2016 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 28 26 3
Seats won 11 8 0
Seats after 27 27 3
Seat change Decrease1 Increase1 Steady
Popular vote 21,394 20,797 9,577
Percentage 36.5% 35.5% 16.3%

Plymouth City Council election 2016 map.svg
Map showing the results of contested wards in the 2016 Plymouth City Council elections.

Council control before election

No overall control

Council control after election

No overall control

The 2016 Plymouth City Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Plymouth City Council in England. The Conservatives gained one seat from Labour, resulting in both parties having twenty-seven members of the council. A coalition of Conservative and UKIP members took overall control of the Council, having thirty members in total and a working majority.

Background

Plymouth City Council held local elections on 5 May 2016 along with councils across the United Kingdom as part of the 2016 local elections.[1][2] 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.[3][4] Councillors defending their seats in this election were previously elected in 2012. In that election, twelve Labour candidates and seven Conservative candidates were elected.[5]

Ahead of this election, the council was under no overall control with Labour running a minority administration. The party had the largest number of seats, but was one seat short of a majority.

The election was also contested by the Plymouth Independents, a new political party formed by former UKIP members.[6] The party won no seats, and has subsequently been dissolved having contested no further elections.[7]

Overall results

Plymouth City Council Election 2016
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 11 0 1 Decrease1 57.9 36.5 21,394 Decrease7.1
  Conservative 8 1 0 Increase1 42.1 35.5 20,797 Increase5.3
  UKIP 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 16.3 9,577 Decrease4.3
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 4.4 2,553 Increase1.4
  Plymouth Independents 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 3.1 1,790 New
  Green 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.5 1,454 Increase0.9
  TUSC 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.8 1,033 Increase1.7

Note: All changes in vote share are in comparison to the corresponding 2012 election.

At the previous election the composition of the council was:[2]

28 26 3
Labour Conservative UKIP

After the election the composition of the council was:[2]

27 27 3
Labour Conservative UKIP

Ward results

Asterisks denote sitting councillors seeking re-election.

Budshead

Location of Budshead ward
Location of Budshead ward
Budshead 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jon Taylor* 1,373 39.9 Decrease6.0
Conservative Charlotte Bladen 1,283 37.3 Decrease1.6
UKIP Gordon Miller 585 17.0 Increase1.7
Green Joshua Pope 99 2.9 N/A
Liberal Democrats Roger Mitchell 75 2.2 N/A
TUSC Andrew White 29 0.8 N/A
Majority 90 2.6 Decrease4.5
Labour hold Swing Decrease2.2

Compton

Location of Compton ward
Location of Compton ward
Compton 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Ball* 1,536 49.0 Increase8.6
Labour John Petrie 894 28.5 Increase1.0
Green Colin Trier 261 8.3 Increase1.1
Liberal Democrats Steven Guy 217 6.9 Increase4.4
Plymouth Independents Grace Stickland 161 5.1 N/A
TUSC Nigel Buckley 65 2.1 N/A
Majority 642 20.5 Increase7.6
Conservative hold Swing Increase3.8

Devonport

Location of Devonport ward
Location of Devonport ward
Devonport 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kate Taylor* 1,315 46.2 Decrease5.8
Conservative Sandy Borthwick 630 22.1 Increase4.5
UKIP Michael Ellison 615 21.6 Increase2.9
Green Andrew Pratt 101 3.6 Decrease1.1
Liberal Democrats Fleur Ball 92 3.2 Decrease3.8
Plymouth Independents Scott Wardle 55 1.9 N/A
TUSC Simon Gomery 37 1.3 N/A
Majority 685 24.1 Decrease10.2
Labour hold Swing Decrease5.1

Efford and Lipson

Location of Efford and Lipson ward
Location of Efford and Lipson ward
Efford and Lipson 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brian Vincent* 1,757 60.7 Decrease4.4
Conservative George Davis 561 19.4 Increase3.1
Plymouth Independents Terry Luscombe 336 11.6 N/A
TUSC Hannah Marie Lewis 130 4.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Rafiqul Mazed 109 3.8 N/A
Majority 1196 41.3 Decrease7.6
Labour hold Swing Decrease3.8

