Map of the results of the 2018 Reading Borough Council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and the Greens in green.
Map of the results of the 2018 Reading Borough Council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and the Greens in green.

The 2018 Reading Borough Council election's took place on 3 May 2018 to elect members of Reading Borough Council. There were three casual vacancies in Kentwood, Katesgrove and Church wards due to the early retirement of Councillors. The Labour Party held on to control of Reading Borough Council seeing their vote increase in seats across the Reading East constituency but suffering setbacks in the marginal seat of Kentwood where The Conservative Party gained a seat. The Conservatives also succeeded in gaining Tilehurst ward from the Liberal Democrats, reducing the Liberal Democrats to one remaining Councillor.[1] The election was held on the same day as other local elections.

Election result

Reading Borough Council Election, 2018
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 12 0 -1 -1 66.6% 48.3% 21,579 +3.4%
  Conservative 5 +2 0 +2 27.7% 29.9% 13,358 +1.6%
  Green 1 0 0 0 5.5% 10.9% 4,904 -1.3%
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 -1 -1 0% 10.4% 4,638 -1.1%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0% 0.15% 61 N/A
  Women's Equality 0 0 0 0 0% 0.2% 94 N/A
  TUSC 0 0 0 0 0% 0.1% 26 N/C

Ward results

Abbey

Abbey[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Karen Rowland 1,542 60.1% +1.9%
Conservative Alison Stevens 510 19.9% -1.2%
Green Brent Smith 266 10.4% -0.3%
Liberal Democrats Chris Burden 249 9.7% -0.2%
Majority 1,032 40.2%
Turnout 2,581 27.13%
Labour hold Swing +1.6%

Battle

Battle[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sarah Hacker 1,470 65.9% +6.2%
Conservative Michael Hey 420 18.8% -1.6%
Green Fiona Cox 184 8.2% -2.4%
Liberal Democrats John Grout 158 7.1% -2.2%
Majority 1,050 47.0%
Turnout 2,240 28.46%
Labour hold Swing +3.9%

Caversham

Caversham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Adele Barnett-Ward 1,531 53.4% +2.6%
Conservative James Partington 824 28.7% -4.2%
Liberal Democrats Jo Ramsay 294 10.3% +3.3%
Green David Foster 219 7.6% -1.6%
Majority 707 24.7%
Turnout 2,876 38.62%
Labour hold Swing +3.4%

Church

Church
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ruth McEwan 1,129 54.9% +4.4%
Labour Ashley Pearce 1,088 52.9% +2.4%
Conservative Paul Carnell 609 29.6% -3.5%
Conservative Heather Laird 605 29.4% -3.7%
Green Kathryn McCann 268 13.0% +1.8%
Liberal Democrats Francis Jakeman 161 7.8% +2.7%
Liberal Democrats Riccardo Mancuso 115 5.6% +0.5%
Turnout 2,056 30.69% -2.1%
Labour hold Swing N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

Katesgrove

Katesgrove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sophia James 1,361 66.8% +6.0%
Labour Gurvinder Kaur 1,164 57.1% -3.7%
Conservative Natalie Greenstreet 332 16.3% -0.3%
Green Louise Keane 319 15.6% +2.5%
Conservative Beth Vincent 311 15.2% -1.4%
Liberal Democrats Peter Kinsley 194 9.5% 0.0%
Liberal Democrats Margaret McNeill 191 9.3% -0.2%
Turnout 2,035 28.68% -0.5%
Labour hold Swing N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

Kentwood

Kentwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Emma Warman 1,216 43.6% +10.2%
Conservative Raj Singh 1,154 41.4% +8.0%
Labour Glenn Dennis 1,148 41.2% -1.7%
Labour Ali Foster 1,056 37.9% -5.4%
Liberal Democrats Mark Cole 309 11.0% +5.1%
Liberal Democrats Gary Coster 266 9.5% +3.6%
Green Richard Walkem 245 8.7% +2.6%
Turnout 2,786 38.14% +3.5%
Conservative gain from Labour Swing N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Minster

