2010 Colchester Borough Council election

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20 seats (out of 60 seats)
31 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
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Party Liberal Democrats Conservative Labour
Seats before 23 27 7
Seats won 10 8 1
Seats after 26 24 7
Seat change Increase3 Decrease3 Steady
Popular vote 27,738 26,184 9,047
Percentage 39.9 37.6 13.0
Swing Increase6.1 Decrease1.3 Decrease0.3
Map of the results of the 2010 Colchester council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow, Conservatives in blue, Labour in red and independents in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2010.
Map of the results of the 2010 Colchester council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow, Conservatives in blue, Labour in red and independents in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2010.

The 2010 Colchester Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Colchester Borough Council in Essex, 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

Election result

The Liberal Democrats became the largest party on the council with 26 seats after taking 3 seats from the Conservatives.[3] The gains came in Berechurch and Mile End wards where the sitting councillors were not defending the seats, as well as Stanway where Conservative councillor Gaye Pyman was defeated by 265 votes.[3] This dropped the Conservatives to 24 seats, while Labour stayed on 7 seats and there remained 3 independents.[2] Overall turnout at the election was 65.3%, ranging from a high of 74.6% in Pyefleet to a low of 47.9% in St Andrew's ward.[3]

Following the election the coalition between the Liberal Democrats, Labour and independents remained in control of the council administration.[2]

2010 Colchester Borough Council election[4]
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Liberal Democrats 10 Increase 3 50.0 16 26 43.3 27,738 39.9 +2.7
  Conservative 8 Decrease 3 40.0 16 24 40.0 26,184 37.6 +0.3
  Labour 1 Steady 5.0 6 7 11.7 9,067 13.0 ±0.0
  Independent 1 Steady 5.0 2 3 5.0 2,710 3.9 +0.4
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 3,792 5.4 –3.1
  BNP 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 98 0.1 New

