Winchester City Council election, 2010

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The 2010 Winchester Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Winchester District Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Liberal Democrats gained overall control of the council from the Conservative party.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

The Conservatives had gained control of Winchester council in the 2006 election after a sex scandal involving the local Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten.[4] Going into the 2010 election the Conservatives had a majority of just 1 seat[3] and were defending 13 seats compared to 4 for the Liberal Democrats, due to the seats they won in 2006 being due for election in 2010.[4] Several councillors stood down at the election, including George Hollingbery from The Alresfords ward to contest the Meon Valley constituency in the general election, Fred Allgood from Denmead ward, Georgina Busher from Bishop's Waltham and James Stephens from St Luke ward.[5] Brian Collin also did not defend his Olivers Battery and Badger Farm ward, which he had held for 24 years, to contest St John and All Saints instead.[5]

The Conservatives defended their record on the council pointing to a repaving of the high street, park and ride projects and keeping council tax increases below inflation.[6] However the Liberal Democrats accused the Conservatives of running down reserves that the Liberal Democrats had built up when they were in power and were confident of taking control in particular with the election taking place at the same time as the general election.[6] The Labour party were defending their last seat on the council in St John and All Saints ward with predictions that Labour could be without representation on the council for the first time.[6] Meanwhile, the Green party only contested one seat in St Bartholomew in order to concentrate their efforts and campaigned on development issues.[6]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Liberal Democrats take control over the council after gaining 5 seats to hold 29 of the 57 seats.[7] This gave them an overall majority of 1 seat, despite the Conservatives winning 10 seats at the election compared to 9 for the Liberal Democrats.[7][3] The Conservatives did make one gain, taking a former independent seat where the councillor Georgina Busher stood down at the election.[8] Meanwhile, the last remaining Labour seat was lost after Labour was defeated in St John and All Saints ward.[7]

Winchester Local Election Result 2010[9]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 10 1 4 -3 52.6 46.4 25,681 +3.1%
  Liberal Democrat 9 5 0 +5 47.4 44.6 24,676 -1.4%
  Labour 0 0 1 -1 0 6.7 3,721 +2.3%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 1.4 779 -2.2%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 443 -0.6%

Ward results[edit]

