Map of the results of the 2011 Wychavon District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Labour in red.
Map of the results of the 2011 Wychavon District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Labour in red.

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

Background

After the last election in 2007 the Conservatives controlled the council with 35 councillors, compared to 10 for the Liberal Democrats.[2] However, in October 2009 the Liberal Democrats gained a seat from the Conservatives at a by-election in Droitwich South West.[3]

In 2011 12 candidates, 11 Conservatives and one Liberal Democrat, were elected without opposition,[4] while in Elmley Castle and Somerville the election was delayed after no candidates were nominated for that ward.[5]

Election result

The Conservatives increased their majority on the council, making a net gain of five seats to have 38 councillors after the May election.[6] The Conservative gains came at the expense of the Liberal Democrats, who dropped to 5 seats on the council after losing six seats to the Conservatives.[6] These losses including losing all three seats the Liberal Democrats had held in Droitwich, as well as two seats in Pershore and one seat in The Littletons.[6]

Meanwhile, Labour regained a seat on the council after having lost all of their seats in 2007.[7] The Labour gain came in Droitwich West, where Peter Pinfield was returned to the council defeating Conservative councillor Laurie Evans.[6] Overall turnout at the election was 46.95%.[8]

Wychavon local election result 2011[8][9][10]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 39 6 1 +5 86.7 58.8 27,349 -0.2%
  Liberal Democrats 5 0 6 -6 11.1 22.1 10,290 -5.9%
  Labour 1 1 0 +1 2.2 10.4 4,819 +5.1%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 6.7 3,115 +0.9%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 935 +0.7%

The above totals include the delayed election in Elmley Castle and Somerville on 23 June 2011.

