2006 Reading Borough Council election

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17 seats of 46 on council
24 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader David Sutton Fred Pugh Bob Green
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats
Seats before 35 6 5
Seats after 32 8 6
Seat change Decrease3 Increase2 Increase1
Popular vote 11,571 12,131 7,440
Percentage 33.4 35.0 21.5
Swing Decrease4.9 Increase3.0 Decrease3.9

The 2006 Reading Borough Council election was held on 4 May 2006, at the same time as other local elections across England. Seventeen of the 46 seats on Reading Borough Council were up for election, being the usual third of the council plus two by-elections. The by-election in Southcote ward was caused by the resignation of Labour councillor Christopher Swaine, and the by-election in Thames was caused by the resignation of Conservative councillor Rob Wilson, who had been elected as the member of parliament for Reading East the previous year. Labour lost three seats at the election: two to the Conservatives and one to the Liberal Democrats. The Conservatives took the largest number of votes across the borough for the first time since 1992. Despite these losses, Labour remained in control of the council, with David Sutton continuing as leader of the party and the council.[1]

Results

Reading Borough Council Election, 2006
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 6 2 0 +2 35.3% 35.0% 12,131 +3.0
  Labour 9 0 3 -3 52.9% 33.4% 11,571 -4.9
  Liberal Democrats 2 1 0 +1 11.8% 21.5% 7,440 -3.9
  Green 0 0% 8.8% 3,031 +5.8
  Independent 0 0% 1.3% 453

Ward results

The results in each ward were as follows (candidates with an asterisk* were the sitting councillor standing for re-election):[2][3]

Abbey Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Betty Tickner*
(Bet Tickner)
706 41.0
Conservative Timothy James Harris 424 24.6
Liberal Democrats Gareth Daniel Epps 305 17.7
Green Douglas James Cresswell 196 11.4
Independent Thurlow Timothy Robert O'Neill
(Bob O'Neill)
69 4.0
Independent Jean-Louis Pascual 21 1.2
Turnout 1,721 27
Labour hold Swing
Battle Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Jones* 990 53.6
Conservative David John Trim 376 20.3
Green Adrian Windisch 241 13.0
Liberal Democrats James Edward Spackman 241 13.0
Turnout 1,848 31
Labour hold Swing
Caversham Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Cumpsty 1,235 50.0
Labour David O'Meara 625 25.3
Liberal Democrats Diane Jennifer Elliss 336 13.6
Green David James Patterson 276 11.2
Turnout 2,472 39
Conservative hold Swing
Church Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammed Azam Janjua*
(Azam Janjua)
913 41.2
Conservative Michael Anthony Townend
(Mike Townend)
867 39.2
Liberal Democrats Christopher John Harris 239 10.8
Green Gabriel Berry 195 8.8
Turnout 2,214 34
Labour hold Swing
Katesgrove Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Martin Stainthorp* 647 41.0
Conservative Mohinder Singh 332 21.1
Liberal Democrats Milorad Susilovic
(Mike Susilovic)
276 17.5
Green Louise Kaye Keane 221 14.0
Independent David Leyland Boobier 101 6.4
Turnout 1,577 28
Labour hold Swing
Kentwood Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jennifer Rynn 1,024 37.6
Labour Andrea Mary Collins* 888 32.6
Liberal Democrats Richard Karel Duveen
(Ricky Duveen)
641 23.5
Green Katia Richardson 173 6.3
Turnout 2,726 40
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Minster Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Terence James Christopher Byrne
(Terry Byrne)
865 38.3
Labour Mohammed Ayub 846 37.4
Liberal Democrats Nicholas David Wright 327 14.5
Green Katherine Jane Buse 223 9.9
Turnout 2,261 35
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Norcot Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Mervyn Jones* 1,134 51.3
Conservative Stephen Richard Watcham 578 26.1
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Clare Heydeman 306 13.8
Green Mark Adrian Walker 193 8.7
Turnout 2,211 34
Labour hold Swing
Park Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shirley Isabella Merriott 896 33.8
Liberal Democrats Richard James Edward Hall 671 25.3
Conservative Wazir Hussain 609 23.0
Green Robert James White 474 17.9
Turnout 2,650 42
Labour hold Swing
Peppard Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Ralph* 1,760 54.4
Liberal Democrats James Frederick D'Este Emery 1,051 32.5
Labour Mohammad Nazir
(Nazir Choudhary)
248 7.7
Green Kay Mary Harrison 177 5.5
Turnout 3,236 46
Conservative hold Swing
Redlands Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Daisy Benson 1,029 45.4
Labour Gul Faraz Khan*
(Haji Khan)
677 29.9
Conservative Richard Leo Lester
(Leo Lester)
398 17.6
Independent Peter Burt 163 7.2
Turnout 2,267 37
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Southcote Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Joseph Ennis* 1,108 50.8
Conservative Alan Alexander Hawkins 748 34.3
Liberal Democrats Anthony John Warrell 203 9.3
Green James Eric Towell 122 5.6
Turnout 2,181 38
Labour hold Swing
Southcote Ward (by-election)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Deborah Jane Edwards 1,252 59.9
Conservative Patricia Steele 837 40.1
Turnout 2,089 38
Labour hold Swing
Thames Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Bryan Stevens* 1,725 54.5
Liberal Democrats Pauline Arthur 618 19.5
Labour Mary Catherine Waite 479 15.1
Green Nicholas James Foster 245 7.7
Independent Joan Rose Lloyd
(Jan Lloyd)
99 3.1
Turnout 3,166 46
Conservative hold Swing
Thames Ward (by-election)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Isobel Rosalind Norton Ballsdon 1,887 57.7
Liberal Democrats Rodney Pinchen 802 24.5
Labour Peter Crispin Winfield-Chislett 579 17.7
Turnout 3,268 48
Conservative hold Swing
Tilehurst Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Judith Fry*
(Jude Fry)
1,023 41.4
Conservative Sandra Josephine Bowler 757 30.6
Labour Raymond Michael Richens 550 22.2
Green Sebastian Tarrik Achaibou 142 5.7
Turnout 2,472 36
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Whitley Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Singleton-White* 864 53.2
Conservative Nicholas James Brown 433 26.7
Liberal Democrats Max Thomas Heydeman 174 10.7
Green Thomas Hugh Jeremy Chance 153 9.4
Turnout 1,624 26
Labour hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Labour feel blue". Get Reading. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  2. ^ Teale, Andrew. "Local Election Results 2006: Reading". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Local Election 2006". Reading Borough Council. Archived from the original on 31 August 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2022.