2012 Plymouth City Council election[1]
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19 of the 57 seats to Plymouth City Council
29 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Tudor Evans Vivien Pengelly None
Party Labour Conservative UKIP
Last election 25 32 0
Seats before 25 31 1
Seats won 12 7 0
Seats after 31 26 0
Seat change Increase6 Decrease5 Decrease1
Popular vote 25,261 17,968 11,935
Percentage 43.6% 31.0% 20.6%

Plymouth City council election 2012 map.svg
Map showing the results of contested positions in the 2012 Plymouth City Council elections.

Council control before election

Conservative

Council control after election

Labour

The 2012 Plymouth City Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of Plymouth City Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections. The election was won by the Labour Party, who gained control of the council from the Conservative Party.

Background

Plymouth City Council held local elections on 7 May 2012 as part of the 2012 local elections.[2] The council elects its councillors in thirds, with a third being up for election every year for three years, with no election in the fourth year.[3][4] Councillors defending their seats in this election were previously elected in 2008. In that election, fourteen Conservative candidates and five Labour candidates were elected.[5]

Ahead of the election, the council was split between the Labour Party and the Conservative Party, with the Conservatives having held a majority for five years.[6]

Overall results

2012 Plymouth City Council Election
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 12 6 0 Increase6 63.2 43.6 25,261 Increase16.5
  Conservative 7 0 5 Decrease5 36.8 31.0 17,968 Decrease16.3
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 3.0 1,741 Decrease10.7
  UKIP 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.0 20.6 11,935 Increase16.1
  Green 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.6 921 Decrease3.0
  TUSC 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 85 New
  Vivamus 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.0 25 New
Total 19 57,936

Note: All changes in vote share are in comparison to the corresponding 2008 election.

The Conservatives lost their overall majority on the council to the Labour Party.

After the previous election, the composition of the council was:

32 25
Conservative Labour

Before this election, the composition of the council was:

31 25 1
Conservative Labour UKIP

After this election, the composition of the council was:

31 26
Labour Conservative

Ward results

Plymouth City Council maintains records of past election results.[7]

Budshead

Location of Budshead ward
Location of Budshead ward
Budshead 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Jon Taylor 1,626 45.9
Conservative Jack Thompson 1,375 30.4
UKIP Hugh Williams 544 12.0
Majority 241 1.9
Turnout 4,525 36.8
Labour gain from Conservative

Compton

Location of Compton ward
Location of Compton ward
Compton 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Richard Ball 1,233 40.4
Labour Neil Hendy 840 27.5
UKIP Michael Cooke 560 18.3
Green Colin Trier 221 7.2
Liberal Democrats Steven Smith 198 6.5
Majority 397 12.9
Turnout 33.5
Conservative hold

Devonport

Location of Devonport ward
Location of Devonport ward
Devonport 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Kate Taylor 1,309 52.0
UKIP Syd Brooks 470 18.7
Conservative Diane Jasper-Eustis 445 17.7
Liberal Democrats John Brooks 176 7.0
Green Andrew Pratt 117 4.6
Majority 839 33.3
Turnout 27.1
Labour hold

Efford and Lipson

Location of Efford and Lipson ward
Location of Efford and Lipson ward
Efford and Lipson 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Brian Vincent 1,823 65.2
UKIP Ray Fereday 519 18.6
Conservative Judy Tottey 455 16.3
Majority 1,304 46.6
Turnout 30.6
Labour hold

Eggbuckland

Location of Eggbuckland ward
Location of Eggbuckland ward
Eggbuckland 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Paul Jarvis 1,419 39.5
Conservative Peter Brookshaw 1,357 37.8
UKIP Roger Thomas 816 22.7
Majority 62 1.7
Turnout 34.7
Labour gain from Conservative

Ham

Location of Ham ward
Location of Ham ward
Ham 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Tina Tuohy 1,667 58.6
UKIP John Read 660 23.2
Conservative David Downie 520 18.3
Majority 1,007 35.4
Turnout 31.3
Labour hold

Honicknowle

Location of Honicknowle ward
Location of Honicknowle ward
Honicknowle 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Pete Smith 1,560 56.2
UKIP Ron Northcott 715 25.7
Conservative Paul Rielly 367 13.2
Green David Wildman 136 4.9
Majority 845 30.5
Turnout 27.4
Labour hold

Moor View

Location of Moor View ward
Location of Moor View ward
Moor View 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Mike Fox 1,703 51.4
Conservative Mark Christie 919 27.7
UKIP Stuart Munnery 573 17.3
Liberal Democrats Richard Bray 117 3.5
Majority 784 23.7
Turnout 36.0
Labour gain from Conservative

Peverell

Location of Peverell ward
Location of Peverell ward
Peverell 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Patricia Nicholson 1,320 37.4
Labour Stephen Randall 1,211 34.3
UKIP Catherine Bullock 499 14.1
Green Wendy Miller 289 8.2
Liberal Democrats Richard Lawrie 190 5.4
Vivamus Bernard Toolan 25 0.7
Majority 109 3.1
Turnout 35.1
Conservative hold

