2012 Cambridge City Council election

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The Guildhall, Cambridge, where City Councillors meet.

Elections for Cambridge City Council (in Cambridge, England) were held on Thursday 3 May 2012. One third of the council was up for election and the Liberal Democrats lost overall control of the council, to No Overall Control.[1]

Election result[edit]

The election result shown geographically.
Cambridge City Council Election Result 2012
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 8 4 0 +4 57.1 42.7 12,353 +8.4
  Liberal Democrat 4 0 4 -4 28.6 26.1 7,560 -1.7
  Conservative 1 1 0 +1 7.1 15.4 4,464 -5.8
  Green 0 0 1 -1 0.0 10.1 2,925 -5.0
  Independent 1 0 0 0 7.1 3.2 925 +2.8
  Cambridge Socialists 0 0 0 0 0.0 1.6 457 +0.6
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.4 129 -0.1
  United People's Party 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.4 105 +0.4

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This result has the following consequences for the total number of seats on the Council after the elections:

Party Previous council New council
Liberal Democrats 25 21
Labour 15 19
Green 1 0
Independent 1 1
Conservatives 0 1
Cambridge Socialists 0 0
UKIP 0 0
United People's Party 0 0
Total 42 42
Working majority  8   0 

The Liberal Democrats retained control of the Council, with the casting vote of the Mayor, though they lost a majority.[4][5] The overall turnout was 32.2%,[6]

Ward results[edit]

Note: in results where, in previous elections, two seats were up for election the party share of the vote is based on an average for those candidates who stood for that particular party in the election.

Unless stated otherwise, changes in party vote is in comparison with the 2011 Cambridge City Council election results.[7]

Abbey ward[edit]

Councillor Margaret Wright retired her Abbey seat. William Birkin was aiming to retain the vacated seat for the Greens.

Abbey ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: Abbey ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Johnson 963 54.4 +12.6
Green William Birkin 423 23.9 -7.6
Conservative Timothy Haire 219 12.4 -4.0
Liberal Democrat Christopher Brown 165 9.3 -1.0
Majority 540 30.5 +20.2
Rejected ballots 16
Turnout 1770 26.3 -11.2
Labour gain from Green Swing +10.1

Arbury ward[edit]

Councillor Mike Todd-Jones was defending his Arbury seat for the Labour and Co-operative Party.

Arbury ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: Arbury ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mike Todd-Jones 1,322 59.9 +19.4
Liberal Democrat Rhodri James 417 18.9 -12.5
Conservative Ali Meftah 237 10.7 -3.1
Green Stephen Lawrence 232 10.5 -1.1
Majority 905 41.0 +31.9
Rejected ballots 21
Turnout 2208 32.7 -15.1
Labour hold Swing +16.0

Castle ward[edit]

Councillor John Hipkin was defending his Castle seat as an independent candidate. Changes in vote is in comparison to 2008, when John Hipkin's seat was last contested.[8]

Castle ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: Castle ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent John Hipkin 925 49.5 +10.5
Labour Ashley Walsh 330 17.7 +7.4
Liberal Democrat Alan Levy 275 14.7 -17.7
Conservative Nikesh Pandit 173 9.3 -2.4
Green Jack Toye 164 8.8 +2.2
Majority 595 31.9 +25.3
Rejected ballots 5
Turnout 1867
Independent hold Swing +1.6

Cherry Hinton ward[edit]

Councillor Robert Dryden was defending his Cherry Hinton seat for Labour.

Cherry Hinton ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: Cherry Hinton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert Dryden 1556 73.2 +22.8
Conservative Angela Ozturk 385 18.1 -11.4
Liberal Democrat Keith Edkins 185 8.7 +1.1
Majority 1171 55.1 +35.4
Rejected ballots 16
Turnout 2126
Labour hold Swing +17.1

Coleridge ward[edit]

Councillor George Owers was defending his Coleridge seat for Labour, having gained it in a 2010 by-election.

Coleridge ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: Coleridge ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Owers 1228 59.6 +12.7
Conservative Sam Barker 422 20.5 -9.8
Green Shaun Esgate 228 11.1 -1.7
Liberal Democrat Thomas Yates 183 8.9 -1.0
Majority 806 39.1 +22.5
Rejected ballots 10
Turnout 2061
Labour hold Swing +11.3

East Chesterton ward[edit]

Councillor Roman Znajek retired his East Chesterton seat. Tony Morris was aiming to retain the vacated seat for the Liberal Democrats.

