Wokingham Borough Council election, 2011

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Map of the results of the 2011 Wokingham council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in grey were not contested in 2011.

The 2011 Wokingham Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Wokingham Unitary Council in Berkshire, 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]

A total of 72 candidates contested the 18 seats which were up for election.[3] These were 18 Conservative, 17 Liberal Democrat, 16 Labour, 10 Green Party, 10 United Kingdom Independence Party and 1 independent candidates.[3][4] Councillors standing down at the election included Conservatives Pam Stubbs and Steve Chapman from Barkham and Sonning wards respectively.[4]

Issues in the election included plans for a new supermarket and traffic congestion.[5]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives hold control of the council after gaining 2 seats from the Liberal Democrats to have 45 of the 54 seats.[6] The Liberal Democrats were reduced to 9 seats after the party lost 2 of the 4 seats they had been defending in Bulmershe and Whitegates and Winnersh.[6] The Conservatives held all 14 seats they had been defending and among the winners for the party was Abdul Loyes, who returned to the council for Loddon one year after losing his seat there.[5]

The Liberal Democrat leader on the council, Pru Bray, put the defeats down to national events, with the party being part of the national coalition government.[5] Meanwhile the Conservative leader of the council, David Lee, described the results as "brilliant" and attributed them to "hard work" in the campaign and over the previous year.[5]

Wokingham Local Election Result 2011[7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 16 2 0 +2 88.9 52.4 23,459 +1.5%
  Liberal Democrat 2 0 2 -2 11.1 25.6 11,449 -9.7%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 13.3 5,967 +5.1%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 4.3 1,913 +2.6%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 3.9 1,726 +0.2%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 283 +0.6%

Ward results[edit]

