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

The 2011 Babergh Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Babergh District Council in Suffolk, England. The whole council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

Background

The previous election in 2007 saw no party win a majority, with the Conservatives being the largest party.[2] Labour won no seats at the election, but recovered one seat when Tony Bavington gained a seat back in a 2010 by-election in Great Cornard.[3] A further change in composition came in March 2010 when councillor Dean Walton defected to the Green Party from the Conservatives, but sat as an independent on Babergh Council.[4]

A total of 122 candidates were nominated for the 43 seats being contested, which was reported to be a record for an election to Babergh Council, and up from 78 at the 2003 election and 87 in 2007.[5] These were comprised on 34 Conservatives, 31 Labour, 27 Liberal Democrats, 14 United Kingdom Independence Party, 1 Green Party and 15 candidates from no party.[5] The 31 candidates from Labour was a record for the party in Babergh,[6] while the Liberal Democrat leader on Suffolk County Council, Kathy Pollard, was among the Liberal Democrat candidates.[3]

Election result

The results saw the council remain under no overall control, with the Conservatives staying as the largest party on 18 seats.[2] The Liberal Democrats dropped to 12 seats, while Labour increased from the 1 seat they had held after a by-election gain to 3 seats.[2]

Individual results included an independent gain from the Conservatives in Lavenham, Liberal Democrat Kathy Pollard winning a place back on the council after 16 years, while author and Labour candidate Nicci Gerrard lost in South Cosford, coming third with 187 votes.[2]

Babergh Local Election Result 2011[7][8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 18 4 3 +1 41.9 38.6 17,691 +2.0%
  Liberal Democrats 12 1 4 -3 27.9 23.6 10,787 -17.8%
  Independent 10 1 1 0 23.3 15.4 7,046 +3.7%
  Labour 3 2 0 +2 7.0 17.0 7,776 +10.6%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 4.5 2,048 +0.5%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.9 428 +0.9%

