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2016 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election

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Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council Elections, 2016

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One third (17 of 51) to Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
26 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Tim Swift Stephen Baines Janet Battye
Party Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Town Northowram & Shelf Calder
Seats won 8, 47.1% 6, 35.3% 3, 17.6%
Seat change Decrease1 Increase1 Steady
Popular vote 21,115 16,697 8,588
Percentage 37.9% 29.9% 15.4%
Swing Decrease2.2% Decrease0.8% Decrease4.3%

Council control before election

No Overall Control

Council control after election

No Overall Control

2016 local election results in Calderdale
2016 local election results in Calderdale

The 2016 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council in England.[1] This was on the same day as other local elections. One councillor was elected in each ward for a four-year term so the councillors elected in 2016 last stood for election in 2012. Each ward is represented by three councillors, the election of which is staggered, so only one third of the councillors was elected in this election. Before the election there was no overall control with a minority Labour administration. After the election there was still no overall control so the minority Labour administration continued.

In July 2016 Councillor Rob Holden of Ryburn Ward was suspended from the Conservative Party after he made a request for an independent financial audit of the Calder Valley Conservative Association.[2] This led to a criminal investigation into the financial irregularities at the association.[3] He retained his seat on the council as an independent.

A by-election was held on 6 April 2017 in the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward after the sudden death of Councillor Graham Hall in January 2017. The seat was held by the Conservative Party with George Robinson winning the seat.[4]

By-elections were held on 8 June 2017 in the Rastrick ward and Todmorden ward after the resignation of Rastrick Councillor Lynne Mitchell and Todmorden Councillor Jayne Booth. Rastrick ward was held by the Conservative Party with the election of Sophie Whittaker and Todmorden ward was held by the Labour Party with the election of Carol Machell.[5]

In April 2018 Councillor Mike Payne of Sowerby Bridge Ward was suspended from the Conservative Party pending an investigation by the party after it was discovered that he had shared an article on Twitter in 2013 which called Muslims "parasites".[6] He was not investigated by Calderdale Council as he was not a councillor at the time of the Tweets.[7] He retained his seat on the council as an independent Conservative. He was later reinstated into the party.[8]

Council results

Calderdale[9]
Party Candidates Votes
Stood Elected Gained Unseated Net % of total % No. Net %
  Labour 17 8 1 2 Decrease1 47.1 37.9 21,115 Decrease2.2
  Conservative 17 6 1 0 Increase1 35.3 29.9 16,697 Decrease0.8
  Liberal Democrats 17 3 1 1 0 17.6 15.4 8,588 Decrease4.3
  UKIP 9 0 0 0 0 0 6.9 3,842 Increase6.9
  Green 17 0 0 0 0 0 5.1 2,844 Increase1.3
  Independent 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.3 1,847 Decrease0.4
  Yorkshire First 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 447 Increase0.8
  National Front 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 77 Increase0.1
  TUSC 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 21 Decrease0.5

Council Composition

Prior to the election the composition of the council was:

24 21 5 1
Labour Conservative Lib Dem Ind

After the election the composition of the council was:

23 22 5 1
Labour Conservative Lib Dem Ind
Party Previous council New council
Labour 24 23
Conservative 21 22
Liberal Democrats 5 5
Independent 1 1
Total 51 51

Ward results

The list of persons nominated were announced by the council once they closed on 7 April 2016.[10] The ward results listed below are based on the changes from the last time this third was up for election, in the 2012 elections,[11] not taking into account any mid-term by-elections or party defections.

Brighouse ward

Brighouse
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Colin Bryan Peel 1,290 41.5 -0.8
Labour Ann Martin 1,045 33.6 -13.5
UKIP Nick Yates 521 16.7 +16.7
Liberal Democrats Jennie Dawn Rigg 132 4.2 -5.6
Green John Richard Ward Nesbitt 89 2.9 +2.9
TUSC Samuel George Webb 21 0.7 +0.7
Majority 245 7.9 +3.1
Turnout 3,111 37.6 +4.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing 6.3

The incumbent was Ann Martin for the Labour Party.

