1991 Reading Borough Council election

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15 seats of 45 on council
23 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Mike Orton Pauline Palmer Jim Day
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats
Seats before 27 11 5
Seats after 29 10 4
Seat change Increase2 Decrease1 Decrease1
Popular vote 16,671 15,927 6,611
Percentage 40.0 38.2 15.9
Swing Decrease8.9 Increase9.3 Decrease2.7

  Fourth party
 
Party Independent
Seats before 2
Seats after 2
Seat change Steady
Popular vote n/a
Percentage n/a
Swing n/a

The 1991 Reading Borough Council election was held on 2 May 1991, at the same time as other local elections across England and Wales. One third of Reading Borough Council's 45 seats were up for election. Since the previous election in 1990, the Conservative group on the council had split, with councillors Hamza Fuad and Pam Fuad forming their own independent group, the "Thames Conservatives", reducing the official Conservative numbers from 13 to 11. Neither of the Thames Conservatives' seats were in the third contested in 1991.[1]

The election saw the Labour party increase its majority on the council.

Results

Reading Borough Council Election, 1990
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 9 2 0 +2 60.0% 40.0% 16,671 -8.9
  Conservative 5 1 2 -1 33.3% 38.2% 15,927 +9.3
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 1 -1 6.7% 15.9% 6,611 +2.7
  Green 0 0% 5.8% 2,431 -3.1

Ward results

The results in each ward were as follows (candidates with an asterisk* were the previous incumbent standing for re-election):[2][3][4][5][6]

Abbey Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Antony William Page*
(Tony Page)
1,300 55.9 -11.5
Conservative Simon Matthews 608 26.2 +9.3
Liberal Democrats John William Wood 302 13.0 +4.3
Green Daphne Joan Lawrence 114 4.9 -2.1
Turnout 2,324
Labour hold Swing -10.4
Battle Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David M. Booth* 1,210 59.8 -8.3
Conservative Jan Harding 609 30.1 +9.3
Green Howard John Darby 206 10.2 -1.1
Turnout 2,025
Labour hold Swing -8.8
Caversham Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Trevor Jones 1,998 49.4 +11.4
Labour Mandy Winters 1,298 32.1 -11.5
Liberal Democrats Maureen Ann Stagg 554 13.7 +5.1
Green David Brian Wright
(Brian Wright)
195 4.8 -5.0
Turnout 4,045
Conservative hold Swing +11.45
Church Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kathleen Margaret Everett*
(Kay Everett)
1,251 55.6 -9.6
Conservative Colin Douglas Snider 783 34.8 +12.5
Green Richard John Kerr Bradbury 217 9.6 -2.9
Turnout 2,251
Labour hold Swing -11.05
Katesgrove Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Stella Singh* 954 54.2 -13.2
Conservative Shirley Muriel Mills 569 32.3 +13.3
Green Christine Frances Critchfield 237 13.5 -0.2
Turnout 1,760
Labour hold Swing -13.25
Kentwood Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Anderson 1,257 39.6 +9.6
Liberal Democrats Francis John William Mahon-Daly*
(Frank Mahon-Daly)
1,015 31.9 -3.2
Labour Walter Vigor 828 26.1 -3.0
Green John Christian Gibson 77 2.4 -3.4
Turnout 3,177
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +6.4
Minster Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Gordon E. Browne* 1,487 46.9 +9.1
Labour Daniel McNamara
(Danny McNamara)
1,453 45.8 -3.0
Green Elizabeth Maria Darby
(Maria Darby)
232 7.3 +2.0
Turnout 3,172
Conservative hold Swing +6.05
Norcot Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rhodri Hughes* 1,523 57.8 -14.3
Conservative Susan Elizabeth White
(Sue White)
565 21.5 +12.1
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Heydeman 445 16.9 n/a
Green David Alfred Chaplin 101 3.8 +14.6
Turnout 2,634
Labour hold Swing -13.2
Park Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael D. Price* 1,430 56.4 -8.5
Conservative Jonathan White 598 23.6 +5.8
Liberal Democrats Gary Mann 326 12.9 +4.6
Green Philip John Unsworth 180 7.1 -1.8
Turnout 2,534
Labour hold Swing -7.15
Peppard Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frank Heyes* 1,916 54.7 +9.2
Liberal Democrats John Outhwaite 1,004 28.7 +1.5
Labour Christine Borgars 464 13.3 -8.5
Green Andrew John McPhee 117 3.3 -2.1
Turnout 3,501
Conservative hold Swing +3.85
Redlands Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anthony Jones
(Tony Jones)
1,364 45.1 -5.9
Conservative Robert Owen Biggs Wilson
(Rob Wilson)
1,093 36.1 +10.0
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Timothy Ashby Ball
(Jon Ball)
391 12.9 +2.9
Green Sallie Ann Sullivan 177 5.9 -7.0
Turnout 3,025
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -7.95
Southcote Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rosemary Phyllis Williams
(Rose Williams)
1,527 51.6 -8.1
Conservative Daphne Janet Holmes
(Janet Holmes)
1,255 42.4 +14.0
Green Timothy Robert Astin
(Tim Astin)
177 6.0 +1.7
Turnout 2,959
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -10.75
Thames Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth A. Putt*
(Ken Putt)
1,805 54.6 n/a
Liberal Democrats Ian M. Fenwick 889 26.9 +11.5
Labour Janet Mary Gavin
(Jan Gavin)
427 12.9 -5.3
Green Anne Margaret McCubbin 180 5.5 -2.3
Turnout 3,301
Conservative hold Swing n/a
Tilehurst Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Florence Teresa Day*
(Paddy Day)
1,685 56.6 +3.1
Conservative Anthony Maurice Owen
(Tony Owen)
772 25.9 +4.9
Labour Mohammad Iqbal 440 14.8 -6.0
Green Judith Green 78 2.6 -2.0
Turnout 2,975
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -0.9
Whitley Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ceinwen Williams 1,202 61.4 -12.3
Conservative Barrie James Cummings 612 31.3 +15.7
Green Moira Anne Elizabeth Astin 143 7.3 -3.3
Turnout 1,957
Labour hold Swing -14.0

References

  1. ^ "Rebel Tories come out of the closet". Evening Post. Reading. 17 May 1990. p. 8. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Labour launches election campaign". Evening Post. Reading. 4 April 1991. p. 8. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Conservative lady not for turning". Evening Post. Reading. 5 April 1991. p. 9. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Liberal Democrats pledge to start local income tax". Evening Post. Reading. 8 April 1991. p. 5. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Greens target threat posed by road plans". Evening Post. Reading. 18 April 1991. p. 11. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  6. ^ "Election results special". Evening Post. Reading. 3 May 1991. p. 16. Retrieved 15 April 2022.