Bishops Waltham[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Mclean 1,552 38.5 +8.1
Liberal Democrat Benjamin Stoneham 1,479 36.7 +10.8
Independent Gideon Lake 779 19.3 -19.6
Labour Steve Haines 224 5.6 +3.4
Majority 73 1.8
Turnout 4,034 75.4 +34.3
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Cheriton & Bishops Sutton[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Harry Verney 866 60.9 -1.7
Liberal Democrat Christopher Day 503 35.4 -2.0
Labour Timothy Curran 52 3.7 +3.7
Majority 363 25.5 +0.3
Turnout 1,421 80.1 +27.1
Conservative hold Swing
Colden Common & Twyford[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Richard Izard 1,904 57.0 +4.0
Conservative Nigel Burwood 1,285 38.5 -6.1
Labour Nicholas Carr 153 4.6 +2.2
Majority 619 18.5 +10.1
Turnout 3,342 77.7 +27.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Denmead[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kirk Phillips 2,535 65.1 -13.0
Liberal Democrat Margaret Scriven 1,142 29.3 +10.9
Labour David Picton-Jones 219 5.6 +2.1
Majority 1,393 35.8 -23.9
Turnout 3,896 74.4 +34.7
Conservative hold Swing
Droxford, Soberton & Hambledon[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tony Coates 910 66.4 -12.1
Liberal Democrat Alan Hibbert 419 30.6 +9.1
Labour Alyn Edwards 41 3.0 +3.0
Majority 491 35.8 -11.2
Turnout 1,370 80.8 +21.8
Conservative hold Swing
Kings Worthy[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Jane Rutter 1,393 52.6 -1.2
Conservative Stanley Howell 1,098 41.4 -1.5
Labour Elaine Fullaway 158 6.0 +2.7
Majority 295 11.1 +0.2
Turnout 2,649 77.8 +26.1
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Olivers Battery & Badger Farm[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Lynda Banister 1,615 60.2 -7.8
Conservative Kim Gottlieb 943 35.1 +8.1
Labour Margaret Rees 126 4.7 +2.9
Majority 672 25.0 -16.0
Turnout 2,684 82.4 +25.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Owslebury & Curdridge[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Laurence Ruffell 1,330 55.2 -6.7
Liberal Democrat Jo White 983 40.8 +5.6
Labour Clive Coldwell 96 4.0 +1.0
Majority 347 14.4 -12.3
Turnout 2,409 78.7 +31.7
Conservative hold Swing
St Barnabas[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Susan Witt 1,798 49.3 -4.0
Conservative Richard Worrall 1,618 44.3 +0.3
Labour Tania Ziegler 234 6.4 +3.7
Majority 180 4.9 -4.4
Turnout 3,650 76.5 +21.3
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
St Bartholomew[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Dominic Hiscock 1,802 50.6 -1.1
Conservative Paul Wing 1,114 31.3 -2.6
Green Alison Craig 443 12.4 +4.6
Labour Denis Archdeacon 205 5.8 +1.1
Majority 688 19.3 +1.5
Turnout 3,564
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St John & All Saints[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Brian Collin 1,217 41.2 +1.4
Labour Chris Pines 993 33.6 +3.8
Conservative James Byrnes 743 25.2 -0.2
Majority 224 7.6 -2.4
Turnout 2,953 63.2 +30.3
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
St Luke[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Rose Prowse 1,397 52.1 -0.3
Conservative Jamie Scott 1,038 38.7 +2.9
Labour Peter Rees 247 9.2 -2.6
Majority 359 13.4 -3.2
Turnout 2,682 63.7 +27.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
St Michael[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Tait 1,799 50.4 -1.2
Liberal Democrat Tony Ayres 1,582 44.4 +4.6
Labour Antony De Peyer 185 5.2 +2.4
Majority 217 6.1 -5.7
Turnout 3,566 75.2 +27.0
Conservative hold Swing
St Paul[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Ray Pearce 2,021 57.9 +0.2
Conservative Helen Osborne 1,240 35.5 +5.9
Labour Adrian Field 230 6.6 +2.1
Majority 781 22.4 -5.7
Turnout 3,491 74.1 +37.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Shedfield[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Huxstep 1,497 63.4 +13.3
Liberal Democrat Michael Toole 743 31.5 +19.3
Labour Pat Hayward 122 5.2 +0.4
Majority 754 31.9 +10.1
Turnout 2,362 67.0 +22.3
Conservative hold Swing
Sparsholt[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Keith Wood 668 60.9 -1.1
Liberal Democrat Victoria Kilroy 397 36.2 -1.8
Labour Tessa Valentine 32 2.9 +2.9
Majority 271 24.7 +0.7
Turnout 1,097 71.6 +19.6
Conservative hold Swing
Swanmore & Newtown[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Vicki Weston 1,549 57.6 -19.0
Liberal Democrat Sheila Campbell 1,024 38.1 +14.7
Labour Robert Rudge 115 4.3 +4.3
Majority 525 19.5 -33.7
Turnout 2,688 80.5 +31.5
Conservative hold Swing
The Alresfords[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Margot Power 1,972 48.9 -8.9
Conservative Ken Yeldham 1,906 47.2 +11.7
Labour Robin Atkins 156 3.9 +2.2
Majority 66 1.6 -20.7
Turnout 4,034 79.7 +26.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Wonston & Micheldever[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen Godfrey 1,990 58.4 -15.9
Liberal Democrat Richard Coleman 1,285 37.7 +16.0
Labour Andrew Adams 133 3.9 -0.1
Majority 705 20.7 -31.9
Turnout 3,408 78.8 +36.5
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Local elections 2010". London: guardian.co.uk. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  3. ^ a b c "Tories gain control of Gosport and Hart in local polls". BBC News Online. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  4. ^ a b "Voters to decide today in Winchester and Chandler's Ford". Hampshire Chronicle. 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  5. ^ a b "Who's fighting the Winchester City Council elections". Hampshire Chronicle. 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Lib Dems scenting power on Winchester City Council". Hampshire Chronicle. 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  7. ^ a b c "Local Election result - Winchester". This Is Hampshire. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  8. ^ "Winchester City Council - full election results". Hampshire Chronicle. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "District Election Results 2010". Winchester City Council. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Elections". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 


Preceded by
Winchester Council election, 2008
Winchester local elections Succeeded by
Winchester Council election, 2011