2012 local election results in Calderdale
2012 local election results in Calderdale

The 2012 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council in West Yorkshire, England.[1] This was on the same day as other 2012 United Kingdom local elections. After the election the council continued to have no overall control and continue to be run by a coalition between the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.

The Warley Councillor Keith Hutson stepped down in 2012 due to health reasons. A by-election was held on 19 July 2012. The seat was held by the Liberal Democrats with James Baker winning the seat.[2]

In this year Councillor Nader Fekri for Calder ward defected to Labour from the Liberal Democrats in 2012 saying that he could no longer support the coalition in the national parliament with the Conservatives.[3]

In April 2013 the coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats collapsed as Labour pulled out over disagreements over benefit cuts.[4] Labour continued to run the council as a minority administration.[5]

Council composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

13 21 13 1 3
Labour Conservative Lib Dem ILD Ind

After the election the composition of the council was:

20 17 12 2
Labour Conservative Lib Dem Ind
Party Previous council New council
Labour 13 20
Conservative 21 17
Liberal Democrats 13 12
Independent 3 2
Ind. Liberal Democrat 1 0
Total 51 51

Ward results

Brighouse ward

Brighouse
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ann Martin 1,329 47.1 +25.1
Conservative Howard Blagbrough 1,195 42.3 +2.1
Liberal Democrats Jennie Rigg 273 9.8 −28.0
Majority 134 4.7
Turnout 2,822 32.7 −6.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

The incumbent was Howard Blagbrough for the Conservative Party.

Calder ward

Calder
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Janet Battye 1,599 39.1 +7.0
Labour Susan Press 1,454 35.5 +4.8
Green Kate Sweeny 541 13.2 −10.9
Conservative Gail Lund 477 11.7 −1.4
Majority 145 3.5
Turnout 4,093 44.9 +3.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The incumbent was Janet Battye for the Liberal Democrats.

Elland ward

Elland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Pat Allen 950 36.4 −7.6
Labour Angi Gallagher 829 31.8 +20.4
Conservative Mike Payne 595 22.8 −6.4
Green Susan Thomas 225 8.6 +3.1
Majority 121 4.6
Turnout 2,607 30.9 −2.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

The incumbent was Pat Allen for the Liberal Democrats.

Greetland & Stainland ward

Greetland & Stainland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Malcolm James 1,121 41.4 −4.3
Conservative Keith Watson 751 27.8 −3.4
Labour Jim Gallagher 527 19.5 +11.3
Green Mark Mullany 297 11.0 +5.4
Majority 370 13.7
Turnout 2,705 31.9 −4.79
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

The incumbent was Keith Watson for the Conservative Party.

Hipperholme & Lightcliffe ward

Hipperholme & Lightcliffe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Hall 1,322 42.8 −25.7
Independent Chris O'Connor 930 30.1 N/A
Labour Anthony Rutherford 722 25.4 +9.8
Liberal Democrats Mat Bowles 106 3.4 −14.5
Majority 392 12.7
Turnout 3,090 35.3 −3.1
Conservative hold Swing

The incumbent was Graham Hall for the Conservative Party.

Illingworth & Mixenden ward

Illingworth & Mixenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lisa Lambert 1,224 40.8 +11.4
Independent Tom Bates 968 32.3 −6.1
Conservative Andrew Tagg 673 22.4 −0.6
Independent Sean Loftus 76 2.5 −1.1
Liberal Democrats Glen Mattock 50 1.7 −3.9
Majority 256 8.5
Turnout 2,998 32.7 −4.4
Labour gain from Independent Swing

The incumbent was Tom Bates, an independent.

Luddendenfoot ward

Luddendenfoot
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Simon Young 1,263 41.3 +25.0
Liberal Democrats Christine Bampton-Smith 948 31.0 −10.4
Conservative Gillian Smith-Moorhouse 823 26.9 −5.4
Majority 315 10.3
Turnout 3,060 37.9 −3.1
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

The incumbent was Christine Bampton-Smith for the Liberal Democrats.

Northowram & Shelf ward

Northowram & Shelf
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Caffrey 1,705 56.6 +7.6
Labour Gary Walsh 1,094 36.3 +21.6
Liberal Democrats Kenneth Albret 181 6.0 −0.7
Majority 611 20.3
Turnout 3,014 33.1 −7.0
Conservative hold Swing

The incumbent was Graham Hall for the Conservative Party.

