Elections for Boston Borough Council, which governs as a second-tier authority the Borough of Boston were held on Thursday 7 May 2015.[1] Following Boundary Commission changes between this election and the previous in 2011 to the wards, 30 councillors were elected to serve 15 wards. The election was held on the same day as other local elections.

Composition of council seats before election

Immediately after the 2011 election, 19 councillors were Conservatives, 4 were Boston Bypass Independents, 4 were Independents, 3 were Labour and 2 were English Democrats. In the four-year term 4 Boston Bypass Independents changed their alignment to Independent. Two Conservative councillors became independent or unaligned. One Conservative councillor died in office and a UKIP member won the subsequent by-election. One English Democrat-affiliated councillor was disqualified due to non-attendance and a UKIP-affiliated candidate won the consequent by-election. The two UKIP councillors late in the term defected to the Lincolnshire Independent Party.

Party Seats (2011 election) Seats (13/04/15)
Conservative 19 16
Boston Bypass Independents 4 -
Independent 4 10*
Labour 3 3
English Democrat 2 1
Lincolnshire Independent - 2

Candidates by party

26 / 30
19 / 30
18 / 30
15 / 30
4 / 30
1 / 30

Boston Borough Council has 15 wards with a total of 30 councillors (down from 18 wards and 32 councillors in 2011). In this election, there are a total of 83 candidates standing (a decrease of 12% from the 95 candidates in the last election in 2011).

Incumbent councillors consisted of Conservative, Labour members and eleven Independent councillors. Conservatives stood in all wards though not for every vacancy with a total of 26 candidates; Labour fielded 19 candidates in 12 wards, 15 Independents stood.

Of the other parties standing, UKIP fielded 18 candidates in 15 wards, the Green Party 4 candidates (across four) and one Liberal Democrat stood in Witham Ward.[2]

Results

Boston Borough Council Election 2015[2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 13 -6 43.3 40.8 18,177
  UKIP 13 +13 43.3 26.8 11,923
  Independent 2 -8 6.7 16.1 7,164
  Labour 2 -1 6.7 14.2 6,330
  Green 0 +0 0.0 2.0 843
  Liberal Democrats 0 +0 0.0 0.2 111