Calder ward

Calder
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Josh Fenton-Glynn 2,310 49.9 +14.4
Liberal Democrats Janet Mary Battye 1,424 30.7 -8.4
Green Jennifer Mary Shepherd 444 9.6 -3.6
Conservative James Ananda Krishnapillai 438 9.5 -2.2
Majority 886 19.1 +15.6
Turnout 4,632 50.6 +5.7
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing 11.3

The incumbent was Janet Battye for the Liberal Democrats.

Elland ward

Elland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Pat Allen 1,334 43.4 +7.0
Conservative George Andrew Robinson 676 22.0 -0.8
Labour Mohammad Naeem 546 17.8 -14.0
UKIP Mick Clarke 414 13.5 +13.5
Green Katherine Maeve Sweeny 92 3.0 -5.6
Majority 658 21.4 +16.8
Turnout 3,071 36.5 +5.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing 10.5

The incumbent was Pat Allen for the Liberal Democrats. The swing is expressed between the Liberal Democrats & Labour as Labour was second in 2012.

Greetland & Stainland ward

Greetland & Stainland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Paul Alexander Bellenger 1,195 38.4 -3.0
Conservative Christopher Richard Blakey 996 32.0 +4.2
Labour James Stephen Hepplestone 384 12.3 +1.3
UKIP Paul Graham Rogan 350 11.3 +11.3
Green Mark Richard Mullany 118 3.8 -7.2
Yorkshire First Christopher Wade Clinton 60 1.9 +1.9
Majority 199 6.4 -7.3
Turnout 3,111 37.2 +5.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing -3.6

The incumbent was Malcolm James for the Liberal Democrats who stood down at this election.

Hipperholme & Lightcliffe ward

Hipperholme & Lightcliffe
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Thomas Hall 1,998 64.2 +21.4
Labour Kashif Ali 526 16.9 -8.5
Liberal Democrats Alisdair Calder McGregor 319 10.3 +6.9
Green Susan Jane Wardell 249 8.0 +8.0
Majority 1,472 47.3 +34.6
Turnout 3,110 35.3 0.0
Conservative hold Swing 14.0

The incumbent was Graham Hall for the Conservative Party. Second place in 2012 was an independent, so the swing which is expressed between Conservative & Labour is significantly increased by the Conservatives regaining the votes which went to the independent in 2012.

Illingworth & Mixenden ward

Illingworth & Mixenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Lisa Ruth Lambert 1,347 48.5 +7.7
Conservative Steven Leigh 688 24.8 +2.4
UKIP Angela Stella Thompson 576 20.7 +20.7
Green Tessa Gordziejko 59 2.1 +2.1
Independent Sean Loftus 49 1.8 -33.0
Liberal Democrats Glen Michael Mattock 43 1.5 -0.2
Majority 659 23.7 +15.2
Turnout 2,776 31.0 -1.7
Labour hold Swing 2.7

The incumbent was Lisa Lambert for the Labour Party. The swing is between Labour & Conservative. Second place in 2012 was an Ex-BNP councillor and no BNP candidate stood in 2016.

Luddendenfoot ward

Luddendenfoot
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jane Scullion 1,363 40.1 -1.2
Conservative Owen Idris Gilroy 866 25.5 -1.4
Liberal Democrats Karl Antony Boggis 604 17.8 -13.2
UKIP Christopher Michael Baksa 322 9.5 +9.5
Green Pete Darren Lucky Leigh Pitfield 131 3.9 +3.9
Yorkshire First Rod Sutcliffe 109 3.2 +3.2
Majority 497 14.6 +4.3
Turnout 3,400 42.7 +4.8
Labour hold Swing 0.1

The incumbent was Simon Young for the Labour Party who stood down at this election. The swing is expressed between Labour & Conservative although the Liberal Democrats were second in 2012.

