Cheshire West and Chester Council election, 2011

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Cheshire West and Chester Council Election, 2011
United Kingdom
2008 ←
5 May 2011 → 2015

All 75 seats to Cheshire West and Chester Council
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat
Last election 55 13 4
Seats before 50 13 4
Seats won Decrease8 Increase19 Decrease3
Seats after 42 32 1

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party UKIP Independent
Last election 0 0
Seats before 1 4
Seats won Decrease1 Decrease4
Seats after 0 0

The 2011 elections to Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council were the first elections to this Council after it had been re-warded into a mixture of single-, two- and three-member wards. They took place on 5th May alongside the United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum, 2011. The previous election held for 2008 were based on the old Cheshire County Council electoral divisions each of which returned 3 members. The 2008 elections elected 72 members to serve first on the shadow authority and then, with effect from 1 April 2009, the new Council when it took over responsibility for the delivery of local government services.

Given the re-warding that took place in time for the 2011 elections, direct comparisons between the 2008 and 2011 results are problematic. Superficially the 2011 results give the impression of a dramatic swing to Labour when compared with the 2008 results—however, this is misleading. In 2008 the Labour Party was particularly unpopular, with the local government elections taking place shortly after the '10p tax rate' had been abolished, plunging Labour support to a particular low. This unpopularity, coupled with the then large electoral wards electing 3 councillors per ward, and the first-past-the-post system, very much favoured the then leading party in the opinion polls—the Conservatives—who, in 2008, won a much greater majority than had otherwise been predicted.

The 2011 elections with the re-warding took place one year into the national Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition at a time when support for the Liberal Democrats was at a particular low. Nationally Labour's support had rallied considerably when compared with 2008.

Before the elections in 2011 the majority Conservative party suffered a small number of defections principally almost certainly associated with existing councillors failing to be selected by the party to fight the seat of their choice.

The count at Northgate Arena.

As noted above the Conservatives had reduced in number from 55 to 50 through resignations, defections and withdrawal of the party whip associated with the processes for selection of candidates to fight the 2011 election.

Four political groups that had unsuccessfully put forward candidates in 2008, did not do so in 2011. Several deselected Conservatives stood without the party whip, but there were no other independent candidates.

Chester West and Chester Local Election Result 2011
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 42 -8 56.00 45.34 84,705 -8.66%
  Labour 32 +19 42.67 37.38 69,829 +13.68%
  Liberal Democrat 1 -3 1.33 11.90 22,223 -5.3%

Wards and candidates[edit]

Blacon[edit]

Blacon (3 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Reggie Jones 2,103 24.20
Labour Marie Nelson 1,906 21.93
Labour Carolyn Graham 1,725 19.85
Conservative Bob Blacker 850 9.78
Conservative Danny Worley 722 8.88
Conservative Nick Watkins 735 8.46
UKIP Alan Weddell 302 3.48
UKIP David Evans 297 3.42

Boughton[edit]

Boughton (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Robinson 960 52.09
Conservative Michael Turvey 744 40.37
Liberal Democrat James Latham 139 7.54

Chester City[edit]

Chester City (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Samantha Dixon 519 46.88
Conservative Pauline Brown 465 42.01
Liberal Democrat Sandy Clyne 82 7.41
UKIP David Scott 41 3.70

Chester Villages[edit]

Chester Villages ( Christleton, Guilden Sutton, Mickle Trafford and Waverton), (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stuart Parker 1,941 28.54
Conservative Margaret Parker 1,880 27.64
Labour Paul Cornwall 815 11.98
Independent Brian Bailey 812 11.94
Labour Steve Davies 758 11.15
Independent Michael Roberts 595 8.75

Davenham and Moulton[edit]

Davenham and Moulton (3 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Elton Watson 1,638 15.82
Conservative Helen Weltman 1,619 15.64
Conservative Gaynor Sinar 1,432 13.83
Labour Mark Green 1,056 10.2
Labour Robert Harmston 1,056 10.2
Labour David Speak 1,016 9.81
Liberal Democrat Arthur Wood 724 6.99
Independent Sarah Flannery 674 6.51
Green Howard Thorp 447 4.32
Independent Emma Guy 405 3.91
Independent Simon McDonald 285 2.75

Dodleston and Huntington[edit]

Dodleston and Huntington (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Williams 1,008 63.40
Labour John Creswick 372 23.40
Liberal Democrat Christopher Ward 210 13.21

Ellesmere Port Town[edit]

Ellesmere Port Town, (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Derek Bateman 1,522 45.47
Labour Justin Madders 1,212 36.21
Conservative Graham Pritchard 258 7.71
Conservative Gordon Meldrum 226 6.75
Liberal Democrat Michael Shipman 129 3.85

Elton[edit]

Elton (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Heatley 683 51.05
Labour Tony Mills 655 48.95

Farndon[edit]

Farndon (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Howard Greenwood 937 55.67
Liberal Democrat Paul Roberts 548 32.56
Labour Susan Pearson 198 11.76

Frodsham[edit]

Frodsham (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Dawson 1,801 30.55
Conservative Lynn Riley 1,625 27.57
Labour Anna Huchinson 1,163 19.73
Labour Kyle McGregor 1,021 17.32
Liberal Democrat Marilyn Theron 285 4.83

