Map of the results of the 2010 Barrow-in-Furness council election. Labour in red and Conservative in blue. Wards in grey were not contested in 2010.
Map of the results of the 2010 Barrow-in-Furness council election. Labour in red and Conservative in blue. Wards in grey were not contested in 2010.

The 2010 Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council in Cumbria, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background

The 2010 election was the last where only a third of the council was contested.[3] This meant 12 seats were up for election, with only Barrow Island ward not having an election.[3] From the 2011 election Barrow-in-Furness moved to having full council elections every 4 years.[3]

Before the election the Conservative party had 16 councillors, compared to 8 for Labour, 7 independents, 4 Socialist People's Party and 1 Liberal Democrat.[3] However, in the lead up to election independent councillor John Millar joined the Conservatives and defended Dalton South as a Conservative in the election.[3]

The Conservatives hoped to win a majority on the council, defending their record as the council administration by pointing to a list of achievements and saying they had kept council tax levels low.[3] However Labour were only defending 2 seats and attacked the Conservative record, while calling for more council apprenticeships and the return of a scheme of lower bus fares for pensioners.[3]

Election result

The results saw Labour gain 8 seats to double the number of councillors the party held on the council to 16.[4] The gains came at the expense of all the other groups on the council, with only the Conservatives holding 2 seats in Hawcoat and Roosecote.[4]

Following the election the Conservative leader of the council, Jack Richardson, was re-elected and Conservative Rory McClure became mayor.[2] This came after all 5 independents backed the Conservatives in the vote and the 2 Socialist Peoples Party councillors abstained.[2]

Barrow-in-Furness Local Election Result 2010[5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 10 8 0 +8 83.3 55.1 17,250 +20.7%
  Conservative 2 0 4 -4 16.7 37.3 11,686 -5.3%
  Socialist People's Party 0 0 2 -2 0 4.2 1,304 -0.7%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 1.6 490 -12.5%
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 1 -1 0 1.5 472 -1.7%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 113 -0.5%

Ward results

Central[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Trevor Biggins 836 62.2
Socialist People's Party Rosemarie Hamezeian 258 19.2
Conservative Elaine Burley 251 18.7
Majority 578 43.0
Turnout 1,345
Labour gain from Socialist People's Party Swing
Dalton North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barry Doughty 1,699 54.1
Conservative Bill Bleasdale 1,441 45.9
Majority 258 8.2
Turnout 3,140
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Dalton South[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wendy Maddox 1,613 53.0
Conservative John Millar 1,430 47.0
Majority 183 6.0
Turnout 3,043
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Hawcoat[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jack Richardson 1,847 61.9
Labour Rebecca Melling 1,138 38.1
Majority 709 23.8
Turnout 2,985
Conservative hold Swing
Hindpool[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Thomson 1,368 61.9
Conservative Mark Burley 514 23.3
Socialist People's Party Helen Robinson 328 14.8
Majority 854 38.6
Turnout 2,210
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Newbarns[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Murphy 1,218 44.8
Conservative Wendy McClure 1,011 37.2
Independent Phil Solloway 490 18.0
Majority 207 7.6
Turnout 2,719
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Ormsgill[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Pointer 1,384 57.0
Conservative Teri-Ann Gibney 580 23.9
Socialist People's Party Sheila Begley 466 19.2
Majority 804 33.1
Turnout 2,430
Labour gain from Socialist People's Party Swing
Parkside[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Sweeney 1,411 51.5
Conservative Linda Last 746 27.2
Liberal Democrats Dominic McCavish 472 17.2
BNP Mike Ashburner 113 4.1
Majority 665 24.3
Turnout 2,742
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Risedale[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeffrey Garnett 1,647 65.9
Conservative Levi Gill 599 24.0
Socialist People's Party Daniel Tyson 252 10.1
Majority 1,048 42.0
Turnout 2,498
Labour hold Swing
Roosecote[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rory McClure 1,483 53.5
Labour Kenneth Beeres 1,289 46.5
Majority 194 7.0
Turnout 2,772
Conservative hold Swing
Walney North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anthony Callister 1,828 68.9
Conservative Stephen Smart 825 31.1
Majority 1,003 37.8
Turnout 2,653
Labour hold Swing
Walney South[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Colin Thomson 1,819 65.5
Conservative Alan Pemberton 959 34.5
Majority 860 31.0
Turnout 2,778
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

References

  1. ^ "Barrow-In-Furness". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Archived from the original on 11 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Independents swing mayor vote to Tories". North-West Evening Mail. 19 May 2010. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Dixon, Graham (12 April 2010). "Dawn of a new era for Barrow Borough Council". North-West Evening Mail. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Labour gain eight Barrow Borough Council seats". North-West Evening Mail. 7 May 2010. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Borough Council Election 6th May, 2010" (PDF). Barrow Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 2010-05-10.