Ward-by-Ward

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Coastal Ward (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Bedford 985 35.2 -6.3
UKIP Felicity Ransome 966 34.6 +17.3
Conservative Tom Ashton 844 30.2 +7.8
Turnout 2,794
Conservative hold Swing
UKIP gain from Conservative Swing
Fenside Ward (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Anton Dani 703 37.8 +37.8
Labour Nigel Welton 443 23.8 +23.8
Conservative Carol Broomfield-Douglas 442 23.8 +23.8
Independent Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright 272 14.6 +14.6
Turnout 1,860
UKIP win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Fishtoft Ward (3 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Jonathan Noble 1,275 19.9 +19.9
Conservative Judith Skinner 1,235 19.3 +19.3
Conservative Paul Skinner 1,149 17.9 +17.9
Independent Ossy Snell 890 13.9 +13.9
Independent Helen Staples 870 13.6 +13.6
Labour Sue Walsh 659 10.3 +10.3
Green Clair Bird 329 5.1 +5.1
Turnout 6,407
UKIP win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Five Village Ward (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Aaron Spencer 857 25.5 -14.7
Conservative Mike Cooper 815 24.3 +24.3
UKIP Jodie Ransome 743 22.1 +1.3
Labour Keith Adshead 334 10.0 +10.0
Labour John Jenkinson 271 8.1 +8.1
Green Dave Prickett 191 5.7 +5.7
Independent David Witts 145 4.3 -18.1
Turnout 3,356
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Boston Bypass Independents Swing
Frampton & Holme Ward (3 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Brotherton 1,305 22.5 +22.5
Conservative Claire Rylott 1,155 19.9 +19.9
UKIP James Edwards 1,084 18.7 +18.7
Independent Stuart Ashton 995 17.2 +17.2
Independent Alan Lee 764 13.2 +13.2
Labour Mick Gall 491 8.5 +8.5
Turnout 5,794
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
UKIP win (new seat)
Old Leake & Wrangle Ward (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Maureen Dennis 828 28.1 -10.7
UKIP Barrie Pierpoint 736 24.9 +8.7
UKIP Geoff Woodhouse 699 23.7 +23.7
Conservative Frank Pickett 687 23.3 -3.7
Turnout 2,950
Conservative hold Swing
UKIP gain from Conservative Swing
Skirbeck Ward (3 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Stephen Ball 1,116 25.2 +25.2
Conservative Martin Griggs 655 14.8 +14.8
Labour Paul Gleeson 611 13.8 +13.8
Conservative Sean Rickell 602 13.6 +13.6
Labour Paul Goodale 597 13.5 +13.5
Labour Paul Kenny 578 13.0 +13.0
Green Victoria Percival 276 6.2 +6.2
Turnout 4,435
UKIP win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
St Thomas' Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Alison Austin 517 50.6 +50.6
UKIP Paul Baker 225 22.0 +22.0
Conservative Darron Abbott 168 16.5 +16.5
Labour Norman Walsh 79 7.7 +7.7
Independent Cyril Nyman 32 3.1 +3.1
Turnout 1,021
Independent win (new seat)
Staniland Ward (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Brian Rush 678 29.4 +29.4
Conservative Ben Evans 477 20.7 +20.7
Conservative Yvonne Gunter 454 19.7 +19.7
Labour Pamela Kenny 344 14.9 +14.9
Labour Chris Roberts 255 11.0 +11.0
Independent Gloria Smith 100 4.3 +4.3
Turnout 2,308
UKIP win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Station Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Sue Ransome 275 43.9 +43.9
Conservative Tristan Gilbert 157 25.0 +25.0
Labour Wayne Sutcliffe 148 23.6 +23.6
Green Joe Pepper 47 7.5 +7.5
Majority 118 18.9
Turnout 627
UKIP win (new seat)
Swineshead & Holland Fen Ward (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Brookes 1,190 35.5 -9.1
UKIP Elizabeth Ransome 652 19.5 +19.5
Conservative Paula Cooper 591 17.6 +17.6
Independent Richard Leggott 584 17.4 -20.5
UKIP Donna Watton 332 9.9 +9.9
Turnout 3,349
Conservative hold Swing
UKIP gain from Independent Swing
Trinity Ward (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gordon Gregory 731 26.3 +26.3
UKIP Yvonne Stevens 698 25.2 +25.2
Conservative Gurdip Samra 632 22.8 +22.8
Labour Wendy Gleeson 358 12.9 +12.9
Labour Jan Finch 356 12.8 +12.8
Independent Dennis Bambridge 342
Turnout 2,775
Conservative win (new seat)
UKIP win (new seat)
West Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Woodliffe 634 59.3 +59.3
UKIP Don Ransome 322 30.1 +30.1
Labour Andrew Finch 113 10.6 +10.6
Majority 312 29.2
Turnout 967
Conservative win (new seat)
Witham Ward (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP Stephen Raven 593 21.1 +6.3
UKIP Viven Edge 558 19.9 +19.9
Conservative Mary Wright 398 14.2 -12.0
Conservative Daniel Elkington 363 12.9 -9.9
Independent Carol Taylor 298 10.6 +10.6
Labour Andy Cook 261 9.3 -6.3
Labour Ben Cook 225 8.0 +8.0
Liberal Democrats Paul Appleby 111 4.0 -3.7
Turnout 2,696
UKIP gain from Conservative Swing
UKIP gain from Conservative Swing
Wyberton Ward (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Richard Austin 920 29.5 +29.5
UKIP David Brown 600 19.2 +19.2
Conservative James Knowles 418 13.4 +13.4
Conservative Sally Parker 405 13.0 +13.0
Independent Pat Cooper 319 10.2 +10.2
Independent Sue Bell 248 8.0 +8.0
Labour Norman Hart 207 6.6 +6.6
Turnout 3,117
Independent win (new seat)
UKIP win (new seat)

References

  1. ^ "Upcoming elections & referendums". The Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Election results 2015: Full Boston Borough Council Results B BC. 8 May 2015. Accessed 2015-05-22