Copeland Borough Council election, 2011

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Map of the results of the 2011 Copeland council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and independent in white.

The 2011 Copeland Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Copeland Borough Council in Cumbria, England. The whole council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

Background[edit]

At the last election in 2007 Labour won 31 seats, compared to 19 Conservatives and 1 independent.[2] However between 2007 and 2011 Labour councillors Brian Dixon and Sam Meteer quit the party to sit as independents.[3][4]

A total of 95 candidates stood in the election for the 51 seats being contested.[2] These were 45 Labour, 37 Conservative, 4 independent, 4 British National Party, 3 Green Party and 2 Liberal Democrats.[2] Meanwhile, 12 sitting councillors stood down at the election.[2]

Election result[edit]

The results saw Labour hold control of the council after winning 34 of the 51 seats, up 5 on the situation before the election and 3 more than at the 2007 election.[5] The Conservatives dropped 4 seats to have 15 councillors, while 2 independents were elected in Arlecdon and Distington.[5] Overall turnout at the election was 40.98%.[6]

Labour's biggest gains came in Bransty ward in Whitehaven, where they gained all 3 seats from the Conservatives.[7] This included defeating the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Copeland at the 2010 general election, Chris Whiteside.[7] Labour also picked up one seat in Newtown from the Conservatives and defeated the independent, former Labour, councillor Sam Meteer in Egremont North.[5]

Copeland Local Election Result 2011[8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 34 5 0 +5 66.7 56.7 23,697 +3.6%
  Conservative 15 0 4 -4 29.4 36.6 15,294 -7.0%
  Independent 2 0 1 -1 3.9 3.9 1,649 +2.3%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 541 +1.3%
  Liberal Democrat 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 342 -0.9%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 253 +0.6%

Ward results[edit]

Arlecdon[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Joseph Sunderland 359 80.5 +26.5
Conservative Marie Simpson 87 19.5 -4.3
Majority 272 61.0 +30.7
Turnout 446 37.3
Independent hold Swing
Beckermet (2)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Yvonne Clarkson 681
Conservative John Jackson 536
Labour Jim Hewitson 340
Turnout 1,557 46.3
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Bootle[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Keith Hitchen 453 83.1
Labour Anne Bradshaw 92 16.9
Majority 361 66.2
Turnout 545 51.6
Conservative hold Swing
Bransty (3)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dave Smith 803
Labour Gillian Troughton 801
Labour Phil Greatorex 710
Conservative Brian O'Kane 653
Conservative Christopher Whiteside 649
Conservative Allan Mossop 642
Turnout 4,258 40.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Cleator Moor North (3)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joan Hully 723
Labour Bill Southward 688
Labour Hugh Branney 680
Conservative Alexander Carroll 280
BNP Daniel Verity 129
Turnout 2,500 33.0
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Cleator Moor South (2)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Riley 576
Labour Dave Banks 502
Conservative David Walker 118
BNP Colin Boyton 88
Turnout 1,284 33.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Distington (3)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Bowman 614
Labour Jackie Bowman 598
Independent Brian Dixon 486
Labour Simon Leyton 431
Liberal Democrat Frank Hollowell 284
Conservative Sheena Gray 272
Turnout 2,685 39.1
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
Egremont North (3)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sam Pollen 714
Labour Elaine Woodburn 685
Labour Karl Connor 635
Independent Sam Meteer 509
Conservative John Holmes 371
Turnout 2,914 40.0
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Egremont South (3)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mike McVeigh 803
Labour Lena Hogg 694
Labour Carole Woodman 676
Conservative Elizabeth Hutson 398
Conservative Graham Hutson 374
Independent Nicola Hewitt 295
Turnout 3,240 43.3
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Ennerdale[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bob Salkeld 265 59.3 +1.0
Labour Cam Ross 96 21.5 +4.4
Liberal Democrat Mike Minogue 58 13.0 -11.6
Green Andy Crow 28 6.3 +6.3
Majority 169 37.8 +4.1
Turnout 447 54.3
Conservative hold Swing
Frizington (2)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Connolly 489
Labour Jon Downie 355
Conservative Hazel Dirom 255
Turnout 1,099 37.3
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Gosforth[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alan Jacob 478 77.5 +6.5
Labour Bernard Kirk 139 22.5 -6.5
Majority 339 54.9 +12.9
Turnout 61.7 46.7
Conservative hold Swing
Harbour (3)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Kane 913
Labour Henry Wormstrup 746
Labour Jeanette Williams 730
Conservative Martin Barbour 468
Conservative Dorothy Wonnacott 447
Conservative Graham Roberts 440
Turnout 3,744 40.9
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Haverigg[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Doug Wilson 282 55.6 +14.5
Labour Carl Carter 225 44.4 +17.9
Majority 57 11.2 +2.6
Turnout 507 48.2
Conservative hold Swing
Hensingham (3)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Geoff Garrity 729
Labour Norman Williams 653
Labour Margarita Docherty 619
Conservative Mary Lomas 302
Turnout 2,303 33.8
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Hillcrest (2)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen Haraldsen 567
Conservative Alistair Norwood 518
Labour John Wooley 360
Turnout 1,445 45.7
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Holborn Hill (2)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Fred Gleaves 398
Labour Jack Park 360
Conservative Jane Micklethwaite 308
Labour Denise Burness 259
Green Neil Wilson 73
Turnout 1,398 41.9
Conservative hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Kells (2)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Clemnts 508
Labour Alan Holliday 399
Conservative Glenn Gray 199
Turnout 1,106 37.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Millom Without[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gilbert Scurrah 386 62.3
Green Lynette Gilligan 152 24.5
Labour Karon Carter 82 13.2
Majority 234 37.7
Turnout 620 52.5
Conservative hold Swing
Mirehouse (3)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anne Faichney 775
Labour Peter Kane 711
Labour Paul Whalley 583
Conservative Jim King 225
BNP George Benson 194
Turnout 2,488 32.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Moresby[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Geoff Blackwell 243 55.6 +1.3
Conservative Brigid Whiteside 194 44.4 -1.3
Majority 49 11.2 +2.5
Turnout 437 40.8
Labour hold Swing
Newtown (3)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Fallows 725
Conservative Francis Heathcote 613
Conservative Fee Wilson 480
Conservative Brian Crawford 432
Turnout 2,250 43.0
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Sandwith (2)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Stephenson 373
Labour Peter Tyson 352
Conservative Adrian Davis-Johnson 131
BNP Malcolm Southward 130
Conservative John Dirom 104
Turnout 1,090 35.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Seascale (2)[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Moore 935
Conservative Eileen Eastwood 878
Labour Wendy Skillicorn 292
Turnout 2,105 54.9
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
St Bees[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Hill 475 68.7 -4.7
Labour Alan Alexander 216 31.3 +4.7
Majority 259 37.5 -9.4
Turnout 691 51.7
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Clarke, Andrew (15 April 2011). "Major shake-up expected after elections". The Whitehaven News. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Whittle, Julian (10 September 2009). "Coupland councillor claims Labour party 'intimidation'". News and Star. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Labour councillor 'crosses the floor'". Cumbria Life. 15 April 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab Irving, Alan (12 May 2011). "Labour keeps its hands on reins at Copeland council". The Whitehaven News. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Copeland". North-West Evening Mail. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Copeland council elections: Labour triumphs again". News and Star. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z "May 2011 Election results". Copeland Borough Council. Retrieved 25 July 2011.