2015 Harlow District Council election
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12 of the 33 seats to Harlow District Council
17 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Labour Conservative UKIP
Last election 17 11 5
Seats before 18 11 4
Seats won 7 5 0
Seats after 19 12 2
Seat change Increase1 Increase1 Decrease2
Popular vote 14,777 17,313 8,644
Percentage 35.3% 41.4% 20.7%

Harlow UK local election 2011 map.svg
Map showing the results of contested wards in the 2015 Harlow District Council elections.

Council control before election

Labour

Council control after election

Labour

The 2015 Harlow District Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Harlow District Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and Labour Party councillors increased their control of the council as the governing group, gaining one councillor and suffering no losses.[1]

Background

After the last election in 2014 Labour remained in control of the council with 17 councillors, while the Conservatives had 11 seats and the UK Independence Party had 5 seats.[2] However Labour gained a seat from the UK Independence Party at a by-election for Mark Hall ward in February 2015.[3]

A UKIP councillor for Great Parndon ward, Terry Spooner, resigned in March to retire to Dorset so two of its three seats were contested at the 2015 election,[4] leading to 12 seats up for election, which were contested by 43 candidates: 12 each affiliated to Labour, the Conservatives and UKIP and seven Liberal Democrats.[5]

Election result

Labour remained in control of the council with 19 councillors after winning 7 of the 12 seats contested.[1] Both they and the Conservatives gained a seat at the expense of the UK Independence Party,[6] taking the Conservatives to 12 seats on the council, while the UK Independence Party was left with two councillors.[1] Overall turnout at the election was 62.68%.[7]

2015 Harlow local election result[7][8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 7 1 0 Increase1 58.3 35.3 14,777 Increase1.9
  Conservative 5 1 0 Increase1 41.7 41.4 17,313 Increase13.9
  UKIP 0 0 2 Decrease2 0 20.7 8,644 Decrease13.6
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 Steady 0 2.6 1,098 Decrease0.4

Ward results

Bush Fair

Location of Bush Fair ward
Location of Bush Fair ward
Bush Fair[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Beckett 1,380 39.4 +3.7
Conservative Malik Ash 1,124 32.1 +15.3
UKIP Patsy Long 838 23.9 -14.3
Liberal Democrats Christopher Robins 164 4.7 -0.5
Majority 256 7.3
Turnout 3,506
Labour hold Swing

Church Langley

Location of Church Langley ward
Location of Church Langley ward
Church Langley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Johnson 2,572 59.3 +13.8
Labour Ken Lawrie 857 19.8 +0.1
UKIP Robert Patterson 797 18.4 -16.5
Liberal Democrats Kuzna Jackson 112 2.6 +2.6
Majority 1,715 39.5 +28.9
Turnout 4,338
Conservative hold Swing

Great Parndon (2 seats)

Location of Great Parndon ward
Location of Great Parndon ward
Great Parndon (2 seats)[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative David Carter 1,696
Conservative Shona Johnson 1,432
Labour Stefan Mullard 1,018
Labour Daniella Pritchard 973
UKIP Chris Staunton 652
UKIP Sam Stopplecamp 604
Turnout 6,375
Conservative hold
Conservative gain from UKIP

Harlow Common

Location of Harlow Common ward
Location of Harlow Common ward
Harlow Common[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Wilkinson 1,332 37.0 +0.4
Conservative Emily Cross 1,316 36.5 +14.7
UKIP Mike Carr 841 23.3 -12.0
Liberal Democrats Ian Jackson 115 3.2 +0.5
Majority 16 0.4 -1.0
Turnout 3,604
Labour hold Swing

Little Parndon and Hare Street

Location of Little Parndon and Hare Street ward
Location of Little Parndon and Hare Street ward
Little Parndon and Hare Street[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jean Clark 1,800 48.1 +4.2
Conservative Peter Lamb 1,232 32.9 +10.8
UKIP Richie Richardson 711 19.0 -15.0
Majority 568 15.2 +5.3
Turnout 3,743
Labour hold Swing

Mark Hall

Location of Mark Hall ward
Location of Mark Hall ward
Mark Hall[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bob Davis 1,296 39.7
Conservative Jane Steer 1,060 32.5
UKIP Janet Doyle 731 22.4
Liberal Democrats Lesley Rideout 175 5.4
Majority 236 7.2
Turnout 3,262
Labour gain from UKIP Swing

Netteswell

Location of Netteswell ward
Location of Netteswell ward
Netteswell[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edna Stevens 1,455 43.7 +2.1
Conservative John Steer 1,104 33.1 +10.5
UKIP Christopher Ward 612 18.4 -12.5
Liberal Democrats Robert Thurston 162 4.9 +0.0
Majority 351 10.5 -0.3
Turnout 3,333
Labour hold Swing

Old Harlow

Location of Old Harlow ward
Location of Old Harlow ward
Old Harlow[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sue Livings 2,177 53.8 +11.7
Labour Efua Koi-Larbi 902 22.3 -5.3
UKIP Alan Leverett 739 18.3 -7.3
Liberal Democrats Mary Wiltshire 225 5.6 +0.9
Majority 1,275 31.5 +17.0
Turnout 4,043
Conservative hold Swing

Staple Tye

Location of Staple Tye ward
Location of Staple Tye ward
Staple Tye[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Strachan 1,129 38.0 +6.6
Conservative Stevie Souter 1,042 35.1 +12.6
UKIP Pete Buss 655 22.0 -13.5
Liberal Democrats Christopher Millington 145 4.9 -0.6
Majority 87 2.9
Turnout 2,971
Labour hold Swing

Summers and Kingsmoor

Location of Summers and Kingsmoor ward
Location of Summers and Kingsmoor ward
Summers and Kingsmoor[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clive Souter 1,448 43.5 +6.8
Labour Dennis Palmer 1,115 33.5 +3.9
UKIP Alex Addison 765 23.0 -10.6
Majority 333 10.0 +6.9
Turnout 3,328
Conservative hold Swing

Toddbrook

Location of Toddbrook ward
Location of Toddbrook ward
Toddbrook[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Clempner 1,520 45.7 +7.2
Conservative Michael Hardware 1,110 33.3 +8.7
UKIP Pat Long 699 21.0 -15.9
Majority 410 12.3 +10.8
Turnout 3,329
Labour hold Swing

References

  1. ^ a b c "Local elections: Labour retains control of Harlow Council". Harlow Star. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Harlow". BBC News Online. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Labour win Mark Hall by election". Harlow Star. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Second Harlow Ukip councillor to resign after less than a year". Harlow Star. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Candidates for Harlow Council elections announced". Harlow Star. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Essex councils... election results". Essex Chronicle. NewsBank. 13 May 2015. p. 18.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "District Election results". Harlow Council. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Local election results 2015 in full". The Guardian. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.