Barkham[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Kaiser 745 65.5 -10.9
Liberal Democrat Stephen Bacon 393 34.5 +15.8
Majority 352 30.9 -26.8
Turnout 1,138
Conservative hold Swing
Bulmershe and Whitegates[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Shahid Younis 1,154 36.5 +1.2
Liberal Democrat Lesley Hayward 1,050 33.2 -4.9
Labour Kyriakos Fiakkas 661 20.9 +1.7
UKIP Peter Jackson 176 5.6 +0.9
Green Adrian Windisch 121 3.8 +1.0
Majority 104 3.3
Turnout 3,162
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Coronation[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kate Haines 1,403 60.1 +7.3
Liberal Democrat Paddy Power 634 27.2 -4.2
Labour Pippa White 298 12.8 +4.6
Majority 769 32.9 +11.5
Turnout 2,335
Conservative hold Swing
Emmbrook[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Mirfin 1,863 56.1 +6.9
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Harley 741 22.3 -10.3
Labour Paul Sharples 444 13.4 +4.7
UKIP Stella Howell 272 8.2 -1.4
Majority 1,122 33.8 +17.2
Turnout 3,320
Conservative hold Swing
Evendons[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Bowring 1,778 56.1 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Carolyn Dooley 703 22.2 -11.9
Labour Tony Skuse 413 13.0 +5.0
UKIP Mike Spencer 278 8.8 +2.3
Majority 1,075 33.9 +16.5
Turnout 3,172
Conservative hold Swing
Hawkedon[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tim Holton 1,486 55.6 +7.0
Liberal Democrat Anthony Vick 731 27.3 -18.0
Labour Neville Waites 458 17.1 +17.1
Majority 755 28.2 +24.9
Turnout 2,675
Conservative hold Swing
Hillside[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Jorgensen 1,853 58.0 +11.5
Liberal Democrat Muir Ahmed 548 17.1 -23.1
Labour David Sharp 501 15.7 +5.4
Green Andrew Tunley 294 9.2 +9.2
Majority 1,305 40.8 +34.5
Turnout 3,196
Conservative hold Swing
Loddon[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Abdul Loyes 1,288 45.8 +4.0
Liberal Democrat Tom McCann 975 34.6 -8.3
Labour Roger Hayes 375 13.3 +1.5
Green Andrew Sansom 176 6.3 +2.8
Majority 313 11.1
Turnout 2,814
Conservative hold Swing
Maiden Erlegh[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Chopping 1,626 50.4
Liberal Democrat David Hare 725 22.5
Labour Jacqueline Rupert 579 18.0
Green Nicholas Marshall 295 9.1
Majority 901 27.9
Turnout 3,225
Conservative hold Swing
Norreys[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alistair Auty 1,630 53.4 +2.7
Liberal Democrat John Bray 455 14.9 -14.9
Labour Mary Gascoyne 452 14.8 +2.6
Independent Robin Smith 283 9.3 +9.3
UKIP Keith Knight 230 7.5 +0.1
Majority 1,175 38.5 +17.6
Turnout 3,050
Conservative hold Swing
Shinfield North[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Parry Batth 421 50.2 -5.9
Labour Christopher Bertrand 212 25.3 +9.7
Liberal Democrat Steven Scarrott 100 11.9 -5.4
Green Ann Bowen-Jones 57 6.8 +6.8
UKIP Joan Huntley 48 5.7 -5.3
Majority 209 24.9 -13.9
Turnout 838
Conservative hold Swing
Shinfield South[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Pollock 1,296 62.0
Green Marjory Bisset 507 24.3
Liberal Democrat Imogen Shepherd-Dubey 287 13.7
Majority 789 37.8
Turnout 2,090
Conservative hold Swing
Sonning[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Haines 977 72.5 -3.9
Labour Philippa Hills 168 12.5 +7.2
Green John Prior 136 10.1 +10.1
UKIP Geoff Bulpitt 67 5.0 +1.1
Majority 809 60.0 -2.0
Turnout 1,348
Conservative hold Swing
South Lake[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Kay Gilder 828 44.3 -2.8
Conservative Chris Smith 606 32.4 -2.3
Labour Ian Hills 315 16.9 +3.5
Green Julia Titus 119 6.4 +6.4
Majority 222 11.9 -0.5
Turnout 1,868
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Twyford[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Dee Tomlin 1,281 51.7 -16.6
Conservative Sam Hawkins 875 35.3 +8.8
Labour Roy Mantel 203 8.2 +5.1
UKIP Andrew Heape 118 4.8 +2.7
Majority 406 16.4 -25.4
Turnout 2,477
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Wescott[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julian McGhee-Sumner 1,125 54.3 -5.9
Liberal Democrat David Vaughan 426 20.6 +0.9
Labour John Woodward 268 12.9 +6.3
Green Martyn Foss 135 6.5 +6.5
UKIP Marcus Ellis 118 5.7 -4.9
Majority 699 33.7 -5.8
Turnout 2,072
Conservative hold Swing
Winnersh[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Houldsworth 1,284 42.3 +3.2
Liberal Democrat Rachelle Shepherd-Dubey 1,212 40.0 -9.3
Labour John Baker 287 9.5 +2.4
UKIP Tony Pollock 176 5.8 +1.3
Green Omar Hamid 73 2.4 +2.4
Majority 72 2.4
Turnout 3,032
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Wokingham Without[7][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Sleight 2,049 68.6 +8.3
Liberal Democrat Roland Cundy 360 12.1 -8.8
Labour Tim Jinkerson 333 11.2 +1.0
UKIP Graham Widdows 243 8.1 -0.6
Majority 1,689 56.6 +17.2
Turnout 2,985
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Election results 2011: English council summary results". guardian.co.uk. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Wokingham election candidates confirmed". Reading Chronicle. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Corbett, Victoria (18 April 2011). "Battle lines are drawn as election nears". getwokingham. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d Cook, Caroline (11 May 2011). "Borough election round up: Tories boost their numbers". getwokingham. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Final results for Wokingham Borough Council elections 2011". getwokingham. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Wokingham Borough Council Election and Referendum results – May 2011". Wokingham Borough Council. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 

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