2010 Reading Borough Council election

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Map of the results of the 2010 Reading Borough Council election. Labour in red, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Conservatives in blue and the Greens in green.

Elections to Reading Borough Council took place on 6 May 2010 under the backdrop of the 2010 General Election, with 15 council seats up for election. The Labour Party continued to lose seats, losing Katesgrove ward to the Liberal Democrats and Park ward to the Green Party. The Conservatives held all their seats apart from Minster ward which was a surprise gain by Labour.

The election resulted in Reading Borough Council being left in no overall control. Shortly after the election the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats announced they would form a coalition to govern locally, ending over two decades of Labour control.

Election result[edit]

Reading Borough Council Election, 2010
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 5 0 1 -1 33.3% 35.1% 23,489 -5.1%
  Labour 6 2 2 0 40.0% 31.1% 20,793 -0.9%
  Liberal Democrat 3 1 0 +1 20.0% 25.6% 17,128 +8.1%
  Green 1 1 0 +1 6.6% 6.6% 4,453 -1.4%
  Common Sense 0 0 0 0 0.0% 0.6% 440 -0.1%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0.0% 0.6% 428 +0.6%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0.0% 0.0% 44 -0.9%
  The Roman Party Ave! 0 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 26 -0.6%

Ward results[edit]

Abbey Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bet Tickner 1,612 36.9% -11.1%
Conservative Andrew Waters 1,285 29.5% -2.5%
Liberal Democrat Jane Marsden 1,258 28.9% +18.0%
Green Mark Walker 206 4.7% -3.2%
Majority 327 7.4%
Turnout 4,361 53%
Labour hold Swing -6.8%
Battle Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sarah-Jane Hacker 1,778 46.0% -2.5%
Conservative Ali Asghar 935 24.1% -1.8%
Liberal Democrat Uda Chalk 804 20.7% +7.2%
Green Alan Lockey 175 4.5% -7.1%
Common Sense Michael Diamond 155 4.0% +4.0%
The Roman Party Ave! Jean-Louis Pascual 26 0.6% +0.6%
Majority 843 21.7%
Turnout 3,873 56%
Labour gain from Independent Swing -2.2%
Caversham Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Cumpsty 1,979 41.7% -9.5%
Liberal Democrat Christopher Burden 1,336 28.1% +17.1%
Labour Lesley Owen 1,142 24.0% -3.8%
Green David Patterson 289 6.1% -4.0%
Majority 643 13.5%
Turnout 4,746 67.0%
Conservative hold Swing -13.3%
Church Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Harris 1,465 39.7% -5.6%
Labour Malcolm Powers 1,185 32.1% -4.5%
Liberal Democrat Mark Whiley 844 22.9% +12.9%
Green Vivienne Johnson 187 5.0% -2.7%
Majority 280 7.6%
Turnout 3,681 54.0%
Conservative hold Swing -5.0%
Katesgrove Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Rebecca Rye 1,302 36.0% -2.7%
Labour Matt Rodda 1,224 33.9% -3.2%
Conservative Emily Fraser 867 24.0% +6.6%
Green Volker Heinemann 172 4.7% +0.1%
Independent Michael Turberville 44 1.2% +1.2%
Majority 78 0.2%
Turnout 3,609 54.0%
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing -2.9%
Kentwood Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jenny Rynn 1,971 41.6% -4.8%
Labour Daya Pal Singh 1,366 28.8% +3.8%
Liberal Democrat Margaret McNeill 972 20.5% +5.5%
Common Sense Howard Thomas 285 6.0% -3.2%
Green Eloise Murray-Robertson 142 2.9% -1.1%
Majority 605 12.7%
Turnout 4,736 64.0%
Conservative hold Swing -4.3%
Minster Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Marian Livingstone 1,722 38.6% -5.7%
Conservative Simon Bazley 1,648 37.0% -5.3%
Liberal Democrat Michael Taylor 903 20.2% +11.6%
Green Sunil Gandhi 187 4.2% +0.1%
Majority 74 1.7%
Turnout 4,460 62.0%
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -5.5%
Norcot Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Jones 1,915 44.6% -6.4%
Conservative Nazir Bashir 1,261 29.4% -4.2%
Liberal Democrat Julie Hopkins 910 21.2% +11.7%
Green Jennifer Lawrence 203 4.7% -0.9%
Majority 654 15.2%
Turnout 4,289 61.0%
Labour hold Swing -5.3%
Park Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Rob White 1,845 38.8% +5.8%
Labour Richard McKenzie 1,275 26.8% -7.0%
Conservative John Walker 828 17.4% -6.0%
Liberal Democrat Alexander Kirke 804 16.9% +7.4%
Majority 570 12.0%
Turnout 4,752 66.0%
Green gain from Labour Swing +6.4%
Peppard Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Ralph 2,941 53.1% -2.9%
Liberal Democrat Pauline Callow 1,400 25.3% -7.4%
Labour Helen Hathaway 840 15.1% +7.7%
UKIP John Dearing 188 3.3% +3.3%
Green Patrick Little 161 2.9% -0.6%
Majority 1,541 27.8%
Turnout 5,530 74%
Conservative hold Swing -5.5%
Redlands Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Daisy Benson 1,867 44.0% +3.9%
Labour Kelly Edwards 1,105 26.0% -5.9%
Conservative Leo Lester 1,006 23.7% +2.2%
Green Miriam Kennet 264 6.2% -0.7%
Majority 762 18.0%
Turnout 4,242 59.0%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +4.9%
Southcote Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Ennis 1,836 45.3% -5.4%
Conservative Robert Vickers 1,466 36.2% -4.3%
Liberal Democrat Susan Bicknell 638 15.7% +10.5%
Green James Towell 108 2.6% -0.6%
Majority 370 9.1%
Turnout 4,048 65.0%
Labour hold Swing -4.8%
Thames Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Stevens 2,878 51.5% -13.6%
Liberal Democrat Guy Penman 1,503 26.9% +14.6%
Labour Nicholas Stringer 933 16.7% +1.8%
Green Danny McNamara 267 4.8% -2.7%
Majority 1,375 24.6%
Turnout 5,581 77%
Conservative hold Swing -14.1%
Tilehurst Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Ricky Duveen 1,920 40.0% -1.9%
Conservative Sandra Vickers 1,663 34.6% -4.1%
Labour Haji Banaras 860 17.9% +2.6%
UKIP Daniel Thomas 240 5.0% +5.0%
Green Doug Cresswell 113 2.3% -1.5%
Majority 257 5.3%
Turnout 4,796 67%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -3%
Whitley Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rachel Eden 1,980 48.4% -5.1%
Conservative James Anderson 1,306 31.9% -1.8%
Liberal Democrat Roy Haines 667 16.3% +9.7%
Green Keith Martin Johnson 134 3.2% -2.5%
Majority 674 16.4%
Turnout 4,087 54%
Labour hold Swing -3.4%

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