3.4%
  Liberal Democrat 2 0 6 -6 4.7 10.4 4,852 -17.5%
  Independent 1 0 0 0 2.3 8.1 3,762 -3.2%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 2.4 1,135 +1.5%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 1.8 853 +1.8%

2 Conservative candidates were elected unopposed.

Ward results[edit]

Aylesford Green[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Adley 241 36.3 +36.3
Ashford Independent Brian Norris 240 36.1 -2.3
Conservative Paul Hardisty 183 27.6 +6.4
Majority 1 0.2
Turnout 664 34.3 +6.1
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Beaver (2)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chris Clark 481
Labour Brendan Naughton 479
Conservative Stephen Bates 452
Conservative Cenghizhan Jem 335
Ashford Independent Laura Lawrence 308
Ashford Independent Stacey Smith 261
Turnout 2,316 33.8 +5.1
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Biddenden[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Neil Bell 776 80.4 +6.4
Liberal Democrat Clare Hardwick 189 19.6 -6.4
Majority 587 60.8 +12.8
Turnout 965 48.1 +5.4
Conservative hold Swing
Bockhanger[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Claughton 407 50.7 -11.4
Ashford Independent Shirley Ambrose 208 25.9 +25.9
Labour Thomas Reed 123 15.3 -7.9
Green Steven Campkin 65 8.1 +8.1
Majority 199 24.8 -14.1
Turnout 80.3 44.3 +8.9
Conservative hold Swing
Boughton Aluph & Eastwell[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ashford Independent Winston Michael 401 38.9 +38.9
Liberal Democrat Rita Hawes 367 35.6 -32.3
Conservative Ian Cooling 262 25.4 -6.7
Majority 34 3.3
Turnout 1,030 43.9 +8.4
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Bybrook[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Buchanan 300 36.8 -17.8
Ashford Independent John Ley 282 34.6 +34.6
Liberal Democrat Christopher Took 234 28.7 -16.7
Majority 18 2.2 -7.0
Turnout 816 41.9 +2.2
Conservative hold Swing
Charing[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gerald Clarkson 674 68.1 -5.0
Liberal Democrat George Whyte 315 31.9 +5.0
Majority 359 36.3 -9.9
Turnout 989 49.5 +9.5
Conservative hold Swing
Downs North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Douglas Marriott 580 56.8 -3.1
Ashford Independent Sarah Dacre 279 27.3 +27.3
Green Geoffery Meaden 162 15.9 -12.2
Majority 301 29.5 -2.3
Turnout 1,021 52.5 +7.1
Conservative hold Swing
Downs West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Robey 456 49.0 -18.0
Ashford Independent Antony Bartlett 280 30.1 +30.1
Green Lola Sansom 113 12.1 +12.1
Liberal Democrat Leonard Wicklewright 82 8.8 -12.9
Majority 176 18.9 -36.4
Turnout 931 49.7 -10.9
Conservative hold Swing
Godinton (2)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Feacey 935
Conservative Bernard Heyes 801
UKIP David Botting 370
Ashford Independent Rachel Moorat 368
Independent Michael Sharpe 291
Turnout 2,765 39.6 +6.5
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Great Chart with Singleton North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jessamy Blanford 423 42.2 -6.3
Ashford Independent Jerry Preston-Ladd 400 39.9 +15.9
Labour Waheed Qureshi 179 17.9 +7.6
Majority 23 2.3 -22.2
Turnout 1,002 38.3 +5.3
Conservative hold Swing
Highfield[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ashford Independent Jane Davey 376 44.4 +23.7
Conservative Gregory Winter 311 36.8 -1.9
Liberal Democrat John Mackie 159 18.8 -21.8
Majority 65 7.7
Turnout 846 44.7 +8.3
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Isle of Oxney[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Burgess unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Kennington[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ashford Independent Philip Sims 440 45.7
Conservative Elizabeth Tweed 415 43.1
Labour Robert Maxted 107 11.1
Majority 25 2.6
Turnout 962 54.0
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Little Burton Farm[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marion Martin 505 50.0 -23.5
Liberal Democrat Kelly-Marie Blundell 195 19.3 -7.2
Ashford Independent Charlotte Fraser 171 16.9 +16.9
Labour Terry Pavlou 138 13.7 +13.7
Majority 310 30.7 -16.3
Turnout 1,009 46.2 +9.2
Conservative hold Swing
Norman[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Harriet Yeo 224 30.5 +30.5
Conservative Richard Davis 202 27.5 +9.0
Ashford Independent Abigail Burt 165 22.4 +9.9
Liberal Democrat Jack Cowen 144 19.6 -19.0
Majority 22 3.0
Turnout 735 37.3 +7.9
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
North Willesborough (2)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Robert Davidson 624
Ashford Independent Andrew Mortimer 522
Liberal Democrat Robert Cowley 502
Ashford Independent Simon Thomason 452
Conservative Alex Bell 446
Conservative Alan Pickering 351
Labour Leonardo Cannon 302
Turnout 3,199 46.7 +8.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Park Farm North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bettina Heyes 540 54.4 -11.6
Labour Martin Chandler 214 21.6 +6.6
Independent Natalie Edwards-Moss 163 16.4 +16.4
