2011 Gravesham Borough Council election

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2011 Gravesham Borough Council election
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  2007 5 May 2011 2015  

All 44 seats in the Gravesham Borough Council
3 seats needed for a majority
 First partySecond party
 
Party Labour Conservative
Last election16 seats, 35.5%28 seats, 54.8%
Seats before1727
Seats won2519
Seat changeIncrease2.svg8Decrease2.svg8
Popular vote13,54915,151
Percentage45.1%50.4%
SwingIncrease2.svg9.6%Decrease2.svg4.4%

Gravesham UK local election 2011 map.svg
Map of the results of the 2011 Gravesham council election. Labour in red and Conservatives in blue.
Labour gained a seat from the Conservatives in a by-election in 2009 [1]

Council control before election


Conservative

Council control after election


Labour

The 2011 Gravesham Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Gravesham Borough Council in Kent, England. The whole council was up for election and the Labour party gained overall control of the council from the Conservative party. [2]

Contents

Background

Before the election the Conservatives had run the council since the 2007 election when they won 26 seats, compared to 16 for Labour. [2] However Labour gained a seat back at a by-election in June 2009 in Painters Ash ward. [3]

During the campaign the national Labour leader Ed Miliband came to Gravesham twice, while the Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron met party activists, [4] along with visits by other senior figures from the two parties. [5] Apart from the Conservative and Labour parties there were also candidates from the United Kingdom Independence Party in 5 wards and the Liberal Democrats in 3 wards. [6]

Election result

Labour gained 8 seats to take control of the council from the Conservatives. [7] Labour made gains in Central, Painters Ash, Singlewell and Westcourt wards to hold 25 seats, compared to 19 for the Conservatives. [8]

Following the election Ed Miliband came back to Gravesham and said "Our victory here is both a sign of our progress and a symbol of our task ahead." [7] Both the local Conservative and Labour leaders on the council, Mike Snelling and John Burden, put the results down to the cuts being made by the national Conservative led government. [8]

Gravesham Local Election Result 2011 [9] [10]
PartySeatsGainsLossesNet gain/lossSeats %Votes %Votes+/−
  Labour 2580+856.845.113,549+9.6%
  Conservative 1908-843.250.415,151-4.4%
  UKIP 000001.3953+1.3%
  Liberal Democrats 000001.4416-4.4%

Ward results

Central (3) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Gurdip Bungar 1,079
Conservative Greta Goatley 1,073
Labour Derek Sales 1,060
Labour Andrew Mylett1,031
Conservative Bronwen McGarrity1,019
Conservative Samir Jassal971
Liberal Democrats Matt Vincent207
Liberal Democrats Gill McGill150
Liberal Democrats Rob McGill121
Turnout 6,71152+9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Chalk [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Leslie Hills 562 68.3 -8.3
Labour Alexander Wallace20925.4+2.0
UKIP Quentin Williamson526.3+6.3
Majority35342.9-10.3
Turnout 82348+10
Conservative hold Swing
Coldharbour (2) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Sue Howes 735
Labour Rosemary Leadley 675
Conservative Carol Fisher429
Conservative Heather Frost421
Turnout 2,26037+6
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Higham (2) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Leslie Pearton 1,021
Conservative Harold Craske 871
Labour Eileen Rice429
Labour Jenny Wallace428
Turnout 2,74947+6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Istead Rise (2) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative David Turner 1,067
Conservative Bryan Sweetland 1,034
Labour Jenny Beardsall294
Labour Pam Sales236
Turnout 2,63150+6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Meopham North (2) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Mike Snelling 1,220
Conservative Laura Hryniewicz 1,051
Labour Douglas Christie497
Labour Brian Newell389
Turnout 3,15751+22
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Meopham South and Vigo (2) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Lesley Boycott 1,098
Conservative Derek Shelbrooke 1,042
Labour Mary Williams266
Labour Dick Target265
Turnout 2,67142+6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Northfleet North (3) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Andrea Webb 1,106
Labour Tanmanjeet Dhesi 1,103
Labour Peter Rayner 1,101
Conservative Clarice Masterson508
Conservative Eileen Tuff489
Conservative David Garside466
UKIP Geoffrey Clark218
Turnout 4,91137+5
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Northfleet South (3) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour John Loughlin 1,105
Labour John Burden 1,095
Labour Narinder-Jit Thandi 1,061
Conservative Julia Burgoyne552
Conservative Teresa Sweetland527
Conservative Brenda Pritchard520
UKIP Dave Thomas206
Turnout 5,06638+7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Painters Ash (3) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Colin Dennis 1,235
Labour Les Howes 1,214
Labour Caroline Shelton 1,128
Conservative Karen Hurdle830
Conservative Diane Marsh809
Conservative Alan Ridgers803
Liberal Democrats Ian Stevenson111
Liberal Democrats Carrie Abraham93
Liberal Democrats Martin Wilson69
Turnout 6,29250+7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Pelham (3) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Brian Sangha 1,327
Labour Makhan Singh 1,300
Labour Jane Cribbon 1,270
Conservative Jack Bearman766
Conservative Jasmail Dosanjh739
Conservative Peter Harris706
UKIP Simon Johnston235
Turnout 6,34345+6
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Riverside (3) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Lyn Milner 1,156
Labour Lee Croxton 1,143
Labour Dick Smith 1,135
Conservative Helen Skellorn520
Conservative Chaz Sidhu444
Conservative Amrik Jandoo442
Turnout 4,84035+6
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Riverview (2) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Lambert 902
Conservative David Hurley 800
Labour Michael Coulter483
Labour Jason MCCrossan420
Turnout 2,60542+6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Shorne, Cobham & Luddesdown (2) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Alex Moore 1,271
Conservative Robin Theobald 1,234
Labour Ernie Brook315
Labour Maureen Newell284
Turnout 3,10451+3
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Singlewell (3) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Brian Francis 1,074
Labour Rob Halpin 1,000
Labour Jean Averibou 994
Conservative Graeme Biggs806
Conservative John Cubitt788
Conservative Conrad Broadley776
Turnout 5,43839+7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Westcourt (3) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Colin Caller 1,056
Labour John Caller 1,038
Labour Val Ashenden 1,012
Conservative Sean Long654
Conservative Philip Hales651
Conservative Sandra Garside617
Liberal Democrats Bob Moreton98
Liberal Democrats James Willis69
Turnout 5,19539+10
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Whitehill (2) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Glen Handley 734
Conservative Senja Compton 732
Labour Surinder Dale523
Labour Brigitte Steer513
Turnout 2,50243+3
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Woodlands (3) [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Sara Langdale 1,141
Conservative Mick Wenban 1,112
Conservative Anthony Pritchard 1,045
Labour Sarah Shepherd660
Labour Jean Christie658
Labour Mary Pratley613
UKIP David Beattie242
Turnout 5,47142+5
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

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