Eggbuckland

Location of Eggbuckland ward
Location of Eggbuckland ward
Eggbuckland 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Heath Cook 1,523 41.0 Increase3.2
Labour Paul McNamara 1,023 27.5 Decrease12.0
UKIP Hugh Davies 833 22.4 Decrease0.3
Liberal Democrats Richard Simpson 123 3.3 N/A
Plymouth Independents Chris Treise 107 2.9 N/A
Green Sam Down 84 2.3 N/A
TUSC Lesley Duncan 22 0.6 N/A
Majority 500 13.5 N/A
Conservative gain from Labour Swing Increase7.6

Ham

Location of Ham ward
Location of Ham ward
Ham 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tina Tuohy* 1,271 45.0 Decrease13.6
UKIP Stuart Charles 687 24.3 Increase1.1
Conservative Dean Seddon 592 20.9 Increase2.7
Liberal Democrats Matthew Radmore 127 4.5 N/A
Plymouth Independents Jason Shopland 87 3.1 N/A
TUSC Ryan Aldred 63 2.2 N/A
Majority 584 20.7 Decrease14.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease7.4

Honicknowle

Location of Honicknowle ward
Location of Honicknowle ward
Honicknowle 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pete Smith* 1,261 42.3 Decrease13.8
UKIP Nikki Bale 966 32.4 Increase6.7
Conservative Sally Walker 582 19.5 Increase6.3
Liberal Democrats Dylan Morris 88 3.0 N/A
Plymouth Independents Carl Evans 56 1.9 N/A
TUSC Joshua Gray 28 0.9 N/A
Majority 295 9.9 Decrease20.5
Labour hold Swing Decrease10.2

Moor View

Location of Moor View ward
Location of Moor View ward
Moor View 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Chris Mavin 1,220 37.3 Decrease14.1
Conservative Bethan Roberts 1134 34.7 Increase6.9
UKIP Philip Partridge 654 20.0 Increase2.7
Liberal Democrats Richard Bray 126 3.9 Increase0.3
Plymouth Independents Arthur Watson 111 3.4 N/A
TUSC Keith Low 27 0.8 N/A
Majority 86 2.6 Decrease21.0
Labour hold Swing Decrease10.5

Peverell

Location of Peverell ward
Location of Peverell ward
Peverell 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tony Carson 1,582 42.2 Increase4.8
Labour Jeremy Goslin 1,314 35.0 Increase0.8
Liberal Democrats Charlotte Radmore 337 9.0 Increase3.6
Plymouth Independents Peter Brooksbank 253 6.7 N/A
Green Wendy Miller 223 5.9 Decrease2.2
TUSC Justin Pollard 42 1.1 N/A
Majority 268 7.1 Increase4.1
Conservative hold Swing Increase2.0

Plympton Chaddlewood

Location of Plympton Chaddlewood ward
Location of Plympton Chaddlewood ward
Plympton Chaddlewood 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Samantha Leaves 786 50.2 Increase6.0
UKIP Jonathan Frost 376 24.0 Decrease1.8
Labour Connor Smart 373 23.8 Decrease6.2
TUSC Teresa Stuart 33 2.1 N/A
Majority 410 26.1 Increase12.0
Conservative hold Swing Increase3.9

Plympton Erle

Location of Plympton Erle ward
Location of Plympton Erle ward
Plympton Erle 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Darcy* 1,105 48.6 Increase10.6
Labour Janet Denise Wise 731 32.1 Increase0.9
Plymouth Independents Peter Endean 205 9.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats Christianne Pollock 130 5.7 Decrease4.8
TUSC Louise Alldridge 103 4.5 N/A
Majority 374 16.4 Increase9.6
Conservative hold Swing Increase4.8

Plympton St Mary

Location of Plympton St Mary ward
Location of Plympton St Mary ward
Plympton St Mary 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrea Loveridge 2,318 68.0 Increase23.3
Labour Roger Williams 883 25.9 Decrease4.1
TUSC Tom Nally 209 6.1 N/A
Majority 1435 42.1 Increase27.4
Conservative hold Swing Increase13.7

Plymstock Dunstone

Location of Plymstock Dunstone ward
Location of Plymstock Dunstone ward
Plymstock Dunstone 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kevin Wigens* 1,594 45.1 +1.2
UKIP David Salmon 1,037 29.4 Decrease3.1
Labour Dena Rafati 585 16.6 Decrease7.0
Liberal Democrats Sima Davarian-Dehsorkhe 253 7.2 N/A
TUSC Roxy Castell 63 1.8 N/A
Majority 557 15.8 +4.3
Conservative hold Swing Increase2.1

