Swindon Council election, 2012

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Elections to Swindon Borough Council were held on 3 May 2012, with every ward up for election after the implementation of boundary changes. The Conservatives were the largest party on the council going into the elections, and were looking to hold onto power, while Labour were aiming to oust the Conservatives and take control of the council. The election resulted in the Conservatives maintaining control of the council with a majority of one seat, while Labour made gains but not enough to win control.

Following this election, the Borough Council will be elected a third at a time. The candidates who finished third in their three-seat ward in 2012 will serve a two-year term before facing re-election in 2014. Those who finished second will face re-election in 2015, and those who finished first will serve until 2016. In the two-seat Chiseldon & Lawn Ward, the candidate who finished second will face re-election in 2014, and the first place candidate the following year, while the single councillor for Ridgeway Ward will sit until 2016.[1][2]

Overall Result[edit]

Swindon Council Election, 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 29 50.9
  Labour 24 42.1
  Liberal Democrat 4 7.0
  UKIP 0 0.0
  Green 0 0.0
  Independent 0 0.0
Total 57

Ward Elections[edit]

The results of the election are:[3]

Blunsdon & Highworth Ward[edit]

Blunsdon & Highworth Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Maureen Penny 1530 51.45
Conservative Alan Bishop 1528 51.38
Conservative Doreen Dart 1489 50.07
Labour Phil Beaumont 1067 35.88
Labour Alison Durrant 968 32.55
Labour Phillip Gaskin 824 27.71
Green Andrew Day 442 14.86
Liberal Democrat Jenny Shorten 374 12.58
Rejected ballots 13 0.44
Majority
Turnout 2974 34.23

Central Ward[edit]

Central Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julie Wright 1947
Labour Bob Wright 1899
Labour Junab Ali 1788
Conservative Tim French 356
Conservative Jaki Fairbrother 341
Conservative Kashif Khan 276
Green Simon Smith 273
Liberal Democrat Joan Mortimer 200
Liberal Democrat Christopher Shepherd 164
Liberal Democrat John Williams 159
Majority
Turnout 31.00

Chiseldon & Lawn Ward[edit]

Chiseldon & Lawn Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Fionuala Foley 938
Conservative Mike Bawden 910
Independent Jim Boyd 626
Labour Geraint Day 387
Labour Helen Thompson 315
Liberal Democrat Louise Cole 242
Liberal Democrat Trevor Smith 223
Majority
Turnout 41.73

Covingham & Dorcan Ward[edit]

Covingham & Dorcan Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Hurley 1475
Conservative Dale Heenan 1469
Labour Julian Price 1314
Conservative Kevin Parry 1294
Labour Pamela Adams 1283
Labour Brett Sparkes 1151
UKIP Corinna Allen 603
Liberal Democrat Clive Hooper 207
Majority
Turnout 37.33

Eastcott Ward[edit]

Eastcott Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Stan Pajak 1497
Liberal Democrat Nicky Sewell 1365
Liberal Democrat Dave Wood 1320
Labour Emma Bushell 1046
Labour Chris Watts 1021
Labour Andy Newman 961
Conservative Valerie Butt 249
Green Bill Hughes 224
Conservative Emma Carter 215
Conservative Bruce Kingstree 203
Majority
Turnout 35.70

Gorse Hill & Pinehurst Ward[edit]

Gorse Hill & Pinehurst Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Ballman 1619
Labour Ray Ballman 1537
Labour Rochelle Russell 1450
Conservative Janet Heenan 512
Conservative Trudy Heenan 481
Conservative Frits Oostendorp 432
Liberal Democrat John Kurton 266
Majority
Turnout 26.15

Haydon Wick Ward[edit]

Haydon Wick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rex Barnett 1390
Conservative David Renard 1299
Conservative Claire Ellis 1168
Labour Maura Clarke 993
Labour Mark Viner 904
Labour Wayne Smith 897
UKIP Ed Gerrard 339
Green Chris Brock 263
Liberal Democrat Deborah King 202
Majority
Turnout 32.58

Liden, Eldene & Park South Ward[edit]

Liden, Eldene & Park South Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fay Howard 1334
Labour Neil Heavens 1305
Labour Derique Montaut 1233
Conservative Sinéad Darker 1049
Conservative David Wren 1027
Conservative Andy Albinson 960
UKIP Robert Sheppard 524
Liberal Democrat Anne Baxter 218
Majority
Turnout 32.87

Lydiard and Freshbrook Ward[edit]