Liberal Democrat Stuart Dove 75 7.6 -11.5
Majority 326 32.9 -14.0
Turnout 992 41.0 +10.8
Conservative hold Swing
Park Farm South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Wedgbury 489 73.4 -7.6
Labour Thomas Devine 177 26.6 +16.1
Majority 312 46.8 -23.7
Turnout 666 32.5 +2.5
Conservative hold Swing
Rolvenden & Tenterden West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Bennett 586 52.5 -29.1
Ashford Independent Juliet Fenton 438 39.2 +39.2
Liberal Democrat Marion Murray 93 8.3 -10.1
Majority 148 13.2 -50.0
Turnout 1,117 58.3 +9.7
Conservative hold Swing
Saxon Shore (2)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Wood 1,194
Conservative William Howard 1,019
Ashford Independent Susan Davison 535
Green Tracy Dighton-Brown 496
Liberal Democrat Rosemary Davies 340
Turnout 3,584 52.7 +11.4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Singleton South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Amanda Hodgkinson 387 46.7 -0.3
Independent Malcolm Eke 238 28.7 +15.7
Ashford Independent Terence Stock 126 15.2 +15.2
Independent Jonathan Clarke 77 9.3 +9.3
Majority 149 18.0 -0.5
Turnout 828 37.5 +0.9
Conservative hold Swing
South Willesborough[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent David Smith 526 63.8 +20.0
Labour Sophie Griffiths 150 18.2 +18.2
Conservative Carol Brook 148 18.0 +0.6
Majority 376 45.6 +23.9
Turnout 824 32.8 +5.6
Independent hold Swing
St Michaels[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Link 626 70.8 -4.2
Green Matthew Stanley 187 21.2 +21.2
Liberal Democrat Anthony Hardwick 71 8.0 -17.0
Majority 439 49.7 -0.3
Turnout 884 46.9 +8.7
Conservative hold Swing
Stanhope[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brendan Chilton 286 56.2 +56.2
Ashford Independent Palma Laughton 223 43.8 -24.4
Majority 63 12.4
Turnout 509 28.5 +8.2
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Stour (2)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Galpin 645
Conservative Matthew French 578
Ashford Independent Emily Neighbour 382
Labour David Burt 366
Labour Angharad Yeo 310
Ashford Independent James McDonald 268
Liberal Democrat Nadiya Yildirim 178
Turnout 2,727 41.4 +5.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Tenterden North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Clokie 523 50.1 -19.0
Independent Gillian Whittaker 251 24.0 +24.0
Independent Michael Pearson 146 14.0 +14.0
Labour Rebecca Andrews 124 11.9 +11.9
Majority 272 26.1 -12.1
Turnout 1,044 56.7 +13.0
Conservative hold Swing
Tenterden South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Goddard 546 58.8 -0.4
Independent Roy Isworth 382 41.2 +41.2
Majority 164 17.7 -0.7
Turnout 928 48.6 +8.5
Conservative hold Swing
Victoria (2)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Adby 425
Conservative Harold Apps 387
Labour Roy Clark 370
Liberal Democrat Stephen Dye 361
Labour Susan Clark 347
Conservative Muhammed Khan 293
Ashford Independent Karen Hopkins 189
Ashford Independent Sarah Stanfield 185
Turnout 2,557 36.9 +6.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Washford[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Neil Shorter 329 37.7 +1.3
Independent John Holland 253 29.0 -9.6
Labour Robert Vincent 184 21.1 +6.6
Ashford Independent Simon Nelson 107 12.3 +12.3
Majority 76 8.7
Turnout 873 36.3 +6.2
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Weald Central (2)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clair Bell 1,113
Conservative Robert Taylor 999
Independent Paul Andrews 470
UKIP Thomas Taylor 386
Turnout 2,968 47.4 +4.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Weald East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Bartlett uncontested
Conservative hold Swing
Weald North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geraldine Dyer 635 58.9 -13.0
Ashford Independent Timothy Lee 332 30.8 +30.8
Green Hilary Jones 112 10.4 -2.1
Majority 303 28.1 -28.2
Turnout 1,079 55.8 -4.3
Conservative hold Swing
Weald South (2)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ashford Independent Peter Davison 1,020
Conservative Aline Hicks 992
Conservative John Rivers 601
Independent Edward Relf 525
Independent Hilary Moorby 440
Liberal Democrat Christine Stone 226
Liberal Democrat Ian Stone 183
Turnout 3,987 52.5 +6.4
Independent hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Wye[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steven Wright 392 38.9 +8.4
Ashford Independent Jack Woodford 318 31.5 -33.6
Labour Alexander Latham 112 11.1 +11.1
UKIP Mike Adams 97 9.6 +9.6
Liberal Democrat Kenneth Blanshard 89 8.8 +4.4
Majority 74 7.3
Turnout 1,008 55.5 +5.6
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tories tighten grip on council". this is Kent. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tories retain Ashford as Independent challenge fails to do enough". yourmedway.co.uk. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj "Local Election Result 2011". Ashford.gov.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2011.