Colchester Borough Council election, 2014

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Map of the results of the 2014 Colchester council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow, Conservatives in blue, Labour in red and independents in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2014.

The 2014 Colchester Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Colchester Borough Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

Before the election a coalition between the 26 Liberal Democrats, 7 Labour and 3 independents ran the council, while the 23 Conservatives were in opposition.[3] There were also one seat vacant after the death of the Labour councillor for Wivenhoe Quay Steve Ford.[4]

20 seats were being contested, with the candidates including a full slate from the Green party and 13 from the UK Independence Party, more than the party had put forward at any previous local election in Colchester.[3] 6 sitting councillors stood down at the election including the then mayor, Colin Sykes.[5]

Election result[edit]

Only one seat changed hands at the election, with Labour's Chris Pearson gaining Berechurch from the Liberal Democrats.[6] The Liberal Democrats held the other 9 seats they had been defending, holding Castle by 46 votes over the Conservatives and Old Heath (formerly Harbour ward[7]) by 69 votes from Labour.[6] The Conservatives gained an increased share of the vote at the election, but did not gain any more seats.[6]

Meanwhile the UK Independence Party picked up 16% of the vote, coming second in 9 wards, but failed to take any seats.[8] The was despite the party topping the polls in Colchester with 35% at the European parliamentary election that was held at the same time as the council election,[9] and coming closest to taking a seat in Tiptree where the Conservatives held the seat by 85 votes.[6]

Following the election, councillor Laura Sykes left the Liberal Democrats and joined the independent group on the council, after a long standing dispute with another Liberal Democrat councillor.[10] The coalition between the Liberal Democrats, Labour and independents continued to run the council.[11]

Colchester Borough Council Election, 2014[12]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 9 0 1 -1 45.0 23.0 8,988 -9.6%
  Conservative 8 0 0 0 40.0 33.6 13,144 +4.7%
  Labour 2 1 0 +1 10.0 16.2 6,334 -7.8%
  Independent 1 0 0 0 5.0 2.9 1,127 -1.6%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 15.8 6,179 +13.1%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 8.6 3,385 +1.3%

Ward results[edit]

