Map of the results of the 2011 Fenland council election. Conservatives in blue, independents in grey and Liberal Democrats in yellow.
Map of the results of the 2011 Fenland council election. Conservatives in blue, independents in grey and Liberal Democrats in yellow.

The 2011 Fenland District Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Fenland District Council in Cambridgeshire, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]


2011 Fenland District Council election

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All 40 seats to Fenland District Council
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader N/A
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats Labour
Leader since N/A
Leader's seat N/A
Last election 39 seats, 97.5% 0 seats, 0% 0 seats, %
Seats before 38 1 0
Seats won 34 2 0
Seat change -5 +2 0

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Independent UKIP Green
Last election 1 0 seats, % 0 seats, %
Seats before 0 0
Seats won 4 0 0
Seat change +3 0
Percentage % %

Council control before election

Conservative

Council control after election

Conservative

Background

In the 2007 election, the Conservatives won 39 of the 40 seats, with the only other seat being won by an independent.[2] However, in April 2010 Liberal Democrat Dave Patrick gained a seat at a by-election from the Conservatives in Kirkgate ward.[3]

A total of 96 candidates stood in the election for the 40 seats on the council.[4] 2 Conservatives candidates were unopposed at the election, Martin Curtis in Kingsmoor and Pop Jolley in Wimblington, a substantial drop from the number at the 2007 election.[4] For the other 38 seats the candidates were 38 Conservatives, 20 Labour, 19 Liberal Democrats, 10 independents, 4 United Kingdom Independence Party and 3 Green Party.[5] The most candidates were in Waterlees ward in Wisbech, where 9 candidates stood for 2 seats on the council.[5]

Election result

The Conservatives retained control of the council, but their majority was reduced slightly.[6] They won 34 of the 40 seats on the council, after losing 4 seats, 3 to independents and 1 to the Liberal Democrats.[6][7] The wins for the Conservatives included Will Sutton in Elm and Christchurch, where he defeated the former Conservative member of the cabinet Phil Webb, who been deselected before the election and stood as an independent.[7] Conservative leader of the council Alan Melton, who comfortably held his own seat in Birch ward in Chatteris, said he was "ecstatic" at the results, which he said showed support for his party's policies.[7]

The Conservatives losses came in Waterlees, where independents Michael and Virginia Bucknor gained both seats from the Conservatives, and in March West where independent Rob Skoulding took one of the three seats.[7] Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat Gavin Booth gained one of the two seats in Parson Drove and Wisbech St Mary from the Conservatives.[7] After independent Mark Archer and Liberal Democrat Dave Patrick held their seats, this meant the opposition on the council was 4 independent and 2 Liberal Democrat councillors.[7]

Fenland Local Election Result 2011[8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 34 0 4 Decrease 4 85.0 59.9 24,602 -7.7
  Independent 4 3 0 Increase 3 10.0 11.3 4,647 +5.7
  Liberal Democrats 2 1 0 Increase 1 5.0 10.9 4,463 -8.4
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 15.4 6,321 +7.8
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 541 +1.3
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 497 +1.2

Ward results

Bassenhally (Whittlesey)

Bassenhally[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ken Mayor 392 79.0
Liberal Democrats Tracey Wilkes 104 21.0
Majority 288 58.1
Turnout 496 39.8
Conservative hold Swing

Benwick, Coates and Eastrea

Benwick, Coates and Eastrea (2)[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ralph Butcher 880
Conservative Alex Miscandlon 530
Independent Bob Wicks 414
Labour Aidan Hervey 248
Green Shane Alexander 194
Turnout 2,266 41.5 +2
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Birch (Chatteris

Birch[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Melton 424 55.4 +4.7
Liberal Democrats Christine Colbert 234 30.6 -9.8
UKIP Sandra Rylance 107 14.0 +14.0
Majority 190 24.8 +14.5
Turnout 765 40.6 +8
Conservative hold Swing

Clarkson (Wisbech)

Clarkson[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carol Cox 258 56.7
Labour Ann Purt 127 27.9
Liberal Democrats Robert McLaren 70 15.4
Majority 131 28.8
Turnout 455 26.2
Conservative hold Swing

Delph

Delph[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kay Mayor 434 72.2
Labour David Lewis 167 27.8
Majority 267 44.4
Turnout 601 39.3
Conservative hold Swing

Doddington

Doddington[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Connor 554 76.6
Liberal Democrats Janet Feekins 169 23.4
Majority 385 53.3
Turnout 723 42.9
Conservative hold Swing

Elm and Christchurch

Elm and Christchurch (2)[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mac Cotterell 711
Conservative Will Sutton 489
Independent Phil Webb 268
Labour Nicholas Poole 221
Independent Robert Pinnock 198
Liberal Democrats Verity Roscoe 118
Turnout 2,005 34.3 +6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Hill (Wisbech)

Hill (2)[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Simon King 797
Conservative Bruce Wegg 677
Labour Dean Reeves 366
Liberal Democrats Luke Roscoe 202
Turnout 2,042 30.3
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Kingsmoor (Whittlesey))

