Cambridge City Council election, 2011

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The Guildhall, Cambridge, where City Councillors meet.

Elections for Cambridge City Council (in Cambridge, England) were held on Thursday 5 May 2011. As the council is elected by thirds, one seat in each of the wards was up for election, with the exception of Cherry Hinton ward where two seats were up for election due to the early retirement of Councillor Stuart Newbold. The vote took place alongside the United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum, 2011 and a Cambridgeshire County Council by-election for Arbury ward.

Election result[edit]

The election result shown geographically.
Cambridge City Council election result 2011
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 9 4 0 +4 60.0 34.3 13,762 +12.1
  Liberal Democrat 6 0 4 -4 40.0 27.8 9,844 -10.0
  Conservative 0 0 0 0 0.0 20.8 8,326 -1.7
  Green 0 0 0 0 0.0 15.1 6,045 -0.9
  TUSC 0 0 0 0 0.0 1.0 455 +0.1
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.5 193 +0.1
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.4 138 +0.4

[1][2]

This result has the following consequences for the total number of seats on the Council after the elections:

Party Previous council New council
Liberal Democrats 29 25
Labour 10 14
Green 2 2
Independent 1 1
Conservatives 0 0
Trade Unionist & Socialist 0 0
UKIP 0 0
Total 42 42
Working majority   16    8 

The Liberal Democrats retained control of the council, albeit with a reduced majority.

Ward results[edit]

Note: in results where, in previous elections, two seats were up for election the party share of the vote is based on an average for those candidates who stood for that particular party in the election.

Changes in party vote is in comparison with the 2010 Cambridge City Council election results.[3]

Abbey ward[edit]

Councillor Caroline Hart was defending her Abbey seat for the Labour Party.

Abbey ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: Abbey ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Caroline Hart 1,057 41.8 +19.0
Green Brett Hughes 796 31.5 +1.8
Conservative Craig Thomas 414 16.4 -4.0
Liberal Democrat Christopher Brown 260 10.3 -16.9
Majority 261 10.3
Rejected ballots 22
Turnout 2,527 37.5
Labour hold Swing +8.6

Arbury ward[edit]

Councillor Alan Levy was defending his Arbury seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Arbury ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: Arbury ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Carina O'Reilly 1,310 40.5 +13.5
Liberal Democrat Alan Levy 1,015 31.4 -7.5
Conservative Ali Meftah 448 13.8 -5.5
Green Stephen Lawrence 377 11.6 -3.2
UKIP Albert Watts 87 2.7 +2.7
Majority 295 9.1
Rejected ballots 35
Turnout 3,237 47.8
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +10.5

Castle ward[edit]

Councillor Tania Zmura retired her seat. Philip Tucker was aiming to retain the vacated seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Castle ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: Castle ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Philip Tucker 973 33.6 -11.1
Labour Ashley Walsh 728 25.2 +9.8
Conservative Philip Salway 620 21.4 -0.4
Green Jack Toye 572 19.8 +1.8
Majority 254 8.5
Rejected ballots 67 {{{change}}}
Turnout 2,893 43.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -10.5

Cherry Hinton ward[edit]

Due to the retirement of Labour Party Councillor Stuart Newbold, two seats were up for election. Councillor Russ McPherson was defending his seat for the Labour Party.

Cherry Hinton ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: Cherry Hinton ward (two seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Ashton 1,525 51.5 +13.1
Labour Russ McPherson 1,464 49.4 +11.0
Conservative Anthony Turnham 880 29.7 +0.3
Conservative Timothy Haire 865 29.2 -0.2
Green Jane Esgate 304 10.3 +2.5
Green Neil Ford 267 9.0 +1.2
Liberal Democrat Keith Edkins 246 8.3 -16.1
Liberal Democrat Joe Ryan 205 6.9 -17.5
Majority 584 19.7
Rejected ballots 19
Turnout 5,756 45.8
Labour hold Swing +6.5
Labour hold Swing +5.5

Coleridge ward[edit]

Councillor Jeremy Benstead was defending his Coleridge seat for the Labour Party.

Coleridge ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: Coleridge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeremy Benstead 1,346 46.9 +14.6
Conservative Andrew Bower 869 30.3 +1.9
Green Valerie Hopkins 368 12.8 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Thomas Yates 285 9.9 -15.6
Majority 477 16.6
Rejected ballots 27 {{{change}}}
Turnout 2,868 45.5
Labour hold Swing +6.4

East Chesterton ward[edit]

Councillor Clare Blair was defending her East Chesterton seat for the Liberal Democrats.

East Chesterton ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: East Chesterton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerri Bird 1,133 38.4 +18.2
Liberal Democrat Clare Blair 912 30.9 -3.5
Conservative Kevin Francis 488 16.5 -5.7
Green Peter Pope 312 10.7 -4.4
UKIP Peter Burkinshaw 106 3.6 +3.6
Majority 221 7.5
Rejected ballots 32 {{{change}}}
Turnout 2,951 44.7
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +10.9

King's Hedges ward[edit]

Councillor Mike Pitt was defending his King's Hedges seat for the Liberal Democrats.

