Harlow District Council election, 2012

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Map of the results of the 2012 Harlow District Council election. Labour in red and Conservatives in blue.

The 2012 Harlow District Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Harlow District Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party gained overall control of the council from the Conservative party.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

After the last election in 2011 the Conservatives remained in control of the council with 17 councillors, compared to 14 for Labour and 2 for the Liberal Democrats.[3] However in October 2011 one of the two Liberal Democrat councillors, John Strachan of Staple Tye ward defected to the Labour party.[4]

Harlow was reported in the national press to be one of Labour's top targets in the 2012 local elections.[5][6][7]

Election result[edit]

The Labour party gained control of Harlow from the Conservatives after gaining 5 seats including 4 from the Conservatives.[8] The Labour gains from the Conservatives came in Harlow Common, Little Parndon and Hare Street, Netteswell and Toddbrook and meant Labour won 8 of the 12 seats contested.[9] The Conservatives had controlled the council since winning a majority at the 2008 election.[10]

The other Labour gain came from the Liberal Democrats in Mark Hall ward and meant the Liberal Democrats no longer had any councillors in Harlow.[8][9] The Liberal Democrats did not come close to taking any of the seats contested, with some candidates getting less than 100 votes.[9] Overall turnout at the election was 28.43%,[11] the lowest turnout ever for a local election in Harlow.[9]

Harlow local election result 2012[2][11]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 8 5 0 +5 66.7 52.1 9,722 +6.0%
  Conservative 4 0 4 -4 33.3 38.0 7,083 -4.3%
  Liberal Democrat 0 0 1 -1 0 7.9 1,467 -2.9%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 236 +0.5%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 149 +0.8%

Ward results[edit]

Bush Fair (2 seats)[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Manny Doku 1,021
Labour Daniella Pritchard 877
Conservative Michael Hardware 259
UKIP Donald Crane 236
Conservative Andy Shannon 182
Liberal Democrat Ian Jackson 109
Liberal Democrat Roy Jackson 90
Turnout 2,774 28.0 -8.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Church Langley[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Simon Carter 1,007 65.3 -0.8
Labour Ken Lawrie 454 29.4 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Laura Rideout 82 5.3 -0.6
Majority 553 35.8 -2.4
Turnout 1,543 24.3 -9.8
Conservative hold Swing
Great Parndon[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Eddie Johnson 774 47.8 -4.2
Labour Norman Knight 749 46.2 +5.5
Liberal Democrat Lesley Rideout 97 6.0 -1.2
Majority 25 1.5 -9.8
Turnout 1,620 31.6 -9.5
Conservative hold Swing
Harlow Common[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Emma Toal 902 51.3 +0.3
Conservative Clive Souter 637 36.2 -5.3
Independent Gary Roberts 149 8.5 +8.5
Liberal Democrat Chris Millington 72 4.1 -3.4
Majority 265 15.1 +5.7
Turnout 1,760 31.7 -8.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Little Parndon and Hare Street[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jon Clempner 1,099 63.9 +4.2
Conservative Shona Johnson 521 30.3 -3.6
Liberal Democrat Neil Kerlen 100 5.8 -0.6
Majority 578 33.6 +7.9
Turnout 1,720 28.4 -7.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Mark Hall[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jacqui Cross 849 53.0 +7.6
Conservative Jane Steer 440 27.5 +0.5
Liberal Democrat James Rideout 312 19.5 -8.1
Majority 409 25.5 +7.7
Turnout 1,601 30.5 -9.0
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Netteswell[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Waida Forman 818 55.4 +2.2
Conservative Mark Gough 538 36.4 +1.1
Liberal Democrat Kuzna Jackson 120 8.1 -3.3
Majority 280 19.0 +1.1
Turnout 1,476 26.7 -6.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Old Harlow[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Muriel Jolles 934 51.6 -2.4
Labour Tom Newens 771 42.6 +3.1
Liberal Democrat Mary Wiltshire 105 5.8 -0.6
Majority 163 9.0 -5.5
Turnout 1,810 33.2 -8.4
Conservative hold Swing
Staple Tye[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick McCabe 657 50.9 +6.3
Conservative Stevie Souter 450 34.8 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Cheryl Hickey 185 14.3 -6.6
Majority 207 16.0 +5.9
Turnout 1,292 24.3 -9.8
Labour hold Swing
Sumners and Kingsmoor[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Russell Perrin 687 49.1 -0.6
Labour Dan Long 623 44.6 +2.6
Liberal Democrat Brenda Nichols 88 6.3 -2.0
Majority 64 4.6 -3.0
Turnout 1,398 25.7 -8.3
Conservative hold Swing
Toddbrook[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phil Waite 902 54.2 +5.0
Conservative Joel Charles 654 39.3 -3.9
Liberal Democrat Christopher Robins 107 6.4 -1.2
Majority 248 14.9 +8.8
Turnout 1,663 29.2 -8.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

By-elections between 2012 and 2014[edit]

A by-election was held in Toddbrook on 15 November 2012 after Labour councillor Bob Davis resigned from the council.[12] The seat was held for Labour by Christine O'Dell with a majority of 221 votes over the Conservatives.[12]

Toddbrook by-election 15 November 2012[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christine O'Dell 604 52.5 -1.7
Conservative Clive Souter 383 33.3 -6.0
UKIP Bill Pryor 111 9.6 +9.6
Liberal Democrat Roy Jackson 53 4.6 -1.8
Majority 221 19.2 +4.3
Turnout 1,151 20.2 -9.0
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vote 2012". BBC News Online. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Election results 2012: Non-Metro". The Guardian (NewsBank). 5 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Moss, Chris (20 October 2011). "Lib Dem councillor defects to Labour in protest at NHS reforms". Harlow Star. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Watt, Nicholas (2 May 2012). "Education: 'On policy we win. On personality it is tough': Taxation Schools Libraries Transport Social care & the elderly: Miliband prepares for a challenging London result Labour party plays down high seat expectations". The Guardian (NewsBank). 
  6. ^ Grice, Andrew (2 May 2012). "Threat of London defeat prompts Miliband to attack 'typical Tory'". The Independent (NewsBank). 
  7. ^ Sherman, Jill; Coates, Sam (3 May 2012). "Cameron lets slip as Tories prepare for poll defeats". The Times (NewsBank). p. 13. 
  8. ^ a b Watt, Nicholas (4 May 2012). "Great expectations as Labour ends 'southern discomfort': Miliband's party wins big victory in Birmingham But Boris looks set to fend off Ken's London challenge". The Guardian (NewsBank). 
  9. ^ a b c d Moss, Chris (4 May 2012). "Labour take control of Harlow Council". Harlow Star. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Labour take Harlow council from Conservatives". BBC News Online. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Harlow Council Elections 2012 Results". Harlow District Council. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c "Labour wins Toddbrook by-election". Harlow Star. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2015.