Reading Borough Council election, 2011

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Map of the results of the 2011 Reading Borough Council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and the Greens in green.

Elections to Reading Borough Council took place on Thursday 5 May 2011.

There were 15 seats up for election, one third of the council. The election meant that the council continued to have no overall control but a Labour led minority administration replaced the previous Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition.[1] The posts of leader of the council and mayor were filled at a meeting of the council on 25 May 2011.[2] Labour member Deborah Edwards was elected mayor on the casting vote of outgoing mayor, Gul Khan. Councillor Edwards then used her casting vote in favour of the new Leader of the council, Jo Lovelock. The two Green Party councillors abstained in both votes.[3]

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Party Seats   +/-  
Labour 22 +3
Conservative 16 -1
Liberal Democrats 5 -4
Green Party 2 +1
Independent 1 +1 [a]
No overall control hold

Election result[edit]

Reading Borough Council Election, 2011[4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 9 3 0 +3 60.0% 39.9% 17,788 +8.8%
  Conservative 5 1 2 -1 33.3% 34.1% 15,223 -1.1%
  Liberal Democrat 0 0 3 -3 0.0% 12.8% 5,719 -12.8%
  Green 1 1 0 +1 6.7% 11.2% 4,999 +4.5%
  Common Sense 0 0 0 ±0 0.0% 1.8% 816 +1.2%
  Independent 0 0 0 ±0 0.0% 0.1% 36 +0.0%
  The Roman Party Ave! 0 0 0 ±0 0.0% 0.1% 30 +0.0%

Ward results[edit]

