2021 Wokingham Borough Council election

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18 seats, one-third of all council seats.
 
Con
LD
Lab
Leader John Halsall Lindsay Ferris Rachel Burgess
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats Labour
Leader since 6 May 2019 2016[1]
Leader's seat Remenham, Wargrave and Ruscombe Twyford Norreys
Last election 31 seats, 57.4% 18 seats, 33.3% 3 seats, 5.6%
Seats needed Decrease4 Increase9 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% 0
Seats needed Increase25 Increase27 Increase27

Wokingham Borough Council UK local election 2021 map.png
Ward results map for Wokingham Borough Council

Incumbent Leader of the Council

John Halsall
Conservative



The 2021 Wokingham Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2021 to elect members of Wokingham Borough Council in England.[2] This was on the same day as other local elections and had been postponed from May 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

31 15 4 3
CON LD LAB IND

There was one vacancy.[3]

After the election, the composition of the council became:

31 18 3 2
CON LD LAB IND

Election result

The Conservatives retained control of the council and gained one seat from Labour.[4] They regained a seat from an Independent who had originally been elected as a Conservative, and also regained a vacant seat, which had been won by a Conservative in 2016, who joined the Liberal Democrats in 2017,[5] and had resigned from the Council in 2020.[3] The Liberal Democrats gained three seats from the Conservatives.

Total Election result

2021 Wokingham Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 12 Decrease 2 66.7 19 31 57.4 21,540 46.4 Increase 9.1
  Liberal Democrats 6 Increase 3 33.3 12 18 33.3 16,492 35.5 Decrease 3.9
  Labour 0 Decrease 1 0 3 3 5.6 7,439 16.0 Decrease 0.4
  Independent 0 Steady 0 2 2 3.7 0 0 Decrease 5.4
  Green 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 695 1.5 Increase 0.9
  Women's Equality 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 175 0.4 Increase 0.1
  Freedom Alliance 0 Steady 0.0 0 0 0.0 114 0.2 New

A total of 46,771 votes were cast for 62 candidates. (46,445 unspoilt)

Ward results

Bulmershe and Whitegates
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Shahid Younis (E) 1,489 43.5 5.6
Labour Andy Croy 1443 42.2 -0.2
Liberal Democrats Shiela Jordan 256 7.4 -12.3
Green Samuel Langlois 186 5.4 5.4
Freedom Alliance Fiona Morley 23 0.6 0.6
Majority 46 1.3 -3.2
Turnout 3419 48% 6%
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

22 ballot papers were rejected

Charvil Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sam Akhtar (E) 728 58.7 11.7
Liberal Democrats Martin Alder 367 29.5 29.5
Labour Brian Scott 81 6.5 -0.4
Green Kathy Smith 55 4.4 4.4
Majority 361 29.1 28.0
Turnout 1240 52% 7%
Conservative hold Swing

9 ballot papers were rejected

Emmbrook
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Morag Malvern 1,675 48.2 -13.4
Conservative Ullakarin Clark 1,454 41.8 10.7
Labour Llewelyn Reed-Jones 320 9.2 -1.6
Majority 221 6.4 -24.1
Turnout 3475 47% 3%
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

26 ballot papers were rejected

Evendons
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ian Shenton (E) 1,390 44.0 -4.5
Conservative Daniel Hinton 1277 40.4 15.6
Labour Annette Medhurst 299 9.5 3.8
Women's Equality Louise Timlin 175 5.5 -0.5
Majority 113 3.6 -20.1
Turnout 3158 44% 7%
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

17 ballot papers were rejected

Finchampstead North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Margetts 1,341 69.0 11.9
Liberal Democrats Jordon Montgomery 283 14.7 -17.4
Labour Alex Freeney 170 8.7 3.6
Green Martyn Foss 130 6.7 1.6
Majority 1058 54.5 29.5
Turnout 1941 45% 1%
Conservative hold Swing

17 ballot papers were rejected

Finchampstead South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rebecca Margetts 1,188 65.0 9.5
Liberal Democrats Mike Eytle 454 24.8 -8.2
Labour Grace Tapping 172 9.2 -1.8
Majority 734 40.1 17.6
Turnout 1827 39% -1%
Conservative hold Swing

