1995 Reading Borough Council election

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16 seats of 45 on council
23 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Mike Orton Tony Markham Jim Day
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats
Seats before 29 12 4
Seats after 32 8 5
Seat change Increase3 Decrease4 Increase1
Popular vote 20,897 9,037 6,595
Percentage 56.5 24.5 17.8
Swing Increase8.7 Decrease1.9 Decrease5.1

The 1995 Reading Borough Council election was held on 4 May 1995, at the same time as other local elections across Britain. Sixteen of the 45 seats on Reading Borough Council were up for election, being the usual third of the council (15 seats) plus a by-election in Redlands ward, where Labour councillor Robert Sulley had resigned. Labour increased its majority on the council. The Labour leader on the council ahead of the election was Mike Orton, but he stood down as party and council leader immediately after the election, being replaced by David Sutton.[1]

Results

Reading Borough Council Election, 1995
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 13 3 0 +3 81.3% 56.5% 20,897 +8.7
  Conservative 1 0 4 -4 6.3% 24.5% 9,037 -1.9
  Liberal Democrats 2 1 0 +1 12.5% 17.8% 6,595 -5.1
  Green 0 0% 1.2% 432 -1.3

Ward results

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

Abbey Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Antony William Page*
(Tony Page)
1,424 72.1 +1.7
Conservative Mark Vereist Boyle 288 14.6 +0.2
Liberal Democrats Jeffrey Michael Hannan 265 13.4 -1.9
Turnout 1,976
Labour hold Swing +0.75
Battle Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Malcolm Geoffrey Powers* 1,294 78.8 +16.5
Conservative Heather Mary Jones 242 14.7 -4.1
Liberal Democrats Martin Peter Scott 106 6.5 -7.4
Turnout 1,642
Labour hold Swing +10.3
Caversham Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Peter Waite 1,750 52.3 +16.1
Conservative Janet Victoria Belcher 1,310 39.1 -6.2
Liberal Democrats Robin James Bentham 288 8.6 -6.2
Turnout 3,348
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +11.15
Church Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kathleen Margaret Everett*
(Kay Everett)
1,120 71.3 +10.7
Conservative Peter George Wakeham 258 16.4 -2.0
Liberal Democrats Susan Kathleen Doughty 193 12.3 -3.1
Turnout 1,571
Labour hold Swing +6.35
Katesgrove Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phillip Denis Hingley 1,167 72.6 +9.6
Conservative Shirley Muriel Mills 305 19.0 -0.4
Green Philip John Unsworth 135 8.4 n/a
Turnout 1,607
Labour hold Swing +5
Kentwood Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Clive Blakesley 1,415 49.8 +9.0
Conservative Mark Edward Anderson* 754 26.5 -0.4
Liberal Democrats Simon John Weinberger 674 23.7 -8.6
Turnout 2,843
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +4.7
Minster Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Charles Spalding Croal 1,612 64.8 +15.4
Conservative David Frederick Henderson 876 35.2 +0.7
Turnout 2,488
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +7.35
Norcot Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rhodri Hughes* 1,486 69.6 +6.2
Liberal Democrats Richard Karel Duveen
(Ricky Duveen)
338 15.8 -2.6
Conservative Vera Anne Sutton 247 11.6 -1.6
Green Joseph Henry Loudon 65 3.0 n/a
Turnout 2,136
Labour hold Swing +3.9
Park Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Norman Arthur Edwards 1,718 76.0 +7.9
Conservative Karen-Anne Young 299 13.2 -1.5
Liberal Democrats George Hamish Hew Preston 245 10.8 -0.7
Turnout 2,262
Labour hold Swing +4.7
Peppard Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Robert James Green 1,542 49.3 -2.1
Conservative Jeanette Mavis Skeats 1,058 33.8 -1.9
Labour Adam Wood 529 16.9 +6.2
Turnout 3,129
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing -0.1
Redlands Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anthony Jones* 1,462 61.6 +7.8
Conservative Simon Howard Robinson 433 18.2 -2.6
Liberal Democrats Martin John Reilly 321 13.5 -6.2
Green Mary Preciosa Westly 159 6.7 +0.9
Turnout 2,375
Labour hold Swing +5.2
Redlands Ward (by-election)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jonathan Saul Morris
(Jonny Morris)
1,473 62.8
Conservative Heather Mary Laird 460 19.6
Liberal Democrats Anthony John Warrell 413 17.6
Turnout 2,346
Labour hold Swing
Southcote Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rosemary Phyllis Williams*
(Rose Williams)
1,770 77.4 +11.2
Conservative Susan Elizabeth White
(Sue White)
517 22.6 +4.85
Turnout 2,287
Labour hold Swing +4.85
Thames Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Arthur Putt*
(Ken Putt)
1,473 47.9 -0.7
Liberal Democrats Eric Vickers 841 27.3 -1.5
Labour Betty Tickner
(Bet Tickner)
764 24.8 +6.5
Turnout 3,078
Conservative hold Swing +0.4
Tilehurst Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Dennis Keith James Morgan 1,370 58.4 -3.3
Labour Christopher Bernard Gavin 582 24.8 +5.2
Conservative Clarence Percy Mortimer 321 13.7 -2.1
Green Judith Veronica Green 73 3.1 +0.2
Turnout 2,346
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -4.25
Whitley Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ceinwen Williams* 1,331 87.2 +6.6
Conservative Frazer Keith Elliot Imrie 196 12.8 -6.6
Turnout 1,527
Labour hold Swing +6.6

References

  1. ^ "New leader for borough". Evening Post. Reading. 8 May 1995. p. 3. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Conservatives get the blues as voters desert in droves". Evening Post. Reading. 5 May 1995. p. 14. Retrieved 18 April 2022.