Tandridge District Council election, 2012

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Map of the results of the 2012 Tandridge District Council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2012.

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

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

14 seats were contested in 2012, with a total of 49 candidates standing for election.[3] Before the election the Conservatives ran the council with 34 of the 42 seats, while the Liberal Democrats had 6 seats.[4] Other parties standing at the election were the UK Independence Party with 13 candidates, the Labour party with 6 candidates and 3 candidates from the Green party.[4]

Among the councillors who stood down at the election was the longest serving councillor Richard Butcher of Woldingham ward, after 39 years on the council.[5]

Election result[edit]

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats finished with the same number seats, after each party gained a seat from the other.[6] Also in council composition new candidates from the same parties as those councillors standing down and two incumbent local independent councillors were elected.[2] A local conservative gained Whyteleafe from a local Liberal Democrat by 81 votes. Local Liberal Democrats held 3 seats and their seat gain from a Conservative was by 99 votes in Warlingham East, Chelsham and Farleigh in the north-east corner of Tandridge and separated only by West Warlingham from Whyteleafe. Here Jeremy Pursehouse resurrected his old seat lost at the 2008 election.[6][7]

The council leader, Gordon Keymer, was among the majority who held their seats.[6][7]

In runner up results, UKIP candidates came second in three wards and Labour in one ward. The other second places were taken by the two largest parties in this district, which were those parties in government at the time of the election.[6] Overall turnout at the election was 34.53%.[8]

Tandridge local election result 2012[6][8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 1 1 0 78.6 49.8 8,245 -2.7%
  Liberal Democrat 3 1 1 0 21.4 24.5 4,068 +4.2%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 16.5 2,741 +4.3%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 7.1 1,182 -1.6%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.7 288 +1.2%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 48 -5.2%

Ward results[edit]

Bletchingley and Nutfield[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Debbie Vickers 760 56.0 -6.3
UKIP Helena Windsor 335 24.7 +12.3
Liberal Democrat Richard Fowler 262 19.3 +7.5
Majority 425 31.3 -18.6
Turnout 1,357 31.7 -13.8
Conservative hold Swing
Burstow, Horne and Outwood[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Jones 841 62.0 -2.6
UKIP Graham Bailey 286 21.1 +8.9
Labour Stephen Case-Green 230 16.9 +3.3
Majority 555 40.9 -10.1
Turnout 1,357 29.9 -14.0
Conservative hold Swing
Godstone[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jules Gascoigne 707 57.2 -2.4
UKIP Richard Grant 530 42.8 +27.0
Majority 177 14.3 -29.4
Turnout 1,237 29.8 -14.1
Conservative hold Swing
Harestone[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Cooper 639 63.3 -2.3
Liberal Democrat Alun Jones 211 20.9 -2.2
UKIP Martin Ferguson 160 15.8 +11.6
Majority 428 42.4 -0.1
Turnout 1,010 33.5 -40.6
Conservative hold Swing
Oxted North and Tandridge[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gordon Keymer 879 53.3 -6.9
Liberal Democrat Stuart Paterson 270 16.4 -12.4
UKIP Christopher Dean 226 13.7 +2.6
Labour Geoffrey Moore 145 8.8 +8.8
Green Charlotte Nicholls 129 7.8 +7.8
Majority 609 36.9 +5.5
Turnout 1,649 37.6 -16.1
Conservative hold Swing
Oxted South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Liz Parker 776 44.8 -0.6
Labour Barbara Harling 524 30.3 +1.0
UKIP Tony Stone 240 13.9 +4.7
Liberal Democrat Robert Wingate 115 6.6 -4.9
Green James Thompson-Stewart 77 4.4 -0.3
Majority 252 14.5 -1.6
Turnout 1,732 38.8 -15.4
Conservative hold Swing
Portley[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Hilary Turner 565 52.3 +9.4
Conservative Ron Marks 347 32.1 -8.3
UKIP Mark Fowler 121 11.2 +2.1
Independent Emma Wheale 48 4.4 +4.4
Majority 218 20.2 +17.7
Turnout 1,081 33.4 -11.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Queens Park[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Duck 503 42.9 -4.7
Liberal Democrat Bob Tomlin 472 40.2 -5.6
UKIP Roger Bird 128 10.9 +10.9
Labour John Watts 70 6.0 -0.6
Majority 31 2.6 +0.8
Turnout 1,173 41.4 -31.2
Conservative hold Swing
Valley[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jane Ingham 399 39.9 +4.7
Liberal Democrat Peter Roberts 294 29.4 -10.3
UKIP Jeffrey Bolter 131 13.1 +0.0
Labour Martha Evans 93 9.3 -2.7
Green Les Adams 82 8.2 +8.2
Majority 105 10.5
Turnout 999 34.0 -12.2
Conservative hold Swing
Warlingham East, Chelsham and Farleigh[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Pursehouse 707 45.0 +7.8
Conservative Chris Camden 608 38.7 -6.9
UKIP Martin Haley 255 16.2 +7.8
Majority 99 6.3
Turnout 1,570 36.9 -9.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Warlingham West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Cooley 591 62.6 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Wendy Pursehouse 218 23.1 -6.3
UKIP Arthur Haley 135 14.3 +5.6
Majority 373 39.5 +7.0
Turnout 944 35.5 -38.3
Conservative hold Swing
Westway[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Gosling 496 55.2 +12.9
Conservative Peter Brent 204 22.7 -22.1
Labour Robin Clements 120 13.3 +4.9
UKIP Christopher Bailey 79 8.8 +3.2
Majority 292 32.5
Turnout 899 30.4 -33.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Whyteleafe[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Dempsey 457 48.2 -2.2
Liberal Democrat David Lee 376 39.7 -2.5
UKIP Peter Gerlach 115 12.1 +12.1
Majority 81 8.5 +0.2
Turnout 948 34.4 -32.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Woldingham[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sally Marks 534 86.7 +8.1
Liberal Democrat David Martin 82 13.3 +1.1
Majority 452 73.4 +7.0
Turnout 616 41.2 -10.4
Conservative hold Swing

