North Devon District Council election, 2011

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Map of the results of the 2011 North Devon council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and independents in grey.

The 2011 North Devon District Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of North Devon District Council in Devon, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.[1]

Background[edit]

Before the election the council was controlled by the Conservatives with 22 councillors, compared to 17 Liberal Democrats and 4 independents.[2] However North Devon was reported as one of the councils that the Conservatives were most likely to lose control of in 2011.[3][4]

There were 120 candidates standing in the election for the 43 seats on the council.[5] These were made up of 36 Conservatives, 33 Liberal Democrats, 20 independents, 17 Green Party, 10 Labour, 2 Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, 1 United Kingdom Independence Party and 1 Communist Party of Britain.[5] The candidates included the former Liberal Democrat leader of the council, Malcolm Prowse, and Yvette Gubb, who both quit the Liberal Democrats to stand as independents in the election.[6]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservative lose their majority on the council, dropping to 18 seats after sufering a net loss of four councillors.[7] The Liberal Democrats stayed as the main opposition with 14 seats, but also dropped 3 seats.[7] It was independents who made progress in the election, with the number of independent councillors going up to 11.[8] Overall turnout in the election was 45.33%,[9] ranging from a high of 63% in Bratton Fleming to a low of 30% in Forches and Whiddon Valley.[5]

Among the councillors to lose their seats to independents were Conservatives Dick Jones and John Gill in Fremington and Liberal Democrats Carol Mccormack-Hole and Sue Sewell in Bickington and Roundswell, and South Molton respectively.[10] Successful independent candidates included the former Conservative Rodney Cann and the former Liberal Democrat Malcolm Prowse.[5]

10 of the 11 elected independent councillors divided up into 3 groups, New Wave, containing Rodney Cann, Joanne Bell, Frank Biederman and Brian Hockin, North Devon First, containing Malcolm Prowse, Julia Clark and Yvette Gubb, and Independent Group, containing Mike Edmunds, Eric Ley and Walter White.[11] The final independent, John Moore, was not part of any group.[11]

Following the election a coalition between the Liberal Democrat and independent councillors took control of the council from the former Conservative administration.[12] Liberal Democrat Brian Greenslade became the new council leader,[13] taking over from Conservative Des Brailey, while independent Rodney Cann became deputy leader.[12] The new cabinet was made up of 5 Liberal Democrats and 4 independents.[12]

North Devon Local Election Result 2011[9][14]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 18 1 5 -4 41.9 36.1 18,269 -3.7%
  Liberal Democrat 14 2 5 -3 32.6 31.6 16,004 -11.2%
  Independent 11 7 0 +7 25.6 20.4 10,317 +12.9%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 6.9 3,474 -2.4%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 3.9 1,985 +3.7%
  TUSC 0 0 0 0 0 0.7 340 +0.7%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 131 +0.3%
  Communist 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 90 +0.0%

2 independent candidates were unopposed.[9][14]

Ward results[edit]