Garden Quarter[edit]

Garden Quarter (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bob Rudd 497 48.82
Conservative Aden Lucas 270 26.52
Liberal Democrat Sarah-Jane Smith 105 10.31
Green Simon Brown 74 7.27
UKIP Richard Lowe 72 7.07

Gowy[edit]

Gowy (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eleanor Johnson 1,118 64.81
Green Jackie Tait 248 14.38
Labour Nick Dixon 230 13.33
Liberal Democrat Andrew Hyde 129 7.48

Grange[edit]

Grange (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Sherlock 844 82.58
Conservative Sandra Evans 178 17.42

Great Boughton[edit]

Great Boughton (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Pamela Hall 1,551 22.84
Conservative Keith Board 1,502 22.12
Labour Helen Heaviside 827 12.18
Liberal Democrat Ann Farrell 795 11.71
Labour Peter Barnard 783 11.53
Liberal Democrat Rose Price 751 11.06
UKIP Peter Lowe 335 4.93
UKIP Charles Dodman 247 3.46

Handbridge Park[edit]

Handbridge Park (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Razia Daniels 2,406 31.43
Conservative Neil Sullivan 2,030 26.52
Labour Pamela Stanley 1,167 15.25
Labour Phillip Tate 1,016 13.27
Liberal Democrat Phil Taylor 392 5.12
Liberal Democrat Christopher Reeve 321 4.19
UKIP Wendy Moore 172 2.25
UKIP Peter Steele 150 1.96

Hartford and Greenbank[edit]

Hartford and Greenbank (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Herbert Manley 1,718 32.30
Conservative Keith Musgrave 1,694 31.85
Labour George Gibson 797 14.98
Labour Eric Mashiter 612 11.51
Liberal Democrat Allan Clark 498 9.36

Helsby[edit]

Helsby (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Leslie Ford 886 50.80
Labour Una Long 646 37.04
Liberal Democrat Joan Laming 212 12.16

Hoole[edit]

Hoole (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Bob Thompson 1,211 18.80
Labour Alex Black 1,108 17.20
Conservative John Ebo 989 15.35
Liberal Democrat David Mead 943 14.64
Conservative Lesley George 904 14.04
Labour Jason Stiles 740 11.49
Green Diana Wilderspin-Jones 273 4.24
Independent John Whittingham 110 1.71
UKIP Stephen Nichols 90 1.40
UKIP Roger Coston 73 1.13

Kingsley[edit]

Kingsley (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ralph Oultram 1,192 65.86
Labour Jill Peters 416 22.98
Liberal Democrat George England 202 11.16

Lache[edit]

Lache (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alexandra Tate 916 52.73
Conservative Mike Tomlinson 653 37.59
UKIP John Moore 96 5.53
Liberal Democrat Aminul Hassan 72 4.15

Ledsham and Manor[edit]

Ledsham and Manor (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gareth Anderson 1,213 24.53
Labour Keith Butcher 1,138 23.01
Labour Edward Lloyd 1,089 22.02
Conservative Graham Smith 1,067 21.58
UKIP Neil Gregory 246 4.97
Liberal Democrat Robert Taylor 192 3.88

Little Neston and Burton[edit]

Little Neston and Burton (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kay Loch 1,373 21.09
Labour Louise Gittins 1,036 15.91
Conservative Richard Short 989 15.19
Liberal Democrat Tony Cummins 961 14.76
Liberal Democrat Derek Gaskell 957 14.70
Labour Robert Perry 895 13.75
UKIP Henry Crocker 300 4.61

Malpas[edit]

Malpas (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ann Wright 988 69.77
Liberal Democrat Sherrie Roberts 253 17.87
Labour Nonny Shearer 175 12.36

Marbury[edit]

Marbury (3 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Malcolm Byram 2,328 22.27
Conservative Norman Wright 2,265 21.67
Conservative Don Hammond 2,035 19.47
Labour Gillian Gough 1,184 11.33
Labour Andy Stott 1,122 10.73
Labour Noel Huchinson 948 9.07
Liberal Democrat Alan Bailey 572 5.47

Neston[edit]

Neston (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrew Williams 708 51.83
Conservative William Mealor 549 40.19
Liberal Democrat Tom Marlow 109 7.98

Netherpool[edit]

Netherpool (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Diane Roberts 707 79.89
Conservative Nigel Hunt 178 20.11
Majority 529 59.77

Newton[edit]

Newton (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tom Parry 1,432 22.01
Conservative Adrian Walmsley 1,415 21.75
Labour Frank Baker 1,063 16.34
Labour Jenny Baker 1,042 16.02
Liberal Democrat Mark Williams 674 10.36
Liberal Democrat Neil Christian 643 9.88
UKIP Steven Woolfe 237 3.64

Parkgate[edit]

Parkgate (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brenda Dowding 1,085 66.77
Labour Susan Davies 393 24.18
Liberal Democrat Richard Farrance 147 9.05

Rossmore[edit]

