2011 Ashfield District Council election

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Map of the results of the 2011 Ashfield council election. Labour in red, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Independents in grey.
Map of the results of the 2011 Ashfield council election. Labour in red, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Independents in grey.

The 2011 Ashfield District Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Ashfield District Council in Nottinghamshire, England. The whole council was up for election and the Labour party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.[1]

Background

Before the 2011 election the Liberal Democrats formed the largest group on the council and following the 2007 election had led the council.[2] However the Labour, independent and Conservative councillors joined together to oust the Liberal Democrats, Labour's John Knight then became the leader of the council.[2] This lasted until the 2013 County Elections when due to a conflict with also being a Councillor at county level he stood down as leader. Since then the leader of Ashfield District Council has been Chris Baron.

Before the election the Liberal Democrats had 13 councillors, compared to 10 independents, 9 Labour and 1 Conservative.[3] Both the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties put up 33 candidates in the election, compared to 13 Conservatives, with 9 of the 13 Conservative candidates being in Hucknall, which was seen as the Conservatives best area. There were 9 seats to be contested over 4 wards in Hucknall all of which Labour returned all 9.

Three days before the election the national Labour leader Ed Miliband visited Kirkby in Ashfield to campaign in the local elections. He also visited Hucknall during his Labour leadership campaign in 2010.[4]

Election result

The results had Labour gain 15 seats to win a majority on the council with 24 of the 33 seats.[5] Both the independents and Liberal Democrats lost 7 seats, to fall to 3 and 6 seats respectively.[5] Meanwhile, the only Conservative councillor, John Dymock, lost his seat in Hucknall North.[5] Overall turnout in the election was slightly under 39%.[3]

Ashfield Local Election Result 2011[6][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 24 15 0 +15 72.7 45.3 34,030 +16.7%
  Liberal Democrats 6 0 7 -7 18.2 25.6 19,234 +0.3%
  Independent 3 0 7 -7 9.1 15.9 11,982 -11.8%
  Conservative 0 0 1 -1 0 11.2 8,389 -1.4%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.9 672 -1.1%
  English Democrat 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 600 +0.7%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 225 -0.2%

Ward results

Hucknall Central

Hucknall Central (2 seats)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Trevor Locke (E) 1,281 30.3
Labour Lachlan Morrison (E) 1,161 27.5
Conservative Benjamin Marshall 763 18.1
Conservative Steven Sadler 694 16.4
Liberal Democrats Adam Braddow 184 4.4
Liberal Democrats Karen Day 142 3.4
Turnout 4,225 40.4
Labour hold
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats

Hucknall East

Hucknall East (2 seats)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Keir Morrison (E) 928 22.8
Labour Dave Shaw (E) 882 21.7
Conservative Trevor Peat 690 17.0
Conservative Ian Smith 616 15.2
Independent Richard Darrington 403 9.9
Independent Robert Rankin 309 7.6
Liberal Democrats Nicole Knight 151 3.7
Liberal Democrats James Moore 85 2.1
Turnout 4,064 36.7
Labour gain from Conservative
Labour hold

Hucknall North

Hucknall North (2 Seats)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour John Wilmott (E) 1,075 25.1
Labour Ian Morrison (E) 1,012 23.7
Conservative Robert Copley 682 15.9
Conservative John Dymock 643 15.0
Independent Bob Gow 289 6.8
UKIP Ron Nixon 225 5.3
Green Lisa-Jane Brown 163 3.8
Liberal Democrats David Paylor 101 2.4
Liberal Democrats Nicola Ellis 90 2.1
Turnout 4,280 43.2
Labour hold
Labour gain from Conservative

Hucknall West

Hucknall West (3 Seats)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Chris Baron (E) 1,277 16.0
Labour Ken Knight (E) 1,198 15.0
Labour Jim Grundy (E) 1,169 14.7
Conservative Kevin Rostance 1,013 12.7
Conservative Mick Murphy 918 11.5
Conservative Anthony Arnold 795 10.0
Liberal Democrats Harry Toseland 450 5.7
Liberal Democrats Jean Toseland 420 5.3
Liberal Democrats Kenneth Cotham 373 4.7
Independent Alan Davies 351 4.4
Turnout 7,964 39.3
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats

Jacksdale

Jacksdale (1 Seat)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Liz Mays (E) 412 41.4
Liberal Democrats Benjamin Rathe 329 33.0
Selston Area Independents Putting People First Diane Butler 255 25.6
Turnout 996 39.9
Labour hold

Kirkby-in-Ashfield Central

Kirkby-in-Ashfield Central (2 Seats)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Cheryl Butler (E) 1,101 24.1
Liberal Democrats Rachel Madden (E) 972 21.3
Labour Adam Mohammed 932 20.4
Liberal Democrats Austin Rathe 763 16.7
Independent Tony Brown 370 8.1
Independent Terry Coleman 163 3.6
Green Mark Harrison 134 2.9
Green David Lowe 128 2.8
Turnout 4,563 47.0
Labour gain from Independent
Liberal Democrats hold

