2015 Plymouth City Council election
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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 Ian Bowyer None
Party Labour Conservative UKIP
Seats before 30 24 3
Seats won 9 10 0
Seats after 28 26 3
Seat change Decrease2 Increase2 Steady
Popular vote 36,521 44,388 23,404
Percentage 31.1% 37.8% 19.9%

Plymouth City Council election 2015 map.svg
Map showing the results of contested positions in the 2015 Plymouth City Council elections.

Council control before election

Labour

Council control after election

No overall control

The 2015 Plymouth City Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Plymouth City Council in England.

The Labour Party lost its narrow majority, resulting in no party having overall control.

Background

Plymouth City Council held local elections on 7 May 2015 along with councils across the United Kingdom as part of the 2015 local elections.[1] 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.[2][3]

Councillors defending their seats in this election were previously elected in 2011. In that election, twelve Labour candidates and eight Conservative candidates were elected. Two Labour candidates had been elected in St Peter and the Waterfront due to a by-election coinciding with the council election, only one of whom was defending their seat in this election.[4]

Overall results

2015 Plymouth City Council Election
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 10 2 0 Increase2 52.6 37.8 44,388 Decrease2.7
  Labour 9 0 2 Decrease2 47.4 31.1 36,521 Decrease9.6
  UKIP 3 3 0 Increase3 15.8 19.9 23,404 Increase8.2
  Green 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 6.2 7,328 Increase4.0
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 3.4 4,008 Decrease0.9
  TUSC 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.9 1,025 Increase0.8
  Independent 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.5 624 Steady0.0
  Vivamus 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.0 50 New
  Both Parents Matter 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.0 36 New
Total 19 117,348

Note: All changes in vote share are in comparison to the corresponding 2011 election.

The Labour Party lost their majority on the council, leaving the council under no overall control.[5]

After the previous election, the composition of the council was:[6]

30 24 3
Labour Conservative UKIP

After this election, the composition of the council was:

28 26 3
Labour Conservative UKIP

Ward results

Asterisks denote sitting councillors seeking re-election.

Budshead

Location of Budshead ward
Location of Budshead ward
Budshead 2015[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonathan Drean* 2,473 41.2 Decrease4.6
Labour Co-op Linda Crick 1,802 30.0 Decrease12.8
UKIP John McCarthy 1,256 20.9 Increase9.5
Green Kathryn Driscoll 206 3.4 N/A
Liberal Democrats Anthony Williams 203 3.4 N/A
Both Parents Matter Andrew Bull 36 0.6 N/A
TUSC Henry Redmond 29 0.5 N/A
Majority 671 11.2 Increase8.2
Turnout 6,005 62.9
Conservative hold Swing Increase4.1

Compton

Location of Compton ward
Location of Compton ward
Compton 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Fletcher 2,876 44.4 Decrease3.9
Labour Simon Healy 1,781 27.5 Increase0.5
UKIP Alex Thomson 898 13.8 Increase4.7
Green Daniel van Cleak 504 7.8 Increase1.1
Liberal Democrats Stephen Guy 378 5.8 Decrease3.1
TUSC Nigel Buckley 47 0.7 N/A
Majority 1,095 16.9 Increase4.4
Turnout 6,484 71.9
Conservative hold Swing Decrease1.7

Devonport

Location of Devonport ward
Location of Devonport ward
Devonport 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Coker* 2,360 40.0 Decrease12.1
Conservative Sandy Borthwick 1,617 27.7 Decrease0.8
UKIP Michael Ellison 1,221 20.9 Increase7.1
Green Dave Bertelli 351 6.0 Increase0.4
Liberal Democrats John Brooks 244 4.2 N/A
TUSC Paddy Ryan 42 0.7 N/A
Majority 743 12.7 Decrease9.9
Turnout 5,835 56.9
Labour hold Swing Decrease5.7

Drake

Location of Drake ward
Location of Drake ward
Drake 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chaz Singh* 1,547 38.3 Increase1.1
Conservative Mark Christie 1,154 28.6 Decrease3.3
Green Daniel Sheaff 819 20.3 Increase13.0
UKIP Alan Skuse 271 6.7 Increase0.5
Liberal Democrats Jeffrey Hall 208 5.2 Decrease6.0
TUSC Ryan Aldred 35 0.9 N/A
Majority 393 9.7 Increase4.4
Turnout 4,034 61.2
Labour hold Swing Increase2.2

