Isle of Wight Council election, 2009

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2009 local election results on the Isle of Wight
The composition of the Isle of Wight Council after the 2009 election.

The 2009 Isle of Wight Council elections were held on Thursday 4 June 2009.

After a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, the number of seats on the council was reduced from 48 single-member wards, to a 40-member council, consisting of 38 single member wards, and one double-member ward.[1]

Overview[edit]

The result of the election was 'no change', with the Conservatives retaining an overall majority by winning twenty-four of the forty seats available. Of the sixteen remaining seats, ten went to independents, five to the Liberal Democrats and just one to the Labour Party.[2] Although the Conservatives managed to retain control, the Isle of Wight was still the only council in England in which they lost seats.[3] Among the factors which could have led to this relatively poor performance are the recent education reforms on the Isle of Wight, which led to protests over the closure of island primary schools. The "Standards not Tiers" independent candidate Chris Welsford beat the sitting Conservative councillor Jonny Fitzgerald-Bond by 141 votes in the Ventnor East ward. In the Cowes West and Gurnard ward, which was at the heart of education reforms, sitting Tory councillor Alan Wells was beaten by independent candidate Paul Fuller.[2] The large numbers of independent candidates standing at this election and the increased level of support for them could also be attributed to the ongoing United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal, pushing voters away from the mainstream political parties represented in the House of Commons.

Results[edit]

The party standings following the election:

Party 2005 Cllrs 2005 Cllrs, restated[4] Gain/Loss 2009 Cllrs
Conservative Party 35 29 −5 24
Independents 5 4 +3 7
Liberal Democrats 5 4 +1 5
Labour Party 2 2 −1 1
Others[5] 1 1 +2 3
Total 48 40 40

Ward results[edit]

The following are results from each electoral ward.[6]

