Carlisle City Council election, 2010

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Map of the results of the 2010 Carlisle City Council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red, Liberal Democrats in yellow and independent in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2010.

The 2010 Carlisle City Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Carlisle District Council in Cumbria, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

Before the election Labour were the largest party with 23 councillors, compared to 21 Conservatives, 7 Liberal Democrats and 1 independent.[3] However the council was run by a coalition between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.[4]

18 seats were being contested at the election by a total of 68 candidates.[4] Both the Conservative and Labour parties stood in all 18 seats, while there were 10 Liberal Democrat candidates, 9 British National Party, 6 Green Party, 5 Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, 1 UK Independence Party and 1 independent.[4] The Socialist and Trade Union candidates included 2 former Labour mayors, Craig Johnston and John Metcalfe, while the independent Robert Betton had won Botcherby on Cumbria County Council at the 2009 election and was facing the same Labour opponent, Anne Glendinning, as in 2009.[4]

Election result[edit]

No party won a majority, with Labour remaining the largest party on 23 seats, but the Conservatives gained a seat to move to 22 councillors.[5] The Liberal Democrats lost 2 seats to drop to 5 councillors, while a second independent councillor was elected to the council.[5] Overall turnout at the election was 64.5%, up from 38.1% in 2008.[3] This was as the election took place at the same time as the general election, where Conservative John Stevenson gained Carlisle constituency from Labour by 853 votes.[6]

Labour gained Morton from the Liberal Democrats, defeating the Liberal Democrat group leader Peter Farmer, who announced his retirement from politics after his defeat.[5] However Labour fell 14 votes short of taking Castle from the Liberal Democrats and lost Botcherby to independent Robert Betton.[5] Meanwhile, the Conservatives gained Dalston from the Liberal Democrats, after the sitting Liberal Democrat councillor Steven Tweedie stepped down at the election.[5]

Following the election Reg Watson became the new leader of the Labour group on the council, as Michael Boaden had stepped down after being defeated as Labour candidate at the general election.[7] Conservative Mike Mitchelson, who held his seat at the election,[5] was re-elected as leader of the council,[8] continuing the alliance with the Liberal Democrats.[9]

Carlisle local election result 2010[3][2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 8 1 0 +1 44.4 39.5 19,430 -1.3%
  Labour 8 1 1 0 44.4 36.4 17,931 +5.8%
  Liberal Democrat 1 0 2 -2 5.6 13.5 6,646 -0.4%
  Independent 1 1 0 +1 5.6 2.3 1,119 -3.1%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 3.2 1,588 +3.2%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 2.9 1,418 -5.7%
  TUSC 0 0 0 0 0 1.5 738 +1.5%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.7 326 +0.7%

Ward results[edit]