Lydiard and Freshbrook
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mick Bray 1302
Labour Cindy Matthews 1173
Conservative Michael Dickinson 1115
Conservative Dwynwen Martin 1085
Labour Ged Meheran 1015
Labour Jamal MIAH 943
UKIP John Lenton 467
Liberal Democrat Juliet Hughes 404
Green Marilyn Harrison 391
Majority
Turnout 33.38

Mannington & Western Ward[edit]

Mannington & Western Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Small 1119
Labour Steve Wakefield 1084
Labour James Robbins 1049
Conservative David Gould 547
Conservative Tim Swinyard 531
Conservative Caryl Sydney-Smith 485
Green Karl North 310
Majority
Turnout 26.33

Old Town Ward[edit]

Old Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Mattock 971
Conservative Roderick Bluh 871
Labour Nadine Watts 785
Conservative Peter Mallinson 777
Labour Paul Dixon 754
Labour Norman Butler 683
Independent Kareen Boyd 626
Liberal Democrat Lynda Barber 276
Green David Miles 252
Liberal Democrat Tracey Ockley 251
Liberal Democrat Rachael Smith 238
UKIP John Short 225
UKIP Terry Davis 207
UKIP Noel Gardner 185
Majority
Turnout 34.59

Penhill and Upper Stratton Ward[edit]

Penhill and Upper Stratton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Baker 1142
Labour Teresa Page 1134
Labour Joseph Tray 1109
Conservative Ray Fisher 531
Conservative Lucy Britton 443
Conservative Ceej Ntsiu 396
Liberal Democrat Tom Pajak 144
Majority
Turnout 28.83

Priory Vale Ward[edit]

Priory Vale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Edwards 1227
Conservative Toby Elliott 1161
Conservative Emma Faramarzi 1109
Labour Stephen Adams 466
Labour Patrick Murphy 464
Labour Tara Page 459
UKIP Gary Belben 308
Liberal Democrat Ray James 145
Majority
Turnout 23.48

Ridgeway Ward[edit]

Ridgeway
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Bennett 460
Liberal Democrat Gina Akers 384
Labour Carol Heavens 128
UKIP Paul Kosidowski 107
Majority
Turnout 41.99

Rodbourne Cheney Ward[edit]

Rodbourne Cheney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Des Moffatt 1663
Labour James Grant 1557
Labour Peter Watts 1480
Conservative Harriet Maltby 846
Conservative Oliver Donachie 845
Conservative Di Rodgers 776
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey King 193
Majority
Turnout 30.12

Shaw Ward[edit]

Shaw
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Williams 1316
Conservative Nick Martin 1312
Conservative Garry Perkins 1157
Labour Mike Heal 852
Labour Andy Smart 739
Labour John Firmin 689
Liberal Democrat James Farr 296
Monster Raving Loony Carl Morecroft 194
Majority
Turnout 28.71

St Andrews Ward[edit]

St Andrews
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Vera Tomlinson 1209
Conservative Peter Heaton-Jones 1179
Conservative Mary Friend 1079
Labour Amanda Harrison 562
Labour John Sefton 485
Labour Paul Wright 450
Liberal Democrat Glyn Perrett 151
Majority
Turnout 24.44

St Margaret & South Marston Ward[edit]

St Margaret & South Marston
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Russell Holland 1409
Conservative John Haines 1174
Conservative Colin Lovell 1105
Labour Nigel Chalk 1009
Labour John Foley 1009
Labour Timothy Page 941
Green Howard March 437
Liberal Democrat Victor Godman 229
Majority
Turnout 30.15

Walcott & Park North Ward[edit]

Walcott & Park North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Steve Allsopp 1504
Labour Mark Dempsey 1303
Labour Abdul Amin 1274
Conservative Mavis Childs 596
Conservative Sue Stephens 580
Conservative Dave Bell 577
UKIP Terry Hayward 392
Green Jennifer Miles 281
Liberal Democrat Kathleen McCarthy 248
Social Democrat Steve Halden 112
Social Democrat Pavlos Chatzinopoulous 97
Majority
Turnout 28.70

Wroughton and Wichelstowe Ward[edit]

Wroughton and Wichelstowe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Ford 1028
Liberal Democrat Ann Richards 909
Conservative Wayne Crabbe 847
Conservative Eric Shaw 711
Independent Paul Hurst 654
Labour Ruairi Tobin 463
Labour Mary Gladman 371
Labour Barrie Thompson 361
Liberal Democrat Garry Porter 433
Liberal Democrat David Pajak 380
Independent John Newman 359
Green Bob Heritage 167
Majority
Turnout 37.37

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forthcoming Elections". Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Order of retirement 2012". Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Election Results". Swindon Borough Council. Retrieved 17 May 2012.