2014 Reading Borough Council election

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Map of the results of the 2014 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 22 May 2014, with 15 council seats up for election. The Labour Party repeated their wins of 2012 gaining Church, Katesgrove, Redlands, Kentwood and Caversham wards, giving them a total of 31 Councillors. The Conservative Party lost three seats but gained Peppard ward from an independent. The Liberal Democrats lost two seats but held Tilehurst ward. The Green Party held Park ward including a by-election caused by the resignation of one of their Councillors. UKIP stood a record number of candidates at the election but failed to gain any council seats.

The elections were held on the same day as the 2014 European Elections.

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Party Seats   +/-  
Labour 31 +5
Conservative 10 -2
Green Party 3 0
Liberal Democrats 2 -2
Independent 0 -1
Labour hold

Election result[edit]

Reading Borough Council Election, 2014
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 11 +5 0 +5 70% 39.0% 15,024 -6.0%
  Conservative 2 +1 -3 -2 12% 25.5% 9,826 -2.3%
  Green 2 0 0 0 12% 13.6% 5,243 +2.5%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0% 8.9% 3,446 +8.3%
  Liberal Democrat 1 0 -2 -2 6% 8.9% 3,414 -1.1%
  Independent 0 0 -1 -1 0% 3.9% 1,487 +0.2%
  The Roman Party Ave! 0 0 0 0 0% 0.1% 43 0%
  TUSC 0 0 0 0 0% 0.1% 23 N/A

NoteThe figures above for votes and vote percentages do not include the Park by-election.

Ward results[edit]

