Local Election Results
Turnout for this local election was predictably low, with Duffield having the highest turnout at 46.6%. Belper managed just 38%. The borough average was 34.4% This means that just over a third of those registered to vote decided the results. Two thirds remain unrepresented.
Before the election, the Conservative Party held a majority of one seat on Amber Valley Borough Council, with 23 councillors to Labour’s 22 councillors. No other parties were represented.
Following this election, the Conservative Party now have a majority of five seats. Labour gained Belper East from the Conservatives but the Conservatives gained Heanor East, Heanor West and Ripley from Labour. Conservative councillors = 25, Labour councillors = 20. This means that all Conservative proposals are likely to be passed when voted on. No other political parties are represented on the council.
Labour did better in votes overall than previous years, despite the shift on the council caused by Heanor and Ripley. Liberal Democrat support is picking up again, albeit very slowly, and the Green Party maintained an overall average with some increases and decreases. Belper voting remains largely Labour following shifts in recent years. This is not reflected in the voting of the larger area of Amber Valley and the council stays Conservative, which it has done for all but one year of this century. This is in part due to voting being split into thirds across the borough and only 15 seats being fought for at any one election.
The biggest surprise was Heanor West ousting Labour’s Paul Jones in favour of Conservative Stephen Grainger, after 28 years of council service.
The Conservative Party are wording their gains as an endorsement by the people, but some of these wins were narrow margins and equal just 260 voters.
It should be noted that Langley Mill and Aldercar had a candidate, Timothy Knowles, from the far right party National Front (notorious for violent racism) and it did get 30 votes, although this was less than each of the other three parties.
In alphabetical order, these are the full results for the area:
ALFRETON – Lab hold
John Walker (LAB) 993
Colin Boyce (CON) 555
Leo Swarvett (GREEN) 75
Kate Smith (LD) 49
BELPER EAST – Lab gain
Fay Atkinson (LAB) 812
Julie Wozniczka (GREEN) 79
BELPER SOUTH– Lab hold
Timothy Robert Sutton (CON) 629
Sue Macfarlane (GREEN) 130
Steve Benjamin Ralph White (IND) 71
Richard Alan Salmon (LD) 60
CODNOR & WAINGROVES – Lab hold
Isobel Harry (LAB) 689
Matthew George Johnson Murray (CON) 615
Jeremy Miles (LD) 43
DUFFIELD – Con hold
Chris Short (CON) 898
Dave Wells (GREEN) 637
Patrick William Mountain (LAB) 225
Andrew Nove (LD) 110
HEANOR & LOSCOE – Lab hold
Hannah Mary Stirland (LAB) 654
Sue Iliffe (CON) 620
James Major John Brooks (GREEN) 60
John Morrisey (LD) 29
HEANOR EAST – Con gain
Henry Thompson (CON) 669
Frank Carmichael (LAB) 583
Jerry Marler (LD) 92
HEANOR WEST – Con gain
Steven Grainger (CON) 698
Paul Jones (LAB) 670
Lian Pizzey (GREEN) 78
Chris Oakley (LD) 49
IRONVILLE & RIDDINGS – Lab hold
Paul James Smith (LAB) 917
Pete Clark (CON) 773
George William Turner (LD) 66
KILBURN, DENBY & HOLBROOK – Con hold
Trevor Mark Ainsworth (CON) 1345
Sam Hart (LAB) 785
Susan Marie Allen (LD) 113
Steve Kennedy (GREEN) 99
LANGLEY MILL & ALDERCAR – Lab hold
Eileen Hamilton (LAB) 535
Victoria Jane Stevenson (CON) 488
Joanna Jones (LD) 45
Timothy Knowles (NATIONAL FRONT) 30
RIPLEY– Con gain
Sean David Carter (CON) 1207
Roland Emmas-Williams (LAB) 1061
William Macfarlane (GREEN) 75
Richard Smeeton (LD) 89
SHIPLEY PARK, HORSLEY & HORSLEY WOODHOUSE – Con hold
Richard Henry Iliffe (CON) 1172
Christine Elizabeth Venables (LAB) 436
Jacob Matthew Holt (LD) 117
Tina Pritchard (GREEN) 97
SOMERCOTES – Lab hold
Brian John Lyttle (LAB) 789
Kathy Victoria Moss (CON) 358
Colin Thompson (LD) 37
SWANWICK – Con hold
David Wilson (CON) 1013
Charlie Robinson (LAB) 457
Joel Ross Hunt (LD) 119
Steve Elliott (GREEN) 110
Photo copyright: BBC via Local Democracy Reporting Service.
One thought on “Local Election Results”
Labour women seem to be very popular with the electorate!
I cannot understand why more people don’t vote. 34.4 per cent turnout is very low.
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