North Somerset Council election, 2011

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Map of the results of the 2011 North Somerset council election. Conservatives in blue, independent in grey, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Labour in red and Green Party in green.

The 2011 North Somerset Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of North Somerset Unitary Council in Somerset, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

Background[edit]

At the last election in 2007 the Conservatives gained control of the council with 46 seats.[2] This was compared to 6 independents, 5 Liberal Democrats, 3 Labour and 1 Green Party councillors.[2]

In February 2011 Liberal Democrat councillor for Nailsea East Andy Cole said he would be standing in the election as an independent.[3] Cole was one of a total of 182 candidates who stood in the election for the 61 seats on the council.[4] These were 58 Conservatives, 53 Labour, 42 Liberal Democrats, 20 independents, 5 Green Party, 3 United Kingdom Independence Party and 1 from the All The South Party.[4] The most candidates were in Weston-super-Mare West ward, where 12 people contested the seats.[4]

The Conservative administration of the previous 4 years was attacked over the cost moving the council offices to Castlewood in Clevedon and over the refurbishment of the town hall in Weston-super-Mare.[5] However the Conservatives said they had been able to make savings and therefore not had to make as big cuts as other councils.[6]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives remain in control of the council after winning 42 of the 61 seats. Independents won 7 seats, the Liberal Democrats 6, Labour 5 and the Green Party 1 seat.[6]

The Liberal Democrats took 2 seats from the Conservatives in Weston-super-Mare Central[6] and 3 seats from them in Weston-super-Mare West,[7] but lost 3 seats back to the Conservatives in Weston-super-Mare South Worle.[6] Meanwhile, Labour also gained 2 seats from the Conservatives in Weston-super-Mare East.[7] Long time councillor and independent Nan Kirsen lost her seat in Pill to another independent Don Davies, standing for the Sustainable Pill and District Party, by 17 votes, while Andy Cole won his seat in Nailsea East as an independent after leaving the Liberal Democrats.[6]

North Somerset Local Election Result 2011[1][8][9]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 42 3 7 -4 68.9 44.4 58,442 -3.8%
  Independent 7 1 0 +1 11.5 13.7 18,017 +6.8%
  Liberal Democrat 6 5 4 +1 9.8 18.7 24,553 -10.5%
  Labour 5 2 0 +2 8.2 20.3 26,645 +6.8%
  Green 1 0 0 0 1.6 2.0 2,620 +0.4%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 1,109 +0.1%
  All The South Party 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 137 +0.1%

Ward results[edit]

