Coventry Council election, 2011

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Map of the 2011 Coventry election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red

Elections for Coventry City Council 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. The vote took place alongside the United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum, 2011.

Labour took five seats (Bablake, Sherbourne, Westwood, Whoberley, and Woodlands) from the Conservatives, and retained control of the council with an increased majority, holding 35 out of 54 seats.

During the election count, a box of ballot papers for Cheylesmore ward was misplaced. Before they were discovered, Councillor Kevin Foster was about to concede that he had lost his seat, although after the additional votes were counted he had retained it.[1]

Election result[edit]

Coventry City Council Election, 2011
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 15 +5 0 +5 83.33% 54.60% 45,537 +12.31%
  Conservative 3 0 -5 -5 16.67% 26.50% 22,104 -2.01%
  Liberal Democrat 0 0 0 0 0 5.18% 4,320 -12.52%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 4.94% 4,121 +3.61%
  Socialist Alternative 0 0 0 0 0 3.69% 3,081 +0.61%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 3.65% 3,045 -0.93%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.85% 708 +0.18%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.58% 484 -1.14%

Council Composition[edit]

The composition of the council before and after the election can be found in the following table:

Party Previous council Staying councillors Seats up for election Election result New council
Labour 30 20 10 15 35
Conservatives 22 14 8 3 17
Socialist Alternative 1 1 0 0 1
Liberal Democrats 1 1 0 0 1
Green 0 0 0 0 0
British National Party 0 0 0 0 0
UKIP 0 0 0 0 0
Independent 0 0 0 0 0
Total 54 36 18 18 54

Ward results[edit]

Bablake Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Edwin Kershaw 2687 48.85% +16.6%
Conservative Laura Frances Dodd 1873 34.05% -0.6%
Green Walter William Milner 233 4.24% N/A
Liberal Democrat Peter Simpson 231 4.20% -13.1%
BNP Philip Mark Jones 208 3.78% -2.4%
Socialist Alternative Hannah Grace Seaman 45 0.82% -0.5%
Majority 814 14.8%
Turnout 5500 42.65%
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Note: the Green Party candidate stood in this ward as an independent at the last election, so it could be argued that he had a swing of -4.2%

Binley and Willenhall Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ram Lakha 2436 58.36% +11.8%
Conservative Jonathan George Smith 970 23.24% -0.4%
UKIP Colin Aldous Stubbs 329 7.88% +1.5%
BNP Dave Clarke 207 4.96% -0.6%
Green Steven Adams 123 2.95% +1.2%
Socialist Alternative Lindsay Margaret Currie 79 1.89% +0.5%
Majority 1466 35.12%
Turnout 4174 33.16%
Labour hold Swing


Cheylesmore Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kevin John Foster 2493 48.19 +11.69
Labour Alison Gingell 2188 42.30 +4.5
Green John Verdult 331 6.40 +2.3
Socialist Alternative Judy Griffiths 161 3.11 -0.09
Majority 305 5.90 +4.59
Turnout 5173 41.96 -23.84
Conservative hold Swing
Earlsdon Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth John Taylor 2596 43.08 +7.08
Labour John Fletcher 2482 41.19 +7.39
Liberal Democrat Greg Paul Judge 469 7.78 -15.92
Green Scott Redding 343 5.69 +1.09
Socialist Alternative Thomas Allan House 136 2.26 +0.36
Majority 114 1.89 -0.26
Turnout 6026 48.76 -23.84
Conservative hold Swing


Foleshill Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Abdul Salam Khan 3184 66.90% +11.2
Conservative Shabbir Ahmed 1124 23.62% -6.58
Green Gavin Collins 133 2.79% N/A
BNP Berry Booton 125 2.63% -0.37
Liberal Democrat Scott Martin Tallis 116 2.44% -4.66
Socialist Alternative Jim Hensman 77 1.62% +0.02
Majority 2060 43.29 +36.45
Turnout 4759 39.35% -0.49
Labour hold Swing


Henley Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lynette Catherine Kelly 2409 57.36% +15.76
Liberal Democrat Brian David Patton 1170 27.86% +0.76
BNP Leisel Dawn Wagstaff 337 8.02% -4.6
Green George Robinson 171 4.07% N/A
Socialist Alternative Josie Kenny 113 2.69% +0.59
Majority 1239 29.50% +15.08
Turnout 4281 32.18%
Labour hold Swing -23.82

Note: The Conservative Party candidate for Henley, Steven Henry Charles Keough, withdrew his nomination.