Arreton and Newchurch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Colin Richards 691 51.68
Conservative Erica Oulton 646 48.31
Turnout 1337 44.62
Binstead and Fishbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ivan Bulwe 519 42.47
Independent Ivor Warlow 515 42.14
Liberal Democrat Tony Zeid 188 15.38
Turnout 1222 45.17
Brading, St Helens and Bembridge (two seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Patrick Joyce 1444
Independent Jonathan Bacon 1289
Conservative Sally Pigot 1117
Conservative Joe Robertson 1097
Liberal Democrat Anouska Blake 406
Liberal Democrat David Cleaver 338
Turnout 4391 48.49
Carisbrooke
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hobart 583
Independent Barbara Foster 475
Turnout 1058 41.27
Central Wight
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Bingham 894
Liberal Democrat Jill Wareham 732
Turnout 1626 57.98
Chale, Niton and Whitwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Wyatt-Millington 641
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Groves 404
Turnout 1045 45.27
Cowes Medina
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lora Peacy-Wilcox 617
Liberal Democrat Hugh Reid 148
Labour Steve Cooper 121
Turnout 886 30.74
Cowes North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Brown 542
Independent Wendy Wardrop 276
Labour Peter Laugharne 98
Turnout 916 35.27
Cowes South and Northwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Mazillius 987
Liberal Democrat Charlotte Witheridge 230
Labour Nicholas Wray 85
Turnout 1302 45.53
Cowes West and Gurnard
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Paul Fuller 819
Conservative Alan Wells 649
Turnout 1468 47.99
East Cowes
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Margaret Webster 642
Liberal Democrat Margaret Lloyd 543
Labour Jane McKean 68
Turnout 1253 42.07
Freshwater North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andy Sutton 541
Liberal Democrat Martin Wareham 226
Labour Clive Burland 134
Turnout 901 39.20
Freshwater South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Cameron 435
Liberal Democrat John Medland 389
Independent David Baggott 245
Turnout 1069 44.53
Godshill and Wroxall
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Rodney Downer 570
Conservative Alison Child 509
Liberal Democrat Dave Hardy 112
Turnout 1191 45.14
Havenstreet, Ashey and Haylands
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Vanessa Churchman 420
Conservative Conrad Gauntlett 395
Liberal Democrat Richard Fraser-Tait 210
Turnout 1025 37.27
Lake North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jerry White 401
Liberal Democrat Peter Harris 356
Labour Deborah Gardiner 333
Turnout 1090 39.11
Lake South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tim Hunter-Henderson 591
Liberal Democrat John Fleming 301
Labour Alan Hollands 128
BNP Dot Clynch 89
Turnout 1109 42.46
Nettlestone and Seaview
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Reg Barry 855
Conservative Diana Tuson 607
Turnout 1462 54.57
Newport Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Julie Jones-Evans 291
Liberal Democrat Andrew Garratt 186
Independent Jackie Hawkins 157
Independent Julian Whittaker 103
Labour Andy Woodhouse 70
Turnout 807 28.46
Newport North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dawn Cousins 508
Liberal Democrat Peter Whiteman 342
Turnout 850 34.07
Newport East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Geoff Lumley 449
Conservative Peter Humber 191
Liberal Democrat Cathy Wright 73
Turnout 713 30.31
Newport South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Dixcey 395
Liberal Democrat Shirley Smart 315
Labour David Stott 135
Turnout 845 32.29
Newport West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Whittaker 501
Independent Brian Rushton 182
Liberal Democrat Mike Carr 165
Turnout 848 37.32
Parkhurst
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Hollis 312
Liberal Democrat Garry Price 185
Independent Clive Page 145
Labour Steve Falla 63
Turnout 705 29.75
Ryde North East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Wayne Whittle 364
Conservative Adrian Axford 318
Liberal Democrat Henry Adams 285
Turnout 967 33.56
Ryde North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Taylor 531
Liberal Democrat Tim Wakeley 441
Turnout 972 33.53
Ryde East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Dave Knowles 626
Conservative Peter Tuson 479
Turnout 1105 38.67
Ryde South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Adrian Whittaker 275
Independent Charles Chapman 263
Conservative Gary Axford 217
Labour Ernest 'Jim' White 67
Turnout 822 28.61
Ryde West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Ian Stephens 652
Conservative Sarah Doran 249
Liberal Democrat John Timmons 209
Turnout 1110 39.20
Sandown North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Heather Humby 747
Conservative Rajesh Patel 179
Turnout 926 39.46
Sandown South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Ward 547
Liberal Democrat Bob Blezzard 283
Independent Richard Davis 177
Labour Eric Goacher 43
Turnout 1050 35.19
Shanklin Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Williams 634
Independent Lincoln Wyatt 231
Liberal Democrat Sara Sheath 191
Labour Doreen Armstrong 61
Turnout 1117 35.95
Shanklin South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Pugh 804
Liberal Democrat Lynda Fleming 161
Independent Anne Bishop 156
Labour Peter Coleman 58
Turnout 1179 40.46
Totland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Howe 442
Conservative David Eccles 396
Independent Carol Bryan 304
Turnout 1142 46.17
Ventnor East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Chris Welsford 503
Conservative Jonathan Fitzgerald-Bond 362
Liberal Democrat Harry Rees 150
Turnout 1015 40.15
Ventnor West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Susan Scoccia 562
Independent Stephen Stubbings 555
Liberal Democrat Wendy Ford 86
Turnout 1203 47.18
West Wight
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Stuart Dyer 719
Conservative Bill Burt 624
Turnout 1343 46.04
Whippingham and Osbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Giles 414
Independent Charles Hancock 398
Liberal Democrat Peter Lloyd 235
Labour Laraine Pascoe 60
Turnout 1107 37.63
Wootton Bridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Barry Abraham 866
Liberal Democrat Ernest Smith 290
Turnout 1156 41.22

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Future electoral arrangements for the Isle of Wight" (PDF). Boundary Committee for England. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Tories surge back in island polls". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Letters – Sickened voters stayed at home". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  4. ^ The number of councillors received in 2005 multiplied by 0.833 to reflect the reduced number of councillors. No attempt has been made to account for altered boundaries and geographic distribution of support.
  5. ^ Those individuals who chose not to state a political affiliation, or be named as 'independents' on the ballot.
  6. ^ "Isle of Wight Council election results". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 11 June 2009.