Ovenden ward

Ovenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anne Collins 1,255 68.1 +23.3
Conservative Christopher Blakey 367 19.9 −5.4
Liberal Democrats John Reynolds 186 10.1 −3.0
Majority 888 43.2
Turnout 1,843 21.8 −3.6
Labour hold Swing

The incumbent was Danielle Coombs for the Labour Party.

Park ward

Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jenny Lynn 2,657 63.6 +25.9
Conservative Shakir Saghir 838 20.1 +9.1
Liberal Democrats Mohammad Ilyas 651 15.6 −25.7
Majority 1,819 43.6
Turnout 4,176 46.1 −4.8
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

The incumbent was Mohammad Ilyas for the Liberal Democrats.

Rastrick ward

Rastrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann McAllister 1,311 49.8 +0.8
Labour Peter Judge 1,046 39.8 +18.6
TUSC Rob Bailey 258 9.8 N/A
Majority 265 10.1
Turnout 2,631 30.6 −6.5
Conservative hold Swing

The incumbent was Ann McAllister for the Conservative Party.

Ryburn ward

Ryburn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geraldine Carter 1,253 44.9 −9.3
Labour Judy Gannon 944 33.8 +17.5
Green Freda Davis 349 12.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Rosemary Tatchell 229 8.2 −21.3
Majority 309 11.1
Turnout 2,790 31.6 −4.4
Conservative hold Swing

The incumbent was Geraldine Carter for the Conservative Party.

Skircoat ward

Skircoat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Hardy 1,496 41.0 −13.0
Liberal Democrats Stephen Gow 1,104 30.3 −2.8
Labour Alistair Millington 778 21.3 +13.5
Green Charles Gate 251 6.9 +1.8
Majority 392 10.7
Turnout 3,647 38.4 −3.8
Conservative hold Swing

The incumbent was John Hardy for the Conservative Party.

Sowerby Bridge ward

Sowerby Bridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Adam Wilkinson 1,422 52.5 +23.1
Conservative Andrew Feather 915 38.8 −8.8
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Ward 330 12.2 −0.2
Majority 507 18.7
Turnout 2,709 32.0 −3.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

The incumbent was Amanda Byrne for the Conservative Party.

Todmorden ward

Todmorden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Steve Sweeney 1,072 35.2 +8.7
Liberal Democrats Olwen Jennings 874 28.7 +0.4
Conservative Ian Cooper 583 19.1 −13.4
BPP David Jones 257 8.4 N/A
Green John Nesbitt 246 8.1 N/A
Majority 198 6.5
Turnout 3,045 34.3 −3.7
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

The incumbent was Ian Cooper for the Conservative Party.

Town ward

Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Megan Swift 1,389 63.0 +23.5
Conservative Stephen Collins 576 26.1 +1.8
Liberal Democrats Ruth Coleman-Taylor 206 9.3 −0.9
Majority 2,205 25.2
Turnout 2,205 25.2 −5.9
Labour hold Swing

The incumbent was Megan Swift for the Labour Party.

Warley ward

Warley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Martin Burton 1,259 40.8 +27.8
Liberal Democrats James Baker 1,146 37.1 −14.7
Conservative Christopher Pearson 658 21.3 −0.5
Majority 113 3.7
Turnout 3,089 35.5 −2.6
Labour gain from Ind. Liberal Democrat Swing

The incumbent was Robert Pearson, an independent Liberal Democrat.

By-elections between 2012 and 2014

Warley ward, 2012

Warley By-Election 19 July 2012 [6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats James Douglas Baker 1,066 41.56
Labour Jonathan Charles Timbers 896 34.93
Conservative Christopher James Pearson 454 17.70
Green Charles Gate 140 5.46
Majority 170 6.63
Turnout 2,565 29.06
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Local elections 2012". BBC News. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  2. ^ Lib-Dems hold on in Warley by-election. Halifax Courier. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ Nader Fekri’s resignation letter. Halifax Courier. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  4. ^ Coalition deal to run Calderdale Council is ended by Labour group. Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  5. ^ Council’s new way is ‘fairer’. Halifax Courier. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  6. ^ Warley Ward By-Election, 2012. calderdale.gov.uk.
  7. ^ Lib-Dems hold on in Warley by-election. The Halifax Evening Courier.