Plymstock Radford

Location of Plymstock Radford ward
Location of Plymstock Radford ward
Plymstock Radford 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Leaves* 1,441 41.0 +3.1
UKIP John Wheeler 1,077 30.6 +0.8
Labour Vince Barry 664 18.9 Decrease8.1
Liberal Democrats Jeffrey Hall 158 4.5 Decrease0.5
Green Connor Clarke 154 4.4 N/A
TUSC Thomas Sloman 22 0.6 N/A
Majority 364 10.4 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing Increase1.2

Southway

Location of Southway ward
Location of Southway ward
Southway 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lorraine Parker* 1,223 36.1 Decrease15.2
Conservative Rebecca Smith 1,135 33.5 +6.6
UKIP Bill Wakeham 645 19.0 Decrease2.8
Plymouth Independents Natasha Squires 224 6.6 N/A
Green Daniel Sheaff 76 2.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Storm Norman 56 1.7 N/A
TUSC Nik Brookson 30 0.8 N/A
Majority 88 2.6 Decrease21.8
Labour hold Swing Decrease10.9

St Budeaux

Location of St Budeaux ward
Location of St Budeaux ward
St Budeaux 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Darren Winter 1,186 42.8 Decrease18.2
UKIP Margaret Storer 659 23.8 +3.9
Conservative Dan Bothwick 598 21.6 +5.8
Plymouth Independents Adam Duffield 115 4.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Stephen Luscombe 102 3.7 +0.4
Green Stan Beal 81 2.9 N/A
TUSC Aaron Smith 28 1.0 N/A
Majority 527 19.0 Decrease22.1
Labour hold Swing Increase11.1

St Peter and the Waterfront

Location of St Peter and the Waterfront ward
Location of St Peter and the Waterfront ward
St Peter and the Waterfront 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Tuffin* 1,263 41.3 Decrease8.4
Conservative Karen Thurston 844 27.6 Decrease0.1
UKIP John Smith 503 16.4 +1.2
Green Jessica Horner 209 6.8 N/A
Liberal Democrats Hugh Janes 174 5.7 Decrease1.7
TUSC Bob Brice 66 2.1 N/A
Majority 419 13.7 Decrease8.3
Labour hold Swing Decrease4.2

Stoke

Location of Stoke ward
Location of Stoke ward
Stoke 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sam Davey* 1,645 49.5 +3.0
Conservative Andrew Ford 964 29.0 Decrease6.0
UKIP Ramon Fereday 506 15.2 +2.4
Liberal Democrats Helen Guy 209 6.3 +0.6
Majority 681 20.5 +9.0
Labour hold Swing Increase4.5

Sutton and Mount Gould

Location of Sutton and Mount Gould ward
Location of Sutton and Mount Gould ward
Sutton and Mount Gould 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eddie Rennie* 1,413 48.8 Decrease2.6
Conservative Edmund Shillabeer 589 20.3 Decrease0.2
UKIP Jonquil Webber 434 15.0 +0.3
Liberal Democrats Peter York 177 6.1 +1.6
Green Daniel van Cleak 166 5.7 Decrease0.1
Plymouth Independents Andy Kerswell 80 2.8 N/A
TUSC Louise Parker 36 1.2 Decrease1.9
Majority 824 28.5 Decrease2.4
Labour hold Swing Decrease1.2

Aftermath

After the election, the Conservatives and Labour held twenty-seven seats on the council each, with the other three held by UKIP councillors.[8] Labour group leader Tudor Evans had led the council before the election, but the result cast control of the council into doubt.[9] A coalition between the Conservatives and UKIP took control, with Conservative group leader Ian Bowyer becoming the new leader of the council.[10][11]

References

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  2. ^ a b c "Local Election 2016". Plymouth City Council. Archived from the original on 6 May 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Local government structure and elections". GOV.UK. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Election Timetable in England" (PDF). assets.publishing.service.gov.uk. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Past election results | PLYMOUTH.GOV.UK". www.plymouth.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 28 April 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Former UKIP members form new 'independent' party to challenge Plymouth's 'cosy council cartel'". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 23 April 2016.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "PLYMOUTH INDEPENDENTS LIMITED overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK".
  8. ^ "Plymouth City Council: Conservatives gain seat leading to hung council". ITV News. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Labour's majority increased after gains". BBC News. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  10. ^ Sam Blackledge (16 May 2016). "Conservatives and UKIP form coalition to run Plymouth City Council". Plymouth Herald. Archived from the original on 20 May 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Polish family 'scared to go outside' after arson attack". ITV News. Retrieved 17 November 2018.