2019 Wokingham Borough Council election

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18 seats, one-third of all council seats.
 
Con
LD
Lab
Leader Julian McGhee-Sumner Lindsay Ferris Andy Croy
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats Labour
Leader since 14 December 2018.[1] 2016[2] 3 May 2018
Leader's seat Wescott Twyford Bulmershe and Whitegates
Last election 42 seats, 45.1% 8 seats, 31.7% 3 seats, 18.8%
Seats needed Decrease15 Increase19 Increase24

 
Ind
Grn
WEP
Leader N/A Louise Tomlin
Party Independent Green Women's Equality
Leader since N/A
Leader's seat N/A Running in Evendons
Last election 2 seats, 3.3% 0 seats, 0.6% New Party
Seats needed Increase25 Increase27 Increase27

Wokingham Borough Council UK local election 2019 map.png
Ward results map for Wokingham Borough Council

Incumbent Leader of the Council

Julian McGhee-Sumner
Conservative



The 2019 Wokingham Borough Council election took place on Thursday 2 May 2019. That was the same day as other United Kingdom local elections in order to elect members of Wokingham Unitary Council in Berkshire, England. One third of the council was up for election.

Before the election, the composition of the council was:

Background

Since the previous round of elections in 2018, there had been 1 by-election, in Evendons in February 2019, which had been won by the Liberal Democrats.[3] Richard Dolinski resigned from the Conservative Party to sit as an independent as a result of an internal vote of no confidence being put forward and subsequently passed against Cllr Charlotte Haitham-Taylor which led to her resignation as the Leader of the Council[4]

The composition of the council before the election was as follows:

41 8 3 2
CON LD LAB IND

After the election, the composition of the council became:

31 16 4 3
CON LD LAB IND

Election result

2019 Wokingham Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 8 Decrease10 44.4 23 31 57.4 14,625 37.3 –7.8
  Liberal Democrats 8 Increase 8 44.4 8 16 29.6 15,444 39.4 +7.7
  Labour 1 Increase 1 5.6 3 4 7.4 6,449 16.4 –2.4
  Independent 1 Increase 1 5.6 2 3 5.5 1,529 3.9 +3.3
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 955 2.4 +1.8
  Women's Equality 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 156 0.3 New

A total of 39,148 votes were cast for candidates.

Ward results

Barkham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Kaiser 457 49.6 Decrease16.5
Liberal Democrats Robert Tuck 391 42.4 Increase27.9
Labour Peyman Jahromi 74 8.0 Decrease3.5
Majority 66 7.2 Decrease44.4
Turnout 922 33.0 Decrease38.0
Conservative hold Swing

There were 17 spoiled ballots.

Bulmershe and Whitegates
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shirley Boyt 1,227 42.4 Increase13.4
Conservative Mohammed Younis 1,096 37.9 Decrease0.2
Liberal Democrats Nigel Harman 570 19.7 Increase5.1
Majority 131 4.5 Decrease4.6
Turnout 2,893 42.0 Decrease28.0
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

There were 49 spoiled ballot papers.

Coronation
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alison Swaddle 1,076 59.9 Increase2.9
Liberal Democrats Paul Barton 331 18.4 Increase3.2
Labour Ian Hills 194 10.8 Decrease1.4
Green Kathy Smith 194 10.8 Increase5.1
Majority 745 41.5 Decrease0.3
Turnout 1,795 42.0 Decrease33.0
Conservative hold Swing

There were 21 spoiled ballot papers.

Emmbrook
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Rachel Bishop-Firth 1,827 61.6 Increase26.9
Conservative Philip Mirfin 923 31.1 Decrease12.1
Labour Brent Lees 216 10.8 Increase1.1
Majority 904 30.5 Increase22.0
Turnout 2,966 44.0 Decrease31.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

There were 16 spoiled ballot papers.

Evendons
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Adrian Mather 1,259 48.5 Increase28.0
Conservative Daniel Hinton 644 24.8 Decrease26.0
Independent Lynn Forbes 388 15.0 Increase15.0
Women's Equality Louise Timlin 156 6.0 Increase6.0
Labour Tim Lloyd 147 5.7 Decrease5.1
Majority 615 23.7 Decrease6.6
Turnout 2,594 37.0 Decrease35.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

There were 16 spoiled ballots.

Hawkedon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Andrew Mickleburgh 1,353 56.4 Increase25.3
Conservative Tim Holton 764 31.8 Decrease13.7
Labour Doreen Osborne 282 11.8 Steady0.0
Majority 589 24.6 Increase10.2
Turnout 2,399 36.0 Decrease32.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

There were 25 spoiled ballots.

Hillside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Caroline Smith 1,425 51.2 Increase28.5
Conservative Norman Jorgensen 1,046 37.6 Decrease12.9
Labour Hari Sarasan 310 11.1 Decrease2.2
Majority 379 13.6 Decrease14.2
Turnout 2,781 44.0 Decrease28.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

There were 44 spoiled ballots.