Efford and Lipson

Location of Efford and Lipson ward
Location of Efford and Lipson ward
Efford and Lipson 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Pauline Murphy* 2,429 41.2 Decrease12.4
Conservative Colin Berry 1,499 25.4 Increase0.4
UKIP Grace Stickland 1,175 19.9 Increase9.0
Green Ian Poyser 439 7.4 Increase2.6
Liberal Democrats Fleur Ball 234 4.0 Decrease1.7
Independent Terry Luscombe 80 1.4 N/A
TUSC Hannah Lewis 43 0.7 N/A
Majority 1,254 15.8 Decrease12.8
Turnout 5,899 60.2
Labour Co-op hold Swing Decrease6.0

Eggbuckland

Location of Eggbuckland ward
Location of Eggbuckland ward
Eggbuckland 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lynda Bowyer* 3,382 48.0 Decrease0.4
Labour Chris Mavin 1,829 25.9 Decrease11.1
UKIP Hugh Davies 1,440 20.4 Increase5.7
Green Jonathan Noades 351 5.0 N/A
TUSC Marc Chudley 51 0.7 N/A
Majority 1,553 22.1 Increase10.7
Turnout 7,053 68.2
Conservative hold Swing Increase5.4

Ham

Location of Ham ward
Location of Ham ward
Ham 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Tudor Evans* 2,176 38.6 Decrease16.1
UKIP Jason Shopland 1,512 26.8 Increase10.2
Conservative Jon Runge 1,465 26.0 Decrease2.8
Liberal Democrats Richard Bray 251 4.4 N/A
Green Cameron Hayward 195 3.5 N/A
TUSC John Williams 43 0.8 N/A
Majority 664 11.2 Decrease14.7
Turnout 5,642 59.5
Labour Co-op hold Swing Decrease13.2

Honicknowle

Location of Honicknowle ward
Location of Honicknowle ward
Honicknowle 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Lowry* 2,414 41.7 Decrease12.3
UKIP Shaun Hooper 1,718 29.7 Increase9.4
Conservative Gloria Bragg 1,371 23.7 Increase3.5
Green Andrew Pratt 211 3.6 Decrease1.9
Independent Arthur Watson 38 0.7 N/A
TUSC George Fidler 37 0.6 N/A
Majority 696 12.0 Decrease22.3
Turnout 5,789 56.5
Labour hold Swing Decrease10.8

Moor View

Location of Moor View ward
Location of Moor View ward
Moor View 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nick Kelly 2,417 38.3 Decrease6.4
Labour Co-op Janet Wise 1,912 30.3 Decrease25.0
UKIP Bill Wakeham 1,457 23.1 N/A
Liberal Democrats Jack Dubois 283 4.5 N/A
Green Emma Weatherhead 184 2.9 N/A
Independent Alison Casey 39 0.6 N/A
TUSC Keith Low 26 0.4 N/A
Majority 505 8.0 N/A
Turnout 6,318 67.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase9.3

Peverell

Location of Peverell ward
Location of Peverell ward
Peverell 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Mahony* 3,288 42.9 Decrease2.6
Labour Paul McNamara 2,237 29.2 Decrease3.1
UKIP Peter Brooksbank 944 12.3 Increase3.4
Green Wendy Miller 624 8.1 N/A
Liberal Democrats Richard Lawrie 452 5.9 Decrease7.4
TUSC Justin Pollard 71 0.9 N/A
Vivamus Bernard Toolan 71 0.7 N/A
Majority 1,051 13.7 Increase0.5
Turnout 7,666 74.2
Conservative hold Swing Decrease0.3

Plympton Erle

Location of Plympton Erle ward
Location of Plympton Erle ward
Plympton Erle 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Terri Beer* 2,273 47.9 Decrease7.3
Labour Roger Williams 935 19.7 Decrease9.1
UKIP Peter Endean 934 19.7 Increase3.8
Liberal Democrats Sara Jennett 312 6.6 N/A
Green Tom Pointon 239 5.0 N/A
TUSC Louise Alldridge 54 1.1 N/A
Majority 1,338 28.2 Increase1.8
Turnout 4,747 68.6
Conservative hold Swing Increase0.9

Plympton St Mary

Location of Plympton St Mary ward
Location of Plympton St Mary ward
Plympton St Mary 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Nicholson* 4,326 59.2 Decrease0.6
UKIP Jonathan Frost 1,287 17.6 Increase4.7
Labour Co-op Rob De Jong 1,252 17.1 Decrease3.9
Green David Owen 372 5.1 N/A
TUSC Tom Nally 70 1.0 N/A
Majority 3,039 41.6 Increase2.8
Turnout 7,307 71.5
Conservative hold Swing Decrease2.7

