North West Leicestershire local elections

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The North West Leicestershire District Council was created in 1973 and elections take place every four years. Traditionally a Labour controlled council, it was under no overall control from 1976 to 1979 and again from 1983 to 1991. In 2007, the Conservatives gained the council in a landslide for the first time since its creation.

Political control[edit]

Since 1973, political control of the council has been held by the following parties:

Party in control Years
Labour 1973 - 1976
No overall control 1976 - 1979
Labour 1979 - 1983
No overall control 1983 - 1991
Labour 1991 - 2007
Conservative 2007 - present

Council elections[edit]

Election results[edit]

Overall control Labour Conservative Lib Dem BNP Green Independent
2011 Conservative 16 21 1 0 0 0
2007 Conservative 5 27 3 2 - 1
2003 Labour 20 12 4 - - 2
1999 Labour 31 8 0 - - 1
1995 Labour 35 3 0 - - 2
1991 Labour 26 13 0 - - 1
1987 NOC - - - - - -
1983 NOC - - - - - -
1979 Labour - - - - - -
1976 NOC 19 13 0 - - 10
1973 Labour 25 8 0 - - 10
1966 Labour - - - - - -

A dash indicates that the results for a particular election are not available, or that a party did not stand in an election.

Ward details[edit]

Below is a summary of each ward in the District of North West Leicestershire. For each ward, a brief description is given along with a table showing its electoral history. In two or three member wards, the swings shown are based upon the average votes received by all candidates from a party.

Appleby[edit]

The Appleby ward covers several small, rural villages in the far south of the District. It has been represented by Richard Blunt since 2003; Blunt has also been the Leader of the Council since 2007. Like several of the District's geographically large rural wards, it is a safe seat for the Conservatives; it was, however, held by Labour for one term after their landslide victory in 1995.

Election Party Councillor Margin Swing
2011   Conservative Richard Blunt 28.9% 24.3% from Con to Ind
2007   55.0% 5.2% from Lab to Con
2003   Edward Blunt 44.6%
1995   Labour J. Lewis 20.0%

Ashby Castle[edit]

The Ashby Castle ward is one of three wards that cover the Ashby-de-la-Zouch area. It has been represented by John Coxon since 2003. Geographically, it is the smallest of Ashby's wards and contains the 15th century Ashby Castle from which the ward takes its name. It is a very safe seat for the Conservatives who have consistently achieved a majority of between 40% and 50%, however, in 1995 they came in third place behind a Labour candidate and a victorious Independent.

Election Party Councillor Margin Swing
2011   Conservative John Coxon 43.0% 3.0% from Con to Lab
2007   49.0% 1.4% from Lab to Con
2003   46.2%
1995   Independent G. Orme 13.5%

Ashby Holywell[edit]

Another of Ashby-de-la-Zouch's three wards, the Ashby Holywell ward elects two councillors. It has been represented by two Conservatives, Roger Bayliss and Graham Allman, since 2003. This ward leans toward the Conservatives although it has been held by Labour in the past and saw a pro-Labour swing at the last election

Election Party First Councillor Party Second Councillor Swing
2011   Conservative Roger Bayliss   Conservative Graham Allman 1.7% from Con to Lab
2007     4.4% from Lab to Con
2003     Labour Gordon Tacey
1995   Labour L. Whetton   J. Fisher

Ashby Ivanhoe[edit]

The Ashby Ivanhoe ward is the last of Ashby-de-la-Zouch's three wards; it also elects two councillors. It has been represented by two Conservatives, James Hoult and Geraint Jones, since 2007. Ivanhoe is a key marginal ward between Labour and the Conservatives. It could be considered to be a bellwether ward because it has returned two councillors for the victorious party at every election.

Election Party First Councillor Party Second Councillor Swing
2011   Conservative James Hoult   Conservative Geraint Jones 2.5% from Con to Lab
2007     8.0% from Lab to Con
2003   Labour David Whetton   Labour Sean Sheahan
1995   B. Mitchell   J. Roberts

Bardon[edit]

The Bardon ward is situated in the greater Coalville area and contains the headquarters of Bardon Aggregates as well as a large quarry managed by the company. It has been represented by Michael Specht since 2011. It has been consecutively held by the Conservatives since its creation in 2003, however, it is now a three-way marginal after the Conservatives, the Lib Dems and Labour received 33.4%, 31.2% and 27.6% respectively at the last election.

