Reading Borough Council elections

Reading is a unitary authority in Berkshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973-1983
Conservative 1983-1986
No overall control 1986-1987
Labour 1987-1998

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
Labour 1997-2008
No overall control 2008-2012
Labour 2012–present

Council elections

Non-metropolitan district elections

  • Reading Borough Council election, 1973
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1976
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1979 (Borough boundary changes took place but the number of seats remained the same)[2][3]
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1983 (New ward boundaries)[4]
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1984
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1986
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1987
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1988
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1990
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1991
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1992
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1994
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1995
  • Reading Borough Council election, 1996

Unitary authority elections

Borough result maps

Reading Borough Council 2010 Electoral Make-up

2010 results map

Reading Borough Council Electoral Make-up 2011

2011 results map

Reading Borough Council Electoral Make-Up 2012

2012 results map

Reading Borough Council Electoral Make-up 2011

2014 results map

Reading Borough Council Electoral Make-Up 2012

2015 results map

References

  1. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Berkshire and Oxfordshire (Areas) Order 1977. Retrieved on 18 November 2015.
  3. ^ The Berkshire and Oxfordshire (Areas) (Amendment) Order 1977
  4. ^ The Borough of Reading (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1979
  5. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Reading (Electoral Changes) Order 2002. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
2010 Reading Borough Council election

Elections to Reading Borough Council took place on 6 May 2010 under the backdrop of the 2010 General Election, with 15 council seats up for election. The Labour Party continued to lose seats, losing Katesgrove ward to the Liberal Democrats and Park ward to the Green Party. The Conservatives held all their seats apart from Minster ward which was a surprise gain by Labour.

The election resulted in Reading Borough Council being left in no overall control. Shortly after the election the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats announced they would form a coalition to govern locally, ending over two decades of Labour control.

2018 Reading Borough Council election

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 suffered set backs in the marginal seat of Kentwood where The Conservative Party gained a seat. The Conservatives also succeed in gaining Tilehurst ward from the Liberal Democrats reducing the Liberal Democrats to one remaining Councillor. The election was held on the same day as other local elections.

2019 Reading Borough Council election

The 2019 Reading Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect members in 15 wards of Reading Borough Council. There was also a casual vacancy in Thames ward. The Labour Party held control of the council.

The Liberal Democrats and the The Green Party succeeded in making significant increases in their vote across the borough, the Liberal Democrats gaining Tilehurst from the Conservatives and The Green Party gaining Redlands Ward from The Labour Party. The only gain for either of the two major parties was in Caversham where Labour gained a seat from the Conservatives. The election was held on the same day as other local elections.

Abbey (Reading ward)

Abbey is an electoral ward of the Borough of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. The ruins of Reading Abbey lie within the boundaries of the ward, a fact from which it derives its name. The ward covers the centre of the town, south of the River Thames, and is bordered by Battle, Park, Redlands, Katesgrove and Minster wards. Across the river it is bordered by Thames and Caversham wards. Although including significant portions of both the suburbs of West Reading and East Reading, the ward lies entirely within the Reading East parliamentary constituency.As of 2016, there were some 13,500 people living in Abbey ward, of whom 16.1% were aged under 16, 6% were aged 65 and over, and 2% were born outside the UK. The population lives in a total of just under 6,800 dwellings, of which 57% are in purpose-built blocks of flats, just over 20% each are terraced houses, and just over 10% are flat conversions or shared houses, with detached and semi-detached houses making up the rest. Of the population aged between 16 and 74, 72.4% are in employment and 5.1% are unemployed. Of those in employment, 60% are in managerial, professional or technical occupations, with 34% in professional occupations.As with all Reading wards, apart from smaller Mapledurham ward, the ward elects three councillors to Reading Borough Council. Elections since 2004 are held by thirds, with elections in three years out of four. These councillors are currently: Mohammed Ayub (2015; Labour), Tony Page (2016; Labour) and Karen Rowland (2018; Labour).

