Map of ward results for Preston City Council 2011. Conservatives (Blue), Labour (Red), Liberal Democrat (Orange), No election held (White)
Map of ward results for Preston City Council 2011. Conservatives (Blue), Labour (Red), Liberal Democrat (Orange), No election held (White)

Elections to the Preston City Council took place on 5 May 2011, the same day as other 2011 United Kingdom local elections. This was also the date of the 2011 United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum. At this election, The Labour Party regained majority control of the council. [1]

Councillors elected in 2007 Preston City Council election defended their seats this time, following the 2003 Preston Council election elections which began this current cycle. The wards fought in 2011 are to be contested again at the 2015 Preston City Council election with the results in that year compared directly with the results in this.

Other elections can be found at Preston local elections

2011 results

Preston Local Election Result 2011
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 8 0 1 7 36.84 36.15 11,860 -0.29
  Labour 7 4 0 11 57.89 44.63 14,643 +69.11
  Liberal Democrats 2 0 -1 1 5.26 13.44 4,410 -32.53%
  TUSC 11 0 -1 0 N/A 2.56 840 -56.72
  Independent 1 0 -1 0 0 2.12 695 -17.26
  England First 0 0 0 0 N/A 0.69 225 N/A
  Green 0 0 0 0 N/A 0.42 138 +119

1 Candidate is defending seat won in 2007 under the ballot paper description Respect.

Ward Results

Ashton

Defending the north-western suburban electoral ward of Ashton is the Conservative Party with a majority in 2007 of 70

Preston City Council Elections: Ashton ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Routledge 750 53.6 +13.8
Conservative Bill Tyson 517 37.0 -8.6
Liberal Democrats Stephen Mullen 132 9.44 -5.2
Majority 233 16.65
Rejected ballots 12
Turnout 1,399
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Brookfield

Labour are defending their 2007 win in Brookfield with a majority of 382

Preston City Council Elections: Brookfield ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nerys Eaves 1,058 67.2 +14.0
Conservative Damian Moore 516 32.8 +9.0
Majority 542 34.43
Rejected ballots 20
Turnout 1,574
Labour hold Swing

College

In the central north of Preston, to the south of Fulwood, the Conservatives are defending their 2007 win here with a majority of 523

Preston City Council Elections: College ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Harry Seddon 658 49.3 -12.5
Labour Steve Ratcliffe 453 33.9 +18.6
Liberal Democrats Julie Voges 225 16.8 -6.1
Majority 1,336 15.34
Rejected ballots 8
Turnout 47.8
Conservative hold Swing

Deepdale

The central eastern electoral ward of Deepdale is represented by an independent councillor whose majority was 275 over Labour in 2007

Preston City Council Elections: Deepdale ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ismail Bax 1,225 60.6 +25.6
Independent Joyce Cartwright 795 39.4 -12.7
Majority 430 21.29
Rejected ballots 9
Turnout 2,020 51.4
Labour gain from Independent Swing

Garrison

Won by the Conservatives in 2003 and defended in 2007, their majority is 659 over the Liberal Democrats.

Preston City Council Elections: Garrison ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christine Thomas 1,100 52.9 -5.6
Labour Lynne Wallace 691 33.2 +15.6
Liberal Democrats Michael Yates 150 7.2 -16.7
Green Ian McCormick 138 6.6 N/A
Majority 409 19.67
Rejected ballots
Turnout 1,503
Conservative hold Swing

Greyfriars

The majority defended by the Conservatives is 1,030.

Preston City Council Elections: Greyfriars ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Thompson 1,585 60.1 -6.7
Labour Alan Woods 668 25.3 +14.0
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Finch 383 14.5 -7.4
Majority 917 34.8%
Rejected ballots 19
Turnout 2,636
Conservative hold Swing

Ingol

Covering the Ingol and Tanterton areas of Preston, this is in the northwest of the city. The Liberal Democrats won in 2007 with a majority of 469.

Preston City Council Elections: Ingol ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Pringle 795 42.7 -15.0
Labour George Tait 638 34.3 +20.3
Conservative David Treasure 428 23.0 -5.2
Majority 157 8.44
Rejected ballots 12
Turnout 1,861 33.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Larches

The western ward of Larches also incorporates Savick, in the northwest of the city. This year the Liberal Democrats are defending are majority of 117.

Preston City Council Elections: Larches ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Samuel Gardiner 914 46.8 +8.7
Liberal Democrats Elaine Abbot 703 36.0 -8.6
Conservative Christopher Rigby 337 17.2 -0.1
Majority 211 10.8
Rejected ballots 16
Turnout 1,954 35.7
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Lea

Coterminous to the civil parish of Lea and Cottam, this electoral ward is defended by the Conservatives with a majority of 429

Preston City Council Elections: Lea ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julie Buttle 1,032 52.4 -4.3
Liberal Democrats Andrew Walker 497 25.2 -7.4
Labour Lee Bradshaw 440 22.3 +11.5
Majority 535 27.17
Turnout 1,969 27.17

Moor Park

For the 2011 election, the Labour Party defend a majority over the Conservatives of 360 votes.