Backwell (2)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Karen Barclay 1,603
Independent Thomas Collinson 1,602
Conservative Peter Burden 778
Turnout 3,983 51.5 +6.4
Independent hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
Banwell & Winscombe (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ann Harley 2,055
Conservative Anthony Lake 1,914
Conservative Timothy Marter 1,765
Green Cresten Boase 936
Labour Stanley Banks 637
Liberal Democrat David Gilbert 628
Liberal Democrat Brian Pike 590
Labour Barry Edwards 554
Labour Georgina Edwards 549
Turnout 9,628 44.4 +6.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Blagdon & Churchill[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Elizabeth Wells 1,094 71.0 +5.9
Labour Mark Burgess 446 29.0 +22.1
Majority 648 42.1 +5.0
Turnout 1,540 50.7 +6.1
Conservative hold Swing
Clevedon Central[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nicholas Pennycott 445 43.2 -1.9
Labour Stuart Hale 403 39.2 +15.3
Liberal Democrat Bronno Vanderholt 181 17.6 -13.4
Majority 42 4.1 -10.1
Turnout 1,029 41.8 +8.3
Conservative hold Swing
Clevedon East[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent David Shopland 622 52.2 -8.2
Conservative Jon Middleton 338 28.4 +3.3
Labour Nicholas Green 232 19.5 +5.0
Majority 284 23.8 -11.6
Turnout 1,192 45.8 +10.7
Independent hold Swing
Clevedon North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Garner 733 68.5 +23.2
Labour Joseph Norman 337 31.5 +31.5
Majority 396 37.0 +32.3
Turnout 1,070 50.0 +7.5
Conservative hold Swing
Clevedon South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Linda Knott 499 50.7 +11.7
Labour Alan Cotton 485 49.3 +13.9
Majority 14 1.4 -2.2
Turnout 984 40.5 +4.9
Conservative hold Swing
Clevedon Walton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Norton-Sealey 917 65.7 +1.1
Liberal Democrat Jack Dagnall 245 17.6 -17.8
Labour Martin Hime 233 16.7 +16.7
Majority 672 48.2 +19.0
Turnout 1,395 60.8 +9.3
Conservative hold Swing
Clevedon West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Christopher Blades 558 46.3 -8.4
Independent Trevor Morgan 342 28.4 +28.4
Labour Ivy Cameron 304 25.2 -20.1
Majority 216 17.9 +8.6
Turnout 1,204 49.3 +5.7
Conservative hold Swing
Clevedon Yeo[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Colin Hall 550 55.6 -2.5
Labour Alistair Lindsay 290 29.3 -12.6
Liberal Democrat Robert Masding 149 15.1 +15.1
Majority 260 26.3 +10.2
Turnout 989 40.2 +9.4
Conservative hold Swing
Congresbury[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Thomas Leimdorfer 825 58.1 -7.2
Conservative Samantha Pepperall 418 29.4 -2.5
Labour Anthony Wontner-Smith 121 8.5 +8.5
Liberal Democrat June How 56 3.9 +3.9
Majority 407 28.7 -4.7
Turnout 1,420 51.7 +5.0
Green hold Swing
Easton-in-Gordano[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Carl Francis-Pester 729 61.4 -10.9
Independent Madeline Bickle 459 38.6 +38.6
Majority 270 22.7 -22.0
Turnout 1,188 54.2 +9.4
Conservative hold Swing
Gordano[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nigel Ashton 1,093 67.8 -8.5
Labour Terry Lester 276 17.1 +17.1
Liberal Democrat Daisy Bickley 243 15.1 -8.6
Majority 817 50.7 -2.0
Turnout 1,612 50.0 +3.0
Conservative hold Swing
Hutton & Locking (2)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Terence Porter 1,544
Conservative Elfan Ap Rees 1,370
Labour Anthony Probert 495
Liberal Democrat Glyn Hayes 476
Labour Timothy Taylor 424
Liberal Democrat Hamish Macdonald Fraser 375
Turnout 4,684 46.3 +6.8
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Kewstoke[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Porter 733 60.5 -2.7
Labour Susan Popperwell 274 22.6 +13.7
Liberal Democrat Jeffrey Alen 204 16.8 -11.1
Majority 459 37.9 +2.6
Turnout 1,211 45.9 +8.3
Conservative hold Swing
Nailsea East (2)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Andrew Cole 1,705
Conservative Angela Barber 1,328
Independent Susan Cole 1,269
Conservative Anita Heappey 864
Labour John Loosley 210
Labour Patricia Loosley 177
Turnout 5,553 55.7 +11.1
Independent gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Nailsea North and West (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jeremy Blatchford 1,537
Conservative Teresa Kemp 1,415
Conservative Mary Blatchford 1,360
Independent Alan Clarke 1,107
Independent Julia Latta 1,069
Liberal Democrat Robin Bell 1,058
Labour Terence Connell 857
Independent Suzanne Osborne 566
Labour Gaile Blake 493
Labour Stephen Varney 353
Turnout 9,815 49.9 +11.0
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Pill[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Donald Davies 603 50.7 +50.7
Independent Nanette Kirsen 586 49.3 -30.6
Majority 17 1.4 -58.5
Turnout 1,189 43.4 +5.4
Independent hold Swing
Portishead Central[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Reyna Knight 675 56.6 +18.2
Liberal Democrat John Clark 518 43.4 +13.6
Majority 157 13.2 +4.6
Turnout 1,193 54.7 +20.1
Conservative hold Swing
Portishead Coast[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Pasley 854 68.6 +3.6
Liberal Democrat Evelyn Elworthy 391 31.4 +5.9
Majority 463 37.2 -2.4
Turnout 1,245 54.7 +5.3
Conservative hold Swing
Portishead East[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Arthur Terry 904 50.4 -6.1
Liberal Democrat Jean Lord 430 24.0 -5.4
Labour Abigail Fuller-Gardener 321 17.9 +3.8
Independent Roger Whitfield 139 7.7 +7.7
Majority 474 26.4 -0.7
Turnout 1,794 42.6 +5.0
Conservative hold Swing