Battle (Reading ward)

Battle is an electoral ward of the Borough of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. It is situated to the west of the town centre, south of the River Thames, and is bordered by Kentwood, Mapledurham, Thames, Caversham, Abbey, Minster, Southcote and Norcot wards.As with all wards, apart from smaller Mapledurham, it elects three councillors to Reading Borough Council. Elections since 2004 are held by thirds, with elections in three years out of four.

In the 2011, 2012 and 2014 a Labour Party candidate won each election.

These Councillors are currently, in order of election: Matt Rodda, Gul Khan and Sarah Hacker.The area is ethnically diverse and has significant Afro-Caribbean and South Asian populations.

Caversham (Reading ward)

Caversham is an electoral ward of the Borough of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. It is to the north of the town centre, in the suburb of Caversham to the north of the River Thames, and is bordered by Thames, Peppard and Abbey wards.As with all wards, apart from smaller Mapledurham, it elects three councillors to Reading Borough Council. Elections since 2004 are held by thirds, with elections in three years out of four.

In the 2011 the Conservative Party won followed by a Labour Party or Labour and Co-operative Party candidate winning in 2012 and 2014

These Councillors are currently, in order of election: Rachael Chrisp (Lab), Claire McDonald (Con) and Richard Davies (Lab and Coop).

Church (Reading ward)

Church is an electoral ward of the Borough of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. It is covers an area south and south-east of the town centre, and is bordered by Katesgrove, Park, Redlands and Whitley wards.As with all wards, apart from smaller Mapledurham, it elects three councillors to Reading Borough Council. Elections since 2004 are held by thirds, with elections in three years out of four.

In the 2011, 2012 and 2014 a Labour Party candidate won each election.

These Councillors are currently, in order of election: Paul Woodward, Eileen McElligott and Ashley Pearce.

Kentwood (Reading ward)

Kentwood is an electoral ward of the Borough of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. It consists of the northern part of the suburb of Tilehurst, in the west of Reading, south of the River Thames. The ward is bordered by Mapledurham and Battle wards to the east, and Norcot and Tilehurst wards to the south. To the west the ward is bordered by the reduced civil parish of Tilehurst in the district of West Berkshire which is the remainder of the larger ancient parish, before the expansion of the Borough of Reading. The ward has schools and churches bearing a Tilehurst, rather than Reading name.

As with all wards, apart from smaller Mapledurham, it elects three councillors to Reading Borough Council. Elections since 2004 are held by thirds, with elections in three years out of four.

In the 2011 the Conservative Party won followed by a Labour Party candidate each winning in 2012 and 2014.

These Councillors are currently, in order of election: Tom Stanway (Con), Daya Pal Singh (Lab) and Glenn Dennis (Lab).

Minster (Reading ward)

Minster is an electoral ward of the Borough of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. It lies south-west of the town centre, comprising the suburbs of Coley, Coley Park, and that part of West Reading bounded by the Bath Road, Tilehurst Road and Parkside Road. It also includes a large tract of undeveloped flood-plain reaching south between the Holy Brook and the River Kennet, together with the commercial properties that flank Rose Kiln Lane (A33) between the Berkeley Avenue road bridge and the bridge across the River Kennet. The ward is bordered, in clockwise order, by Battle, Abbey, Katesgrove, Whitley and Southcote wards. It lies entirely within the Reading West parliamentary constituency.As of 2016, there were just over 10,000 people living in Minster ward, of whom 21% were aged under 16, 12.6% were aged 65 and over, and 29% were born outside the UK. The population lives in a total of just under 4,700 dwellings, of which almost 50% are in purpose-built blocks of flats, and around 20% each are terraced houses or semi-detached houses, with detached houses and flat conversions making up the rest. Of the population aged between 16 and 74, approximately 70% are in employment and 5.5% are unemployed. Of those in employment, 50% are in managerial, professional or technical occupations, with 26% in professional occupations.As with all Reading wards, apart from smaller Mapledurham ward, the ward elects three councillors to Reading Borough Council. Elections since 2004 are held by thirds, with elections in three years out of four. These councillors are currently: Paul Gittings (2015; Labour), Liz Terry (2016; Labour and Co-operative) and Ellie Emberson (2018; Labour).During the 2018 Local Elections, the 19-year-old Councillor Emberson enjoyed national media attention as the youngest councillor elected nationwide, and the youngest female councillor ever elected to Reading Borough Council. In various interviews with national news agencies, Emberson emphasised her commitment to representing everyone in her community with a focus on tackling the issues young people face today. As well as her success in her council election, Emberson has also been tipped as 'one to watch' in British politics with Martin Salter, the MP for Reading West between 1997 and 2010, publicly stating that Ellie "will be a name to watch in Reading politics in the future. She might even be the MP for Reading West one day".

