2012 election results map, showing numbers of councillors per ward and their party affiliations
2012 election results map, showing numbers of councillors per ward and their party affiliations

The 2012 Denbighshire County Council election took place in Denbighshire, Wales, on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Denbighshire Council.[1] This was the same day as other 2012 United Kingdom local elections. The previous elections took place in 2008 and the next all-council elections took place in 2017.

Background

Labour Party and Independent candidates were hoping to take seats from the governing Conservatives. Topical issues included the county's Local Development Plan and redevelopment of Rhyl's seafront, as well as the usual funding pressures and unemployment.[2] Four of the 30 electoral wards were uncontested, while in the Ruthin ward there were 12 candidates competing for the 3 seats.[2]

Results

Overview

The 39.1% turnout was even lower than the turnout in 2008 (42%), despite the weather being sunny. It was particularly low in areas of social deprivation, such as Rhyl West.[3]

Denbighshire Council election 2012[4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 19 +12 40.4 29.2 8,293 +13.2
  Conservative 8 -10 17.0 27.2 7,745 -1.8
  Independent 12 -1 25.5 25.4 7,217 -6.4
  Plaid Cymru 7 -1 14.9 11.5 3,270 -3.6
  Liberal Democrats 1 0 2.1 5.0 1,418 -2.2
  Green 0 0 1.0 274 N/A
  Socialist Labour 0 0 0.4 122 N/A
  UKIP 0 0 0.3 85 -0.2
  BNP - - - - - - - -0.4

Election error

In the Prestatyn North ward, the incorrect councillor was declared the winner, due to his similar surname. Conservative councillor Allan Pennington became councillor for the ward, after 265 votes for the Labour candidate, Paul Penlington, were allocated to him. Penlington was not able to take his rightful seat until 14 February 2013, after a court case involving three High Court judges.[5]

Ward results

Bodelwyddan (one seat)

Bodelwyddan 2012 [4][6](a)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Elizabeth Jones * 294 48.9
Labour Stephen Ellison 223 37.1
Conservative Nan Jones 84 14.0
Majority 71
Turnout 37.4
Registered electors 1,616
Independent hold Swing

Corwen (one seat)

Corwen 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Huw Jones * unopposed
Registered electors 1,862
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Denbigh Central (one seat)

Denbigh Central 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Gwyneth Kensler * 288 48.7
Independent Peter Jones 191 32.3
Independent Robert Parkes 87 14.7
Conservative Anton Sampson 25 4.2
Majority 97
Turnout 37.7
Registered electors 1,584
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Denbigh Lower (two seats)

Denbigh Lower 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Bartley * 977 60.7
Independent Richard Davies 579
Independent Mark Young 504
Plaid Cymru Jean Gwynn 386 23.8
Independent Keith Stevens 204
Liberal Democrats William Williams 138 8.5
Conservative Diane Highton 118 7.3
Majority 398
Turnout 45.5
Registered electors 3,583
Independent hold Swing
Independent gain from Plaid Cymru Swing

Denbigh Upper/Henllan (two seats)

Denbigh Upper/Henllan 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Colin Hughes * 504 55.8
Labour Geraint Lloyd-Williams 392
Conservative Diane Highton * 246 27.2
UKIP Jean Gwynn 85 9.4
Liberal Democrats William Williams 69 7.6
Majority 146
Turnout 34.4
Registered electors 2,336
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Dyserth (one seat)

Dyserth 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Owen * 369 50.7
Labour Peter Newell 275 37.8
Liberal Democrats Heather Prydderch 84 11.5
Majority 94
Turnout 39.2
Registered electors 1,890
Conservative hold Swing

Efenechtyd (one seat)

Efenechtyd 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Eryl Williams * unopposed
Registered electors 1,306
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llanarmon-Yn-Lal/Llandelga (one seat)

Llanarmon-Yn-Lal/Llandelga 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martyn Holland 523 50.2
Independent Peter Rees 281 27.0
Socialist Labour Robert English 122 11.7
Independent Robert Barton 115 11.0
Majority 242
Turnout 53.6
Registered electors 1,968
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd (one seat)

Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Huw Williams 348 60.3
Independent Julie Masters 129 22.4
Labour Mary Chaffé 100 17.3
Majority 219
Turnout 47.2
Registered electors 1,226
Conservative hold Swing

Llandrillo (one seat)

Llandrillo 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Cefyn Williams * unopposed
Registered electors 941
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Llandyrnog (one seat)

Llandyrnog 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Thomas Parry 377 50.1
Independent Christopher Denman 192 25.5
Labour John McGuire 85 11.3
Plaid Cymru John McCabe 73 9.7
Liberal Democrats Robin Hill 25 3.3
Majority 185
Turnout 44.6
Registered electors 1,694
Independent hold Swing

Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd Gwyddelwern (one seat)

Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd Gwyddelwern 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Hugh Evans * unopposed
Registered electors 1,816
Independent hold Swing

Llangollen (two seats)

Llangollen 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Trefor Hughes * 678 36.4
Independent Stuart Davies 459 24.7
Labour John Palmer 427 22.9
Plaid Cymru Jonathan Haddy 217
Independent Michael Edwards 212
Conservative Paul Firth 206 11.1
Green Robert Spalding 91 4.9
Majority 32
Turnout 39.2
Registered electors 3,362
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
Independent hold Swing

Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch (one seat)

Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Joseph Welch 254 38.2
Plaid Cymru Hefin Edwards 219 32.9
Conservative Gregory Wynne 146 22.0
Green Dominic Oakes 46 6.9
Majority 35
Turnout 44.0
Registered electors 1,524
Independent hold Swing

Prestatyn Central (two seats)

Prestatyn Central 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Duffy * 611 47.9
Conservative Hugh Irvine 578 45.3
Labour Sherayne Edwards 551
Conservative June Cahill * 487
Green Kay Roney 87 6.8
Majority 27
Turnout 44.5
Registered electors 2,822
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Prestatyn East (two seats)

Prestatyn East 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Davies * 524 41.6
Conservative Julian Thompson-Hill * 463
Labour Caroline Holliday 364 28.9
Labour Kenneth Wells 341
Independent Julie Peters 322 25.6
Independent Leanne Knapp 300
Green John Roney 50 4.0
Majority 99
Turnout 39.2
Registered electors 3,220
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Prestatyn Meliden (one seat)

Prestatyn Meliden 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Peter Evans 264 44.2
Conservative Gerald Frobisher 174 29.1
Labour Robert Paterson 159 26.6
Majority 90
Turnout 39.1
Registered electors 1,549
Independent hold Swing

Prestatyn North (three seats)

Prestatyn North 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Carys Guy-Davies 633 41.3
Labour Paul Penlington b 606
Labour Jason McLellan 598
Independent Michael German 557 36.4
Independent Isobel German 538
Independent George Flynn 472
Independent Gwynn Clague 438
Conservative Allan Pennington b * 341 22.3
Conservative Michael Eckersley * 325
Conservative Michelle Pope 314
Majority 41
Turnout 39.9
Registered electors 4,717
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Prestatyn South West (two seats)

Prestatyn South West 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Murray 586 57.0
Labour Gareth Sandilands 562
Conservative Glyn Jones * 442 43.0
Conservative Sharon Frobisher * 424
Majority 120
Turnout 37.9
Registered electors 2,856
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Rhuddlan (two seats)

Rhuddlan 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Janet Davies * 665 43.3
Plaid Cymru Arwel Roberts 419 27.3
Independent John Jones 382 24.9
Conservative Nathan Lamb 222
Independent William Jones 221
Liberal Democrats Kenneth Prydderch 71 4.6
Majority 37
Turnout 41.9
Registered electors 2,936
Conservative hold Swing
Plaid Cymru gain from Independent Swing

Rhyl East (two seats)