Portishead Redcliffe Bay[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Felicity Baker 799 60.8 +8.8
Liberal Democrat Colin Howells 515 39.2 -4.1
Majority 284 21.6 +12.8
Turnout 1,314 51.0 +1.2
Conservative hold Swing
Portishead South & North Weston[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alan McMurray 604 55.4 -4.4
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Doddrell 279 25.6 -14.6
Labour Paul Dunn 208 19.1 +19.1
Majority 325 29.8 +10.1
Turnout 1,091 46.0 +7.5
Conservative hold Swing
Portishead West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Jolley 728 58.1 -5.7
Liberal Democrat Susan Mason 323 25.8 -3.5
Labour Kirsty Gardener 201 16.1 +9.2
Majority 405 32.3 -2.3
Turnout 1,252 49.1 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare Central (2)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Mike Bell 632
Liberal Democrat Claire Kingsbury-Bell 521
Conservative Michael Kellaway-Marriott 431
Conservative Keith Morris 383
Labour David Drinkwater 228
Green Elisabeth Roberts 225
Labour Frederick Roberts 205
Turnout 2,625 37.5 +4.5
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Weston-super-Mare Clarence & Uphill (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Poole 1,372
Conservative Clive Webb 1,333
Conservative Anthony Bryant 1,271
Independent John Ley-Morgan 1,172
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Bindon 560
Labour Bryan Trotter 534
Labour Josephine Bateman 533
Labour June Parker 523
Liberal Democrat Amanda Brading 453
Turnout 7,753 45.7 +5.2
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare East (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Tucker 1,319
Labour Catherine Gibbons-Antonopoulos 1,279
Conservative Dawn Payne 1,214
Conservative William Collins 1,211
Labour Michael Lyall 1,204
Conservative David Power 1,108
Liberal Democrat David Cordingley 676
Liberal Democrat John Harrison 620
Liberal Democrat Mark Johnston 607
Turnout 9,238 35.3 +3.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare Milton & Old Worle (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rosslyn Willis 1,501
Conservative Lisa Pilgrim 1,448
Conservative Stephen Fudge 1,383
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Gosden 872
Liberal Democrat Stephen Bowering 768
Labour Monish Kelly 673
Liberal Democrat Norman Sycamore 673
Labour Elizabeth Swan 632
Labour Michael O'Regan 568
UKIP Steven Pearse-Danker 430
UKIP Louis Rostill 386
Turnout 9,334 47.5 +5.7
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare North Worle (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Judd 1,293
Conservative Marcia Pepperall 1,183
Conservative Sonia Russe 1,101
Liberal Democrat Peter Hardaway 686
Liberal Democrat Ronald Moon 671
Liberal Democrat Richard Skinner 609
Labour Jacqueline Scholes 600
Labour Darius Foster 596
Labour Andrew Hughes 449
Turnout 7,188 38.2 +11.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare South (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Parker 1,190
Labour Robert Bateman 1,146
Labour Deborah Stone 1,090
Conservative Sidney Carter 489
Conservative John Butler 432
Conservative Francis Drake 372
Liberal Democrat Gillian Ashworth 312
Liberal Democrat William Dawson 275
Liberal Democrat Amanda Wilkinson 273
Independent John Hopkins 154
Turnout 5,733 29.9 +2.5
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Weston-super-Mare South Worle (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Crew 1,058
Conservative David Hitchins 985
Conservative Robert Cleland 957
Liberal Democrat Guljinder Hayer 908
Liberal Democrat Christopher Howell 781
Liberal Democrat Edward Keating 763
Labour David Dash 762
Labour Derek Kraft 738
Labour Simon Stokes 691
Turnout 7,643 38.1 +10.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Weston-super-Mare West (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Mark Canniford 1,335
Liberal Democrat John Crockford-Hawley 1,234
Liberal Democrat Robert Payne 1,014
Conservative Andrew Horler 1,004
Conservative Dawn Parry 912
Conservative Christopher Kimitri 886
Labour Oliver Ballard 361
Labour Dorothy Agassiz 360
Labour Simon Harrison-Morse 296
UKIP Harold James 293
Green Brian Outten 253
All The South Party Robert Craig 137
Turnout 8,085 43.1 +0.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Winford[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Hugh Gregor 774 69.3 +15.2
Conservative Michael Dolley 343 30.7 -15.2
Majority 431 38.6 +30.4
Turnout 1,117 45.3 +3.9
Independent hold Swing
Wraxall & Long Ashton (2)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Cook 1,390
Conservative Charles Cave 1,239
Independent Anthony Butcher 1,006
Liberal Democrat Angela Neale 648
Independent Bridget Mackwood 430
Green Stuart McQuillan 381
Labour Christopher Smart 324
Labour Alan Monks 307
Turnout 5,779 51.1 +7.8
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Wrington[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Deborah Yamanaka 673 52.3 +7.3
Conservative Peter Ellis 613 47.7 +14.9
Majority 60 4.7 -7.5
Turnout 1,286 57.4 +3.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Yatton (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Anthony Moulin 1,824
Conservative Annabel Tall 1,465
Conservative Jill Iles 1,464
Liberal Democrat Wendy Griggs 1,328
Independent Juley Howard 985
Labour Hedley Woods 415
Labour Alan Bagg 387
Labour Carol Bagg 355
Turnout 8,223 50.8 +5.6
Independent hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

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