Ward results

Berechurch[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Colin Mudie 1,535 40.7 +6.4
Labour Christopher Mudie 1,224 32.5 -4.5
Conservative Andrew Bright 897 23.8 +1.9
Green Maria Iacovou 112 3.0 -3.8
Majority 311 8.3
Turnout 3,768 58.5 +25.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Birch & Winstree[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kevin Bentley 2,019 62.9 -7.2
Liberal Democrats Geraldine Westcott-Boyd 677 21.1 +2.2
Labour James Spencer 358 11.2 +5.2
Green Angela Livingstone 154 4.8 -0.2
Majority 1,342 41.8 -9.5
Turnout 3,208 72.5 +35.0
Conservative hold Swing
Castle[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats William Frame 1,774 41.8 -3.4
Conservative Lucy Craymer 1,112 26.2 +8.6
Green Peter Lynn 913 21.5 -10.2
Labour Adam Fox 449 10.6 +5.1
Majority 662 15.6 +2.1
Turnout 4,248 59.1 +21.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Christ Church[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Nicolas Cope 1,218 51.6 +9.2
Conservative Alan Drew 717 30.4 -3.8
Green Alexander Cave 226 9.6 -8.1
Labour Michael Donnachie 200 8.5 +2.8
Majority 501 21.2 +13.0
Turnout 2,361 73.4 +27.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Fordham & Stour[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Arnold 1,698 57.4 -9.8
Liberal Democrats Barry Woodward 749 25.3 +12.1
Labour Michael Gilheany 335 11.3 +2.5
Green Clarice Mort 176 5.9 -4.8
Majority 949 32.1 -21.8
Turnout 2,958 72.4 +38.1
Conservative hold Swing
Harbour[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Patricia Blandon 1,452 57.9 -1.4
Conservative Grant Mitchell 583 23.3 +1.2
Labour Stephen Adshead 329 13.1 +1.6
Green Stephen Ford 143 5.7 -1.5
Majority 869 34.7 -2.5
Turnout 2,507 55.9 +28.2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Highwoods[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Gerard Oxford 2,057 48.2 -11.3
Conservative Joshua Woulfe 848 19.9 +4.6
Liberal Democrats Ian Grimsey 831 19.5 +8.2
Labour Janet Smith 352 8.2 +3.6
BNP Patrick Sullivan 98 2.3 -4.0
Green Robert Spence 85 2.0 -1.0
Majority 1,209 28.3 -15.9
Turnout 4,271 63.0 +31.6
Independent hold Swing
Lexden[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sonia Lewis 1,729 55.5 -6.8
Liberal Democrats Josephine Hayes 1,084 34.8 +7.2
Labour Audrey Spencer 168 5.4 +1.3
Green Clare Palmer 132 4.2 -1.8
Majority 645 20.7 -14.1
Turnout 3,113 72.1 +30.9
Conservative hold Swing
Mile End[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Scott Greenhill 2,577 55.9 -5.2
Conservative Matthew Eaton 1,516 32.9 +0.7
Labour Ian Yates 372 8.1 +4.7
Green Mary Bryan 146 3.2 -0.2
Majority 1,061 23.0 -5.9
Turnout 1,061 65.1 +26.1
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
New Town[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Theresa Higgins 2,061 59.1 -3.5
Conservative Mo Metcalf-Fisher 680 19.5 +2.9
Labour Rossanna Trudgian 441 12.7 +3.7
Green Linda Wonnacott 304 8.7 -3.1
Majority 1,381 39.6 -6.4
Turnout 3,486 56.1 +28.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Prettygate[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Susan Lissimore 2,055 46.6 +1.1
Liberal Democrats John Loxley 1,891 42.9 -1.4
Labour Michael Dale 320 7.3 +1.9
Green Peter Appleton 146 3.3 -1.5
Majority 164 3.7 +2.6
Turnout 4,412 74.1 +29.9
Conservative hold Swing
Pyefleet[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Terence Sutton 699 43.8 -17.6
Liberal Democrats James Raven 681 42.7 +30.2
Labour Robert Fisher 146 9.2 +2.3
Green Tobie Glenny 69 4.3 -3.4
Majority 18 1.1 -47.8
Turnout 1,595 74.6 +32.2
Conservative hold Swing
St. Andrew's[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julie Young 1,323 43.0 -8.2
Liberal Democrats Mark Warner 1,107 36.0 +5.7
Conservative Daniel Ellis 545 17.7 +3.0
Green Beverley Maltby 100 3.3 -0.6
Majority 216 7.0 -13.8
Turnout 3,075 47.9 +23.0
Labour hold Swing
St. Anne's[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Michael Hogg 2,214 58.4 +1.9
Conservative Benjamin Caine 916 24.2 +3.0
Labour Bruce Tuxford 490 12.9 -1.8
Green Sandra Moog 168 4.4 -3.2
Majority 1,298 34.3 -1.1
Turnout 3,788 58.2 +29.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
St. John's[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Raymond Gamble 1,833 62.1 -9.5
Conservative Andrew Tollick 813 27.5 +5.1
Labour Luke Dopson 217 7.4 +4.0
Green David Traynier 89 3.0 +0.4
Majority 1,020 34.6 -14.6
Turnout 2,952 71.9 +29.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Shrub End[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Linda Barton 1,832 48.8 +5.9
Conservative Darius Laws 1,321 35.2 -7.1
Labour Paul Fryer-Kelsey 465 12.4 +2.2
Green Walter Schwarz 135 3.6 -1.0
Majority 511 13.6 +13.0
Turnout 3,753 55.7 +25.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Stanway[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Colin Sykes 1,991 46.0 +0.4
Conservative Gaye Pyman 1,726 39.9 -3.4
Labour David Hough 478 11.1 +3.9
Green Pamela Nelson 130 3.0 -0.9
Majority 265 6.1 +3.9
Turnout 4,325 66.9 +28.1
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Tiptree[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Elliott 2,266 55.3 -5.2
Liberal Democrats Jason Lower 858 21.0 +2.3
Labour Robert Spademan 732 17.9 +4.8
Green Katherine Bamforth 238 5.8 -1.9
Majority 1,408 34.4 -7.4
Turnout 4,094 67.0 +36.6
Conservative hold Swing
West Bergholt & Eight Ash Green[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dennis Willetts 1,350 46.0 -16.9
Independent John Gili-Ross 653 22.3 +22.3
Liberal Democrats Katherine Douglas 535 18.2 +5.5
Labour Barbara Nichols 276 9.4 -3.0
Green Roger Bamforth 119 4.1 -7.9
Majority 697 23.8 -26.4
Turnout 2,933 73.8 +37.4
Conservative hold Swing
West Mersea[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Jowers 2,694 65.2 -12.5
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Stevens 838 20.3 +10.7
Labour John Wood 392 9.5 +2.7
Green Christopher Fox 207 5.0 -0.9
Majority 1,856 44.9 -23.2
Turnout 4,131 69.2 +34.7
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Colchester". BBC News Online. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Brading, Wendy (14 May 2010). "Colchester : Rainbow coalition to continue". Essex County Standard. NewsBank.
  3. ^ a b c "Liberal Democrats now biggest party on the council". Essex County Standard. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Declaration of result of poll". Colchester Borough Council. Archived from the original on 9 September 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014.