Ward results

Badsey[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Reginald Jakeman 488 51.2 +0.1
Independent Mary Campbell 465 48.8 +43.4
Majority 23 2.4 -5.3
Turnout 953 44.9 +6.5
Conservative hold Swing
Bengeworth (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Bulman 665
Conservative Emma Stokes 661
Independent Albert Booth 477
Labour Frederick Kaler 338
Liberal Democrats Paul Rencher 286
Turnout 2,427 39.4 +3.9
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Bowbrook[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Alexandra Rowley 750 59.5 +4.7
Conservative David Greenwood 510 40.5 -4.7
Majority 240 19.0 +9.4
Turnout 1,260 58.0 +3.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Bredon[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adrian Hardman unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Bretforton and Offenham[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Keith Wright 536 53.4 -4.2
Conservative Mary Smith 468 46.6 +4.2
Majority 68 6.8 -8.4
Turnout 1,004 50.0 +4.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Broadway and Wickhamford (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Elizabeth Eyre unopposed
Conservative Barrie Parmenter unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Dodderhill[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Judith Pearce 542 72.8 +4.3
Liberal Democrats Peter Evans 203 27.2 -4.3
Majority 339 45.5 +8.4
Turnout 745 39.1 -1.6
Conservative hold Swing
Drakes Broughton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Middlebrough 675 73.8 -3.5
Liberal Democrats Imelda Carlton Smith 240 26.2 +3.5
Majority 435 47.5 -7.1
Turnout 915 49.3 +5.6
Conservative hold Swing
Droitwich Central[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Glenise Noyes 359 43.4 +12.4
Labour Sheila Seabourne 289 34.9 +7.4
Liberal Democrats Rebecca Littlechild 180 21.7 -19.8
Majority 70 8.5
Turnout 828 42.0 +2.0
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Droitwich East (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Barratt 1,033
Conservative Gordon Brookes 998
Labour Sheila Neary 585
Labour Patricia Pinfield 538
Liberal Democrats David Rowe 343
Turnout 3,497 44.7 +3.8
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Droitwich South East (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Morris 1,342
Conservative Kenneth Jennings 1,236
Labour Bill Baker 375
Labour Colin Beardwood 368
Liberal Democrats Tracey Hall 245
Liberal Democrats John Littlechild 237
Turnout 3,803 51.8 +9.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Droitwich South West (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Beale 846
Conservative Thomas Noyes 805
Labour Christopher Barton 486
Labour Sylvia Meyrick 461
Liberal Democrats Wendy Carter 448
Liberal Democrats Robert Crawford 339
Turnout 3,385 45.8 +3.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Droitwich West (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lynne Duffy 679
Labour Peter Pinfield 622
Conservative Laurence Evans 587
Labour Roy Seabourne 571
Turnout 2,459 34.2 +4.5
Conservative hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Eckington[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ronald Davis 848 63.5 +1.6
Independent Paul Ellis-Gormley 302 22.6 +22.6
Labour Susan Hayman 186 13.9 +13.9
Majority 546 40.9 +12.1
Turnout 1,336 60.0 +6.7
Conservative hold Swing
Evesham North (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Josephine Sandalls 663
Conservative Frances Smith 609
Green Gordon Matthews 339
Liberal Democrats Julie Haines 275
Liberal Democrats Timothy Haines 218
Turnout 2,104 34.3 +1.0
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Evesham South (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Banks unopposed
Conservative Gerard O'Donnell unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Fladbury[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Thomas McDonald 943 77.7 +5.5
Liberal Democrats Diana Brown 270 22.3 -5.5
Majority 673 55.5 +11.0
Turnout 1,213 56.2 +5.6
Conservative hold Swing
Great Hampton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Smith unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Hartlebury[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Dowty unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Harvington and Norton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Homer unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Honeybourne and Pebworth[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alastair Adams 649 66.5 +12.4
Liberal Democrats Thomas Bean 327 33.5 -12.4
Majority 322 33.0 +24.8
Turnout 976 51.9 +1.4
Conservative hold Swing
Inkberrow (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Audrey Steel 1,798
Conservative David Lee 1,431
Independent David Powis 897
Turnout 4,126 57.1 +5.9
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Little Hampton (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Dyke 803
Conservative Wendy Dyke 725
Liberal Democrats John Payne 474
Turnout 2,002 34.6 +6.2
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Lovett and North Claines (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Miller 1,475
Conservative Alan Fisher 1,115
Liberal Democrats Janet Saunders 555
Turnout 3,145 49.2 +4.0
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Norton and Whittington[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Adams unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Ombersley[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Tomlinson unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Pershore (3 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Valerie Wood 1,209
Liberal Democrats Charles Tucker 1,163
Conservative David Brotheridge 1,026
Independent Christopher Parsons 974
Liberal Democrats Jayne Lewis 930
Conservative Stephen Gowenlock 752
Liberal Democrats Derrick Watt 701
Green David Shaw 596
Turnout 7,351 49.5 +4.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Pinvin[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Tucker 872 70.9
Conservative Maureen Lawley 358 29.1
Majority 514 41.8
Turnout 1,230 55.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
South Bredon Hill[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Adrian Darby unopposed
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
The Littletons[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Lasota 616 55.1 +25.5
Liberal Democrats Alan Duffy 501 44.9 +9.5
Majority 115 10.2
Turnout 1,117 52.3 +2.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Upton Snodsbury[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Linda Robinson unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

Elmley Castle and Somerville delayed election

The election in Elmley Castle and Somerville was delayed until 23 June 2011 after no candidates were nominated originally.[5][9] This came after the previous Conservative councillor Anna Mackison died in March 2011.[5] The seat was held for the Conservatives by Roma Kirke with a 238-vote majority over Liberal Democrat Jayne Lewis.[9]

Elmley Castle and Somerville[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roma Kirke 435 68.8 -3.6
Liberal Democrats Jayne Lewis 197 31.2 +3.6
Majority 238 37.6
Turnout 632 32.6
Conservative hold Swing

By-elections between 2011 and 2015

A by-election was held in Fladbury on 22 May 2014 after the death of Conservative councillor Tom McDonald.[11] The seat was held for the Conservatives by Bradley Thomas with a majority of 137 votes over Liberal Democrat candidate Diana Brown.[11]

Fladbury by-election 22 May 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Bradley Thomas 456 45.2 -32.5
Liberal Democrats Diana Brown 319 31.6 +9.3
UKIP Neil Whelan 234 23.2 +23.2
Majority 137 13.6 -41.9
Turnout 1,009 46.2 -10.0
Conservative hold Swing

References

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  10. ^ "Local authority elections: England". The Guardian. NewsBank. 7 May 2011.
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