2010 Exeter City Council election [1] [2] [3]
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14 of the 40 seats to Exeter City Council
21 seats needed for a majority
Turnout28.44 %
  First party Second party
 
Party Labour Conservative
Last election 11 12
Seats before 13 12
Seats won 7 4
Seats after 15 11
Seat change Increase2 Decrease1
Popular vote 7,619 7,060
Percentage 35.3% 32.7%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Party Liberal Democrats Liberal
Last election 13 4
Seats before 11 4
Seats won 3 0
Seats after 9 3
Seat change Steady Decrease1
Popular vote 4,333 348
Percentage 20.1% 1.6%

Exeter UK local election 2010 map.svg
Map showing the results of the 2010 Exeter City Council elections by ward. Red shows Labour seats, blue shows the Conservatives and yellow shows the Liberal Democrats. Wards in white had no election.

Council control before election

No overall control

Council control after election

No overall control

The 2010 Exeter City Council election took place on 9 September 2010 to elect members of Exeter City Council in England. One third of seats were up for election.[4] The elections took place later in the year than other local elections. Exeter had previously been granted permission to become a unitary authority, with local elections postponed until 2011.[5] When the Coalition Government won the general election earlier that year, Exeter's permission to form a unitary authority was overturned. Because of this, the High Court ruled that those councillors who had stayed on beyond their four-year term were no longer constitutionally elected, and would need to seek re-election. This resulted in there being an election in every ward in September to renew the mandate for the wards.[6]

However, no election was needed in Pennsylvania ward, as a by-election had been held on 6 May, the day on which the local elections would ordinarily have taken place, to fill a vacancy for the seat that would have been due for re-election in 2010 in any case. Therefore, the winner of the May by-election was deemed to be elected to represent the ward for a full four-year term.[1] The result of the May by-election is included in the results given.

Background

The previous election in 2008 had left the council under no overall control with the Liberal Democrats as the largest party on 13 seats, followed by the Conservatives on 12, Labour on 11 and the Liberal Party on four. However, the week before the election, two Liberal Democrat councillors defected to Labour in protest against the party's coalition with the Conservatives.[7] This meant that Labour were the largest party going into the election, on 13 seats to the Conservatives' 12 and the Liberal Democrats' 11.

Results summary

2010 Exeter City Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Labour 7 Increase 2 50.0 8 15 37.5 7,741 35.9 +8.6
  Conservative 4 Decrease 1 28.6 7 11 27.5 7,060 32.7 -1.9
  Liberal Democrats 3 Steady 21.4 8 11 27.5 4,364 20.2 -7.1
  Liberal 0 Decrease 1 0.0 3 3 7.5 348 1.6 -4.1
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 1,302 6.0 +3.1
  UKIP 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 696 3.2 +1.1
  BNP 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 53 0.2 -4.1


Ward results

Alphington

Alphington
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Democrats Rod Ruffle 719 43.6%
Conservative David Thompson 515 31.2%
Green Andrew Bell 293 17.8%
Labour Andrew Dudgeon 122 7.4%
Majority 214 12.4
Turnout 1,649
Liberal Democrats hold

Cowick

Cowick
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Heather Morris 691 44.9%
Conservative Connel Boyle 467 30.4%
Liberal Democrats Cia Browning 269 17.5%
UKIP Lawrence Harper 68 4.4%
Green Arabella Fraser 43 2.8%
Majority 224 14.5%
Turnout 1,538
Labour gain from Conservative

Duryard

Duryard
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Lee Mottram 363 42.5%
Liberal Democrats John Earle 351 41.1%
Labour Jerry Fox 81 9.5%
Green Lizzie Woodman 41 4.8%
UKIP Peter Gove 19 2.2%
Majority 12 1.4%
Turnout 855
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats

Exwick

Exwick
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Rachel Sutton 909 52.4%
Liberal Democrats Liam Martin 365 21.0%
Conservative James Moffat 297 17.1%
UKIP Richard Timmis 112 6.5%
Green Isaac Price-Sosner 53 3.1%
Majority 544 31.4%
Turnout 1,736
Labour hold

