Map of the results of the 2015 East Dorset District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and independents in grey.
Map of the results of the 2015 East Dorset District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and independents in grey.

The 2015 East Dorset District Council election took place on 7 May 2015 in order to elect members of the East Dorset District Council in Dorset, England. The whole council was up for election after boundary changes reduced the number of seats by seven.[1] The Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[2]

Background

Before the election, the Conservatives controlled the council with 30 councillors, whilst the Liberal Democrats with just six seats were the only other party on the council.[3] However, in December 2014 the former leader of Dorset County Council councillor Spencer Flower was suspended from the Conservative party after being charged by police and both Flower and his wife Toni Coombs stood for re-election as independents at the 2015 election.[4] As they were the only candidates in Verwood West ward they were elected without opposition.[4]

In three other wards, Crane, Handley Vale and Verwood East, the Conservative candidates were also unopposed.[4] This meant 12 wards had elections in 2015 with a total of 66 candidates contesting them.[4]

Boundary changes since the last election in 2011 reduced the number of councillors from 36 to 29.[1] These changes also reduced the number of wards to 16, with four wards electing three councillors, five electing two and seven electing one.[5]

Election result

The Conservatives remained in control of the council with 24 of the 29 seats.[2] The only three contested seats that were not won by the Conservatives, were won by the Liberal Democrats, who won both seats in Wimborne Minster, as well as one seat in Colehill East.[6]

East Dorset local election result 2015[7][8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 24 -6 82.8 55.1 44,844 -5.7%
  Liberal Democrats 3 -3 10.3 13.6 11,069 -15.6%
  Independent 2 +2 6.9 3.0 2,470 +3.0%
  UKIP 0 0 0 23.6 19,240 +16.3%
  Green 0 0 0 2.4 1,985 +2.4%
  Labour 0 0 0 2.2 1,806 -0.5%

Ward results

Alderholt[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Monks 1,133 62.8
UKIP Keith Mayo 338 18.7
Green Aaron Mudd 332 18.4
Majority 795 44.1
Turnout 1,803 71.8
Ameysford[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cathy Lugg 1,145 68.4
UKIP Lawrence Wilson 529 31.6
Majority 616 36.8
Turnout 1,674 70.0
Colehill East (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Janet Dover 1,858
Conservative K. D. Johnson 1,333
Conservative Graeme Smith 1,230
Liberal Democrats Barry Roberts 1,080
UKIP Brian Lowe 548
UKIP Stefan Morawiec 415
Turnout 6,464 73.9
Colehill West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Packer 927 53.4
Liberal Democrats Linda Dickins 617 35.5
UKIP Stephen Homer 193 11.1
Majority 310 17.8
Turnout 1,737 83.4
Corfe Mullen (3 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sarah Burns 2,420
Conservative Derek Burt 2,202
Conservative Paul Harrison 2,018
Liberal Democrats Bill Honeyman 1,924
Liberal Democrats Stewart Hearn 1,791
Liberal Democrats Jason Jones 1,534
UKIP Dave Evans 985
UKIP David Mattocks 940
UKIP Josephine Evans 866
Labour David Peden 452
Turnout 15,132 71.4
Crane[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steve Butler unopposed
Ferndown Central (3 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Steve Lugg 2,645
Conservative Julie Robinson 2,351
Conservative Peter Oggelsby 2,315
UKIP Geoff Laidlaw 1,336
UKIP Sue Laidlaw 1,334
UKIP Peter Lucas 1,100
Labour David Lee 744
Turnout 11,825 68.4
Hampreston and Longham[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Russell 1,374 72.9
UKIP Lyn Ovens 511 27.1
Majority 863 45.8
Turnout 1,885 72.0
Handley Vale[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Simon Tong unopposed
Parley (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barbara Manuel 1,899
Conservative John Wilson 1,740
UKIP Ann Miller 859
UKIP Kenny Pearce 790
Independent Peter Durant 309
Green Nigel Bales 288
Green Martyn Rainer 246
Turnout 6,131 74.0
St Leonards (3 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mike Dyer 3,386
Conservative Ray Bryan 3,292
Conservative Barry Goringe 3,088
UKIP Tony Connor 1,562
UKIP Oliver Kent 1,413
UKIP Alistair Somerville-Ford 1,203
Turnout 13,944 74.6
Stour[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robin Cook 944 60.8
Independent Simon Pritchard 608 39.2
Majority 336 21.6
Turnout 1,552 70.4
Verwood East (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Simon Gibson unopposed
Conservative Boyd Mortimer unopposed
Verwood West (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Toni Coombs unopposed
Independent Spencer Flower unopposed
West Moors and Holt (3 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alexander Clarke 2,736
Conservative David Shortell 2,351
Conservative Andy Skeats 2,313
UKIP Bob Blake 1,267
Independent Peter Holden 1,157
UKIP Linda Hills 1,136
UKIP Peter Hills 1,005
Green Mike Hawkes 637
Labour Brian Cropper 610
Turnout 13,212 73.3
Wimborne Minster (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Shane Bartlett 1,155
Liberal Democrats David Morgan 1,110
Conservative Kelly Webb 1,096
Conservative Sally Elliot 906
Green Susan Durant 482
UKIP Nick Wellstead 473
UKIP Stuart Evans 437
Independent Shirley Mear 204
Independent Edward Beardsley 192
Turnout 6,055 68.1

By-elections between 2015 and 2019

Alderholt by-election 3 March 2016[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gina Logan 384 47.5
Liberal Democrats David Tooke 376 46.5
Labour Christopher Archibold 49 6.1
Majority 8 1
Turnout 809 33.3
Conservative hold Swing
Parley by-election 1 September 2016[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Parry 631 54.3
UKIP Lawrence Wilson 396 34.1
Liberal Democrats Jason Jones 84 7.2
Labour Brian Cropper 52 4.5
Majority 235 20.2
Turnout 1163 24.3
Conservative hold Swing
Verwood East by-election 12 July 2018[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Beck 706 75.1
Labour Sandra Turner 234 24.9
Majority 472 50.2
Turnout 940 20.4
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ a b "Local election results for Christchurch and East Dorset". dorsetforyou.com. 13 May 2015. Archived from the original on 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "East Dorset District Councillors". dorsetforyou.com. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  3. ^ "East Dorset District Councillors". dorsetforyou.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Vass, Melanie (11 April 2015). "Former council leader convicted in landmark case to stand as Independent". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  5. ^ Winter, Alex (4 November 2013). "East Dorset council to lose seven councillors after 10 people respond to consultation". The Argus. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  6. ^ Frampton, Will (9 May 2015). "Vote 2015: Lib Dems hold on to seats in East Dorset". Bournemouth Daily Echo. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Local election results 2015 in full". The Guardian. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Results of the election to East Dorset District Council". dorsetforyou.com. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.