Minster
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ellie Emberson 1,308 50.0% -0.6%
Conservative Nick Fudge 852 32.6% +7.2%
Liberal Democrats James Moore 333 12.7% +5.4%
Green Willem Londeman 109 4.1% -2.1%
Majority 456 17.4% -7.8%
Turnout 2,613 34.8% +2.7%
Labour hold Swing -3.9%

Norcot

Norcot
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Debs Absolom 1,403 59.0% -1.1%
Conservative Zachary Okeyo 640 26.9% +10.5%
Green Jill Wigmore-Welsh 140 5.8% N/C
Liberal Democrats Stewart Elliott 100 4.2% -0.1%
Independent Alan Gulliver 61 2.5% +2.5%
Liberal Stephen Graham 26 1.0% -1.0%
Majority 763 32.1% -11.5%
Turnout 2,375 30.6% +0.5%
Labour hold Swing -5.8%

Park

Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Rob White 1,704 52.3% +2.2%
Labour Co-op David McKenzie 1,231 37.8% +1.0%
Conservative Adam Phelps 238 7.3% -2.1%
Liberal Democrats Christopher Dodson 75 2.3% 0.7%
Majority 473 14.5% +1.3%
Turnout 3,256 46.2% +2.3%
Green hold Swing +0.6%

Peppard

Peppard
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Simon Robinson 1,461 50.4% -0.1%
Labour Benjamin Perry 744 25.6% +4.6%
Liberal Democrats Peter Boardley 401 13.8% -5.2%
Green Doug Cresswell 188 6.4% -2.1%
Women's Equality Wendy Thomson 94 3.2% +3.2%
Majority 717 24.7% -5.3%
Turnout 2,895 38.1% +4.6%
Conservative hold Swing -2.4%

Redlands

Redlands
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Absolom 968 44.5% -9.2%
Green Kizzi Johannessen 630 29.0% +10.3%
Conservative Charlie Evans 350 16.1% -0.7%
Liberal Democrats Graham Alexander 211 9.7% -0.4%
Majority 338 15.5% -19.4%
Turnout 2,171 35.7% -2.9%
Labour hold Swing -9.7%

Southcote

Southcote
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Ennis 1,305 57.6% -5.6%
Conservative Rob Vickers 690 30.5% +8.1%
Liberal Democrats Marie French 130 5.8% -1.7%
Green Amanda Walsh 129 5.6% +0.6%
Majority 615 27.1% -11.5%
Turnout 2,262 34.0% +0.7%
Labour hold Swing -6.8%

Thames

Thames
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Stevens 1,527 44.4% -1.9%
Labour Brian Murphy 1,175 34.2% +11.2%
Liberal Democrats Guy Penman 420 12.2% -3.9%
Green Sarah McNamara 301 8.7% -3.5%
Majority 352 10.2% -14.6%
Turnout 3,432 46.6% +6.6%
Conservative hold Swing -6.5%

Tilehurst

Tilehurst
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Helen Manghnani 1,092 41.2% +15.4%
Liberal Democrats Ricky Duveen 905 34.2% -7.9%
Labour Matt Harrison 544 20.5% +1.7%
Green Jamie Whitham 96 3.6% +1.4%
Majority 167 6.3% -19.5%
Turnout 2,645 36.5% +1.0%
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +11.6%

Whitley

Whitley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rachel Eden 1,412 63.8% +6.3%
Conservative Helen Hopper 527 23.8% -0.8%
Liberal Democrats John Illenden 126 5.7% -0.3%
Green Lucy Mortlock 106 4.7% -3.0%
TUSC Neil Adams 30 1.3% -1.5%
Majority 885 40.0% +7.2%
Turnout 2,210 25.3% +1.2%
Labour hold Swing +3.5%

References

  1. ^ "2018 Local Borough Elections and Casual Vacancies". reading.gov.uk. Reading Borough Council. Archived from the original on 16 April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Local Election Results - 3 May 2018". Reading Borough Council. 4 May 2018. Archived from the original on 4 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.