Rossmore (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Pat Merrick 467 50.87
Socialist Labour Kenny Spain 251 27.34
Conservative John Wilson 200 21.79

Saughall and Mollington[edit]

Saughall and Mollington (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brian Crowe 917 46.74
Independent Andrew Storrar 705 35.93
Labour Janet Black 340 17.33

Shakerley[edit]

Shakerley (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Stocks 913 66.40
Labour Eira Bowden 324 23.56
Liberal Democrat Patricia Higgins 138 10.04

St Paul's[edit]

St Paul's (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Angela Claydon 1,496 32.56
Labour Ben Powell 1,329 28.92
Conservative Brian Anderson 760 16.54
Conservative Richard Soper 615 13.38
UKIP Andrew Roberts 231 5.03
Liberal Democrat Joan Butcher 164 3.57

Strawberry[edit]

Strawberry (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mark Henesy 962 49.79
Conservative Nicholas Hebson 848 43.89
Liberal Democrat Hilary Chrusciezl 122 6.31

Sutton[edit]

Sutton (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Donovan 2,002 38.66
Labour Nicole Meardon 1,672 32.28
Conservative Kimberley Anderson 757 14.62
Conservative Nicholas Lacey 560 10.81
Liberal Democrat Graham Handley 188 3.63

Tarporley[edit]

Tarporley (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eveleigh Moore Dutton 1,313 73.93
Labour Ann Pearce 279 15.71
Liberal Democrat Jo Gaskill 184 10.36

Tarvin and Kelsall[edit]

Tarvin and Kelsall (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Leather 1,707 30.15
Conservative Hugo Deynem 1,530 27.03
Independent Barbara Roberts 847 14.96
Liberal Democrat Raymond Williams 671 11.85
Labour Christine Davies 495 8.74
Labour Sandra Rudd 411 7.26

Tattenhall[edit]

Tattenhall (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mike Jones 1,197 67.21
Labour John Vernon 300 16.84
Liberal Democrat Vera Roberts 284 15.95

Upton[edit]

Upton (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jill Houlbrook 1,735 27.54
Conservative Hilarie McNae 1,527 24.24
Labour Yvonne Gibson 1,113 17.67
Labour Ian Gibson 1,024 16.25
Liberal Democrat Jean Evans 587 9.32
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Jewkes 314 4.98

Weaver and Cuddington[edit]

Weaver and Cuddington (3 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Fifield 1,972 16.26
Conservative John Grimshaw 1,823 15.03
Conservative Alan McKie 1,519 12.53
Liberal Democrat Val Godfrey 1,406 11.59
Independent Gillian Edwards 1,299 10.71
Labour Derek Bowden 977 8.06
Labour Robert Cernik 912 7.52
Labour Val Armstrong 863 7.12
Liberal Democrat Peter Hampson 762 6.28
Liberal Democrat Sybil Turner 594 4.90

Whitby[edit]

Whitby (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Jones 1,489 28.64
Conservative Bob Crompton 1,180 22.70
Labour Abdul Jilani 1,175 22.60
Conservative Kathy Lord 1,130 21.73
Liberal Democrat Kurt Jewkes 225 4.33

Willaston and Thornton[edit]

Willaston and Thornton (1 seat)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Myles Hogg 1,396 78.96
Labour Lynn Clare 276 15.61
Liberal Democrat Trish Derraugh 96 5.43

Winnington and Castle[edit]

Winnington and Castle (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Dolan 1,041 27.11
Labour Amy Mercer-Bailey 995 25.91
Conservative Kate Birtwistle 744 19.38
Conservative Terry Birtwistle 704 18.33
Liberal Democrat Paul Carter 205 5.34
BNP Jon Westerby 151 3.93

Winsford Over and Verdin[edit]

Winsford Over and Verdin (3 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Don Beckett 1,152 13.64
Labour Tom Blackmore 1,167 13.81
Conservative Lynda Jones 1,106 13.09
Conservative Mark Garratt 1,099 13.01
Labour Mike Burns 1,077 12.75
Conservative Susan Kaur 959 11.35
Liberal Democrat Des Worthington 712 8.43
Liberal Democrat Charlie Parkinson 626 7.41
Liberal Democrat Brandon Parkey 550 6.51

Winsford Swanlow and Dene[edit]

Winsford Swanlow and Dene (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stephen Burns 899 20.26
Labour David Armstrong 817 18.41
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Gaskill 744 16.77
Conservative Sue Langley 681 15.35
Liberal Democrat Bob Barton 679 15.30
Conservative Stacey Collister 617 13.91

Winsford Wharton[edit]

Winsford Wharton (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Clarke 1,119 28.07
Labour Pamela Booher 1,110 27.84
Conservative Margaret Dolphin 611 15.32
Conservative Stephen Lorriman 573 14.37
Liberal Democrat Bev Theron 332 8.33
Liberal Democrat Janet Fitzmaurice 242 6.07

Witton and Rudheath[edit]

Witton and Rudheath (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tony Lawrenson 1,319 33.63
Labour Julia Tickridge 1,071 27.31
Conservative George Miller 751 19.15
Conservative Nick Goulding 639 16.29
Liberal Democrat Graham Newton 142 3.62

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