East Chesterton ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: East Chesterton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Margery Abbott 1,012 47.4 +9.0
Liberal Democrat Tony Morris 438 20.5 -10.4
Conservative Kevin Francis 317 14.8 -1.7
Green Peter Pope 241 11.3 +0.6
UKIP Peter Burkinshaw 129 6.0 +2.4
Majority 574 26.9 +19.4
Rejected ballots 10
Turnout 2137
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +9.7

King's Hedges ward[edit]

Councillor Neil McGovern was defending his King's Hedges seat for the Liberal Democrats.

King's Hedges ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: King's Hedges ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Nigel Gawthorpe 827 48.4 +8.4
Liberal Democrat Neil McGovern 576 33.7 +1.4
Conservative Annette Karimi 199 11.7 -5.6
United People's Party (UK) Ian Tyes 105 6.2 +0.1
Majority 251 14.7 +7.0
Rejected ballots 12
Turnout 1707
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +3.5

Market ward[edit]

Councillor Tim Bick was defending his Market seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Market ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: Market ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Tim Bick 615 35.6 +7.6
Labour Noel Kavanagh 505 29.3 +4.6
Green Brett Hughes 349 20.2 -4.0
Conservative Edward Turnham 257 14.9 -8.1
Majority 110 6.4 +3.1
Rejected ballots 13
Turnout 1726
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +1.5

Newnham ward[edit]

Councillor Sian Reid was defending her Newnham seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Newnham ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: Newnham ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Sian Reid 917 44.5 +9.3
Labour Sarah Cain 641 31.1 +4.2
Conservative Andre Beaumont 263 12.8 -9.3
Green Billy Aldridge 241 11.7 -4.1
Majority 276 13.4 +5.1
Rejected ballots 14
Turnout 2062
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +2.6

Petersfield ward[edit]

Councillor Gail Marchant-Daisley was defending her Petersfield seat for Labour.

Petersfield ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: Petersfield ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gail Marchant-Daisley 1036 56.6 +7.7
Liberal Democrat Zoe O'Connell 322 17.6 -3.9
Green Sandra Billington 263 14.4 -3.0
Conservative Pater Patrick 209 11.4 -0.9
Majority 714 39.0 +11.6
Rejected ballots 10
Turnout 1830
Labour hold Swing +5.8

Queen Edith's ward[edit]

Councillor Amanda Taylor was defending her Queen Edith's seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Queen Edith's ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: Queen Edith's ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sue Birtles 1048 38.9 +18.9
Liberal Democrat Amanda Taylor 963 35.7 -5.4
Conservative Richard Jeffs 513 19.0 -6.9
Green Martin Lawson 172 6.4 -6.6
Majority 121 4.5 -10.7
Rejected ballots 14
Turnout 2696
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +12.2

Romsey ward[edit]

Councillor Catherine Smart was defending her Romsey seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Romsey ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2011: Romsey ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Catherine Smart 1020 41.4 +12.3
Labour Rachel Eckersley 813 33.0 -0.3
Cambridge Socialists Tom Woodcock 457 18.5 +18.5
Conservative Philip Salway 175 7.1 -4.9
Majority 207 8.4 +4.2
Rejected ballots 15
Turnout 2465
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +6.3

Trumpington ward[edit]

Councillor Salah Al Bander was defending his Trumpington seat for the Liberal Democrats.

Trumpington ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: Trumpington ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Shapour Meftah 723 36.6 +4.9
Liberal Democrat Salah Al Bander 644 32.6 -3.5
Labour Kenny Latunde-Dada 321 16.3 -1.2
Green Ceri Galloway 287 14.5 -0.1
Majority 79 4.0 +0.4
Rejected ballots 8
Turnout 1975
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +4.2

West Chesterton ward[edit]

Councillor Ian Nimmo-Smith retired his West Chesterton seat. Mike Pitt was aiming to retain the vacated seat for the Liberal Democrats.

West Chesterton ward
Cambridge City Council Elections 2012: West Chesterton ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Mike Pitt 840 36.7 -1.8
Labour Mike Sargeant 751 32.8 +5.6
Conservative James Strachan 372 16.3 -1.8
Green Oliver Perkins 325 14.2 -1.9
Majority 89 3.9 -7.4
Rejected ballots 14
Turnout 2288
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -3.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Election/RESULTS-Cambridge-City-Council-02052012.htm,
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 September 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/vote2012/council/E07000008.stm
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/democracy/mgElectionElectionAreaResults.aspx?EID=9&RPID=14474950
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)