Wokingham District Council election, 2006

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Map of the results of the 2006 Wokingham council election. Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in grey were not contested in 2006.

The 2006 Wokingham District Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Wokingham Unitary Council in Berkshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

The election saw the United Kingdom Independence Party put forward a candidate in all of the 18 wards which were being contested.[3] This was the first time they had done this and meant they put forward more candidates than Labour who contested 16 of the wards.[3]

During the campaign the Liberal Democrat leader on the council, Coling Lawley, received death threats, which led the police launch an investigation.[4]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives strengthen their control of the council after gaining three seats from the Liberal Democrats.[5] The gains came in Coronation, Loddon and Hillside wards with one of the defeated Liberal Democrats being their leader Coling Lawley who lost by 472 votes in Coronation ward.[6] Overall turnout in the election was 39.8%.[7]

Wokingham Local Election Result 2006[2][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 15 3 0 +3 83.3 56.3 20,353 +3.1%
  Liberal Democrat 3 0 3 -3 16.7 29.0 10,497 -6.3%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 6.9 2,512 +1.5%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 6.5 2,333 +0.8%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 291 +0.4%
  Monster Raving Loony 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 171 +0.5%

Ward results[edit]

Arborfield[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gary Cowan 541 72.7 -5.6
Liberal Democrat Stephen Bacon 172 23.1 +10.1
UKIP Ronald Bristow 31 4.2 -4.5
Majority 369 49.6 -15.7
Turnout 744 41.1 +1.5
Conservative hold Swing
Bulmershe & Whitegates[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Sellam Rahmouni 999 43.8
Conservative Tanya De Hoedt 727 31.9
Labour Gregory Bello 338 14.8
UKIP Peter Williams 216 9.5
Majority 272 11.9
Turnout 2,280 38.7 +0.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Coronation[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Baker 1,285 56.9
Liberal Democrat Coling Lawley 813 36.0
Labour Jasdip Garcha 88 3.9
UKIP Amy Thornton 72 3.2
Majority 472 20.9
Turnout 2,258 52.8 +6.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Emmbrook[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Deborah Lewis 1,448 54.6
Liberal Democrat Keith Malvern 757 28.5
UKIP Ann Davis 277 10.4
Labour Anna Rogerson 171 6.4
Majority 691 26.1
Turnout 2,653 44.6 -0.3
Conservative hold Swing
Evendons[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Denis Morgan 1,367 58.2
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Harley 639 27.2
UKIP Franklin Carstairs 197 8.4
Labour Franco Valente 144 6.1
Majority 728 31.0
Turnout 2,347 37.0 -3.7
Conservative hold Swing
Finchampstead North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Stanton 1,363 71.1
Liberal Democrat Roland Cundy 382 19.9
UKIP Ian Gordon 116 6.0
Labour Pippa White 57 3.0
Majority 981 51.2
Turnout 1,918 46.8 -0.1
Conservative hold Swing
Finchampstead South[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Simon Weeks 1,221 68.9
Liberal Democrat James May 351 19.8
UKIP Leslie Huntley 113 6.4
Labour Roger Hayes 86 4.9
Majority 870 49.1
Turnout 1,771 42.0 +1.8
Conservative hold Swing
Hawkedon[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Firmager 1,152 59.9
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Orchard 505 26.3
Labour Jacqueline Pluves 175 9.1
UKIP Vincent Pearson 91 4.7
Majority 607 33.6
Turnout 1,923 30.9 -1.3
Conservative hold Swing
Hillside[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Bradley 1,303 46.8
Liberal Democrat Tania Christidis 1,109 39.8
Labour David Sharp 183 6.6
Monster Raving Loony Peter Owen 120 4.3
UKIP Andrew Findlay 70 2.5
Majority 194 7.0
Turnout 2,785 42.6 +3.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Loddon[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Abdul Loyes 941 45.6
Liberal Democrat Carol Jewell 736 35.7
Labour Alberto Troccoli 241 11.7
UKIP William Brooks 144 7.0
Majority 205 9.9
Turnout 2,062 33.6 +4.9
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Maiden Erlegh[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Swaddle 1,295 52.2
Liberal Democrat Caroline Smith 735 29.6
Labour Jacqueline Rupert 173 7.0
Green David Hogg 164 6.6
UKIP David Lamb 112 4.5
Majority 560 22.6
Turnout 2,479 34.7 -4.6
Conservative hold Swing
Norreys[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Lee 1,452 63.7
Liberal Democrat Michael Harper 390 17.1
Labour John Woodward 228 10.0
UKIP Keith Knight 209 9.2
Majority 1,062 46.6
Turnout 2,279 37.9 -1.1
Conservative hold Swing
Remenham, Wargrave & Ruscombe[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Schutz 1,398 73.5
Liberal Democrat Martin Alder 357 18.8
UKIP Geoffrey Bulpit 75 3.9
Labour Richard Fort 72 3.8
Majority 1,041 54.7
Turnout 1,902 47.0 -3.2
Conservative hold Swing
Shinfield South[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barrie Patman 969 65.9
Liberal Democrat Fiona Rolls 203 13.8
Green Marjory Bisset 127 8.6
Labour Julianne Grafton 112 7.6
UKIP Joan Huntley 59 4.0
Majority 766 52.1
Turnout 1,470 35.7 -2.0
Conservative hold Swing
South Lake[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Rowland 724 45.9
Conservative Parvindar Batth 611 38.7
Labour Paul Sharples 134 8.5
UKIP David Hill 108 6.8
Majority 113 7.2
Turnout 1,577 35.8 +3.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Swallowfield[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stuart Munro 637 76.2 +7.8
Liberal Democrat Denis Thair 144 17.2 -3.3
UKIP Jeremy Allison 55 6.6 -4.5
Majority 493 59.0 +11.1
Turnout 836 43.2 +2.5
Conservative hold Swing
Winnersh[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Prue Bray 1,199 47.9
Conservative Derek Sefton 1,083 43.2
UKIP Anthony Pollock 109 4.4
Labour Keith Wilson 63 2.5
Monster Raving Loony Colin Forrestal 51 2.0
Majority 116 4.7
Turnout 2,505 42.6 +1.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Wokingham Without[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Angus Ross 1,560 65.9
Liberal Democrat Philip Bristow 282 11.9
UKIP Graham Widdows 279 11.8
Labour Rosemary Chapman 247 10.4
Majority 1,278 54.0
Turnout 2,368 40.3 -0.7
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local elections: Wokingham". BBC News Online. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Local elections". The Times. 5 May 2006. p. 9. 
  3. ^ a b "UKIP makes Wokingham a target in May local elections". getwokingham. 19 April 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Police investigate death threats to Lib Dem leader". Reading Post. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Labour holds Reading despite loss". BBC News Online. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Tories tighten their grip as Lib Dem chief ousted". getwokingham. 10 May 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Local election results". Wokingham Borough Council. Retrieved 14 January 2010.