Havant Borough Council election, 2012

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Map of the results of the 2012 Havant Borough Council election. Conservatives in blue and Labour in red.

The 2012 Havant Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Havant Borough Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

Before the election the Conservatives ran the council with 35 seats, compared to 2 for the Liberal Democrats and 1 for Labour.[3] Labour targeted Warren Park, where both seats were held by the Conservatives, but the Conservative councillor Mike Sceal had won the seat at the 2008 election by only 24 votes.[3]

Election result[edit]

The Conservatives stayed in strong control of the council after losing just 1 seat.[4] Labour gained 2 seats, one each from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, while the other Labour councillor Terry Hart held his seat in Bondfields.[5] Richard Brown gained Warren Park from the Conservative after having lost the seat at the 2010 election, while Ralph Cousins regained Battins from the Liberal Democrats, which reduced the Liberal Democrats to 1 seat on the council.[5] Overall turnout at the election was 27.5%.[6]

Havant local election result 2012[2][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 0 1 -1 78.6 50.1 12,835 -9.2%
  Labour 3 2 0 +2 21.4 24.6 6,296 +8.1%
  Liberal Democrat 0 0 1 -1 0 12.8 3,289 -2.0%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 6.7 1,719 +1.2%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 5.8 1,490 +1.9%

Ward results[edit]

Barncroft[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Yvonne Weeks 443 46.9 +4.4
Labour George Smith 274 29.0 +2.4
UKIP Ray Finch 164 17.4 +7.9
Liberal Democrat Hilary Bolt 63 6.7 -14.8
Majority 169 17.9 +2.0
Turnout 944 20.5 -30.1
Conservative hold Swing
Battins[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ralph Cousins 431 40.7 +13.3
Liberal Democrat Faith Ponsonby 371 35.1 -3.2
Conservative Kris Sapcote 256 24.2 -10.1
Majority 60 5.7
Turnout 1,058 21.6 -27.7
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Bedhampton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ken Smith 927 42.9 -2.5
Liberal Democrat Chris Maple 434 20.1 -7.6
Labour Derek Smith 346 16.0 +1.6
UKIP Stephen Harris 299 13.8 +6.9
Green Terry Mitchell 155 7.2 +1.7
Majority 493 22.8 +5.0
Turnout 2,161 30.4 -12.6
Conservative hold Swing
Bondfields[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Terry Hart 503 51.7 +25.8
Conservative Diana Patrick 335 34.5 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Steve Marshall 134 13.8 -18.9
Majority 168 17.3
Turnout 972 19.5 -32.7
Labour hold Swing
Cowplain[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Keast 1,168 58.0 -7.4
Labour Ken Monks 381 18.9 +3.7
Green Bruce Holman 293 14.5 +6.8
Liberal Democrat John Jacobs 172 8.5 -3.2
Majority 787 39.1 -11.1
Turnout 2,014 27.1 -12.9
Conservative hold Swing
Emsworth[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brendan Gibb-Gray 1,698 57.8 -0.9
Green Sophie Cobbett 583 19.8 +11.0
Labour Colin Blunden 370 12.6 -0.3
Liberal Democrat Roisin Miller 288 9.8 -3.7
Majority 1,115 37.9 -7.2
Turnout 2,939 37.7 -15.0
Conservative hold Swing
Hart Plain[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Elaine Shimbart 1,333 61.5 +2.6
Labour Howard Sherlock 538 24.8 +4.1
Liberal Democrat Elaine Woodard 297 13.7 -6.7
Majority 795 36.7 -1.4
Turnout 2,168 29.0 -9.5
Conservative hold Swing
Hayling East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Leah Turner 939 43.9 -15.8
Labour Sue Underwood 467 21.8 +7.3
UKIP Gary Kerrin 454 21.2 +10.0
Green Paul Valentine 167 7.8 +2.2
Liberal Democrat Paul Pritchard 114 5.3 -3.7
Majority 472 22.0 -23.2
Turnout 2,141 29.2 -11.0
Conservative hold Swing
Hayling West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Vic Jones 1,110 46.7 -20.9
UKIP John Perry 573 24.1 +17.3
Labour Michael Clarke 422 17.7 +5.8
Green Sue Holt 169 7.1 -0.1
Liberal Democrat Ben Marshall 104 4.4 -2.0
Majority 537 22.6 -33.1
Turnout 2,378 34.4 -13.0
Conservative hold Swing
Purbrook[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Caren Tarrant 1,081 57.4 -4.4
Labour Lisa Wheeler 587 31.2 +7.0
Liberal Democrat Michael Bolt 214 11.4 -2.7
Majority 494 26.2 -11.4
Turnout 1,882 25.8 -12.8
Conservative hold Swing
St. Faiths[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Guest 1,221 51.0 -2.6
Labour Beryl Francis 540 22.5 +6.0
Green Tim Dawes 352 14.7 +6.1
Liberal Democrat Jane Briggs 283 11.8 -3.3
Majority 681 28.4 -8.7
Turnout 2,396 33.6 -14.2
Conservative hold Swing
Stakes[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rory Heard 774 50.0 -3.6
Labour Margaret Beauvoisin 552 35.7 +8.0
Liberal Democrat Ann Bazley 222 14.3 -4.4
Majority 222 14.3 -11.6
Turnout 1,548 20.8 -11.1
Conservative hold Swing
Warren Park[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Brown 361 44.3 +13.7
Liberal Democrat Ann Brown 237 29.1 +0.9
Conservative Mike Sceal 216 26.5 -7.7
Majority 124 15.2
Turnout 814 16.2 -27.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Waterloo[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hunt 1,334 60.3 -6.5
Labour Francesca Robinson 524 23.7 +11.6
Liberal Democrat Fred Dunford 356 16.1 +2.8
Majority 810 36.6 -17.0
Turnout 2,214 28.7 -14.3
Conservative hold Swing

