Weymouth and Portland Borough Council election, 2010

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The 2010 Weymouth and Portland Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council in Dorset, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

Before the election the Conservatives had exactly half of the seats with 18, compared to 10 for the Liberal Democrats, 5 Labour and 3 independents.[3] 36 candidates were standing for the 12 seats being contested with the Conservatives defending 7, Labour 2, independents 2 and Liberal Democrats 1.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives remain as the largest party with 18 of the 36 seats but without a majority.[4] They gained one seat in Tophill West which had been previously held by independent Steven Flew before he stood down at the election.[4] However the Conservatives lost another seat in Melcombe Regis to the Liberal Democrats, with the winning candidate Ray Banham returning to the council on which he had previously served for 10 years.[4] Ian James narrowly held Westham East ward for the Conservatives after having defected from the Liberal Democrats in 2008, while his wife Christine James held Westham North for the Liberal Democrats.[4]

Weymouth and Portland Local Election Result 2010[2][5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 7 1 1 0 58.3 40.0 11,211 -0.3%
  Labour 2 0 0 0 16.7 30.8 8,637 +9.4%
  Liberal Democrat 2 1 0 +1 16.7 21.5 6,043 -10.0%
  Independent 1 0 1 -1 8.3 4.9 1,367 -1.0%
  Citizens' Action Party 0 0 0 0 0 1.9 524 +1.9%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 275 +0.1%

Ward results[edit]

Littlemoor[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Tewkesbury 1,028 65.4 +7.3
Conservative Nigel Reed 544 34.6 -7.3
Majority 484 30.8 +14.6
Turnout 1,572 58.7 +23.2
Labour hold Swing
Melcombe Regis[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ray Banham 1,083 41.8
Conservative David Price 938 36.2
Labour Elaine Walker 568 21.9
Majority 145 5.6
Turnout 2,589 52.8 +23.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Preston[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hazel Bruce 1,763 50.5 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Richard Collings 1,345 38.5 -10.0
Labour Maureen Drake 385 11.0 +6.3
Majority 418 12.0
Turnout 3,493 80.2 +22.6
Conservative hold Swing
Tophill East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Margaret Leicester 657 36.6 -6.3
Conservative Richard Paisley 652 36.3 +36.3
Labour Sandy West 488 27.2 +14.1
Majority 5 0.3 -13.3
Turnout 1,797 69.8 +36.3
Independent hold Swing
Tophill West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Munro-Price 768 30.3 -18.4
Labour Jo Atwell 600 23.7 +3.6
Independent David Thurston 471 18.6 -12.6
Liberal Democrat Trefor Morgan 453 17.9 +17.9
Independent David Beaman 239 9.4 +9.4
Majority 168 6.6 -10.9
Turnout 2,531 62.1 +35.1
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Underhill[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Kimber 625 41.2 +24.1
Citizens' Action Party Richard Denton-White 524 34.5 -0.6
Conservative Amanda Munro 369 24.3 +15.1
Majority 101 6.7
Turnout 1,518 56.6 +22.6
Labour hold Swing
Upwey and Broadwey[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robbie Dunster 829 41.4 +5.3
Liberal Democrat Roger Genge 641 32.0 +5.7
Labour Stewart Pearson 531 26.5 -3.5
Majority 188 9.4 +3.3
Turnout 2,001 68.9 +26.7
Conservative hold Swing
Westham East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian James 611 34.8 +4.7
Liberal Democrat Oz Kanji 595 33.9 -12.2
Labour Andy Blackwood 551 31.4 +7.6
Majority 16 0.9
Turnout 1,757 61.7 +35.9
Conservative hold Swing
Westham North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Christine James 1,193 42.7 -10.0
Conservative Andy Manvell 858 30.7 +5.8
Labour Michael Drake 743 26.6 +4.2
Majority 335 12.0 -15.8
Turnout 2,794 65.9 +31.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Wey Valley[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kevin Hodder 1,139 54.1 -7.9
Labour Alan Chedzoy 693 32.9 +2.5
Green Brian Heatley 275 13.1 +5.5
Majority 446 21.2 -10.4
Turnout 2,107 73.9 +28.5
Conservative hold Swing
Weymouth West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dominic Lonsdale 1,143 40.4 -14.4
Labour Colin Huckle 956 33.8 -11.4
Liberal Democrat Mark Fisher 733 25.9 +25.9
Majority 187 6.6 -3.0
Turnout 2,832 69.7 +30.8
Conservative hold Swing
Wyke Regis[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoff Petherick 1,597 52.1 -11.7
Labour Lucy Hamilton 1,469 47.9 +11.7
Majority 128 4.2 -23.4
Turnout 3,066 70.4 +32.7
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weymouth & Portland". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Local elections 2010". London: guardian.co.uk. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Weymouth: 36 stand for 12 seats on borough council". View Online. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d "No major political shift after Weymouth and Portland council elections". Dorset Echo. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Weymouth and Portland Live Local Election Results - May 2010". Weymouth & Portland Borough Council. Retrieved 2010-05-09.