Plymstock Dunstone

Location of Plymstock Dunstone ward
Location of Plymstock Dunstone ward
Plymstock Dunstone 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nigel Churchill* 3,424 48.7 Decrease0.7
UKIP David Salmon 1,730 24.6 Increase7.1
Labour Co-op Dena Rafati 1,154 16.4 Decrease5.1
Liberal Democrats Sima Davarian-Dehsorkhe 433 6.2 Decrease5.2
Green Aaron Scott-Carter 260 3.7 N/A
TUSC Teresa Stuart 35 0.5 N/A
Majority 1,694 24.1 Decrease3.8
Turnout 7,036 72.8
Conservative hold Swing Decrease3.9

Plymstock Radford

Location of Plymstock Radford ward
Location of Plymstock Radford ward
Plymstock Radford 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ken Foster* 3,417 49.3 Decrease1.1
UKIP John Wheeler 1,786 25.8 Increase11.6
Labour Mark Thompson 1,600 23.1 Decrease2.1
TUSC Thomas Sloman 126 1.8 N/A
Majority 1,631 23.5 Decrease1.6
Turnout 6,929 70.0
Conservative hold Swing Decrease6.4

Southway

Location of Southway ward
Location of Southway ward
Southway 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Deacon 2,232 34.9 Decrease11.8
Labour John Shillabeer 2,147 33.6 Decrease19.7
UKIP David Coles 1,447 22.6 N/A
Independent Dennis Silverwood 302 4.7 N/A
Green Thomas Hathway 226 3.5 N/A
TUSC Nik Brookson 40 0.6 N/A
Majority 85 1.3 N/A
Turnout 6,394 64.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase4.0

St Budeaux

Location of St Budeaux ward
Location of St Budeaux ward
St Budeaux 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Wheeler* 2,137 39.0 Decrease18.2
Conservative James Carlyle 1,537 28.1 Increase2.7
UKIP Adam Duffield 1,486 27.2 Increase9.8
Green Mark Ovenden 257 4.7 N/A
TUSC Aaron Smith 56 1.0 N/A
Majority 600 10.9 Decrease20.9
Turnout 5,473 56.2
Labour hold Swing Decrease10.5

Stoke

Location of Stoke ward
Location of Stoke ward
Stoke 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philippa Davey* 2,299 36.1 Decrease12.1
Conservative Tony Carson 2,150 33.7 Decrease4.7
UKIP Philip Partridge 930 14.6 Increase1.2
Green Cameron Millar 637 10.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats Helen Guy 298 4.7 N/A
TUSC Lesley Duncan 63 1.0 N/A
Majority 149 2.4 Decrease7.4
Turnout 6,377 66.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.4

St Peter and the Waterfront

St Peter and the Waterfront 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chris Penberthy* 2,239 35.6 Decrease4.4
Conservative Karen Thurston 1,801 28.6 Decrease1.3
UKIP Paul Chapman 981 15.6 Increase5.7
Green Colin Trier 730 11.6 Increase1.8
Liberal Democrats Hugh Janes 329 5.2 Decrease5.1
TUSC Roxy Castell 80 1.3 N/A
Independent Michael Moore 72 1.1 N/A
Independent Ray Rees 57 0.9 N/A
Majority 438 7.0 Decrease3.1
Turnout 6,289 30.4
Labour hold Swing Decrease1.6

Sutton and Mount Gould

Location of Sutton and Mount Gould ward
Location of Sutton and Mount Gould ward
Sutton and Mount Gould 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sue Dann 2,271 37.4 Decrease10.9
Conservative Edmund Shillabeer 1,686 27.8 Increase3.4
UKIP Peter Hubble 931 15.3 Increase6.7
Green Josh Leal 723 11.9 Increase5.2
Liberal Democrats Peter York 383 6.3 Decrease3.4
TUSC Louise Parker 77 1.3 Decrease0.9
Majority 585 9.6 Decrease14.3
Turnout 6,071 63.5
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.8

Aftermath

The Labour Party lost control of the council, remaining the largest party with one seat short of an overall majority.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Upcoming elections & referendums". The Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Local government structure and elections". GOV.UK. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Election Timetable in England" (PDF). assets.publishing.service.gov.uk. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Past election results | PLYMOUTH.GOV.UK". www.plymouth.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 28 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Election 2015: Labour loses control of Plymouth council". BBC News. 8 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Your Councillors by Party". plymouth.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 1 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project - 2015 - Plymouth". www.andrewteale.me.uk.
  8. ^ "Labour loses majority in Plymouth". BBC News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2018.