Kirkby-in-Ashfield East

Kirkby-in-Ashfield East (2 seats)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Linford Gibbons (E) 661 22.0
Labour Warren Nuttall (E) 626 20.8
Independent Wendy Harvey 538 17.9
Independent Pat Simms 414 13.8
Liberal Democrats Linda Mullaney 407 13.5
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Mullaney 361 12.0
Turnout 3,007 34.5
Labour gain from Independent
Labour hold

Kirkby-in-Ashfield West

Kirkby-in-Ashfield West (2 seats)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour John Knight (E) 901 27.9
Labour Andrew Davidson (E) 781 24.2
Independent John Baird 712 22.1
Independent Karen Black 442 13.7
Liberal Democrats Sadie Kime 200 6.2
Liberal Democrats Kelly Hurst 197 6.1
Turnout 3,233 35.3
Labour hold
Labour gain from Independent

Selston

Selston (2 seats)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Selston Area Independents Putting People First Gail Turner (E) 1,678 41.1
Selston Area Independents Putting People First Sam Wilson (E) 1,463 35.8
Labour Natalie Fleet 380 9.3
Labour Pete Spencer 347 8.5
Liberal Democrats Richard Zadrozny 124 3.0
Liberal Democrats Nicola Gunton-Day 95 2.3
Turnout 4,087 43.3
Independent hold
Independent hold

Sutton-In-Ashfield Central

Sutton-In-Ashfield Central (3 seats)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Mick Coppin (E) 1,583 22.0
Labour Tim Brown (E) 1,425 19.8
Labour David Kirkham (E) 1,281 17.8
Liberal Democrats Michelle Gent 831 11.5
Liberal Democrats Kirsty Evans 805 11.2
Liberal Democrats Trevor Gent 705 9.8
Independent Dale Gratton 583 8.1
Turnout 7,213 34.7
Labour hold
Labour hold
Labour hold

Sutton-In-Ashfield East

Sutton-In-Ashfield East (3 seats)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Steven Carroll (E) 1,443 17.0
Labour May Barsby (E) 1,335 16.1
Labour Kier Barsby (E) 1,275 15.4
Liberal Democrats Craig Day 981 11.8
Liberal Democrats Christine Wakefield 934 11.3
Liberal Democrats James Gibson 928 11.2
The Sutton Independent Group Mick Parker 722 8.7
Independent Tony Wallis 667 8.1
Turnout 8,285 36.3
Labour gain from Independent
Labour hold
Labour gain from Independent

Sutton-In-Ashfield North

Sutton-In-Ashfield North (3 seats)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Democrats Jason Zadrozny (E) 1,574 17.1
Liberal Democrats Ann Patrick (E) 1,398 15.2
Liberal Democrats Thomas Hollis (E) 1,377 15.0
Labour Scott Darrington 1,303 14.2
Labour Trish Phillips 1,214 13.2
Labour Kevin Ball 1,184 12.9
Conservative John Baker 478 5.2
Conservative Sylvia Baker 433 4.7
Green Fiona Keen 247 2.7
Turnout 9,208 41.6
Liberal Democrats hold
Liberal Democrats hold
Liberal Democrats hold

Sutton-In-Ashfield West

Sutton-In-Ashfield West (3 seats)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Glenys Maxwell (E) 1,215 14.5
Labour Terry Keetley (E) 1,197 14.3
Independent Ray Buttery (E) 1,167 13.9
Labour Paul Roberts 1,120 13.4
Liberal Democrats Fiona Asbury 788 9.4
Conservative Paul Saxelby 664 7.9
Independent Anna Wilson 645 7.7
Independent Mark Beagley 560 6.7
Liberal Democrats Scott Asbury 551 6.6
Liberal Democrats Sam Hayward-Vernon 483 5.8
Turnout 8,390 37.3
Labour gain from Independent
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats
Independent hold

Underwood

Underwood (1 seat)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Democrats Robert Sears-Piccavey 497 48.3
Labour Steve Mays 282 27.4
Selston Area Independents Putting People First Bob Green 251 24.4
Turnout 1,030 44.6
Liberal Democrats hold

Woodhouse

Woodhouse (2)[6][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Don Davis (E) 1,081 23.6
Liberal Democrats Helen Smith (E) 995 21.7
Labour Charlotte Watson 968 21.1
Liberal Democrats Tony Theaker 943 20.6
English Democrat Tony Ellis 371 8.1
English Democrat Carole Terzza 229 5.0
Turnout 4,587 42.4
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats hold

References

  1. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b Agbonlahor, Winnie (12 April 2011). "'Two-horse race' will be a battle to the end". Nottingham Post. p. 13.
  3. ^ a b Howell, Dom (6 May 2011). "Smiles say Labour has the ring of confidence". Nottingham Post. p. 8.
  4. ^ Monk, Delia (3 May 2011). "Miliband goes in to bat for election candidates". Nottingham Post. p. 2.
  5. ^ a b c Henesey, Bryan (7 May 2011). "Power shift in Ashfield as Lib Dems left to lick their wounds". Nottingham Post. p. 3.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Elections". Ashfield District Council. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Local authority elections: England". The Guardian. 7 May 2011. p. 30.
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