Map of the results of the 2011 Barrow-in-Furness council election. Labour in red and Conservative in blue.
Map of the results of the 2011 Barrow-in-Furness council election. Labour in red and Conservative in blue.

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

Campaign

Before the election no party had a majority on the council and Conservative Jack Richardson was the leader of the council[2] with support from the independents.[3] The whole council was being elected for a four-year term for the first time, changing from the previous system of election by thirds.[2] Nine sitting councillors stood down at the election.[4]

Issues in the campaign included dog fouling, potholes, jobs and keeping the environment clean.[2]

Election result

The results saw Labour gain 13 seats to take control over the council[3] with 29 seats.[5] The Conservatives were reduced to 7 seats and only managed to hold all of the seats in the 2 wards of Hawcoat and Roosecote.[6] Overall turnout in the election was 36.28%.[5]

Both the Conservative leader of the council Jack Richardson and the Labour Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness John Woodcock put the results down to the cuts the national, Conservative led, government were making.[6]

Barrow-in-Furness Local Election Result 2011[5][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 29 13 0 +13 80.6 55.7 25,839 +0.6%
  Conservative 7 1 7 -6 19.4 37.3 17,295 +0.0%
  Socialist People's Party 0 0 2 -2 0 3.3 1,553 -0.9%
  Independent 0 0 5 -5 0 2.8 1,320 +1.2%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 369 +0.8%

Ward results

Barrow Island[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Allison Johnston 380 56.4 +37.3
Independent Eric Wood 294 43.6 -37.3
Majority 86 12.8
Turnout 674 37.9
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Central (2)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Trevor Biggins 446
Labour Mary Irwin 403
Conservative Susan Reader 134
Independent Oliver Pearson 108
Socialist People's Party Rosemarie Hamezeian 102
Socialist People's Party Kristie Hall 62
Turnout 1,255 25.1
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Dalton North (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Denis Bell 976
Labour Barry Doughty 943
Labour Ann Thurlow 866
Conservative Jill Heath 812
Conservative Katherine Unwin 734
Conservative Cheryl Wadeson 617
Turnout 4,948 38.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Dalton South (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wendy Maddox 921
Labour Frank Murray 879
Labour Ernest Wilson 748
Conservative John Millar 650
Conservative Bill Bleasdale 557
Conservative Martin McLeavy 532
Independent Timothy Bell 314
UKIP Ian Jackson 210
Turnout 4,811 38.0
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Hawcoat (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Roberts 1,052
Conservative Jack Richardson 1,051
Conservative Alan Pemberton 1,000
Labour Rebecca Melling 611
Turnout 3,714 46.4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Hindpool (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anne Burns 824
Labour David Pidduck 823
Labour Ann Thomson 715
Conservative Mark Burley 276
Socialist People's Party Sarah Pllana 151
Socialist People's Party Lee Wicks 145
Turnout 2,934 28.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Newbarns (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Murphy 733
Labour Marie Derbyshire 719
Conservative Wendy McClure 715
Labour Lorraine Biggins 697
Conservative David Salt 690
Conservative Tina Macur 664
Turnout 4,218 37.1
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Ormsgill (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lee McKenna 707
Labour Robert Pointer 688
Labour Hayley Preston 612
Socialist People's Party Jim Hamezeian 501
Socialist People's Party William McEwan 344
Socialist People's Party Helen Robinson 248
Conservative Terri-Ann Gibney 234
Conservative Cheryl Fisher 232
Conservative Rowen McClure 216
Turnout 3,782 32.9
Labour gain from Socialist People's Party Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Socialist People's Party Swing
Parkside (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Susan Opie 863
Labour Debra Seward 857
Labour Brendan Sweeney 787
Conservative Linda Last 503
Conservative Shirley Richardson 444
Conservative Joshua White 414
Independent Lisa Hammond 235
Turnout 4,103 37.1
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Labour hold Swing
Risedale (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Hamilton 827
Labour Lesley Graham 820
Labour Jeffrey Garnett 812
Conservative Elaine Burley 326
Conservative Ann English 269
Conservative Des English 263
UKIP Noel Matthews 159
Turnout 3,476 29.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Roosecote (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ray Guselli 942
Conservative Rory McClure 814
Conservative Ken Williams 776
Labour Kenneth Thomson 622
Labour Mark Semple 602
Turnout 3,756 43.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Walney North (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Des Barlow 1,130
Labour Anita Husband 1,076
Labour Tony Callister 1,016
Conservative Craig Fisher 350
Conservative Cameron McClure 325
Conservative Jamie Wiggins 287
Turnout 4,184 37.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Walney South (3)[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Colin Thomson 966
Labour Frank Cassidy 914
Labour Helen Wall 856
Conservative David Marcus 583
Conservative Derek Gawne 422
Conservative Lorraine Cook 411
Turnout 4,152 38.9
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

References

  1. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Results and reaction today". North-West Evening Mail. 6 May 2011. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Labour gains control of Barrow Borough Council". BBC News Online. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Barrow ready for shake up, 23 places in parishes". North-West Evening Mail. 6 April 2011. Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Barrow". Coniston Local. 6 May 2011. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Election success as Labour take control". North-West Evening Mail. 7 May 2011. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Declaration of Result Consolidated" (PDF). Borough of Barrow-in-Furness. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.