Northowram & Shelf ward

Northowram & Shelf
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Caffrey 1,929 60.5 +3.9
Labour Gary Walsh 791 24.8 -11.5
Yorkshire First Daniel Richard Manning 222 7.0 +7.0
Green Elaine Hey 154 4.8 +4.8
Liberal Democrats Michael Francis Taylor 81 2.5 -3.5
Majority 1,138 35.7 +15.4
Turnout 3,189 35.6 +2.5
Conservative hold Swing 7.7

The incumbent was Peter Caffrey for the Conservative party.

Ovenden ward

Ovenden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anne Collins 1,142 59.7 -8.4
Conservative John Charles Shoesmith 433 22.6 +2.7
Green Katherine Louise Horner 225 11.8 +11.8
Liberal Democrats Mat Bowles 92 4.8 -5.3
Majority 709 37.1 -11.1
Turnout 1,912 23.0 +1.2
Labour hold Swing -5.6

The incumbent was Anne Collins for the Labour Party.

Park ward

Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jenny Lynn 2,734 70.7 +7.1
Independent Chaudhary Mohammed Saghir 637 16.5 +16.5
Conservative Jeff Featherstone 252 6.5 -13.6
Green Charles Gate 104 2.7 +2.7
Liberal Democrats John Dennis Reynolds 97 2.5 -13.1
Majority 2,097 54.2 +10.7
Turnout 3,867 43.27 -2.8
Labour hold Swing -4.7

The incumbent was Jenny Lynn for the Labour Party.

Rastrick ward

Rastrick
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lynne Louise Mitchell 1,457 48.1 -1.7
Labour Peter Judge 1,160 38.3 -1.5
Liberal Democrats Kathy Haigh-Hutchinson 209 6.9 +6.9
Green Elizabeth Jane King 172 5.7 +5.7
Majority 297 9.8 -0.3
Turnout 3,027 37.1 +6.5
Conservative hold Swing -0.1

The incumbent was Ann McAllister for the Conservative Party who stood down at this election.

Ryburn ward

Ryburn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geraldine Mary Carter 1,258 35.4 -9.5
Independent Peter John Hunt 1,161 32.7 +32.7
Labour Steve Cliberon 820 23.1 -10.7
Green Freda Mary Davis 174 4.9 -7.6
Liberal Democrats Rosemary Mabel Tatchell 131 3.7 -4.5
Majority 97 2.7 -8.3
Turnout 3,555 40.8 9.2
Conservative hold Swing 0.6

The incumbent was Geraldine Carter for the Conservative Party. The swing is expressed between Conservative & Labour presuming the independent candidate has taken votes from both sides and by increasing turnout.

Skircoat ward

Skircoat
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Cecil David Hardy 1,660 44.0 +3.0
Labour Dave Draycott 1,113 29.5 +8.2
Liberal Democrats Stephen Alexander Gow 507 13.4 -16.9
UKIP Geoffrey Thompson 293 7.8 +7.8
Green Eric Dolphy Fabrizi 136 3.6 -3.3
Yorkshire First Darren Stansfield 56 1.5 +1.5
Majority 547 14.5 +3.7
Turnout 3,775 40.4 +2.0
Conservative hold Swing -2.6

The incumbent was John Hardy for the Conservative Party. The swing is expressed from Labour to Conservative though the more significant swing is 12.5% from Liberal Democrat (who were second in 2012) to Labour.

Sowerby Bridge ward

Sowerby Bridge
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Adam David Wilkinson 1,611 49.4 -3.1
Conservative Robb Oddy 911 28.0 -10.8
UKIP Roy Charles Thompson 432 13.3 +13.3
Liberal Democrats Tom Stringfellow 161 4.9 -7.3
Green Karen Elizabeth Levin 131 4.0 +4.0
Majority 700 21.5 +2.8
Turnout 3,259 38.5 +6.5
Labour hold Swing 1.4

The incumbent was Adam Wilkinson for the Labour Party. The biggest swing was 9.5% from Conservative to UKIP.

