Map of the results of the 2011 Amber Valley council election. Conservatives in blue and Labour in red. Wards in grey were not contested in 2011.
Map of the results of the 2011 Amber Valley council election. Conservatives in blue and Labour in red. Wards in grey were not contested in 2011.

The 2011 Amber Valley Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Amber Valley Borough Council in Derbyshire, 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:

Campaign

15 seats were contested in the election, mainly from Conservative leaning areas of the council.[3] 1 seat was sure to remain in Conservative hands in South West Parishes after only a Conservative candidate stood for the seat.[3]

The Conservatives pointed to their record in control of the council, Labour pledged to reduce car parking charges, while the Liberal Democrats focused on plans to regenerate Heanor.[4] The parties also disagreed over how to make cuts as a result of a reduction in central government funding, such as over plans to close local offices of the council and to sell the main council headquarters.[5]

Election result

The results saw the Conservative majority remain strong after losing only 1 seat to Labour,[3] leaving the Conservatives with 28 seats compared to 15 for Labour.[6] Labour gained the seat in Heage and Ambergate from the Conservatives,[7] while the closest result came in Ripley where the Conservative held on by 14 votes.[3] Both the Conservative and Labour parties said they were pleased with the results,[8] while neither the Liberal Democrats or the British National Party won any seats.[3] Overall turnout in the election was 45.83%,[9] almost 12% up on when these seats were last contested in 2007.[6]

Amber Valley Local Election Result 2011[9]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 14 0 1 -1 82.4 47.6 14,728 +7.4%
  Labour 3 1 0 +1 17.6 38.6 11,922 +2.8%
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 0 0 5.5 1,708 -12.0%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 961 +2.8%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 2.6 813 -3.1%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 2.6 793 +2.6%

Ward results

Alfreton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gail Dolman 1,372 58.1 +10.4
Conservative David Cantrill 747 31.6 +2.7
BNP Emma Roper 155 6.6 -1.8
Liberal Democrats Peter Jelf 87 3.7 -11.3
Majority 625 26.5 +7.7
Turnout 2,361 37.6
Labour hold Swing
Alport[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Taylor 850 70.3 -7.9
Labour Robert Johnston 359 29.7 +7.9
Majority 491 40.6 -15.8
Turnout 1,209 57.2 +11.9
Conservative hold Swing
Belper Central[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Makin 950 47.8 -12.9
Labour Michael Wilson 609 30.6 +11.2
Green Dave Wells 428 21.5 +1.7
Majority 341 17.2 -23.7
Turnout 1,987 46.1 +10.9
Conservative hold Swing
Belper East[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jacqueline Cox 845 45.7 -2.2
Labour Alan Broughton 635 34.4 +8.8
Independent Les Dorey 368 19.9 +19.9
Majority 210 11.4 -10.0
Turnout 1,848 40.7
Conservative hold Swing
Belper North[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Robertson 838 45.1 -5.9
Labour Stephen Holden 568 30.6 +12.3
Liberal Democrats Pamela Bain 310 16.7 -1.1
Green Mike Whittall 141 7.6 -5.3
Majority 270 14.5 -18.2
Turnout 1,857 46.2 +7.3
Conservative hold Swing
Belper South[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Arnold 722 39.8 -3.2
Labour Erik Johnsen 698 38.5 +10.4
Green Colin Grimley 224 12.4 +12.4
Liberal Democrats Richard Salmon 169 9.3 -19.6
Majority 24 1.3 -12.7
Turnout 1,813 41.1
Conservative hold Swing
Crich[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gareth Gee 531 50.6 -10.5
Labour Steve Marshall-Clarke 290 27.6 +13.0
Liberal Democrats Christopher Bown 229 21.8 -2.5
Majority 241 23.0 -13.8
Turnout 1,050 53.0 +10.1
Conservative hold Swing
Duffield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stuart Bradford 1,279 60.2 +0.0
Labour Patrick Mountain 568 26.8 +26.8
Liberal Democrats Colin Thompson 276 13.0 -26.8
Majority 711 33.5 +13.1
Turnout 2,123 54.3
Conservative hold Swing
Heage and Ambergate (2)[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Maurice Gent 1,017
Conservative Angela Ward 933
Labour Christine Worth 763
Conservative Matthew Joyes 716
Liberal Democrats Keith Falconbridge 114
Turnout 3,543 50.6 +13.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Kilburn, Denby and Holbrook[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mel Hall 1,504 53.0 +4.4
Labour John Banks 1,120 39.5 +8.2
BNP Amy Purdy 215 7.6 +7.6
Majority 384 13.5 -3.8
Turnout 2,839 45.9
Conservative hold Swing
Ripley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stuart Joynes 1,248 43.8 +4.4
Labour Tony Holmes 1,234 43.3 +6.5
BNP Alan Edwards 210 7.4 -2.3
Liberal Democrats Paul Gibbons 158 5.5 -8.6
Majority 14 0.5 -2.1
Turnout 2,850 40.5
Conservative hold Swing
Ripley and Marehay[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lyndsay Cox 946 47.3 +18.6
Conservative Liam Rhodes 757 37.8 -11.5
BNP Kenneth Cooper 170 8.5 -13.5
Liberal Democrats Michael Bedford 128 6.4 +6.4
Majority 189 9.5
Turnout 2,001 43.2 +7.1
Labour hold Swing
Shipley Park, Horsley and Horsley Woodhouse[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alex Stevenson 1,144 50.2 +5.5
Labour Eric Lancashire 959 42.1 +8.7
Liberal Democrats Kate Smith 176 7.7 -14.2
Majority 185 8.1 -3.3
Turnout 2,279 49.4
Conservative hold Swing
South West Parishes[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jane Orton unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Swanwick[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steve Hayes 903 43.4 -7.0
Independent George Soudah 593 28.5 +28.5
Labour Emma Sowter 523 25.1 -5.7
BNP Maria Riley-Ward 63 3.0 +3.0
Majority 310 14.9 -4.7
Turnout 2,082 48.8
Conservative hold Swing
Wingfield[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Valerie Thorpe 761 70.3 -9.5
Labour Geoffrey Johnston 261 24.1 +10.9
Liberal Democrats Ollie Smith 61 5.6 -1.4
Majority 500 46.2 -20.4
Turnout 1,083 58.4 +8.9
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Amber Valley Borough Council Election Results 1973-2012" (PDF). electionscentre.co.uk.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Blue is the colour as Tories hold on to their majority". Nottingham Post. 7 May 2011. p. 6.
  4. ^ Britton, Alexander (13 April 2011). "Surprise as voters put national issues aside ahead of the local poll". Nottingham Post. p. 16.
  5. ^ Jones, Chris (20 April 2011). "Regeneration plans thrown into doubt as election looms". Derby Telegraph. p. 14.
  6. ^ a b "Election results are in". Ripley & Heanor News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Great night for Labour as it makes big gains in polls". this is Derbyshire. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  8. ^ "It's election elation Amber Valley stays". Belper News. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Latest Borough Election Results". Amber Valley Borough Council. Retrieved 18 May 2011.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Statement as to persons nominated". Amber Valley Borough Council. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2011.