Results by ward.
Results by ward.

The 2015 North East Lincolnshire Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of North East Lincolnshire Council in England.[1] This was on the same day as other local elections and the general election for the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.

Council make up

After the 2015 local election, the political make up of the council was as follows:[2]

Party Number of councillors
Labour 20
Conservative 10
Liberal Democrats 3
UKIP 9
Green 0
Independent 0

No seats changed hands between parties at these council elections, with the exception of a by-election for an additional seat in East Marsh which otherwise wouldn't have been contested again until 2016 that UKIP gained from Labour. The same seat would be vacated only months later by the winning candidate, and was left vacant until the next set of local elections in the authority because it occurred less than six months before the 2016 local elections.

In four wards (Humberston and New Waltham, Scartho, South, and West Marsh) elected new councillors as the incumbents did not stand again.

Shortly after these elections, a by-election was held in the Croft Baker ward in July 2015 due to the death of the winning candidate Michael Burnett shortly after these elections. Labour held the seat.[3][4]

Ward results

Croft Baker

Croft Baker 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Burnett 2056
Conservative Hayden Dawkins 1370
UKIP Graham John Critchley 1202
Liberal Democrats Sarah Elaine Hughes 220
Green James William Barker 202
TUSC Dave Mitchell 95
Majority 686
Labour hold Swing

Note: Burnett died shortly after this election. Labour retained the seat in the resultant by-election.

East Marsh

East Marsh 2015 (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Walker 952
UKIP Becci Bishell 883
Labour Neil Martin Trenchard 867
Liberal Democrats Lauren Bruce 834
Liberal Democrats Les Windsor 662
Conservative Jake Brown 386
Green Andy Dickson 211
TUSC Phil Tuplin 135
Majority 16
Labour hold Swing
UKIP gain from Labour Swing

Note: A by-election was held for an additional seat in the ward, caused by the resignation of councillor Jon-Paul Howarth, whose seat was last contested in 2012. The results meant that Walker (who last contested his seat in 2011) held his seat and was elected for four years, as he would have done if there was no by-election and assuming he won. Bishell won the by-election seat and won a term of office for only one year. She resigned due to illness only several months later, and the seat was left vacant as it was less than six months until the 2016 local elections.

Freshney

Freshney 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ray Sutton 1791
UKIP John William Chapman 1181
Conservative Max Logan Burnett 1133
Green Andy Lingwood 136
TUSC Ian Michael Radford 37
Majority 610
Labour hold Swing

Haverstoe

Haverstoe 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Cyrus Brookes 2783
UKIP Terry Robinson 1302
Labour Alexander Wallace 1270
Liberal Democrats Roy Horobin 369
TUSC Julian Darren Best 37
Majority 1481
Conservative hold Swing

Note: Wallace previously represented Sidney Sussex from 1995 to 2003, before contesting Humberston and New Waltham that year and losing. He later went on to represent his original seat again from 2010 until he lost to UKIP in 2014.

Heneage

Heneage 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Matthew David Patrick 1730
UKIP Mark Smith 1335
Conservative Mike Rudkin 917
Liberal Democrats Stuart Shepherd 289
TUSC Val O’Flynn 105
Majority 395
Labour hold Swing

Note: Rudkin previously represented Scartho from 1999 to 2006. Smith contested this ward in 2012 as an Independent candidate.

Humberston & New Waltham

Humberston & New Waltham 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stan Shreeve 2902
UKIP David Rimmer Walker 1627
Labour Kathryn Helen Wheatley 1360
TUSC Samuel Chad Bankes-Archer 93
Majority 1275
Conservative hold Swing

Note: Wheatley previously represented East Marsh (then known as North-East) from 1999 to 2003.

Immingham

Immingham 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike Burton 2121
Conservative Debbie Hill 1397
UKIP Joy Banks 1344
Green Martin Leslie Reed 184
TUSC Andrew Jonathan Simon Smith 78
Majority 724
Labour hold Swing

Notes: Hill previously contested this seat as a Liberal Democrat in 2010.