Holbrook Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Clifford 2793 65.43% +13.43
Conservative Charles Cox 897 21.01% +2.81
BNP John Hurren 252 5.90% -0.8
Green Danny Foulstone 243 5.69% +3.79
Socialist Alternative Richard Marcus Charles Groves 57 1.34% -0.16
Majority 1896 44.41% +22.57
Turnout 4269 34.4% -24.6
Labour hold Swing


Longford Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Linda Joyce Bigham 3036 72.53%
Conservative Will Jones 602 14.38%
BNP Keith Oxford 253 6.04%
Green John Edward Griffiths 165 3.94%
Socialist Alternative James Daryl Edgar 101 2.41%
Majority 2434
Turnout 4186 31.4%
Labour hold Swing


Lower Stoke Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Douglas McNicholas 2608 57.19%
Conservative Nick Williams 1018 22.32%
Green Laura Vesty 353 7.74%
Socialist Alternative Robert McArdle 291 6.38%
BNP Mary Jane Nicholls 261 5.72%
Majority 1590
Turnout 4560 34.7%
Labour hold Swing


Radford Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Skipper 2607 64.87%
Conservative Gareth Fowler 699 17.39%
Green Stephen Gray 226 5.62%
BNP Hunter Helmsley 205 5.10%
Independent John Joseph Ryan 159 3.96%
Socialist Alternative Glen Watson 94 2.34%
Majority 1908
Turnout 4019 29.95%
Labour hold Swing


Sherbourne Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Damian Gannon 2606 55.17%
Conservative Jane Marie Williams 1281 27.12%
Liberal Democrat Jamie Simpson 281 5.95%
Green Justin Timothy Wood 220 4.66%
BNP Frank Thomas Bates 195 4.13%
Socialist Alternative Jason Arnold Toynbee 117 2.48%
Majority 1325
Turnout 4724 37.65%
Labour gain from Conservative Swing


St. Michael's Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim O'Boyle 2419 58.07%
Socialist Alternative Rob Windsor 1263 30.32%
Conservative Dial Masih 434 10.42%
Majority 1156
Turnout 4166 26.67%
Labour hold Swing
Upper Stoke Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Colleen Margaret Fletcher 2536 58.69%
Liberal Democrat Derek Stephen Benefield 799 18.49%
Conservative Denise Beech 508 11.76%
BNP Darren Thomas 193 4.47%
Green John Halpin 159 3.68%
Socialist Alternative Paul Stephen Smith 95 2.20%
Majority 1737 40.20%
Turnout 4321 33%
Labour hold Swing


Wainbody Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Sawdon 2452 43.58%
Labour Sundeep Singh 1909 33.93%
Liberal Democrat Napier Penlington 410 7.29%
Green Rachel Adshead 393 6.99%
UKIP Mark Taylor 379 6.74%
Socialist Alternative Daniel Crowter 83 1.48%
Majority 543 9.65%
Turnout 5626 45%
Conservative hold Swing


Westwood Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Sandy 2184 46.88%
Conservative Nigel Charles Lee 1793 38.48%
Green Merle Gering 291 6.25%
BNP Mark Badrick 256 5.49%
Socialist Alternative James Richard Donnelly 95 2.04%
Majority 391 8.39%
Turnout 4659 36.00%
Labour gain from Conservative Swing


Whoberley Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dan Howells 2561 50.45 +15.46%
Conservative Ken Charley 1392 27.42 -1.82%
Green Jo Rathbone 330 6.50 +4.70%
Liberal Democrat Brian Rees Lewis 295 5.81 -15.82%
BNP Tom Gower 270 5.32 +0.44%
Independent Martyn Warwick Richards 119 2.34 n/a
Socialist Alternative Teresa Chalcroft 109 2.15 -0.49%
Majority 1169 23.03
Turnout 5076 40.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing


Woodlands Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patricia Hetherton 2286 42.96 +7.03%
Conservative Christian Michael Cliffe 1972 37.06 +0.89%
Liberal Democrat Jacqueline Bridget Basu 549 10.32 -7.27%
BNP David John White 283 5.32 -1.72%
Green Dan Gower 187 3.51 +1.40%
Socialist Alternative Lenny Shail 44 0.83 -0.32%
Majority 318 5.90
Turnout 5321 40.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing


Wyken Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hazel Jean Sweet 2606 53.40 +7.03%
Conservative Jaswant Singh Birdi 1727 35.39 +3.58%
Green Cathy Wattebot 220 4.51 n/a
Independent Adrian Roll 206 4.22 n/a
Socialist Alternative Jodie Michelle Hannis 121 2.48 -0.90%
Majority 879 18.01
Turnout 4880 38.6
Labour hold Swing

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