King's Hedges ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: King's Hedges ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Price 905 40.0 +11.0
Liberal Democrat Mike Pitt 729 32.3 -4.0
Conservative Annette Karimi 390 17.3 -6.6
Independent Ian Tyes 138 6.1 +6.1
TUSC Martin Booth 99 4.4 +2.1
Majority 175 7.7
Rejected ballots 21 {{{change}}}
Turnout 2,261 36.9
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +7.5

Market ward[edit]

Councillor Michael Dixon retired his seat. Andrea Reiner was aiming to retain the vacated seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Market ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: Market ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Andrea Reiner 754 28.0 -15.0
Labour Oliver Holbrook 665 24.7 +10.2
Green Alexandra Collis 651 24.2 +4.4
Conservative Jeremy Waller 620 23.0 +0.3
Majority 89 3.3
Rejected ballots 59 {{{change}}}
Turnout 2,690 41.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -12.6

Newnham ward[edit]

Councillor Julie Smith was defending her Newnham seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Newnham ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: Newnham ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Julie Smith 990 35.2 -9.7
Labour Richard Johnson 756 26.9 +11.3
Conservative Joanna Anscombe-Bell 621 22.1 -1.9
Green James Youd 443 15.8 +0.3
Majority 234 8.3
Rejected ballots 52 {{{change}}}
Turnout 2,810 43.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -10.5

Petersfield ward[edit]

Councillor Lucy Walker retired her Petersfield seat. Kevin Blencowe was aiming to retain the vacated seat for the Labour Party.

Petersfield ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: Petersfield ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Blencowe 1,353 48.9 +21.2
Liberal Democrat Zoe O'Connell 594 21.5 -11.9
Green Shayne Mitchell 481 17.4 -2.1
Conservative Shapour Meftah 340 12.3 -1.4
Majority 759 27.4
Rejected ballots 25 {{{change}}}
Turnout 2,768 49.9
Labour hold Swing +16.6

Queen Edith's ward[edit]

Councillor Viki Sanders retired her Queen Edith's seat. George Pippas was aiming to retain the vacated seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Queen Edith's ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: Queen Edith's ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat George Pippas 1,318 41.1 -7.9
Conservative Vince Marino 830 25.9 -2.2
Labour Sue Birtles 642 20.0 +7.6
Green Brian Westcott 416 13.0 +5.3
Majority 488 15.2
Rejected ballots 24 {{{change}}}
Turnout 3,206 49.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -2.8

Romsey ward[edit]

Councillor Raj Shah was defending his Romsey seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Romsey ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: Romsey ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Zoe Moghadas 996 33.3 +11.4
Liberal Democrat Raj Shah 870 29.1 -9.0
Green Jamie Gibson 411 13.7 -2.7
Conservative Sam Barker 360 12.0 -2.1
TUSC Tom Woodcock 356 11.9 +2.4
Majority 126 4.2
Rejected ballots 18 {{{change}}}
Turnout 2,993 46.0
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +10.2

Trumpington ward[edit]

Councillor Andy Blackhurst was defending his Trumpington seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Trumpington ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: Trumpington ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Andy Blackhurst 991 36.1 -7.1
Conservative John Ionides 869 31.7 +0.4
Labour Kenny Latunde-Dada 481 17.5 +3.3
Green Ceri Galloway 401 14.6 +3.3
Majority 122 4.4
Rejected ballots 24 {{{change}}}
Turnout 2,742 40.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -3.8

West Chesterton ward[edit]

Councillor Damien Tunnacliffe was defending his West Chesterton seat for the Liberal Democrats.

West Chesterton ward
Cambridge City Council elections 2011: West Chesterton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Damien Tunnacliffe 1,225 38.5 -1.1
Labour Mike Sargeant 866 27.2 +7.8
Conservative Robert Yeatman 577 18.1 +2.0
Green Stephen Lintott 513 16.1 -5.5
Majority 359 11.3
Rejected ballots 27 {{{change}}}
Turnout 3,181 52.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -4.5

Cambridgeshire County Council by-election for Arbury division[edit]

Arbury division[edit]

Following the retirement of County Councillor Rupert Moss-Eccardt, the Cambridgeshire County Council seat for Arbury was vacant. Amy Ellis was aiming to retain the seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Cambridgeshire City Council by-election 2011: Arbury division
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Sales 1,214 37.5 +8.9
Liberal Democrat Amy Ellis 1,078 33.7 -8.3
Conservative Shapour Meftah 496 15.5 -0.3
Green Martin Bonner 411 12.8 -0.4
Majority 136 4.3
Rejected ballots 35 {{{change}}}
Turnout 3,199 47.2
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +8.6

Alternative Vote referendum result for Cambridge[edit]

Cambridge was one of the few areas of the country that voted "yes" for the Alternative Vote in the referendum held on May 5th 2011.[4] The result was as follows:

United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum, 2011 - Cambridge result
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 21,253 54.32%
No 18,871 45.85%
Valid votes 39,124 99.4%
Invalid or blank votes 236 0.6%
Total votes 39,361 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 81,273 48.43%
Source: [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Election results by wards, 5th May 2011". Cambridge City Council website. Cambridge City Council. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cambridge Local Elections Party Totals". Cambridge City Election Results. Colin Rosenstiel, Keith Edkins. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cambridge City Election Results". Cambridge City Election Results. Colin Rosenstiel & Keith Edkins. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Results of the United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum 2011, local results". Results of the United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum 2011. Wikipedia. Retrieved 13 May 2011.