Belah[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gareth Ellis 1,961 57.7 -8.9
Labour Graham Bartlett 1,438 42.3 +18.6
Majority 523 15.4 -27.5
Turnout 3,399 70.5 +32.4
Conservative hold Swing
Belle Vue[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jessica Riddle 1,209 42.9 +0.8
Conservative Paul Nedved 970 34.4 -3.8
Liberal Democrat Deborah Clode 447 15.9 +5.8
BNP Stephen Bingham 126 4.5 -5.1
Green Hazel Bowmaker 67 2.4 +2.4
Majority 239 8.5
Turnout 2,819 60.1 +24.0
Labour hold Swing
Botcherby[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Robert Betton 1,119 44.4 +22.2
Labour Anne Glendinning 822 32.6 -3.5
Conservative Hannah Dolan 443 17.6 -13.8
BNP Karl Chappell 134 5.3 -5.0
Majority 297 11.8
Turnout 2,518 55.0 +24.2
Independent gain from Labour Swing
Brampton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mike Mitchelson 1,266 54.5 -20.6
Liberal Democrat George Eltherington 535 23.0 +23.0
Labour Jamie Hendry 522 22.5 -2.4
Majority 731 31.5 -18.8
Turnout 2,323 65.6 +30.8
Conservative hold Swing
Castle[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Olwyn Luckley 816 35.0 -9.3
Labour Willie Whalen 802 34.4 +10.8
Conservative David Horley 553 23.7 +7.5
Green Stephen Graham 161 6.9 +6.9
Majority 14 0.6 -20.1
Turnout 2,332 53.8 +24.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Currock[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Heather Bradley 1,263 50.0 +3.8
Conservative Mark Hodgson 635 25.2 +6.1
Liberal Democrat Terence Jones 371 14.7 +8.1
BNP Ben Whittingham 167 6.6 -21.5
TUSC Brent Kennedy 88 3.5 +3.5
Majority 628 24.9 +6.7
Turnout 2,524 55.2 +21.6
Labour hold Swing
Dalston[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Craig 1,715 47.5 +7.1
Liberal Democrat John Wyllie 1,241 34.3 -15.9
Labour Grant Warwick 658 18.2 +8.8
Majority 474 13.1
Turnout 3,614 74.7 +27.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Denton Holme[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Atkinson 1,530 55.5 +12.0
Conservative Barbara Eden 842 30.5 +6.4
TUSC John Metcalfe 253 9.2 +9.2
BNP Glen Gardner 133 4.8 -7.0
Majority 688 24.9 +5.5
Turnout 2,758 58.5 +26.8
Labour hold Swing
Harraby[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dave Weedall 1,495 50.3 +8.6
Conservative Virginia Marriner 966 32.5 +1.2
BNP David Fraser 258 8.7 -7.9
Green Arthur Paynter 185 6.2 +6.2
TUSC Martin Robertshaw 71 2.4 +2.4
Majority 529 17.8 +7.3
Turnout 2,975 61.5 +27.1
Labour hold Swing
Irthing[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Syd Bowman 710 58.1 -21.0
Liberal Democrat Christine Eltherington 306 25.0 +25.0
Labour Beth Furneaux 206 16.9 -4.0
Majority 404 33.1 -25.1
Turnout 1,222 75.6 +38.2
Conservative hold Swing
Longtown and Rockcliffe[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ray Bloxham 935 43.7 -20.3
Liberal Democrat Ian Highmore 800 37.4 +37.4
Labour Helen Horne 281 13.1 -22.9
BNP Chris Davidson 124 5.8 +5.8
Majority 135 6.3 -21.7
Turnout 2,140 64.0 +32.7
Conservative hold Swing
Morton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Colin Stothard 1,180 37.5 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Peter Farmer 1,105 35.1 -0.5
Conservative Michael Randall 546 17.4 +6.6
BNP Gillian Forrester 164 5.2 -15.5
TUSC Tony Brown 150 4.8 +4.8
Majority 75 2.4
Turnout 3,145 66.3 +19.1
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
St. Aidans[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anne Quilter 1,194 44.4 +2.2
Conservative Stewart Blake 794 29.5 +0.6
Green John Reardon 550 20.5 +20.5
BNP Tony Carvell 149 5.5 -9.3
Majority 400 14.9 +1.6
Turnout 2,687 58.2 +24.1
Labour hold Swing
Stanwix Rural[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Marilyn Bowman 1,583 60.7 -17.0
Liberal Democrat Peter Sanderson 550 21.1 +21.1
Labour Niall Hendry 477 18.3 -4.0
Majority 1,033 39.6 -15.9
Turnout 2,610 71.6 +33.0
Conservative hold Swing
Stanwix Urban[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Elizabeth Mallinson 1,935 53.5 -7.7
Labour Paul Thurn 1,231 34.0 +7.7
Green Dallas Brewis 452 12.5 +12.5
Majority 704 19.5 -15.4
Turnout 3,618 76.1 +35.0
Conservative hold Swing
Upperby[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Wilson 1,176 50.9
Conservative Georgina Clarke 496 21.5
Liberal Democrat James Osler 475 20.6
BNP Ashleigh Tomlinson 163 7.1
Majority 680 29.4
Turnout 2,310 56.3 +20.2
Labour hold Swing
Wetheral[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Neville Lishman 1,727 60.7 -17.8
Labour Roger Horne 794 27.9 +6.4
UKIP Geoff Round 326 11.5 +11.5
Majority 933 32.8 -24.1
Turnout 2,847 76.5 +32.7
Conservative hold Swing
Yewdale[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Steven Bowditch 1,653 49.3 +7.8
Conservative Kate Rowley 1,353 40.3 -3.2
TUSC Craig Johnston 176 5.2 +5.2
Green Ian Brewis 173 5.2 +5.2
Majority 300 8.9
Turnout 3,355 69.9 +25.5
Labour hold Swing

By-elections between 2010 and 2011[edit]

A by-election was held on 16 September 2010 for Stanwix Urban, after John Stevenson resigned from the council on being elected as a Member of Parliament.[10] The seat was held for the Conservatives by Paul Nedved with a majority of 400 over Labour.[10]

Stanwix Urban by-election 16 September 2010[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Nedved 888 57.0 +3.5
Labour Jackie Franklin 488 31.3 -2.7
Green Hazel Bowmaker 96 6.2 -6.3
English Democrat Adam Pearson 85 5.5 +5.5
Majority 400 25.7 +6.2
Turnout 1,557 32.0 -44.1
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carlisle". BBC News Online. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Local elections 2010". guardian.co.uk. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Carlisle City Council Elections – 2010". Carlisle City Council. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Seven political parties to fight Carlisle City Council elections". Cumberland News. 16 April 2010. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Whittle, Julian (8 May 2010). "Business as usual for Carlisle City Council". News and Star. Retrieved 4 December 2011. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "John Stevenson wins Carlisle for the Conservatives". North-West Evening Mail. 7 May 2010. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Carlisle Council's new Labour group leader praises defeated Boaden". News and Star. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2011. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Mary Styth is new Carlisle mayor". News and Star. 24 May 2010. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Whittle, Julian (27 May 2010). "Carlisle Council cuts size of ruling executive". News and Star. Retrieved 4 December 2011. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ a b c Whittle, Julian (24 September 2010). "Paul wins city seat for Tories". Cumberland News. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2011.