Abbey Ward[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mohammed Ayub 1,298 46.7% +9.8%
Conservative Richard Nante 699 25.2% -4.3%
Liberal Democrat George Hughes 369 13.3% -15.6%
Green Vivienne Johnson 293 10.5% +5.8%
Common Sense Bob O'Neill 119 4.3% N/A
Majority 599 21.6%
Turnout 2778 31%
Labour hold Swing +7.1%
Battle Ward[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Chris Maskell 1,373 53.1% +7.2%
Conservative Imraan Ishtiaq 690 26.7% +2.6%
Liberal Democrat John Oakley 230 8.9% -11.9%
Green Alan Edward Lockey 181 7.0% +2.5%
Common Sense Michael Diamond 81 3.1% -0.9%
The Roman Party Ave! Jean-Louis Pascual 30 1.2% +0.5%
Majority 683 26.4%
Turnout 2585 36%
Labour hold Swing +2.3%
Caversham Ward[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tom Stanway 1,335 42.8% +1.1%
Labour Esther Walters 977 31.4% +7.3%
Green Jenny Lawrence 438 14.1% +8.0%
Liberal Democrat Jenny Claire Woods 366 11.7% -16.4%
Majority 358 11.5%
Turnout 3116 43%
Conservative hold Swing -3.1%
Church Ward[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Richard Woodward 1,229 45.1% +12.9%
Conservative Geoff Poland 901 33.1% -6.7%
Common Sense Kim Maysh 221 8.1% N/A
Green Jon Roberts 192 7.0% +2.0%
Liberal Democrat Anthony Warrell 181 6.6% -16.3%
Majority 328 12.0%
Turnout 2724 35%
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +9.8%
Katesgrove Ward[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Matt Rodda 1,100 46.3% +12.3%
Liberal Democrat Margaret McNeill 592 24.9% -11.2%
Conservative Leo Lester 431 18.1% -5.9%
Green Kizzi Murtagh 165 6.9% +2.2%
Common Sense Luis Mendiz 54 2.3% N/A
Independent Michael Turberville 36 1.5% +0.3%
Majority 508 21.4%
Turnout 2378 34%
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +11.8%
Kentwood Ward[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Anderson 1,369 44.4% +2.7%
Labour Daya Pal Singh 1,159 37.6% +8.7%
Liberal Democrat Meri O'Connell 247 8.0% -12.5%
Green Kevin Jackson 177 5.7% +2.7%
Common Sense Matthew James Plunkett 134 4.3% -1.7%
Majority 210 6.8%
Turnout 3086 39%
Conservative hold Swing -3.0%
Minster Ward[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Stephen Gittings 1,447 47.9% +9.3
Conservative Alanzo Nesta Seville 1,066 35.3% -1.6%
Liberal Democrat Julie Hopkins 286 9.5% -10.8%
Green Sunil Gandhi 220 7.3% +3.1%
Majority 381 12.6%
Turnout 3019 41%
Labour hold Swing +5.5%
Norcot Ward[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Graeme William Hoskin 1,557 58.5% +13.9%
Conservative Naz Bashir 650 24.4% -5.0%
Liberal Democrat Roy Albert Teixeira Perestrelo 233 8.8% -12.5%
Green David James Patterson 220 8.3% +3.5%
Majority 907 34.1%
Turnout 2660 37%
Labour hold Swing +9.5%
Park Ward[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Melanie Eastwood 1,585 43.4% +4.5%
Labour Richard Mark Mckenzie 1,213 33.2% +6.4%
Conservative Wazir Hussain 732 20.0% +2.6%
Liberal Democrat Hoyte Paul Arnoud Swager 123 3.4% -13.5%
Majority 372 10.2%
Turnout 3653 48%
Green gain from Conservative Swing -1.0%
Peppard Ward[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard James Willis 2,109 57.9% +4.7%
Labour David Lawrence Absolom 671 18.4% +3.2%
Liberal Democrat Madeleine Elizabeth Adams 523 14.4% -11.0%
Green Kate Day 340 9.3% +6.4%
Majority 1,438 39.5%
Turnout 3643 49%
Conservative hold Swing +0.8%
Redlands Ward[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jan Gavin 1,295 44.3% +18.3%
Liberal Democrat Kirsten Ruth Bayes 757 25.9% -18.1%
Conservative Ed Hopper 526 18.0% -5.7%
Green Mark Adrian Walker 345 11.8% +5.6%
Majority 538 18.4%
Turnout 2923 39%
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +18.2%
Southcote Ward[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Martin Ruhemann 1,543 56.1% +10.7%
Conservative Robert Douglas Vickers 858 31.2% -5.0%
Liberal Democrat David Robert Warren 193 7.0% -8.7%
Green James Eric Towell 157 5.7% +3.0%
Majority 685 24.9%
Turnout 2751 43%
Labour hold Swing +7.9%
Thames Ward[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jeanette Mavis Skeats 2,139 54.6% +3.0%
Labour Duncan Quay Bruce 821 20.9% +4.2%
Liberal Democrat Guy Penman 522 13.3% -13.6%
Green Danny Mcnamara 439 11.2% +6.4%
Majority 1318 33.6%
Turnout 3921 54%
Conservative hold Swing -0.6%
Tilehurst Ward[21][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sandra Doreen Vickers 1,146 37.7% +3.1%
Liberal Democrat Christopher John Harris 957 31.5% -8.5%
Labour Rose Williams 774 25.5% +7.6%
Green Doug Cresswell 159 5.2% +2.9%
Majority 189 6.2%
Turnout 3036 43%
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +5.8%
Whitley Ward[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kelly Liza Edwards 1,331 56.9% +8.5%
Conservative Michael Charles Doyle 572 24.5% -7.5%
Common Sense Howard Thomas 207 8.9% N/A
Liberal Democrat Jamie Steven Wake 140 6.0% -10.3%
Green Keith Martin Johnson 88 3.8% +0.5%
Majority 759 32.5%
Turnout 2338 30%
Labour hold Swing +8.0%

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This figure refers to a Liberal Democrat councillor suspended from the party at the time of the election.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Post, Linda (13 May 2011). "Greens play cards close to their chest". Reading Post. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
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