Heavitree

Heavitree
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Tyna Crow 443 31.6%
Labour Paul Bull 432 30.8%
Liberal Christopher Gale 348 24.8%
Green Susan Greenall 108 7.7%
Liberal Democrats Paddy Elsdon 71 5.1%
Majority 11 0.8%
Turnout 1,402
Conservative gain from Liberal

Mincinglake

Mincinglake & Whipton
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Ian Martin 582 62.2%
Conservative Jeremy White 162 17.3%
UKIP Keith Crawford 86 9.2%
Liberal Democrats Helen Bray 71 7.6%
Green Ian Elliott 34 3.6%
Majority 420 44.9%
Turnout 935
Labour hold

Newtown

Newtown
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Roger Spackman 569 49.3%
Conservative Charlotte Markey 311 26.9%
Green Tom Milburn 200 17.3%
Liberal Democrats David Lockwood 75 6.5%
Majority 258 22.4%
Turnout 1,155
Labour hold

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Democrats Tim Payne 1,391 45.8%
Conservative David Thompson 913 30.1%
Labour Bernard Dugdale 491 16.2%
UKIP David Smith 152 5.0%
Green Isaac Price-Sosner 88 2.9%
Majority 478 15.7%
Turnout 3,035
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative

Pinhoe

Pinhoe
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Moira Macdonald 903 44.5%
Conservative Ruth Smith 899 44.3%
Liberal Democrats David Smith 104 5.1%
UKIP Christine Fullam 74 3.6%
Green Helen Edwards 48 2.4%
Majority 4 0.2%
Turnout 2,028
Labour gain from Conservative

Polsloe

Polsloe
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Yolonda Henson 589 46.0%
Labour Rachel Lyons 477 37.3%
Liberal Democrats Rouben Freeman 94 7.3%
Green Christopher Townsend 93 7.3%
UKIP Graham Down 27 2.1%
Majority 112 8.7%
Turnout 1,280
Labour hold

Priory

Priory
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Lesley Robson 1,029 53.0%
Conservative John Corcoran 634 32.7%
Liberal Democrats Benjamin Noble 115 5.9%
Green Keith Hyams 64 3.3%
BNP Chris Stone 53 2.7%
UKIP Dale Woolner 46 2.4%
Majority 395 20.3%
Turnout 1,941
Labour hold

St Davids

St Davids
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Democrats Stella Brock 385 45.0%
Labour Ust Oldfield 201 23.5%
Conservative Louis Ten-Holter 136 15.9%
Green Mark Cox 94 11.0%
UKIP Ralph Gay 39 4.6%
Majority 184 21.5%
Turnout 855
Liberal Democrats hold

Topsham

Topsham
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Margaret Baldwin 780 54.9%
Labour Eliot Wright 276 19.4%
Liberal Democrats Sandra Barrett 231 16.3%
UKIP Mike Amor 73 5.1%
Green Audaye Elesedy 61 4.3%
Majority 504 35.5%
Turnout 1,421
Labour hold

Whipton & Barton

Whipton & Barton
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Peter Edwards 978 56.4%
Conservative Andrew Leadbetter 551 31.8%
Liberal Democrats Pamela Thickett 123 7.1%
Green Jeff Ridley 82 4.7%
Majority 427 24.6%
Turnout 1,734
Labour hold

References

  1. ^ a b Rallings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael (2015). Exeter City Council Election Results 1973-2012 (PDF). University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK: The Elections Centre. pp. 11–12.
  2. ^ "Election of City Councillors for the Wards of Exeter City Council Summary of Results" (PDF). Exeter City Council. 9 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Election 2010". BBC News.
  4. ^ "Local Election Results 2010". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  5. ^ "'Super councils' in Exeter and Norwich get go ahead". BBC. Retrieved 30 April 2019.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Pickles stops unitary councils in Exeter, Norwich and Suffolk". Department for Communities and Local Government. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  7. ^ Andrew Grice (4 September 2010). "Resignations mark growing Lib Dem revolt over Coalition". The Independent. Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2019.