13 ballot papers were rejected

Hawkedon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Clive Jones 1,411 53.6 -2.8
Conservative Eileen Kessel 869 33.0 1.2
Labour Mark Craske 339 12.8 1.0
Majority 542 20.5 -4.1
Turnout 2632 38% 2%
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

13 ballot papers were rejected

Hillside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pauline Jorgensen 1,472 46.8 9.2
Liberal Democrats Wes Budd 1354 43.0 -8.2
Labour Hari Sarasan 303 9.6 -1.5
Majority 118 3.6 -10.0
Turnout 3144 49% 5%
Conservative hold Swing

15 ballot papers were rejected

Hurst
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Wayne Smith 749 70.4 -5.8
Liberal Democrats Sam Turvey 211 19.8 6.7
Labour Paula Monte 100 9.4 -1.3
Majority 538 50.6 -12.5
Turnout 1063 50% 14%
Conservative hold Swing

3 ballot papers were rejected.

Loddon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anne Chadwick 1,377 46.1 1.8
Liberal Democrats Beth Rowland 741 24.8 -9.6
Labour Majid Nagra 689 23.0 5.2
Green James Towell 163 5.4 5.4
Majority 636 21.2 7.7
Turnout 2986 39% 6%
Conservative hold Swing

16 ballot papers were rejected

Maiden Erlegh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Jorgensen 1,235 40.7 6.8
Liberal Democrats Mike Smith 931 30.7 -6.3
Labour Andrew Gray 676 22.2 -6.9
Green Russell Seymour 161 5.3 5.3
Majority 304 10.0 6.9
Turnout 3032 45% -1%
Conservative hold Swing

29 ballot papers were rejected

Norreys
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Phil Cunnington 1,610 46.1 5.6
Labour Nick Fox 1375 39.4 0.2
Liberal Democrats Jane Ainslie 481 13.7 -6.6
Majority 235 6.7 5.4
Turnout 3489 42% 5%
Conservative hold Swing

23 ballot papers were rejected

Remenham, Wargrave and Ruscombe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Halsall 1,137 62.7 -4.8
Liberal Democrats Andrea Martijn 425 23.4 1.7
Labour Stuart Crainer 239 13.1 -2.9
Majority 712 39.2 -6.6
Turnout 1813 42% 11%
Conservative hold Swing

12 ballot papers were rejected.

Shinfield South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jackie Rance 1,423 48.1 17.3
Liberal Democrats Chris Johnson 1152 39.0 39.0
Labour Marcus McDowell 359 12.1 2.2
Majority 271 9.17 -9.5
Turnout 2953 35% 1%
Conservative hold Swing

19 ballot papers were rejected

Twyford
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Lindsay Ferris 1,677 70.6 -2.4
Conservative Grant Woolner 562 23.6 0.9
Labour Caroline Hill 118 4.9 0.6
Majority 1115 46.9 -3.4
Turnout 2374 54% 6%
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

17 ballot papers were rejected

Wescott
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Peter Dennis 1,052 44.2 9.1
Conservative Jullian McGhee-Sumner 1011 42.4 8.8
Labour Colin Heath 288 12.1 -11.3
Majority 41 1.7 0.2
Turnout 2379 43% 1%
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing

28 ballot papers were rejected

Winnersh
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Rachelle Shepherd-Dubey 1,627 54.1 -10.6
Conservative Bernadette Mitra 1002 33.3 10.5
Labour Allan Murungi 258 8.6 3.0
Freedom Alliance Karen Clyde 91 3.0 3.0
Majority 625 20.8 -21.1
Turnout 3003 38% 4%
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

25 ballot papers were rejected

Wokingham Without
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pauline Helliar-Symmons 1,616 56.8 4.7
Liberal Democrats Robert Comber 1005 35.3 -4.0
Labour Brent Lees 210 7.4 -1.3
Majority 611 21.4 8.6
Turnout 2843 44% 7%
Conservative hold Swing

12 ballot papers were rejected

References

  1. ^ "VOTE 2018: Leaders interviews – Lindsay Ferris, Liberal Democrats". 29 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Guide to May 2021 elections in Wokingham". WBC. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b Aldridge, James (10 May 2021). "Wokingham Conservative leader reacts to 2021 Local Election". Bracknell News. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Wokingham Borough Council Election Results 2021". Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  5. ^ Creighton, Phil (24 March 2017). "Wokingham Conservative councillor quits to join Liberal Democrats". Wokingham.Today. Retrieved 13 May 2020.