2015 South Hams District Council election

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All 31 seats in the South Hams District Council
16 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Party Conservative Green
Seats won 25 3
Seat change Decrease5 Steady0
Popular vote 37,500 13,634
Percentage 53.2% 19.3%
Swing Decrease2.8% Increase8.7%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Party Liberal Democrats Labour
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Decrease3 Steady0
Popular vote 7,044 8,755
Percentage 10.0% 12.4%
Swing Decrease10.5% Increase8.3%

Map showing the results of the 2015 South Hams District Council elections.

Council control before election

Conservative

Council control after election

Conservative

Elections to South Hams District Council took place on 7 May, the same day as other United Kingdom local elections and the General Election. 19 of the 20 wards were up for election, each with either 1,2 or 3 councillors to be elected. The number of seats up for election in each ward is indicated by the number in the brackets following the ward name. This was the first election with new boundary changes taking effect after the number of wards was reduced by ten and councillors by 9. The ward of Salcombe & Thurlestone was uncontested, with Conservative Party candidates Judy Pearce and Simon Wright elected. The Conservative Party increased their share of seats in the council, despite a slight decrease in votes. Meanwhile, the Green Party overtook the Liberal Democrats to become the largest opposition party.

Results summary

South Hams District Council election, 2015
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 25 0 0 -5 80.6% 53.2% 37,500 -2.8
  Green 3 0 0 0 9.7% 19.3% 13,634 +8.7
  Liberal Democrats 2 0 0 -3 6.5% 10.0% 7,044 -10.5
  Labour 1 0 0 0 3.2% 12.4% 8,755 +8.3
  Independent 0 0 0 -1 0.0% 2.8% 1,952 -4.7
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0.0% 1.9% 1312 +0.6
  TUSC 0 0 0 0 0.0% 0.5% 349 +0.5

Ward elections

Allington & Strete

South Hams District Council elections: Allington & Strete Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard John Foss 1,280 71.2%
Green Suzanne Ellis 519 28.8%
Rejected ballots 32 1.7%
Turnout 1831 75.4%
Conservative win (new seat)

Bickleigh & Cornwood

South Hams District Council elections: Bickleigh & Cornwood Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Steer 1106 68.1%
Green Paul Sampson 328 20.2%
Liberal Democrats Mary Talbot-Rosevear 190 11.7%
Rejected ballots 20 1.2%
Turnout 1644 71.4%
Conservative win (new seat)

Blackawton & Stoke Fleming Ward

South Hams District Council elections: Blackawton & Stoke Fleming Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Hicks 910 63.6%
Green Patrick Hadow 521 36.4%
Rejected ballots 20 1.4%
Turnout 1452 75.9%
Conservative win (new seat)

Charterlands

South Hams District Council elections: Charterlands Ward (Modbury), 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lindsay Ward 1092 64.4%
Green Jan Chapman 330 19.5%
Independent William Rosevear 274 16.2%
Rejected ballots 19 1.1%
Turnout 1715 73.4%
Conservative win (new seat)

Dartington & Staverton

South Hams District Council elections: Dartington & Staverton Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Jacqi Hodgson 912 55.8%
Conservative Dave Roddy 500 30.6%
Labour Joanne Tisdall 221 13.5%
Rejected ballots 16 1.0%
Turnout 1649 76.8%
Green win (new seat)

Dartmouth & East Dart (3)

South Hams District Council elections: Dartmouth & East Dart Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonathan Hawkins 2,204 50.3%
Conservative Hilary Bastone 2,108 48.1%
Conservative Rose Rowe 1,791 40.9%
Labour Benjamin Cooper 1,028 23.5%
Independent Paul Allen 889 20.3%
Labour Colin Chapman 799 18.2%
Labour David Jones 671 15.3%
Rejected ballots 107 2.4%
Turnout 4,489 67.7%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Ermington & Ugborough

South Hams District Council elections: Ermington & Ugborough Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom Holway 998 60.3%
Green Julie Deacon 384 23.2%
Liberal Democrats Samuel Blake 274 16.5%
Rejected ballots 21 1.3%
Turnout 1,677 72.4%
Conservative win (new seat)

Ivybridge East (2)