Plympton Chaddlewood

Location of Plympton Chaddlewood ward
Location of Plympton Chaddlewood ward
Plympton Chaddlewood 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative David Salter 704 44.2
Labour Mark Thompson 478 30.0
UKIP Jonathan Frost 411 25.8
Majority 226 14.2
Turnout 25.7
Conservative hold

Plympton Erle

Location of Plympton Erle ward
Location of Plympton Erle ward
Plympton Erle 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Ian Darcy 900 38.0
Labour Chris Mavin 739 31.2
UKIP John Roberts 480 20.3
Liberal Democrats Peter York 248 10.5
Majority 161 6.8
Turnout 34.8
Conservative hold

Plympton St Mary

Location of Plympton St Mary ward
Location of Plympton St Mary ward
Plympton St Mary 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Sam Leaves 1,542 44.7
Labour Seetha Cheesman 1,034 30.0
UKIP Steve Stephenson 875 25.4
Majority 508 14.7
Turnout 34.6
Conservative hold

Plymstock Dunstone

Location of Plymstock Dunstone ward
Location of Plymstock Dunstone ward
Plymstock Dunstone 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Kevin Wigens 1,542 44.0
UKIP David Salmon 1,138 32.4
Labour Prathees Kishore 828 23.6
Majority 404 11.6
Turnout 36.3
Conservative hold

Plymstock Radford

Location of Plymstock Radford ward
Location of Plymstock Radford ward
Plymstock Radford 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Michael Leaves 1,282 37.9
UKIP John Wheeler 1,010 29.9
Labour Shirley Smith 912 27.0
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Byatt 179 5.3
Majority 172 8.0
Turnout 34.7
Conservative hold

Southway

Location of Southway ward
Location of Southway ward
Southway 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Lorraine Parker 1,845 51.3
Conservative Brian Roberts 967 26.9
UKIP Peter Berrow 785 21.8
Majority 878 24.4
Turnout 36.4
Labour gain from UKIP

Note: Peter Berrow won this seat for the Conservative Party the previous time it was contested in 2008, but defected to UKIP in January 2012.[8]

St Budeaux

Location of St Budeaux ward
Location of St Budeaux ward
St Budeaux 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Danny Damarell 1,817 61.1
UKIP Mark Burton 592 19.9
Conservative Charlotte Bladen 470 15.8
Liberal Democrats Jon May 97 3.3
Majority 1,225 41.2
Turnout 31.9
Labour hold

Stoke

Location of Stoke ward
Location of Stoke ward
Stoke 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Sam Davey 1,602 46.5
Conservative Craig Duncan 1,205 35.0
UKIP Fiona Hurst-Baird 443 12.9
Liberal Democrats Fleur Ball 197 5.7
Majority 397 11.5
Turnout 37.1
Labour gain from Conservative

St Peter and the Waterfront

Location of St Peter and the Waterfront ward
Location of St Peter and the Waterfront ward
St Peter and the Waterfront 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Ian Tuffin 1,445 49.7
Conservative Tam McPherson 805 27.7
UKIP Roy Kettle 444 15.3
Liberal Democrats Hugh Janes 215 7.4
Majority 640 22.0
Turnout 31.1
Labour gain from Conservative

Sutton and Mount Gould

Location of Sutton and Mount Gould ward
Location of Sutton and Mount Gould ward
Sutton and Mount Gould 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Labour Eddie Rennie 1,403 51.4
Conservative Nick Kelly 560 20.5
UKIP Jonquil Webber 401 14.7
Green Tean Mitchell 158 5.8
Liberal Democrats Paul Huntley 124 4.5
TUSC Louise Parker 85 3.1
Majority 843 30.9
Turnout 29.6
Labour hold

Aftermath

Following the election, the Labour Party had an overall majority on the council, meaning their group leader Tudor Evans returned as council leader.[6] Labour's newly elected councillor in Devonport, Kate Taylor, was one of the youngest councillors in the country at eighteen years old.[6][9] The UK Independence Party lost its only seat on the council.[10]

References

  1. ^ "Vote 2012 - Plymouth". BBC News.
  2. ^ "Local elections 2012". BBC News. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Local government structure and elections". GOV.UK. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Election Timetable in England" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Past election results | PLYMOUTH.GOV.UK". www.plymouth.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 28 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Labour take Exeter and Plymouth". BBC News. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Past election results | PLYMOUTH.GOV.UK". www.plymouth.gov.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Plymouth Conservative councillor defects to UKIP". BBC News. 11 January 2012.
  9. ^ Bowater, Donna (4 May 2012). "London Mayor election and local election results 2012: as it happened". The Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  10. ^ Davies, Lizzy (4 May 2012). "Ukip enjoys record local election results". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 November 2018.