Kingsmoor[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Curtis unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

Kirkgate (Wisbech)

Kirkgate[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats David Patrick 311 48.6
Conservative Robert Lawrence 233 36.4
Labour John White 96 15.0
Majority 78 12.2
Turnout 640 35.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Lattersey (Whittlesey)

Lattersey[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steve Garratt 453 67.9
Labour Jes Hibbert 162 24.3
Liberal Democrats Paul Adams 52 7.8
Majority 291 43.6
Turnout 667 35.7
Conservative hold Swing

Manea

Manea[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Mark Archer 568 73.9 +12.5
Conservative James Carney 201 26.1 -12.5
Majority 367 47.7 +24.9
Turnout 769 47.7 -6
Independent hold Swing

March East

March East (3)[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Clark 1,154
Conservative Bernard Keane 1,002
Conservative Fred Yeulett 914
Labour Martin Field 727
Labour Louis Sugden 617
Labour John Williams 613
Independent Reg Kemp 537
Turnout 5,564 38.4 +4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

March North

March North (3)[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Cornwell 1,064
Conservative Trevor Quince 923
Conservative Peter Tunley 827
Labour Matthew Routledge 627
Liberal Democrats William McAdam 468
Turnout 3,909 34.8 +6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

March West

March West (3)[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kit Owen 1,117
Independent Rob Skoulding 1,082
Conservative Jan French 1,019
Conservative Adam Triggs 813
Independent Matt Broadfield 483
Labour Christopher Carter 472
Liberal Democrats Stephen Court 460
Turnout 5,446 43.3 +11
Conservative hold Swing
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Medworth (Wisbech)

Medworth[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonathan Farmer 364 59.1 -5.6
Labour Mark Plum 194 31.5 -3.8
Liberal Democrats Christopher Randall 58 9.4 +9.4
Majority 170 27.6 -1.9
Turnout 616 30.5 -2
Conservative hold Swing

Parson Drove & Wisbech St Mary

Parson Drove and Wisbech St Mary (2)[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Scrimshaw 849
Liberal Democrats Gavin Booth 652
Conservative Steve Tierney 602
Liberal Democrats Mary Lane 405
Labour David Goode 303
Turnout 2,811 42.9
Conservative hold Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

Peckover (Wisbech)

Peckover[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Oliver 446 69.8
Labour Simon Massen 131 20.5
Liberal Democrats Heather Kinnear 62 9.7
Majority 315 49.3
Turnout 639 34.5
Conservative hold Swing

Roman Bank

Roman Bank (3)[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Humphrey 1,256
Conservative Philip Hatton 1,092
Conservative Chris Seaton 1,007
Labour Kay Scott 590
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Smith 361
Turnout 4,306 40.4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Slade Lode

Slade Lode[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Florrie Newell 301 46.5 -0.8
Liberal Democrats Chris Howes 206 31.8 -8.7
Labour Grant Osbourn 140 21.6 +9.4
Majority 95 14.7 +8.0
Turnout 647 33.3 +2
Conservative hold Swing

=== Staithe (Wisbech)

Staithe[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Green 301 55.1
Labour Reg Mee 157 28.8
UKIP Will Schooling 88 16.1
Majority 144 26.4
Turnout 546 29.9
Conservative hold Swing


St Andrews[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Stebbing 542 69.0
Green David Chivall 243 31.0
Majority 299 38.1
Turnout 785 38.3
Conservative hold Swing
St Marys[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ken Peachey 364 46.0
Independent Roy Gerstner 324 40.9
Green Hilary Chivall 104 13.1
Majority 40 5.1
Turnout 792 39.3
Conservative hold Swing

The Mills

The Mills[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Chambers 422 57.3 +0.2
Liberal Democrats Diane Baldry 314 42.7 -0.2
Majority 108 14.7 +0.6
Turnout 736 36.1 +1
Conservative hold Swing
Waterlees (2)[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Virginia Bucknor 392
Independent Michael Bucknor 381
Conservative Ray Griffin 298
Conservative David Wheeler 285
Labour Barry Diggle 186
Labour Avis Gilliatt 177
UKIP Paul Clapp 165
UKIP Christopher Schooling 137
Liberal Democrats Christopher Hancox 31
Turnout 2,052 27.0 -17
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Wenneye[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Murphy 607 76.5 +8.2
Liberal Democrats Josie Ratcliffe 186 23.5 -8.2
Majority 421 53.1 +16.4
Turnout 793 39.8 +4
Conservative hold Swing
Wimblington[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pop Jolley unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

References

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  3. ^ "Dave Patrick stuns Tories and wins Wisbech seat on Fenland District Council for Lib Dems". Wisbech Standard. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b Elworthy, John (5 April 2011). "Stunning 60 per cent rise in candidates vying for seats on Fenland District Council". Cambs Times. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b Caney, Gavin (26 April 2011). "Fenland District Council candidates take to the streets as election battle hots up". Cambs Times. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Labour gains seats from Lib Dems in Cambridge". BBC News Online. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
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