By-elections between 2012 and 2014[edit]

A by-election was held in Burstow, Horne and Outwood on 2 May 2013 after the resignation of Conservative councillor Michael Keenan over the introduction of same-sex marriage.[9][10] The seat was held for the Conservatives by Christopher Byrne with a majority of 151 votes over the UK Independence Party candidate Graham Bailey.[11]

Burstow, Horne and Outwood by-election 2 May 2013[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Byrne 699 48.7 -13.3
UKIP Graham Bailey 548 38.2 +17.1
Liberal Democrat Judy Wilkinson 188 13.1 +13.1
Majority 151 10.5 -30.4
Turnout 1,435 31.6 +1.7
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vote 2012". BBC News Online. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Haran, Brian; Davies, Michael (10 May 2012). "Pub landlord brings cheers as Tories stay in firm control". Tandridge Mirror (NewsBank). 
  3. ^ "No clues to council says survey". Caterham Mirror (NewsBank). 19 April 2012. p. 1. 
  4. ^ a b Brooks, Angela (1 May 2012). "Election: Voting on the horizon for Tandridge". Surrey Advertiser (NewsBank). 
  5. ^ Haran, Brian (12 April 2012). "Long-serving councillor set to step down". Tandridge Mirror (NewsBank). 
  6. ^ a b c d e Brooks, Angela (4 May 2012). "Election: Seat swap for Tories and Lib Dems". Surrey Advertiser (NewsBank). 
  7. ^ a b "Tandridge council remains in Conservative control after election". Surrey Mirror. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "District election results 2012". Tandridge District Council. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Angell, Gemma (21 February 2013). "East Surrey Conservative chairman resigns over gay marriage bill". Surrey Mirror. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Voters to go to the polls in the Life area on May 2". Redhill Reigate Horley Life. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "County Council election results in Life area". This Is Local London. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Burstow, Horne and Outwood". Tandridge District Council. Retrieved 8 March 2015.