Rhyl East 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barry Mellor 667 47.7
Labour David Simmons 562
Conservative John Bellis * 464 33.2
Conservative Diana Hannam * 362
Independent Hugh Jones 267 19.1
Majority 98
Turnout 35.0
Registered electors 3,796
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Rhyl South (two seats)

Rhyl South 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jeanette Chamberlain-Jones * 733 56.3
Labour Cheryl Williams 508
Conservative David Lee * 361 27.7
Conservative Melanie Jones 337
Plaid Cymru Alun Edwards 208 16.0
Majority 98
Turnout 39.5
Registered electors 3,022
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Rhyl South East (three seats)

Rhyl South East 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brian Blakeley * 1,180 56.1
Labour Winifred Mullen-James 984
Labour William Tasker 972
Conservative Ian Gunning * 641 30.5
Conservative Peter Jackson 506
Conservative Anthony Thomas 452
Independent Daniel Murray 284 13.5
Majority 331
Turnout 34.2
Registered electors 6,025
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Rhyl South West (two seats)

Rhyl South West 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patricia Jones 797 68.2
Labour Margaret McCarrol 647
Independent David Thomas * 184 15.8
Independent Glyn Williams * 141
Conservative Harold Bennett 116 9.9
Conservative William Dawson 96
Liberal Democrats David Dear 71 6.1
Majority 463
Turnout 30.8
Registered electors 3,725
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Previous Labour councillors stood as Independents.

Rhyl West (two seats)

Rhyl West 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Butterfield * 378 50.3
Labour Ian Armstrong * 361
Independent David Thomas 142 18.9
Plaid Cymru Norman Shone 125 16.6
Conservative Michael Espley 106 14.1
Conservative Paul Sumner 99
Majority 219
Turnout 20.0
Registered electors 3,510
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Ruthin (three seats)

Ruthin 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Huw Hilditch-Roberts 805 27.4
Liberal Democrats Robina Feeley * 804 27.4
Independent David Smith * 634
Plaid Cymru Hywel Richards 510 17.4
Labour Alun Pugh 473 16.1
Independent Patricia Astbury 426
Plaid Cymru Peter Ryder 346
Conservative Carole Roberts 342 11.7
Independent Richard Thomas 271
Independent Roger Parry 268
Plaid Cymru Shane Brennan 256
Conservative Joan Benton 178
Conservative John Broughton 119
Majority 124
Turnout 49.9
Registered electors 4,366
Independent gain from Plaid Cymru Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Independent hold Swing

St Asaph East (one seat)

St Asaph East 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dewi Owens * 252 45.2
Independent John Smith 160 28.7
Liberal Democrats Linda Linaker 146 26.2
Majority 92
Turnout 40.0
Registered electors 1,400
Conservative hold Swing

St Asaph West (one seat)

St Asaph West 2012 [4][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent William Cowie * 181 46.8
Labour Richard Gumm 98 25.3
Conservative John Horden 98 25.3
Liberal Democrats Sean Hagan 10 2.6
Majority 83
Turnout 29.4
Registered electors 1,326
Independent hold Swing

Trefnant (one seat)

Trefnant 2012 [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Meirick Davies * 364 53.8
Conservative Leslie Rees 312 46.2
Majority 52
Turnout 43.8
Registered electors 1,572
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Tremeirchion (one seat)

Tremeirchion 2012 [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Barbara Smith * 313 54.2
Conservative Hugh Hughes 264 45.8
Majority 49
Turnout 44.2
Registered electors 1,325
Independent hold Swing

(a) Election Centre/Andrew Teale source also compares the percentage vote of the lead candidate for each party in the ward

(b) Prestatyn North result corrected by election petition

* = sitting ward councillor prior to election

References

  1. ^ "Local elections 2012". BBC News. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Election special Denbighshire". Wales Online. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Low election turnout for council vote". Wales Online. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Teale, Andrew. "Local Election Results 2012: Denbighshire". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Wronged Prestatyn councillor finally handed his seat - nine months after election blunder". Wales Online. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Denbighshire County Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre, Plymouth University. Retrieved 27 October 2020.