Berechurch[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chris Pearson 852 40.0 -18.2
UKIP Paul Mulvey 479 22.5 +10.3
Liberal Democrat Susan Hislop 417 19.6 +3.6
Conservative Michael Brown 305 14.3 +3.6
Green Stuart Welham 77 3.6 +0.7
Majority 373 17.5 -24.8
Turnout 2,130 32 +4
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Birch & Winstree[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kevin Bentley 963 54.6 -14.1
UKIP John Pitts 478 27.1 +27.1
Labour John Spademan 136 7.7 -5.8
Green Maria Iacovou 102 5.8 -0.7
Liberal Democrat Debby Bloomfield 86 4.9 -6.3
Majority 485 27.5 -27.6
Turnout 1,765 41 -6
Conservative hold Swing
Castle[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Bill Frame 693 25.8 -14.6
Conservative Darius Laws 647 24.1 +6.2
Labour Ben Howard 478 17.8 +4.4
Green Peter Lynn 462 17.2 -1.4
UKIP Ron Levy 403 15.0 +5.3
Majority 46 1.7 -20.2
Turnout 2,683 38 +8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Christ Church[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Nick Cope 467 32.5 -10.5
Conservative Annesley Hardy 413 28.7 -4.4
Labour Elisa Vasquez-Walters 239 16.6 +5.2
Green Clare Palmer 212 14.8 +2.4
UKIP Alexei Kunpffer 106 7.4 +7.4
Majority 54 3.8 -6.1
Turnout 1,437 44 -9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Fordham & Stour[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Arnold 1,046 65.5 -1.8
Green Sue Bailey 219 13.7 +6.0
Labour Ian Yates 201 12.6 -2.9
Liberal Democrat Barry Woodward 132 8.3 -1.3
Majority 827 51.8 -0.1
Turnout 1,598 38 -7
Conservative hold Swing
Highwoods[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Gerard Oxford 1,117 52.1 -15.7
UKIP Tony Terry 286 13.3 +8.8
Conservative Christopher Hayter 266 12.4 +3.0
Labour Bob Fisher 208 9.7 +1.6
Liberal Democrat Ann Oakes-Odger 176 8.2 +2.0
Green Robbie Spence 91 4.2 +0.2
Majority 831 38.8 -19.7
Turnout 2,144 33 +7
Independent hold Swing
Lexden[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Buston 985 55.5 +1.3
Liberal Democrat Robin James 370 20.8 -5.2
Green Steve Ford 230 13.0 +4.5
Labour John Wood 190 10.7 -0.6
Majority 615 34.6 +6.4
Turnout 1,775 41 +5
Conservative hold Swing
Mile End[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Dominic Graham 1,124 40.7 -23.7
Conservative Ben Locker 857 31.0 +7.5
UKIP Simon Collins 410 14.8 +14.8
Labour Kevin Stannard 210 7.6 -0.5
Green Mary Bryan 160 5.8 +1.8
Majority 267 9.7 -31.2
Turnout 2,761 36 +5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
New Town[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Theresa Higgins 766 41.6 -11.2
UKIP Tony Hardy 334 18.1 +9.9
Labour Lillie Dopson 273 14.8 -3.9
Green Mark Goacher 247 13.4 +2.0
Conservative Matthew Neall 222 12.1 +3.1
Majority 432 23.5 -10.6
Turnout 1,842 29 +6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Old Heath[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Justin Knight 463 31.5 -23.2
Labour Lee Scordis 394 26.8 +2.2
UKIP Stephen Galvin 334 22.7 +15.2
Conservative Samuel Nolan 177 12.0 +5.1
Green Bob Brannan 104 7.1 +0.8
Majority 69 4.7 -25.4
Turnout 1,472 34 +6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Prettygate[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sue Lissimore 1,489 57.9 +10.7
Liberal Democrat John Loxley 545 21.2 -8.7
Labour Mike Dale 304 11.8 -3.1
Green Luke O'Loughlin 233 9.1 +1.1
Majority 944 36.7 +19.5
Turnout 2,571 44 +7
Conservative hold Swing
Pyefleet[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Davidson 587 64.2 +20.4
Green Tim Glover 131 14.3 +10.0
Labour Alison Inman 124 13.6 +4.4
Liberal Democrat Owen Bartholomew 73 8.0 -34.7
Majority 456 49.8 +48.7
Turnout 915 45 -30
Conservative hold Swing
St. Andrew's[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julie Young 925 61.6 +0.3
Conservative Christopher Hill 237 15.8 +8.7
Liberal Democrat Wayne Boughton 179 11.9 +0.3
Green Leonie Greene 160 10.7 +10.7
Majority 688 45.8 -2.7
Turnout 1,501 27 +2
Labour hold Swing
St. Anne's[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Mike Hogg 783 39.7 -15.5
UKIP William Faram 500 25.4 +25.4
Conservative Alexandra Hutchinson 299 15.2 -0.5
Labour Amanda Stannard 265 13.4 -7.0
Green Callum Fauser 125 6.3 -2.4
Majority 283 14.4 -20.4
Turnout 1,972 31 +8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St. John's[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ray Gamble 841 48.6 -15.8
UKIP Edwin Gretton 355 20.5 +20.5
Conservative Charles McKay 352 20.4 -1.2
Labour Jennie Fisher 106 6.1 -2.7
Green David Trayner 75 4.3 -0.9
Majority 486 28.1 -14.7
Turnout 1,729 43 +5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Shrub End[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Lyn Barton 778 33.4 -10.4
UKIP Sarah Hardy 510 21.9 +21.9
Conservative Mike Hardy 480 20.6 -9.7
Labour Bruce Tuxford 458 19.7 +0.0
Green Walter Schwarz 92 4.0 -2.2
Independent Christina Perdicou 10 0.4 +0.4
Majority 268 11.5 -2.1
Turnout 2,328 32 +7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Stanway[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Jessica Scott-Boutell 786 33.7 -21.3
Conservative Janice Perren 704 30.2 +5.0
UKIP Christopher Treloar 486 20.8 +20.8
Labour David Hough 237 10.2 -4.2
Green Pam Nelson 120 5.1 -0.3
Majority 82 3.5 -26.3
Turnout 2,333 36 +3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Tiptree[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Elliott 940 41.3 -6.8
UKIP Harry Royle 855 37.5 +37.5
Labour Robert Spademan 283 12.4 -23.7
Green Kathy Bamforth 120 5.3 -4.4
Liberal Democrat Gill Collings 79 3.5 -2.5
Majority 85 3.7 -8.3
Turnout 2,277 39 +12
Conservative hold Swing
West Bergholt & Eight Ash Green[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dennis Willetts 984 61.8 +7.0
Green Roger Bamforth 274 17.2 +11.7
Labour Barbara Nichols 201 12.6 +3.0
Liberal Democrat Sue Waite 134 8.4 +2.0
Majority 710 44.6 +13.5
Turnout 1,593 43 -7
Conservative hold Swing
West Mersea[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Jowers 1,191 51.1 -18.0
UKIP David Broise 643 27.6 +27.6
Labour Bernard Ready 250 10.7 -4.7
Green Steve McGough 151 6.5 -1.5
Liberal Democrat Jenny Stevens 96 4.1 -3.4
Majority 548 23.5 -30.2
Turnout 2,331 40 +11
Conservative hold Swing

By-elections between 2014 and 2015[edit]

A by-election was held in Wivenhoe Quay on 3 July 2014 following the death of Labour councillor Steve Ford.[4][14] The seat was held for Labour by Rosalind Scott with a majority of 228 votes over the Conservatives.[11]

Wivenhoe Quay by-election 3 July 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rosalind Scott 857 46.7 -5.4
Conservative Peter Hill 629 34.3 +2.4
UKIP John Pitts 129 7.0 +7.0
Liberal Democrat Shaun Boughton 127 6.9 -0.1
Green Tim Glover 90 4.9 -4.2
Patriotic Socialist Party Dave Osborn 2 0.1 +0.1
Majority 228 12.4 -7.9
Turnout 1,834 43 +1
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "Colchester gets ready to go to the polls - see our local election preview". The Gazette (NewsBank). 20 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Bunn, Matt (6 April 2014). "Wivenhoe/Colchester: Tributes paid to former Wvenhoe mayor and borough councillor Steve Ford". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Lodge, Will (24 April 2014). "Colchester: Greens to challenge every seat at council elections". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
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  7. ^ "Councillors agree to ward change in spite of low response to survey". Essex County Standard. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Lodge, Will (23 May 2014). "Colchester: UKIP fails to take any seats at borough council elections". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
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  10. ^ a b c Lodge, Will (4 July 2014). "Essex: No change in councils’ make-up after by-elections". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Results - Borough Election - 22 May 2014". Colchester Borough Council. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Wivenhoe By-Election - 3rd July 2014". Colchester Borough Council. Retrieved 3 June 2014.