South Hams District Council elections: Ivybridge East Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kathy Cuthbert 1,337 45.0%
Conservative Ann Pringle 1,247 42.0%
Liberal Democrats Tony Barber 991 33.4%
Green Kate Smallwood 686 23.1%
UKIP Eric Robbins 619 20.8%
Rejected ballots 24 0.8%
Turnout 2,994 66.8%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Ivybridge West (2)

South Hams District Council elections: Ivybridge West Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David May 1,827 57.9%
Conservative Michael Saltern 1,583 50.2%
Green Katie Reville 1,296 41.1%
Rejected ballots 42 1.3%
Turnout 3,197 65.6%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Kingsbridge

South Hams District Council elections: Kingsbridge Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Wingate 1,514 50.2%
Conservative Rufus Gilbert 1,513 50.1%
Green Joss Webber 768 25.5%
Liberal Democrats Laurel Lawford 711 23.6%
Rejected ballots 31 1.0%
Turnout 3,048 64.1%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Loddiswell & Aveton Gifford

South Hams District Council elections: Loddiswell & Aveton Gifford Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Bramble 1,072 66.9%
Green Christopher Noakes 531 33.1%
Rejected ballots 23 1.4%
Turnout 1,626 76.3%
Conservative win (new seat)

Marldon & Littlehempston

South Hams District Council elections: Marldon & Littlehempston Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Trevor Pennington 1,098 64.3%
Green Christine Adams 359 21.0%
Liberal Democrats David Robinson 251 14.7%
Rejected ballots 24 1.4%
Turnout 1,732 72.9%
Conservative win (new seat)

Newton & Yealmpton

South Hams District Council elections: Newton & Yealmpton Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Keith Baldry 1,762 47.8%
Conservative Ian Blackler 1,537 41.7%
Conservative Suzie Cooper 1,417 38.4%
Green John Green 1,083 29.4%
Rejected ballots 27 0.7%
Turnout 3,715 74.9%
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

South Brent

South Hams District Council elections: South Brent Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Steer 1,644 51.4%
Conservative Peter Smerdon 1,584 49.5%
Green Tony Kuhl 1,159 36.2%
Labour Kim Gray 627 19.6%
Labour Rosie Adams 599 18.7%
Rejected ballots 30 0.9%
Turnout 3228 75.7%
Conservative win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Stokenham

South Hams District Council elections: Stokenham Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Julian Brazil 909 53.5%
Conservative Josh Gardner 643 37.9%
Green Tom Hoeksma 146 8.6%
Rejected ballots 13 0.8%
Turnout 1,711 76.0%
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

Totnes (3)

South Hams District Council elections: Totnes Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Robert Vint 2,215 45.6%
Green Barrie Wood 1,839 37.9%
Labour David Horsburgh 1,265 26.1%
Liberal Democrats John Birch 1,150 23.7%
Labour Eleanor Cohen 1,137 23.4%
Labour Tony Whitty 1,111 22.9%
Conservative Ralph Clark 928 19.1%
Conservative Angela Shropshall-Clark 815 16.8%
Conservative Michael Footitt 754 15.5%
UKIP Alan Langmaid 693 14.3%
TUSC Alex Moore 349 7.2%
Rejected ballots 53 1.1%
Turnout 4,906 70.8%
Green win (new seat)
Green win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Wembury and Brixton (2)

South Hams District Council elections: Wembury and Brixton Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Daniel Brown 1,530 55.7% -13.0
Conservative Basil Fernley Cane 1,380 50.2% -13.3
Liberal Democrats Richard Robinson 571 20.8% +20.8
Green Katy Ward-Edwards 558 20.3% +20.3
Labour Anna Malone 526 19.1% +19.1
Rejected ballots 25 0.9%
Turnout 2,774 73.8% +23.0
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

West Dart

South Hams District Council elections: West Dart Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Tucker 831 52.4%
Green Ian Donaldson 520 32.8%
Liberal Democrats Richard Heseltine 235 14.8%
Rejected ballots 18 1.1% -4.5
Turnout 1,604 74.6%
Conservative win (new seat)

Woolwell

South Hams District Council elections: Woolwell Ward, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicky Hopwood 1,068 69.8%
Green Christopher Lindsay 460 30.1%
Rejected ballots 33 2.1%
Turnout 1,562 65.0%
Conservative win (new seat)

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