Abbey Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bet Tickner 1,195 49% -9.7%
Conservative Laurence Taylor 475 19.4% +1.3%
Green Richard Black 315 12.9% +1.2%
UKIP Stephen George 236 9.6% +9.6%
Liberal Democrat James Moore 218 8.9% +2.0%
Majority 720 29.5% -10.7%
Turnout 2,439 25% +5.0%
Labour hold Swing -6.0%
Battle Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sarah Hacker 1,255 57.0% +3.0%
Conservative Imraan Ishtiaq 442 20.0% -7.7%
Green Alan Lockey 293 13.3% +3.3%
Liberal Democrat Glenn Goodall 167 7.5% +1.9%
The Roman Party Ave! Jean-Louis Pascual 43 1.9% -0.3%
Majority 813 36.9% 10.7%
Turnout 2,220 28% +3.0%
Labour hold Swing +5.3%
Caversham Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rachael Chrisp 1,081 37.0% -12.0%
Conservative Geoff Poland 894 30.6% -3.6%
Green Jenny Hicks 362 12.3% +2.0%
UKIP Michael Diamond 348 11.9% +11.9%
Liberal Democrat Christopher Burden 212 7.2% +0.7%
TUSC Silvia Vousden 23 0.7% +0.7%
Majority 187 6.4% -7.8%
Turnout 2920 39% +4.0%
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -4.2%
Church Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ashley Pearce 919 41.3% -9.2%
Conservative Paul Carnell 577 25.9% -8.4%
UKIP Ann Zebedee 380 17.1% +17.1%
Green Vivienne Johnson 238 10.7% +3.2%
Liberal Democrat Margaret McNeill 108 4.8% +0.2%
Majority 342 15.3% -0.8%
Turnout 2,222 26% +1.0%
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -0.4%
Katesgrove Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sophia James 992 48.5% -7.4%
Conservative Emma Warman 334 16.3% +1.5%
Green Louise Keane 278 13.6% +3.8%
UKIP John Dearing 248 12.1% +12.1%
Liberal Democrat Peter Kinsley 191 9.3% -6.8%
Majority 658 32.2% -7.5%
Turnout 2,043 28% +5.0%
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing -4.4%
Kentwood Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Glenn Dennis 989 35.9% -10.9%
Conservative Tom Steele 847 30.8% -4.6%
UKIP Howard Thomas 601 21.8% +21.8%
Green Ruth Shaffrey 178 6.4% 0.0%
Liberal Democrat Jon Walls 135 4.9% -0.5%
Majority 142 5.1% -6.2%
Turnout 2,750 37% +7.0%
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -3.1%
Minster Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Marian Livingston 1,090 44.3% -14.9%
Conservative Katie Black 664 27.0% +0.7%
UKIP Patrick Dillon 351 14.2% +14.2%
Green Hazel Murphy 226 10.8% +3.7%
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Fanti 128 5.2% -2.0%
Majority 426 17.3% -15.5%
Turnout 2,459 32% +3.0%
Labour hold Swing -7.8%
Norcot Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Debs Absolom 1,368 57.0% -11.8%
Conservative Clare Vose 573 23.9% +4.0%
Green David James Patterson 289 12.0% +6.2%
Liberal Democrat Georgina Hughes 169 7.0% -0.2%
Majority 795 33.1% -15.7%
Turnout 2,399 32% +5.0%
Labour hold Swing -7.9%
Park Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Rob White 1,669 53.3% +6.9%
Labour Anrish Kaur 936 29.9% -10.9%
Conservative Mohammad Basharat 320 10.2% -0.2%
UKIP Anne Armstrong 119 3.8% +3.8%
Liberal Democrat Rebecca Rye 84 2.6% +0.6%
Majority 733 23.4% +17.8%
Turnout 3,128 43% +8.0%
Green hold Swing +8.9%
Park Ward By-Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Josh Williams 1,569 51.1% +4.7%
Labour Matthew Lawrence 1,015 33.0% -7.8%
Conservative Shanaz Akhtar 391 12.7% +2.3%
Liberal Democrat Francis Jakeman 93 3.0% +1.0%
Majority 554 18.0% +12.4%
Turnout 3,068 43% +8.0%
Green hold Swing +6.3
Peppard Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Simon Robinson 1,027 31.8% -6.6%
Independent Mark Ralph 886 27.5% -0.3%
Labour Natalie Platts 509 15.8% +0.5%
UKIP John Knight 460 14.2% +14.2%
Green Kate Day 186 5.7% -1.7%
Liberal Democrat Jenny Woods 152 4.7% -5.7%
Majority 141 4.3% -6.3%
Turnout 3,220 42% +5.0%
Conservative gain from Independent Swing -3.1%
Redlands Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Absolom 1,047 44.9% -6.9%
Conservative Helen Hopper 430 18.4% +4.7%
Liberal Democrat Kirsten Bayes 341 14.6% -6.7%
Green Kizzi Murtagh 337 14.4% +1.8%
UKIP Robert Derek Allen 173 7.4% +7.4%
Majority 617 26.5% -3.9%
Turnout 2,328 31% +5.0%
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing -5.8%
Southcote Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Ennis 1,286 57.5% -7.5%
Conservative Ellis Wiggins 626 28.0% +5.2%
Green Doug Cresswell 213 9.5% +4.2%
Liberal Democrat Madeline Adams 110 4.9% -1.8%
Majority 660 29.5% -12.7%
Turnout 2,235 34% +2.0%
Labour hold Swing -6.3%
Thames Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Stevens 1,486 45.5% +0.6%
Labour Richard Stainthorp 766 23.4% +1.2%
Green Sarah McNamara 385 11.8% +0.8%
Independent John Dickson 332 10.1% -1.3%
Liberal Democrat Guy William Gipps Penman 293 8.9% -1.1%
Majority 720 22.0% -0.7%
Turnout 3,262 44% +6.0%
Conservative hold Swing -0.3%
Tilehurst Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Ricky Duveen 1,013 37.2% -1.4%
Conservative Robert Vickers 643 23.6% -2.4%
UKIP William Stewart Graham MacPhee 530 19.4% +10.0%
Labour Haji Banaras 429 15.7% -6.2%
Green Miriam Kennet 107 3.9% +0.2%
Majority 370 13.5% +0.9%
Turnout 2,722 38% +6.0%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing -1.9%
Whitley Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rachel Eden 1,162 53.2% -11.2%
Conservative Nick Brown 488 22.3% +4.4%
Independent Jamie Steven Wake 269 12.3% +7.7%
Green Keith Martin Johnson 169 7.7% +3.9%
Liberal Democrat Janel Blatter 93 4.2% +1.0%
Majority 674 30.9% -15.6%
Turnout 2,181 26.0% +4.0%
Labour hold Swing -7.8%

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