Preston City Council Elections: Moor Park ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Borrow 799 72.9 +13.7
Conservative Sheila Heys 216 19.7 -3.6
Liberal Democrats Jeffrey Abram 81 7.4 -10.1
Majority 583 53.19
Rejected ballots
Turnout 1,096 31.3
Labour hold Swing

Preston Rural East

The Rural East wards incorporates the Amounderness, Broughton and Grimsargh civil parishes in the north and east of the city. The current defending party with a majority of 786 for the Conservatives.

Preston City Council Elections: Rural East ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Neil Cartright 1,029 65.5 -7.3
Labour Gerard Parke-Hatton 398 25.4 +10.2
Liberal Democrats Peter Lawrence 143 9.1 -2.9
Majority 631 40.2
Rejected ballots
Turnout 1,570 43.7

Preston Rural North

Reaching across the city of Preston, the large Preston Rural North ward includes the M6 and M55 motorways and acres of market towns, farming communities and rural areas. The boroughs of Fylde and Wyre border this northern ward, which is a three-member ward. The Conservative Party won in 2007 with the majority of 1,444.

Preston City Council Elections: Rural North ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kate Calder 1,878 71.6 -5.3
Labour Alan Mathews 471 17.9 +10.0
Liberal Democrats William Bruton 275 10.5 -4.7
Majority 1,407 53.6%
Rejected ballots
Turnout 2,624

Ribbleton

Ribbleton, is one of the largest in size[clarification needed], won four years ago by Labour over the Conservative Party with a majority of 394

Preston City Council Elections: Ribbleton ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brian Rollo 930 64.2 +7.9
Conservative Steve Allen 293 20.2 -5.8
England First Mark Cotterill 225 15.5 N/A
Majority 637 44.00
Rejected ballots
Turnout 1,448 25.9

Riversway

Riversway was won by Labour in 2007 over the Respect Party, winning by 191 votes.

Preston City Council Elections: Riversway ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bhikhu Patel 1,055 70.9 +29.7
Liberal Democrats Wilf Gavin 225 15.1 +1.2
Conservative Hussain Mulla 207 13.9 -3.4
Majority 830 55.8
Rejected ballots
Turnout 1,487 34.9

Sharoe Green

The Sharoe Green ward is based on the former hospital and surrounding commuter belt environs. The 2011 election has the Conservative Party defending a majority of 639 over the Liberal Democrats.

Preston City Council Elections: Sharoe Green ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Eric Fazackerley 1,165 53.2 -5.7
Labour Mair Ratcliffe 716 32.7 +17.1
Liberal Democrats Rowena Edmondson 309 14.1 -11.4
Majority 449 20.5
Rejected ballots 20
Turnout 2,190 43.0

St Matthews

The 2007 result in the St Matthews was a Labour win with a 336 majority

Preston City Council Elections: St Matthews ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Javed Iqbal 1,105 84.0 +34.0
Conservative Lucinda Heaton 211 16.0 +3.4
Majority 894 67.9
Rejected ballots 14
Turnout 1,316 27.0

Town Centre

Formed by boundary changes prior to Preston being awarded city status, Town Centre is the largest non-rural ward in the borough. Michael Lavalette won the ward in 2007 under the Respect Party label although as of 2011 he sits in Preston Town Hall under the label "Independent Socialist".

Preston City Council Elections: Town Centre ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Yakub Patel 964 45.7 +13.9
TUSC Michael Lavalette 840 39.8 -12.5
Conservative Jonathan Cooper 305 14.5 +10.6
Majority 124 5.9
Rejected ballots 17
Turnout 2,109 38.9
Labour gain from TUSC Swing

Tulketh

Tulketh is a ward to the west of the city centre. Labour won over the Conservatives in 2007 with a lead of 230 votes.

Preston City Council Elections: Tulketh ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Boswell 980 58.3 +9.40
Liberal Democrats Neil Darby 432 25.7 +8.60
Conservative Mark Dodsworth 269 16.0 -18.0
Majority 548 32.6
Rejected ballots 26
Turnout 1,681 33.2

University

Shaped around the outskirts of the city centre, this butterfly-wing shaped ward was won by Labour in 2003 with a majority of 116

Preston City Council Elections: University ward, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Swindells 388 69.0 +19.4
Conservative Genna Martin 114 20.3 +5.4
Liberal Democrats Michael Basford 60 10.7 -18.3
Majority 274 48.8
Rejected ballots 26
Turnout 562 33.2

References

  1. ^ Elections 2011 Archived 10 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine Preston City Council

See also