Todmorden ward

Todmorden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Steve Sweeney 1,578 45.8 10.6
Conservative Gilbert John Hector Gregory 753 21.8 +2.7
Liberal Democrats Joe Rez 381 11.0 -17.7
Green Alan Patrick McDonald 333 9.7 +1.6
UKIP Philip Anthony Walters 309 9.0 +9.0
National Front Chris Jackson 77 2.2 +2.2
Majority 825 23.9 +17.4
Turnout 3,449 39.0 +4.7
Labour hold Swing 14.1

The incumbent was Steve Sweeney for the Labour Party. The swing is expressed between Labour and the Liberal Democrats who were second in 2012. The swing between Labour and Conservative was 3.9% towards Labour. The National Front percentage change is listed as +2.2% as there was no National Front candidate in 2012, it is by comparison 6.2% down compared to the showing of another far-right party The British Peoples Party in 2012.

Town ward

Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Megan Kathleen Swift 1,283 47.8 -15.2
UKIP Phillip Spencer Charlton 625 23.3 +23.3
Conservative Mark Llewellyn Edwards 571 21.3 -4.8
Green Sarah Louise Moakler 116 4.3 +4.3
Liberal Democrats Ruth Coleman-Taylor 78 2.9 -6.4
Majority 658 24.5 -12.3
Turnout 2,682 30.9 +5.8
Labour hold Swing -19.2

The incumbent was Megan Swift for the Labour Party. The swing is shown as 19.2% from Labour to UKIP who did not stand in 2012. The swing between Labour & Conservatives who were second in 2012 is 5.2% from Labour to Conservative.

Warley ward

Warley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Ashley John Richard Evans 1,800 46.9 +9.8
Labour Surraya Bibi 1,362 35.5 -5.3
Conservative Tony Fall 521 13.6 -7.7
Green Hena Chowdhury 117 3.1 +3.1
Majority 438 11.4 +7.8
Turnout 3,834 43.2 +7.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing 7.5

The incumbent was Martin Burton for the Labour Party who stood down at this election.

By-elections between 2016 and 2018

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward, 2017

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe By-Election 6 April 2017[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Andrew Robinson 1,483 60.21
Liberal Democrats Alisdair Calder McGregor 420 17.05
Labour Oliver George Willows 407 16.52
Green Elaine Hey 150 6.09
Majority 1,063 43.16
Turnout 2,463 27.82
Conservative hold Swing

Rastrick ward, 2017

Rastrick By-Election 8 June 2017[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sophie Jane Whittaker 2,929 49.28
Labour Colin Hugh Hutchinson 2,466 41.49
Liberal Democrats Kathy Haigh-Hutchinson 298 5.01
Green Barry Edward Crossland 229 3.85
Majority 463 7.79
Turnout 5,944 70.66
Conservative hold Swing

Todmorden ward, 2017

Todmorden By-Election 8 June 2017[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carol Ann Machell 3,648 54.78
Conservative Gilbert John Hector Gregory 2,076 31.18
Liberal Democrats Donal Antony Martin O'Hanlon 448 6.73
Green Angharad Lois Turner 446 6.70
Majority 1,572 23.61
Turnout 6,659 71.82
Labour hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Guide to May 2016 elections in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland". BBC News. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Whisteblower councillor suspended after finance row". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Conservative officers removed as investigation continues into 'financial irregularities'". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Elected George vows to carry on 'great work'". Halifax Courier. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Conservatives hold on to the Calder Valley - but with vastly reduced majority". Halifax Courier. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Calderdale councillor suspended over 'Muslim parasite' posts". BBC. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  7. ^ "No Calderdale council probe of councillor's 'Muslim parasite' post". BBC. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Tory Islamophobia row: 15 suspended councillors quietly reinstated". The Guardian. 24 March 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Election of Local Councillors 2016 - 05/05/2016". Election results. Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Statement of persons nominated". Calderdale Metropolitan Council. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Local Election Results 2012". Calderdale Metropolitan Council. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  12. ^ Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Ward By-Election, 2017. calderdale.gov.uk.
  13. ^ Elected George vows to carry on ‘great work’. The Halifax Evening Courier.
  14. ^ Rastrick Ward By-Election, 2017. calderdale.gov.uk.
  15. ^ Todmorden Ward By-Election, 2017. calderdale.gov.uk.
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