Bickington & Roundswell (2)[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Rodney Cann 850
Independent Brian Hockin 570
Liberal Democrat Carol McCormack-Hole 411
Liberal Democrat Jerry Hole 281
Conservative Serena Thomas 278
Conservative Jason Ritterband-Fulcher 272
Labour Jean Smalley 163
Turnout 2,825 43.4 +8.5
Independent hold Swing
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Bishops Nympton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Eric Ley unopposed
Independent hold Swing
Bratton Fleming[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Malcolm Prowse 544 54.1 +54.1
Conservative Gordon Cumming 315 31.3 +10.2
Green Ian Godfrey 147 14.6 +14.6
Majority 229 22.8
Turnout 1,006 62.8 +6.2
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Braunton East (2)[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roy Lucas 621
Liberal Democrat Derrick Spear 517
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Spear 495
Conservative Sally Smith 489
Green Mary Breeds 276
Green Andy Leat 191
Labour Valerie Cann 173
Turnout 2,762 47.0 +6.4
Conservative hold Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Braunton West (2)[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Caroline Chugg 753
Conservative Jasmine Chesters 677
Liberal Democrat Marguerite Shapland 478
Liberal Democrat Carol Woodford 342
Green Liz Wood 218
Labour Steven Holden 206
Green Mary Clay 174
Turnout 2,848 47.6 +4.2
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Central Town (Barnstaple) (2)[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Faye Webber 593
Liberal Democrat Adam Bradford 550
Conservative Simon Harvey 459
Labour Danny Neary 235
Conservative Deborah Lewis 201
Communist Gerrard Sables 90
Turnout 2,128 33.9 +0.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Chittlehampton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Walter White unopposed
Independent hold Swing
Chulmleigh[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sue Croft 615 63.4
Liberal Democrat Trudy Weston 355 36.6
Majority 260 26.8
Turnout 970 54.6
Conservative hold Swing
Combe Martin (2)[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Yvette Gubb 1,168
Independent Julia Clark 821
Conservative Sue Sussex 764
Conservative Paul Crockett 541
Turnout 3,294 54.2 +3.3
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Forches & Whiddon Valley (Barnstaple) (2)[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Sue Haywood 534
Liberal Democrat Julie Hunt 433
Labour Geoff Moody 208
Green Neil Basil 200
TUSC Douglas Lowe 154
Turnout 1,529 29.5 +3.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Fremington (2)[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Frank Biederman 1,266
Independent Joanne Bell 969
Conservative Dick Jones 382
Conservative John Gill 323
Independent Tony Wood 235
Liberal Democrat Andrew Cann 184
Liberal Democrat Joy Cann 95
Turnout 3,454 54.0 +11.1
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Georgeham & Mortehoe (2)[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Wilkinson 678
Conservative Pat Barker 597
Liberal Democrat Lesley Slade 557
Conservative Edward Short 416
Green Mike Harrison 274
Green Rosemary Brian 205
Turnout 2,727 50.0 +8.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Heanton Punchardon[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrea Davis 301 52.7 -18.3
Liberal Democrat Ray Shapland 139 24.3 -4.7
UKIP Steve Crowther 131 22.9 +22.9
Majority 162 28.4 -13.6
Turnout 571 35.2 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing
Ilfracombe Central (2)[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Crabb 496
Conservative Paul Yabsley 436
Independent Frank Pearson 381
Independent Netti Pearson 284
Green Tim Cox 223
Turnout 1,820 29.6 -0.7
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Ilfracombe East[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Mike Edmunds 482 55.1 +6.8
Conservative Robin Horne 312 35.7 -8.2
Labour Tony Ebert 80 9.2 +9.2
Majority 170 19.5 +15.1
Turnout 874 45.0 +2.6
Independent hold Swing
Ilfracombe West (2)[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Geoff Fowler 678
Conservative Philip Webb 594
Conservative Colin Wright 560
Labour Marianna Holdsworth 333
Turnout 2,165 37.9 +3.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Instow[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brian Moores 423 59.9 +6.7
Independent Stewart White 159 22.5 +22.5
Independent Michaela Willis 124 17.6 +17.6
Majority 264 37.4 +31.0
Turnout 706 55.8 +11.5
Conservative hold Swing
Landkey, Swimbridge & Taw (2)[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Glyn Lane 1,054
Conservative David Luggar 973
Liberal Democrat Richard Medland 639
Liberal Democrat Mark Pegden 449
Green Mark Haworth-Booth 390
Independent Cliff Bell 341
Turnout 3,846 54.1 +10.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Longbridge (Barnstaple) (2)[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Des Brailey 852
Conservative Jackie Flynn 601
Liberal Democrat Charlie Piper 529
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Rundle 504
Labour Mark Cann 225
Turnout 2,711 44.8
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Lynton & Lynmouth[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Julian Gurney 401 47.7
Independent Tim Parker 220 26.2
Conservative Ian Rigby 220 26.2
Majority 181 21.5
Turnout 841 57.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Marwood[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Joe Tucker 447 48.2 +0.7
Conservative Jim Pile 366 39.4 -3.2
Green Micky Darling 115 12.4 +2.5
Majority 81 8.7 +3.8
Turnout 928 59.5 +1.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Newport (Barnstaple) (2)[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Mathews 624
Conservative Michael Harrison 557
Liberal Democrat Chris Haywood 498
Liberal Democrat Ian Roome 394
Green Ricky Knight 353
Green Rosie Haworth-Booth 200
Labour Marion Mason 143
Turnout 2,769 42.2 -1.4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
North Molton[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Edgell 613 68.0
Liberal Democrat Michael Nelson 288 32.0
Majority 325 36.1
Turnout 901 53.1
Conservative hold Swing
Pilton (Barnstaple) (2)[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Brian Greenslade 872
Liberal Democrat Mair Manuel 765
Conservative David Barker 349
Conservative Linda Wellstead 293
Green L'Anne Knight 284
Labour Hilary Greenfield 219
Turnout 2,782 43.7 +4.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
South Molton (2)[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent John Moore 1,221
Liberal Democrat David Worden 733
Independent Tracey Lewis 682
Liberal Democrat Sue Sewell 618
Turnout 3,254 47.7 +10.3
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Witheridge[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jeremy Yabsley 689 71.8 +13.1
Liberal Democrat Kate Palmer 270 28.2 -13.1
Majority 419 43.7 +26.4
Turnout 959 51.6 +3.0
Conservative hold Swing
Yeo Valley (Barnstaple) (2)[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Lesley Brown 677
Liberal Democrat Colin Payne 600
Conservative Silvia Harrison 253
Green Sarah Willoughby 224
TUSC Paul Dyer 186
Turnout 1,940 34.2 +5.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

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