Park

Park 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Andrew De Freitas 1745
Labour Ian Keith Townsend 1223
Conservative Sarah Rudkin 1144
UKIP Jane Whittingham 980
Green Jacqueline Vessey 272
TUSC Andrew Paul Wood 63
Majority 522
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Note: De Freitas received more votes at this local election held solely within his ward than his party's general election candidate got throughout the entire Great Grimsby constituency which took place on the same day, thus suggesting that a large proportion of the people who voted for him to be their councillor actually voted for other candidates than the Liberal Democrats on their general election ballot papers.

Scartho

Scartho 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Robert Lindley 1962
Labour Irene Kelly 1554
Liberal Democrats David Michael De Freitas 439
Majority 342
Conservative hold Swing

Note: This was the first occasion since 2011 in which the Conservatives managed to successfully win (regardless of whether it was a hold or a gain) a ward within the Great Grimsby constituency. Lindley was previously a Labour councillor for West Marsh from 2010 to 2014, but quit the party over not being selected for the seat in which he lived in (Yarborough) and his disagreement with the all-women's shortlist imposed on the Great Grimsby constituency candidate selection for the 2015 general election. He had been nominated for his West Marsh seat, but pulled out on the night before Tim Mickleburgh was chosen as his replacement.

South

South 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chris Stanland 1681
UKIP Paul David Batson 1278
Conservative Alastair Carl Grigg 742
Liberal Democrats Steve Hocknell 172
TUSC Angela Heather Greenfield 83
Majority 403
Labour hold Swing

Notes: Stanland resigned little over a year after being elected. He previously contested Humberston and New Waltham as a Liberal Democrat in 2011. The resultant by-election saw Labour hold the seat with a small swing towards them. Hocknell previously represented Heneage ward from 2003 to 2011.

Sidney Sussex

Sidney Sussex 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hazel Florence Jane Chase 1666
UKIP Tanya Brasted 1133
Conservative Debbie Landymore 985
Green Warren Peter Jolly 272
Liberal Democrats Steve Stead 129
TUSC Malcolm Morland 82
Majority 533
Labour hold Swing

Notes: Morland was a former Labour councillor for this ward from 1995 to 1999, before changing seats in 1999 to Croft Baker until 2003. He returned to the council when he became a Liberal Democrat councillor for this ward from 2006 to 2010. Stead previously represented Yarborough for his party from 1999 to 2003.

Waltham

Waltham 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Jackson 2156
Labour Ashley David Smith 840
UKIP Guy Thomas Twisleton Haxby 760
Liberal Democrats Louise Julie Horobin 146
TUSC Val Pow 39
Majority 1316
Conservative hold Swing

West Marsh

West Marsh 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karl Wilson 939
UKIP Stephen Whittingham 560
Independent Peter Michael Barker 301
Conservative Holly Joanne Amanda Hill 233
Independent Keith Watkin 201
TUSC David John Hardy 74
Majority 379
Labour hold Swing

Note: Wilson previously represented Heneage from 2010 to 2014. Watkin and Barker were elected to this ward as Independents in 1999, until losing their seats to Labour in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Wolds

Wolds 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hilda Melanie Dickerson 2105
Labour Marian Jervis 953
UKIP Anthony Alan Blake 909
TUSC Karen Michelle Manley 50
Majority 1152
Conservative hold Swing

Yarborough

Yarborough 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Christopher Wheatley 1900
UKIP Thomas James Furneaux 1391
Conservative Martin Peter Johnson 1096
Liberal Democrats Carol Beasant 252
Green Vicky Dunn 176
TUSC Benjamin Leech 47
Majority 509
Labour hold Swing

Note: Furneaux previously contested Park for the Conservatives in 2014.

References

  1. ^ "Upcoming elections & referendums". The Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Local elections 7 May 2015 - North East Lincolnshire Council". nelincs.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2 July 2018.
  3. ^ "By-election starts in North East Lincolnshire". 23 July 2015 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "Local elections 23 July 2015 - North East Lincolnshire Council". nelincs.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 1 July 2018.