Election Party Councillor Margin Swing
2011   Conservative Michael Specht 2.2% 18.5% from Con to Lib Dem
2007   Ted Purver 32.1% 4.4% from Lab to Con
2003   23.4%
1995 Ward did not exist

Ibstock and Heather[edit]

The Ibstock and Heather ward covers the village of Ibstock, which is situated approximately 2.5 miles south of Coalville, and the small village of Heather (pronounced HEE-ther); it elects three councillors. It has been represented by two Labour councillors and one Conservative since 2011. Three by-elections* have taken place in this ward since 2008; the first two of which, both in 2008, were narrowly won by Labour and the Conservatives respectively, despite a strong challenge from the BNP; the third was fairly comfortably won by Labour despite a good result for the Liberal Democrats. This ward has generally favoured Labour but has also elected Conservatives more recently.

Election Party First Councillor Party Second Councillor Party Third Councillor Swing
2012*   Labour Dave De Lacy 8.9% from Con to Lab
2011   Stacy Harris   Labour Janet Ruff   Conservative Virge Richichi 0.5% from Con to Lab
2008*   21.2% from Con to BNP
2008*   Labour Felix Fenning 18.3% from Lab to BNP
2007   Dai Male   Conservative Craig Bowley   Conservative Ted Blunt 7.1% from Lab to Con
2003     Labour Felix Fenning   Labour Alison Harrop
1995     Labour D. Costello   Labour A. Smith

Thringstone[edit]

The Thringstone ward covers the northwestern portion of Coalville and was formed after boundary changes in 2003. It has been represented by two Labour councillors since its creation. Thringstone is the safest Labour seat in the District as it is the only ward which has always returned Labour councillors; its predecessor, Holly Hayes, was also a very safe Labour seat.

Election Party First Councillor Party Second Councillor Swing
2011   Labour Leon Spence   Labour Dave Everitt 4.0% from Con to Lab
2007   Pam Clayfield   12.2% from Lab to Con
2003     Roderick Evans
1995 Ward did not exist

By-elections[edit]

Overview[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent party Result
Holly Hayes 19 August 1999 Labour Labour
Ibstock and Heather 10 January 2008 Labour Labour
18 December 2008 Conservative Conservative
16 February 2012 Labour Labour

2011 - 2015[edit]

Ibstock and Heather By-Election, 16 February 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dave De Lacy 480 34.5 +4.5
Liberal Democrat Kim Wyatt 372 26.7 +12.5
Conservative Russell Boam 357 25.6 −13.3
Independent Ivan Hammonds 125 9.0 −7.8
Green Sue Morrell 32 2.3 N/A
UKIP Jakob Whiten 26 1.9 N/A
Majority 108 7.8
Turnout 1,392 24.9 −24.4
Labour hold Swing +8.9

2007 - 2011[edit]

Ibstock and Heather By-Election, 18 December 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Virge Richichi 660 31.5 −11.5
BNP Ivan Hammonds 645 30.8 N/A
Labour Corinne Male 614 29.4 −9.8
Liberal Democrat David Wyatt 174 8.3 −1.0
Majority 15 0.7
Turnout 2,093 37.4
Conservative hold Swing −21.2
Ibstock and Heather By-Election, 10 January 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Felix Fenning 699 30.9 −8.3
BNP Ivan Hammonds 637 28.2 N/A
Conservative Paul Oakden 515 22.8 −20.2
Liberal Democrat David Wyatt 411 18.2 +8.9
Majority 62 2.7 N/A
Turnout 2,262 40.4
Labour hold Swing −18.3

1999 - 2003[edit]

Holly Hayes By-Election, 19 August 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour 459 44.5 −5.1
Liberal Democrat 410 39.7 +17.1
Independent 88 8.5 −3.1
Conservative 75 7.3 −8.8
Majority 49 4.8
Turnout 1,032
Labour hold Swing

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