2 Liberal Democrat and 1 Independent candidates were unopposed.

Ward results

Alton (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Anthony Ward 902
Liberal Democrats David Wood 823
Conservative Christopher Chambers 503
Conservative Patricia Cave 396
Labour Keith Rawlings 231
Labour Carol Tilbury 219
Turnout 3,074
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Berners (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Mackenzie Deacon unopposed
Liberal Democrats Charles Roberts unopposed
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Boxford[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Bryn Hurren 695 65.6 -3.1
Conservative Tasia Kavvadias 365 34.4 +3.1
Majority 330 31.1 -6.3
Turnout 1,060
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Brett Vale[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Desmond Keane 434 50.3 -12.7
Green Robert Lindsay 428 49.7 +12.7
Majority 6 0.7 -25.3
Turnout 862
Conservative hold Swing
Brook (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicholas Ridley 721
Independent Peter Jones 598
Liberal Democrats Gloria Wallace 562
Conservative Barry Gasper 555
Labour Emma Cookson 264
Turnout 2,700
Conservative hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
Bures St Mary[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Holbrook 585 82.0
Labour Iain Scott 128 18.0
Majority 457 64.0
Turnout 713
Conservative hold Swing
Chadacre[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent James Long 792 89.7
Labour John Finnigan 91 10.3
Majority 701 79.4
Turnout 883
Independent hold Swing
Dodnash (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Hinton 792
Liberal Democrats Michael Bamford 495
Liberal Democrats Michael Miller 451
Independent Clive Totman 354
Labour Joy Harrison 262
Labour Emma Nordon 174
Turnout 2,528
Conservative hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Glemsford and Stanstead (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Rex Thake 694
Independent Leonard Young 611
Conservative David Burch 397
Labour Heath Brown 203
Labour David Hayes 183
Turnout 2,088
Independent hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
Great Cornard North (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anthony Bavington 508
Labour Neil Macmaster 432
Conservative Nicholas Antill 387
UKIP Derek Allen 248
Liberal Democrats Marion Press 229
UKIP Cynthia Allen 207
Turnout 2,011
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Great Cornard South (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Beer 464
Conservative Mark Newman 426
Labour Todd Bellaris 210
Independent Anthony Harman 205
Labour Robert Porter 205
Independent Thomas Keane 170
Liberal Democrats Richard Platt 158
Liberal Democrats Catherine Press 134
Turnout 1,972
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Hadleigh North (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Riley 595
Liberal Democrats Mary Munson 448
Liberal Democrats Richard Whiting 367
Labour Angela Wiltshire 247
Labour David Westwood 233
UKIP Reginald Smith 215
Turnout 2,105
Conservative hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Hadleigh South (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Grutchfield 659
Conservative Kathryn Grandon-White 508
Liberal Democrats Peter Matthews 380
Labour Susan Monks 204
Independent David Cooper 186
Labour Stephen Cockerton 158
UKIP John Smith 66
UKIP Josephine Smith 57
Turnout 2,218
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Holbrook[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent David Rose unopposed
Independent hold Swing
Lavenham[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Andrea Norman 411 50.3
Conservative Philip Gibson 337 41.2
Labour James Coleman 69 8.4
Majority 74 9.1
Turnout 817
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Leavenheath[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jennifer Jenkins 648 77.7 +10.0
Labour Andrew Jameson 186 22.3 +22.3
Majority 462 55.4 +9.8
Turnout 834
Conservative hold Swing
Long Melford (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Richard Kemp 1,089
Independent John Nunn 743
Conservative William Shropshire 474
Conservative Margaret Maybury 419
Labour Susan Bishop 153
Turnout 2,878
Independent hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
Lower Brett[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Susan Wigglesworth 592 60.3 -22.8
Conservative John Ward 390 39.7 +39.7
Majority 202 20.6 -45.6
Turnout 982
Independent hold Swing
Mid Samford (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Susan Carpendale 819
Liberal Democrats Anne Pollard 808
Conservative Gerald White 766
Conservative Theresa Bloomfield 671
Labour Susan Thomas 228
UKIP Richard Hudson-Smith 112
UKIP Christopher Streatfield 108
Turnout 3,512
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Nayland[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Cave 498 57.3 +3.5
Labour William Kennedy 160 18.4 +18.4
UKIP James Carver 123 14.2 +3.5
Liberal Democrats Michael Breeze 88 10.1 -25.5
Majority 338 38.9 +20.7
Turnout 869
Conservative hold Swing
North Cosford[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Clive Arthey 601 59.2 -4.3
Conservative Brian Tora 288 28.3 -8.2
Labour Gerald Gould 127 12.5 +12.5
Majority 313 30.8 +3.8
Turnout 1,016
Independent hold Swing
Pinewood (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Burgoyne 423
Liberal Democrats David Busby 418
Labour David Plowman 400
Liberal Democrats Leonard Johnson 336
Conservative Susan Powell 327
Turnout 1,904
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
South Cosford[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dawn Kendall 492 48.8 +7.8
Liberal Democrats Brian Lazenby 330 32.7 -26.3
Labour Nicola Gerrard 187 18.5 +18.5
Majority 162 16.1
Turnout 1,009
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Sudbury East (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adrian Osborne 500
Labour Jack Owen 479
Conservative Janice Osborne 476
Labour Russell Smith 392
Liberal Democrats Emma Hewett 153
UKIP Susan Smith 137
UKIP Donald Martin 133
Liberal Democrats Oliver Forder 99
Turnout 2,369
Conservative hold Swing
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Sudbury North (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Sayers 690
Conservative Raymond Smith 537
Labour Joanne Connah 405
Labour Ian Pointon 370
Liberal Democrats Andrew Welsh 277
Turnout 2,279
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Sudbury South (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Nigel Bennett 508
Conservative Simon Barrett 371
Conservative Peter Goodchild 364
Liberal Democrats Martyn Booth 337
Labour Luke Cresswell 336
Labour Michael Cornish 332
UKIP Jane Martin 132
UKIP Christine Wardrop 107
Turnout 2,487
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Waldingfield (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jennifer Antill 1,068
Conservative Frank Lawrenson 824
Liberal Democrats Alan Scott 311
UKIP Robert Armstrong 228
UKIP Leon Stedman 175
Turnout 2,606
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

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