Saturday, 7 May 2011

Reading Borough council election results... the data

For those interested in the analysing the numbers the information below might save you some time.  It's sorted in order from the largest Labour majority down to the largest 'other' (Conservative) majority.

The fact that the Liberal vote collapsed is probably not surprising to anyone given that this was the pattern across the country and our local Liberal Democrats were less able than many others to distance themselves from the national party, due to chosing coalition with the Conservatives last May.

What is more interesting is looking at how the Conservative vote share has also dropped, in wards as different as Whitley and Caversham. They gained from the Liberal Democrats in Tilehurst (Labour moving up to second place and Liberal Democrats going from 1st to 3rd) but they lost to Paul Woodward of Labour in Church ward and are now placed third in Park ward losing their councillor there.  I believe there are some serious questions being asked this weekend about why the Conservatives in Reading seem to have done worse than elsewhere.

As you can imagine there are some very happy people in the Labour party this weekend, but we are also getting back to work - I've been dealing with casework involving allotments, housing, bollards and noise!

Data is below:

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Ward
Labour
Tory
LibDem
Green
Others
Total
Votes
Labour
%
Tory
%
LibDem
%
Green
%
Others
%
Labour
majority
Labour
majority %
Norcot
1557
650
233
220

2660
58.5
24.4
8.8
8.3
0.0
907
34.1
Whitley
1331
572
140
88
207
2338
56.9
24.5
6.0
3.8
8.9
759
32.5
Battle
1373
690
230
181
110
2584
53.1
26.7
8.9
7.0
4.3
683
26.4
Southcote
1543
858
193
157

2751
56.1
31.2
7.0
5.7
0.0
685
24.9
Abbey
1298
699
369
293
119
2778
46.7
25.2
13.3
10.5
4.3
599
21.6
Katesgrove
1100
431
592
165
90
2378
46.3
18.1
24.9
6.9
3.8
508
21.4
Redlands
1295
526
757
345

2923
44.3
18.0
25.9
11.8
0.0
538
18.4
Minster
1447
1066
286
220

3019
47.9
35.3
9.5
7.3
0.0
381
12.6
Church
1229
901
181
192
221
2724
45.1
33.1
6.6
7.0
8.1
328
12.0
Kentwood
1159
1369
247
177
134
3086
37.6
44.4
8.0
5.7
4.3
-210
-6.8
Park
1213
732
123
1585

3653
33.2
20.0
3.4
43.4
0.0
-372
-10.2
Caversham
977
1335
366
438

3116
31.4
42.8
11.7
14.1
0.0
-358
-11.5
Tilehurst
774
1146
957
159

3036
25.5
37.7
31.5
5.2
0.0
-372
-12.3
Thames
821
2139
522
439

3921
20.9
54.6
13.3
11.2
0.0
-1318
-33.6
Peppard
671
2109
523
340

3643
18.4
57.9
14.4
9.3
0.0
-1438
-39.5














Total
17788
15223
5719
4999
881
44610
39.9
34.1
12.8
11.2
2.0



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