1976 Bracknell District Council election
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All 31 seats to Bracknell District Council
16 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Con
Lab
Lib
Leader Dorothy Benwell[1] Bill Lindop
Party Conservative Labour Liberal
Leader's seat Ascot Wildridings
(lost re-election)
Last election 9 17 1
Seats won 27 3 1
Seat change Increase 18 Decrease 14 Steady 0
Popular vote 11,791 7,217 3,130
Percentage 52.8% 32.3% 14.0%
Swing Increase 11.5% Decrease 15.3% Increase 9.4%

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Res
Ind
Party Residents Independent
Last election 3 1
Seats won 0 0
Seat change Decrease 3 Decrease 1
Popular vote Did not stand Did not stand

Council control before election

Labour

Council control after election

Conservative

The 1976 Bracknell District Council election took place on 6 May 1976, to elect all 31 members in 16 wards for Bracknell District Council in England. The election was held on the same day as other local elections as part of the 1976 United Kingdom local elections. The Conservative Party ousted the one-term Labour Party council, winning all but 4 of the seats, with Labour group leader Bill Lindop losing his seat of Wildridings. The Liberal Party were able to hold onto their solitary seat in Crowthorne & Easthampstead.[2] Despite leading the Conservative group into the election, Dorothy Benwell would be replaced by newly elected Tim Wood, who subsequently became leader of the council.[3]

Summary

1976 Bracknell District Council election
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 27 Increase 18 Steady 0 Increase 18 87.1 52.8 11,791
  Labour 3 Steady 0 Decrease 14 Decrease 14 9.7 32.3 7,217
  Liberal 1 Steady 0 Steady 0 Steady 0 3.2 14.0 3,130
  Independent Labour 0 Steady 0 Steady 0 Steady 0 0.0 0.8 179

Ward results

An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent councillor standing for re-election

Ascot

Ascot (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Benwell M. Ms.* 1,193 57.4 -6.9
Conservative Jackson R. 1,077
Conservative Evans D. 935
Liberal Trower R. 584 28.1 New
Labour Cripps G. Ms 301 14.5 -21.2
Labour Tyler J. 291
Labour Draper R. 247
Turnout 52.7 +24.1
Registered electors 3,945
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Binfield

Binfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lees D. Ms. 801 86.1 +12.9
Labour Jones E. 129 13.9 -12.9
Turnout 46.8 +20.8
Registered electors 1,994
Conservative hold Swing

Bracknell (Great Hollands)

Bracknell (Great Hollands) (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Grant J. 1,186 40.4 +13.8
Conservative Dale E. 1,159
Conservative Elford D. 1,123
Labour Dellar A. 1,097 37.4 -24.5
Labour Kirk T. Ms. 1,090
Labour Shillcock A. Ms.* 1,087
Liberal Malvern K. 471 16.1 New
Liberal Tottingham D. 451
Liberal Stotesbury P. 447
Independent Labour Rimple C. 179 6.1 New
Turnout 51.9 +19.8
Registered electors 5,648
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Bracknell (Old Bracknell)

Bracknell (Old Bracknell) (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Fanthorpe T. 1,148 44.4 +12.2
Conservative Fleming R. 1,143
Conservative Gennery B. 1,141
Labour Pearce T.* 1,045 40.4 -6.3
Labour Mason S. 1,036
Labour Wheaton T. 1,002
Liberal Campbell R. 392 15.2 -5.8
Liberal Salisbury R. 389
Liberal Maxwell D. 280
Turnout 46.3 +2.6
Registered electors 5,579
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Bullbrook

Bullbrook (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Strong P. Ms. 1,264 57.0 +13.7
Conservative Dowdall C. 1,255
Conservative Padley R. 1,225
Labour Delbridge J.* 953 43.0 -13.7
Labour Darke P. 920
Labour Checkley A.* 862
Turnout 43.9 +4.3
Registered electors 5,053
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

College Town

College Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marshall J.*[n 1] 470 69.8 New
Labour Gardener A. 203 30.2 New
Turnout 41.8 N/A
Registered electors 1,713
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

Cranbourne

Cranbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Creech F.* 325 70.8 +8.0
Labour Andrews T. Ms. 134 29.2 -8.0
Turnout 41.2 +6.5
Registered electors 1,141
Conservative hold Swing

Crowthorne & Easthampstead

Crowthorne & Easthampstead (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Brown W.* 1,152 47.3 -52.7
Conservative Cheney A. 985 40.4 -59.6
Conservative Finnie J. 935
Conservative Worrall D.* 810
Labour Hall A. 300 12.3 New
Labour Johnston S. Ms. 286
Turnout 55.8 N/A
Registered electors 4,366
Liberal hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Garth

Garth (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Moylan C.* 659 54.1 -9.3
Labour Pocknee J.* 645
Conservative Brown M. 558 45.9 +9.3
Conservative Coombs M. Ms. 555
Turnout 45.5 +11.6
Registered electors 2,674
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Harmanswater

Harmanswater (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Wood T. 723 49.9 +15.7
Conservative Brydon D. 704
Labour Smyth G. 518 35.8 -6.6
Labour Lavender G.* 511
Liberal Crean T. 207 14.3 -9.1
Liberal White P. 197
Turnout 49.7 +11.3
Registered electors 2,912
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Little Sandhurst

Little Sandhurst (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steel A. 856 72.1 +35.1
Conservative Burton J. 773
Labour Urqhart C. 332 27.9 +9.0
Labour Wood R. 283
Turnout 46.5 +11.0
Registered electors 2,556
Conservative gain from Residents Swing
Conservative gain from Residents Swing

Priestwood

Priestwood (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cain F.* 560 50.4 -8.0
Conservative Mosses R. 551 49.6 +8.0
Conservative Harbor P. Ms. 538
Labour Mountjoy T.* 534
Turnout 36.8 +4.2
Registered electors 3,016
Labour hold Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Sandhurst

Sandhurst
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rimes G. 537 56.3 +36.6
Labour Dancy K. Ms. 417 43.7 +5.7
Turnout 51.2 +13.4
Registered electors 1,930
Conservative gain from Residents Swing

St. Marys

St. Marys
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rose P.* 371 85.5 +25.5
Labour Drukker M. 63 14.5 -25.5
Turnout 45.8 +0.6
Registered electors 972
Conservative hold Swing

Warfield

Warfield
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kay J. Ms.* 417 73.8 +4.2
Labour Stewart R. 148 26.2 -4.2
Turnout 45.8 +10.2
Registered electors 1,265
Conservative hold Swing

Wildridings

Wildridings (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mattick J. 406 37.3 +5.4
Conservative Wreglesworth N. 368
Labour Lindop W.* 358 32.9 -35.2
Liberal Mullarky P. 324 29.8 New
Labour Mihell D.* 320
Liberal Spain K. 318
Turnout 51.2 +12.8
Registered electors 2,123
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Footnotes

  1. ^ Marshall was elected as an Independent candidate in 1973.

References

  1. ^ Durbridge, Jan (13 May 1976). "Big Bill falls in Tory landslide". Bracknell Times. Retrieved 28 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Bracknell Forest Borough Council Election Results 1973-1995" (PDF). Elections Centre. Retrieved 28 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Bracknell's Chief Executive resigns". Bracknell Times. 3 June 1976. Retrieved 29 January 2023.