Park (Reading ward)

Park is an electoral ward of the Borough of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. It is the far eastern ward and is bordered to its west by Abbey, Church and Redlands wards. On the north, east and south it is bordered by the civil parish of Earley in the Borough of Wokingham.As with all wards, apart from smaller Mapledurham, it elects three councillors to Reading Borough Council. Elections since 2004 are held by thirds, with elections in three years out of four.

In the 2011, 2012 and 2014 a Green Party candidate won each election.

Redlands (Reading ward)

Redlands is an electoral ward of the Borough of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. It is situated to the south-east of the town centre, and is bordered by Abbey, Park, Church and Katesgrove wards.As with all wards, apart from smaller Mapledurham, it elects three councillors to Reading Borough Council. Elections since 2004 are held by thirds, with elections in three years out of four.

Between 2010 and 2018 a Labour Party or Labour and Co-operative Party candidate won every election, namely in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. In 2019 Green Party (UK) candidate won the seat of Jan Gavin (Lab) who stood down.

These Councillors are currently, in order of election: Jamie Whitham (Green), Tony Jones (Lab and Coop) and David Absolom (Lab).

Thames (Reading ward)

Thames is an electoral ward of the Borough of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. It is one of four wards in Caversham which describes the area in the borough on the north side of the River Thames and is immediately north of Reading town centre. It is bordered by Caversham ward and two wards in the direction of neighbouring villages, named after them, but not including them: Peppard and Mapledurham, (straddling Peppard and Mapledurham roads). Across the river is Abbey ward.As with all wards, apart from smaller Mapledurham, it elects three councillors to Reading Borough Council. Elections since 2004 are held by thirds, with elections in three years out of four.

Tilehurst (Reading ward)

Tilehurst is an electoral ward of the Borough of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. It forms part of the larger Reading suburb of Tilehurst, which also includes parts of the borough's Kentwood and Norcot wards, together with the civil parish of Tilehurst Without that is outside the borough boundary in the district of West Berkshire. The ward is bordered, in clockwise order, by Norcot ward, Tilehurst Without civil parish and Kentwood ward. It lies entirely within the Reading West parliamentary constituency.As of 2016, there were just over 9,000 people living in Minster ward, of whom 21% were aged under 16, 20.4% were aged 65 and over, and 10% were born outside the UK. The population lives in a total of 3,868 dwellings, of which almost 39% are semi-detached houses, around 30% in terraced houses and over 15% in detached houses. Of the population aged between 16 and 74, approximately 67% are in employment and 3.6% are unemployed. Of those in employment, 37% are in managerial, professional or technical occupations, with 16% in professional occupations.As with all Reading wards, apart from smaller Mapledurham ward, the ward elects three councillors to Reading Borough Council. Elections since 2004 are held by thirds, with elections in three years out of four. These councillors are currently: Sandra Vickers (2015; Conservative), Meri O’Connell (2016; Liberal Democrat) and Helen Manghnani (2018; Conservative).

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