Loddon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Abdul Loyes 1,124 47.9 Decrease1.0
Liberal Democrats Carol Jewell 807 34.4 Increase16.6
Labour Mary Young 418 17.8 Increase0.9
Majority 317 13.5 Decrease17.6
Turnout 2,349 33.0 Decrease36.0
Conservative hold Swing

There were 42 spoiled ballots.

Maiden Erlegh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tahir Maher 1,056 37.0 Increase19.0
Conservative David Chopping 968 33.9 Decrease13.7
Labour Andrew Gray 830 29.1 Increase10.8
Majority 88 3.1 Decrease26.2
Turnout 2,854 46.0 Decrease25.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

There were 49 spoiled ballots.

Norreys
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gregor Murray 1,116 40.5 Decrease11.2
Labour Nick Fox 1,081 39.2 Increase27.3
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Bishop 561 20.3 Increase3.3
Majority 35 1.3 Decrease33.4
Turnout 2,758 37.0 Decrease32.0
Conservative hold Swing

There were 59 spoiled ballots.

Shinfield North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Parry Batth 300 41.8 Increase1.3
Labour James Reid 280 39.0 Increase5.7
Liberal Democrats Stephen Newton 138 19.2 Increase12.0
Majority 20 2.8 Decrease4.4
Turnout 718 30.0 Decrease30.0
Conservative hold Swing

There were 11 spoiled ballots.

Shinfield South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Jim Frewin 1,141 49.5 Increase49.5
Conservative Anthony Pollock 709 30.8 Decrease26.4
Labour Marcus McDowell 229 9.9 Decrease2.4
Green Hilary Murdoch 226 9.8 Increase2.9
Majority 432 18.7 Decrease25.1
Turnout 2,305 34.0 Decrease35.0
Independent gain from Conservative Swing

There were 11 spoiled ballots.

Sonning
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Firmager 587 58.8 Decrease7.0
Green Brian O'Callaghan 190 19.0 Increase8.2
Liberal Democrats Tom McCann 128 12.8 Increase12.8
Labour Philippa Hills 94 9.4 Decrease4.0
Majority 397 39.8 Decrease12.6
Turnout 999 40.0 Decrease33.0
Conservative hold Swing

There were 12 spoiled ballots.

South Lake
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Laura Blumenthal 798 44.2 Increase3.5
Liberal Democrats Beth Rowland 757 42.0 Increase11.6
Labour Tony Skuse 249 13.8 Decrease1.4
Majority 41 2.2 Decrease8.1
Turnout 1,804 41.0 Decrease33.0
Conservative hold Swing

There were 27 spoiled ballots.

Twyford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Stephen Conway 1,584 73.0 Increase34.0
Conservative John Jarvis 493 22.7 Decrease18.3
Labour Charles Wickeden 94 4.3 Decrease43.9
Majority 1,091 50.3 Increase48.3
Turnout 2,171 48.0 Decrease28.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

There were 19 spoiled ballots.

Wescott
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Maria Gee 755 35.1 Increase17.3
Conservative Julian McGhee-Sumner 723 33.6 Decrease17.3
Labour James Box 503 23.4 Increase11.9
Green Rema Heffernan 173 8.0 Decrease2.7
Majority 32 1.5 Decrease31.6
Turnout 2,154 42.0 Decrease30.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

There were 27 spoiled ballots.

Winnersh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Paul Fishwick 1,609 64.7 Increase31.6
Conservative Philip Houldsworth 567 22.8 Decrease18.8
Green Stephen Lloyd 172 6.9 Increase2.9
Labour Steve Stanton 140 5.6 Decrease4.2
Majority 1,042 41.9 Increase33.4
Turnout 2,488 34.0 Decrease33.0
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

There were 24 spoiled ballots.

Wokingham Without
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Bowring 1,184 52.1 Decrease8.9
Liberal Democrats Jordan Montgomery 893 39.3 Increase27.7
Labour Jayne Donnelly 297 8.7 Increase4.7
Majority 291 12.8 Decrease35.6
Turnout 2,274 37.0 Decrease37.0
Conservative hold Swing

There were 55 spoiled ballots.

References

  1. ^ "New Leader of the Council announces Executive". Wokingham Borough Council News Centre. 17 December 2018. Archived from the original on 6 May 2021.
  2. ^ "VOTE 2018: Leaders interviews – Lindsay Ferris, Liberal Democrats". 29 April 2018.
  3. ^ Moulton, Andrew (7 February 2018). "DECLARATION OF RESULT OF POLL: Wokingham Borough Council Election of a Borough Councillor for Evendons on Thursday 7 February 2019" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Wokingham councillor resigns as Tories turmoil continues". 23 November 2018.