Map of the results of the 2006 Worcester council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in grey were not contested in 2006.
Map of the results of the 2006 Worcester council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in grey were not contested in 2006.

The 2006 Worcester City Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Worcester District Council in Worcestershire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background

45 candidates competed in the election for the 12 seats which were being contested.[3] Before the election the Conservatives had a one-seat majority with 18 of the 35 councillors, as compared to 10 Labour, 4 independents and 3 Liberal Democrats.[3]

Election result

The results saw the Conservatives defend what was regarded as their most marginal council in the country, however Labour did make one gain from an independent.[4][5] The Conservatives were seen as having benefited from the troubles of the national Labour government which helped them stay in control of the council.[6] Voter turnout was higher than expectations with Claines ward seeing a 49% turnout and Battenhall 43.1%.[6]

Following the election the leader of the council, Stephen Inman, stood down and was succeeded by fellow Conservative councillor Simon Geraghty.[7]

Worcester Local Election Result 2006[2][8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 6 0 0 0 50.0 39.7 8,458 -5.9%
  Labour 5 1 0 +1 41.7 29.1 6,196 +0.3%
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 0 0 8.3 13.0 2,764 -2.4%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 11.6 2,461 +11.6%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 3.5 751 +1.9%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 3.2 673 -5.4%

Ward results

Battenhall[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Tibbutt 1,015 57.0
Labour Christopher Winwood 374 21.0
Liberal Democrats Paul Griffiths 220 12.4
Green Ruth Stafford 171 9.6
Majority 641 36.0
Turnout 1,780 43.1
Conservative hold Swing
Bedwardine[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barry Mackenzie-Williams 1,203 51.9
Labour Jennifer Barnes 547 23.6
Liberal Democrats Vaughan Hencher 315 13.6
Green Janet Dyer 252 10.9
Majority 656 28.3
Turnout 2,317 37.4
Conservative hold Swing
Cathedral[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mohammed Riaz 1,127 48.3
Labour Matthew Lamb 597 25.6
Liberal Democrats Iain MacBriar 329 14.1
Green Martin Sullivan 280 12.0
Majority 530 22.7
Turnout 2,333 35.6
Conservative hold Swing
Claines[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alexander Kear 1,649 51.9
Conservative Robert Campbell 1,067 33.6
Labour Colin Layland 253 8.0
Green Peter Robinson 209 6.6
Majority 582 18.3
Turnout 3,178 49.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Gorse Hill[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoffrey Williams 594 44.0
BNP Martin Roberts 331 24.5
Conservative Gordon Hazelton 200 14.8
Independent Dennis Powell 149 11.0
Green Linda Smith 76 5.6
Majority 263 19.5
Turnout 1,350 33.0
Labour hold Swing
Nunnery[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patricia Agar 711 32.5
Independent Stanley Knowles 524 24.0
BNP Michael Peat 420 19.2
Conservative Nicholas Turner 364 16.7
Green Alexander Gwinn 167 7.6
Majority 187 8.5
Turnout 2,186 36.0
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Rainbow Hill[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Denham 515 48.7
Green James Roberts 332 31.4
Conservative Wasib Shah 211 19.9
Majority 183 17.3
Turnout 1,058 25.1
Labour hold Swing
St John[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Samuel Arnold 878 49.3
Conservative Melanie Heider 537 30.2
Green Clive Matthews 365 20.5
Majority 341 19.1
Turnout 1,780 30.1
Labour hold Swing
St Peters Parish[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frank Tarbuck 856 59.0
Liberal Democrats Louis Stephen 251 17.3
Labour Richard Udall 219 15.1
Green Louise Diamond 125 8.6
Majority 637 41.7
Turnout 1,451 34.0
Conservative hold Swing
Warndon[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Josephine Hodges 498 53.1
Conservative Colin Bruton 270 28.8
Green Catherine Wildish 170 18.1
Majority 228 24.3
Turnout 938 24.8
Labour hold Swing
Warndon Parish North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Hodgson 730 46.5
Labour Marc Bayliss 676 43.1
Green Robert Wilkins 163 10.4
Majority 54 3.4
Turnout 1,569 39.1
Conservative hold Swing
Warndon Parish South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Roberts 878 64.4
Labour John Buckley 334 24.5
Green Olaf Twiehaus 151 11.1
Majority 544 39.9
Turnout 1,363 34.2
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Local elections: Worcester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Local elections". The Times. 5 May 2006. p. 9.
  3. ^ a b "Tension mounts as voters go to polls". Worcester News. 4 May 2006.
  4. ^ Wilson, Graeme (5 May 2006). "Conservatives Cameron's crusade puts Tories back on victory trail". The Daily Telegraph. p. 4.
  5. ^ "Labour lose control of Redditch". BBC News Online. 5 May 2006.
  6. ^ a b "Tories hold City Council". Worcester News. 5 May 2006.
  7. ^ "Shock as council's top man quits job". Worcester News. 9 May 2006.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Election 2006 Details". Worcester City Council. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2010.