By-elections between 2012 and 2014[edit]

Battins[edit]

A by-election took place in Battins ward on 15 November 2012 after Katie Ray resigned from the council.[7] Faith Ponsonby held the seat for the Liberal Democrats by a majorty of 264 votes on a turnout of just 18%.[7]

Battins by-election 15 November 2012[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Faith Ponsonby 452 51.0 +15.9
Labour Virginia Steel 188 21.2 -19.5
Conservative Kristian Sapcote 153 17.2 -6.9
UKIP Ray Finch 94 10.6 +10.6
Majority 264 29.8
Turnout 887 18.1 -3.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Bedhampton[edit]

A by-election took place in Bedhampton ward on 2 May 2013 after the resignation of Conservative councillor Jenny Wride.[9] The seat was held for the Conservatives by David Smith by a majority of 114 votes.[9]

Bedhampton by-election 2 May 2013[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Smith 766 33.1 -9.8
Liberal Democrat Ann Brown 652 28.1 +8.1
UKIP Stephen Harris 584 25.2 +11.4
Labour Anthony Berry 191 8.2 -7.8
Green Terry Mitchell 124 5.4 -1.8
Majority 114 4.9 -17.9
Turnout 2,317 32.4 +2.0
Conservative hold Swing

Emsworth[edit]

A by-election took place in Emsworth ward on 2 May 2013 after the resignation of the former Conservative council leader David Gillett.[9] The seat was held for the Conservatives by Colin Mackey by a majority of 692 votes.[9]

Emsworth by-election 2 May 2013[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Colin Mackey 1,296 45.7 -12.1
UKIP Ian Reddoch 604 21.3 +21.3
Green Susan Kelly 353 12.4 -7.4
Labour Christine Armitage 350 12.3 -0.3
Liberal Democrat Roisin Miller 234 8.2 -1.6
Majority 692 24.4 -13.5
Turnout 2,837 35.8 -1.9
Conservative hold Swing

Waterloo[edit]

A by-election took place in Waterloo ward on 24 October 2013 after the resignation of Conservative councillor John Hunt.[10] The seat was held for the Conservatives by Peter Wade by a majority of 237 votes.[11]

Waterloo by-election 24 October 2013[8][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Wade 683 44.0 -16.3
Liberal Democrat David Crichton 446 28.7 +12.6
UKIP Gary Kerrin 296 19.0 +19.0
Labour Antony Berry 129 8.3 -15.4
Majority 237 15.3 -21.3
Turnout 1,554 20.0 -8.7
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vote 2012". BBC News Online. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Election results 2012: Non-Metro". The Guardian. 5 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Will anyone make a dent in the Conservatives' Havant majority?". The News. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mixed fortunes for Conservatives in Hampshire". BBC News Online. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Havant Borough Council election results". The News. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Local Election Results". Havant Borough Council. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Councillor Faith Ponsonby's back in Battins ward". The News. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Local Authority Byelection Results". Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f Travis, Jeff (2 May 2013). "Tories keep seats in Havant by elections counts". The News. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "By-election called for Waterloo". Havant Borough Council. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Waterloo By-Election Results". Havant Borough Council. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2014.