2019 Colchester Borough Council election

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2019 Colchester Borough Council election

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17 seats (out of 51 seats)
26 seats needed for a majority
Turnout32.6% (Decrease 0.5%)
  First party Second party Third party
  Blank Blank Blank
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats Labour
Seats before 25 12 11
Seats won 6 6 3
Seats after 23 13 11
Seat change Decrease 2 Increase 1 Steady
Popular vote 15,387 11,638 7,740
Percentage 35.2 26.6 17.7
Swing Decrease 5.2 Increase 6.7 Decrease 7.6

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Blank Blank
Party Independent Green
Seats before 3 0
Seats won 1 1
Seats after 3 1
Seat change Steady Increase 1
Popular vote 2,775 5,939
Percentage 6.3 13.6
Swing Decrease 0.8 Increase 6.6

Elections to Colchester Borough Council were held on 2 May 2019. Seventeen members of the council (one-third of the whole) were up for election, one from each of the 17 wards.

Result Summary[edit]

Candidates by Party[edit]

Conservative Party (17/17)





Liberal Democrats (17/17)





Labour Party (17/17)





Green Party (17/17)





Independent (4/17)





UKIP (1/17)





Result[edit]

Results map of the Borough Council election
Colchester Borough Council election, 2019
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 6 Decrease 2 35.3 17 23 45.1 15,387 35.2 Decrease 5.2
  Liberal Democrats 6 Increase 1 35.3 7 13 25.5 11,638 26.6 Increase 6.7
  Labour 3 Steady 17.6 8 11 21.6 7,740 17.7 Decrease 7.6
  Independent 1 Steady 5.9 2 3 5.9 2,775 6.3 Decrease 0.8
  Green 1 Increase 1 5.9 0 1 2.0 5,939 13.6 Increase 6.6
  UKIP 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 248 0.6 New

Composition[edit]

Prior to the election, the composition of the council was:

12 11 3 25
Liberal Democrats Labour Ind Conservative

Following the election, the composition of the council was:

13 11 3 1 23
Liberal Democrats Labour Ind G Conservative

Ward results[edit]

The Statement of Nominated Persons was released on 4 April 2019 detailing the persons standing as candidates at the Borough Council election.[1]

Incumbent councillors are marked with an asterisk*

Berechurch[edit]

Berechurch ward
Berechurch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Chris Pearson* 1,058 53.2 Decrease9.4
Liberal Democrats Mick Spindler 490 24.6 Increase15.9
Conservative Fabian Green 301 15.1 Decrease9.9
Green Mary Bryan 142 7.1 Increase3.4
Majority 568 28.6 Decrease8.9
Turnout 1,991 27.4 Increase0.1
Labour Co-op hold Swing Decrease12.7

Castle[edit]

Castle ward
Castle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Mark Goacher 1,724 55.9 Increase25.6
Conservative Darius Laws* 901 29.2 Decrease1.5
Labour Victoria Weaver 268 8.7 Decrease16.0
Liberal Democrats Verity Wooley 193 6.3 Decrease8.0
Majority 823 26.7
Turnout 3,086 40.5 Increase0.7
Green gain from Conservative Swing Increase13.6

Greenstead[edit]

Greenstead ward
Greenstead
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tim Young* 971 47.7 Decrease3.8
Conservative Christopher Piggott 388 19.0 Decrease5.0
Liberal Democrats Chantelle-Louise Whyborn 281 13.8 Increase2.1
Independent Christopher Lee 228 11.2 Increase1.5
Green John Clifton 169 8.3 Increase5.1
Majority 583 28.7
Turnout 2,037 20.4 Decrease4.0
Labour hold Swing Increase0.6

Highwoods[edit]

Highwoods ward
Highwoods
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Bev Oxford* 1,119 52.6 Increase 7.2
Conservative Stephen Rowe 409 19.3 Decrease 8.3
Labour Jocelyn Law 247 11.6 Decrease 3.8
Liberal Democrats Mick Turrell 196 9.2 Increase 1.3
Green Robbie Spence 155 7.3 Increase 3.6
Majority 710 33.3
Turnout 2,126 29.4 Increase 1.8
Independent hold Swing Increase 7.8

Lexden & Braiswick[edit]

Lexden & Braiswick ward
Lexden & Braiswick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lewis Barber* 1,745 62.3 Decrease 3.9
Liberal Democrats Thomas Stevenson 442 15.8 Increase 0.9
Green Roger Bamforth 403 14.5 Increase 7.9
Labour Conrad Winch 209 7.5 Decrease 4.8
Majority 1,303 46.5
Turnout 2,799 39.2 Increase 1.4
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 1.5

Marks Tey & Layer[edit]

Marks Tey & Layer ward
Marks Tey & Layer
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Ellis* 1,560 64.6 Decrease 6.6
Green Matt Stemp 345 14.3 Increase 9.2
Liberal Democrats Mark Hull 328 13.6 Increase 2.9
Labour Jan Plummer 180 7.5 Decrease 5.6
Majority 1,215 50.3
Turnout 2,413 32.6 Decrease 2.1
Conservative hold Swing Increase7.9

Mersea & Pyefleet[edit]

Mersea & Pyefleet ward
Mersea & Pyefleet
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Patricia Moore* 1,026 30.3 Decrease11.7
Independent John Akker 969 28.6 Decrease8.2
Independent Carl Powling 459 13.5 New
Green Peter Banks 310 9.1 Decrease2.3
Labour Bry Mogridge 263 7.8 Increase1.1
UKIP David Broise 248 7.3 New
Liberal Democrats Jenny Stevens 114 3.4 Increase0.4
Majority 57 1.7 Decrease3.5
Turnout 3,389 42.4 Increase1.9
Conservative hold Swing Decrease 1.8

Mile End[edit]

Mile End ward
Mile End
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Phil Coleman* 1,447 62.2 Increase13.1
Conservative Natalie Rowe 463 19.9 Decrease10.4
Green Amanda Kirke 216 9.3 Increase5.2
Labour Sarah Ryder 201 8.6 Decrease6.1
Majority 984 42.7 Increase23.9
Turnout 2,327 28.6 Decrease2.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase11.8

No Independent candidate as previous (−1.8).

New Town & Christ Church[edit]

New Town & Christ Church ward
New Town & Christ Church
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Nick Cope* 1,128 36.2 Increase10.4
Labour Elisa Vasquez-Walters 992 31.9 Decrease9.8
Conservative Carla Hales 604 19.4 Decrease5.2
Green Bob Brannan 390 12.5 Increase6.9
Majority 136 4.3
Turnout 3,114 33.4 Decrease0.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase10.1

No Independent candidate as previous (−2.3).

Old Heath & The Hythe[edit]

Old Heath & The Hythe ward
Old Heath & The Hythe
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Adam Fox* 1,181 52.0 Decrease 9.5
Conservative Michael McDonnell 475 20.9 Increase 0.5
Green Andrew Canessa 323 14.2 Increase 9.0
Liberal Democrats Mark Kiley 292 12.9 Increase 3.7
Majority 706 31.1
Turnout 2,271 27.5 Decrease 3.3
Labour hold Swing Decrease 5.0

No Independent candidate as previous (−3.8).

Prettygate[edit]

Prettygate ward
Prettygate
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Beverly Davis* 1,520 54.1 Decrease 6.9
Liberal Democrats John Loxley 600 21.4 Increase 9.5
Labour Jamie Overland 351 12.5 Decrease 7.3
Green Clare Palmer 336 12.0 Increase 4.8
Majority 920 32.7
Turnout 2,807 36.3
Conservative hold Swing Increase 8.2

Rural North[edit]

Rural North ward
Rural North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nigel Chapman* 1,786 61.4 Decrease 7.1
Green Sue Bailey 454 15.6 Increase 6.0
Liberal Democrats Will Brown 445 15.3 Increase 5.2
Labour Judith Short 225 7.7 Decrease 4.1
Majority 1,332 45.8
Turnout 2,910 34.9 Increase 0.3
Conservative hold Swing Increase 6.6

Shrub End[edit]

Shrub End ward
Shrub End
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Sam McCarthy 878 41.6 Increase16.7
Conservative Vic Flores* 714 33.8 Decrease4.4
Labour Co-op Rosalind Scott 364 17.3 Decrease13.3
Green Blake Roberts 154 7.3 Increase2.5
Majority 164 7.8
Turnout 2,110 27.3 Increase1.8
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing Increase 10.6

No Independent candidate as previous (−3.8).

St. Anne's & St. John's[edit]

St. Anne's & St. John's ward
St. Anne's & St. John's
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Helen Chuah* 1,238 44.4 Increase 7.5
Conservative Thomas Rowe 1,118 40.1 Decrease 3.3
Green Megan Maltby 217 7.8 Increase 4.0
Labour HK Norman 213 7.7 Decrease 4.7
Majority 120 4.3
Turnout 2,786 34.3 Increase 0.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase 5.4

No Independent candidate as previous (−3.5).

Stanway[edit]

Stanway ward
Stanway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Lesley Scott-Boutell* 1,237 52.7 Increase 13.1
Conservative Jeremy Hagon 795 33.9 Decrease 12.1
Green Katie Francis 171 7.3 Increase 3.4
Labour John Spademan 143 6.1 Decrease 4.3
Majority 442 18.8
Turnout 2,346 35.0 Increase 1.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase 12.6

Tiptree[edit]

Tiptree ward
Tiptree
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Barbara Wood* 1,315 64.2 Decrease 2.4
Labour Paul Jeffs 303 14.8 Decrease 4.1
Green Wolfgang Fauser 232 11.3 Increase 6.0
Liberal Democrats Gemma Graham 198 9.7 Increase 0.5
Majority 1,012 49.4
Turnout 2,048 29.3 Decrease 0.1
Conservative hold Swing Increase 0.9

Wivenhoe[edit]

Wivenhoe ward
Wivenhoe
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Mark Cory* 2,131 67.3 Increase 17.8
Labour Harry Nathan 571 18.0 Decrease 18.7
Conservative Jodie Clark 267 8.4 Decrease 2.1
Green John McArthur 198 6.3 Increase 2.9
Majority 1,560 49.3
Turnout 3,167 39.1 Decrease 0.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing Increase 18.3

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