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Harry Hayfield’s local election preview

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Rhyl South West on Denbighshire (Lab defence)
Result of council at last election (2012): Labour 18, Independents 12, Conservatives 9, Plaid Cymru 7, Liberal Democrat 1 (No Overall Control, Labour short by 6)
Result of ward at last election (2012): E denotes elected
Labour: Pat Jones 797 E, Margaret McCarroll 647 E (70%)
Independents: David Thomas 184, Glyn Williams 141 (16%)
Conservatives: Harry Bennett 116, Billy Dawson 96 (10%)
Liberal Democrats: David Dear 71 (2%)
Candidates duly nominated: David Dear (Lib Dem), Diana Hammam (Ind), Melanie Jones (Con), Pete Prendergast (Lab), David Wilmot (Plaid)

I have often commented on the fact that in some parts of Wales it is almost impossible for a party to get an overall majority and there is one common factor in those councils, Independents, and in Denbighshire Independents rule the roost in more ways than one. When the council was created in 1995 following the merger of Rhuddlan and Glyndwr councils, the Independents made their presence felt polling 42% of the vote (to Labour’s 34%) and winning 20 councillors (just one ahead of Labour) thus ensuring that like their previous numbers, Denbighshire would be NOC. In 1999, the Independents were still on top (polling 35% of the vote and winning 18 councillors) but there was a new Independent group on the block calling themselves the Democratic Alliance of Wales who polled a very respectable 12% and won 5 councillors, probably on the back of Gwynne Clague standing in the Assembly elections on the same day in the Vale of Clwyd constituency (where he polled 9% of the vote)

By 2004 however, the Democratic Alliance had fallen away and the Independents were now back to their 1995 levels of support and this time (thanks in part to the drop in support for Labour) they were now clearly the largest grouping on the council with the Conservatives and Plaid Cymru both chomping at the bit at becoming the second largest grouping on the council. At the next elections in 2008, the Conservatives clearly scented blood and for the first time since the council’s formation the Conservatives won the election polling 33% (+18% on the last elections) and winning 18 councillors (+11 on the last elections) and thus became the largest party on the council however this wasn’t to last as in 2012 Labour came roaring back as they polled 33% (+13% on the 2008 elections) and made a net gain of 10 seats to become the new largest grouping but still short of an overall majority.



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Marf for tonight + Harry Hayfield’s local by-election preview

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Tonight’s local by- elections from Harry Hayfield

Hengoed on Carmarthenshire (Lab Defence)
Result of council at last election (2012): Plaid Cymru 28, Labour 23, Independents 22, People First 1 (No Overall Control, Plaid Cymru short by 10)
Result of ward at last election (2012): Emboldened denotes elected
People First 337, 261 (33%)
Labour 338, 253 (28%)
Plaid Cymru 315, 271 (28%)
Independent 213 (10%)
Non Party Independent 89 (4%)
Candidates duly nominated: Martin Davies (Plaid), Stephen Davies (Con), Penny Edwards (Lab), Bramwell Richards (UKIP), Wynford Samuel (People First), Edward Skinner (Ind)

Since Plaid’s triumph in the 1999 Assembly elections, Plaid have suffered from the same sort of problems as Labour have been experiencing in areas where the local party are deemed to be out of touch only with Plaid, it’s not being out of touch that is the problem, it’s not looking after their traditional roots. The first rumblings started in 2004 when Llais Ceredigion (The Voice of Ceredigion) started the process to hold a referendum on the concept of a directly elected mayor when the county’s planning department called for a massive increase in the number of homes in the county which Llais Ceredigion said would lead to the Welsh language becoming a minority language in less than two decades and that a directly elected mayor would have the power to stop such a plan. The referendum was called for a month before the local elections and so Llais Ceredigion fielded candidates in the local elections hoping to captialise on the referendum result. Sadly for them, the concept of a mayor was rejected by a margin of two to one and no Llais candidates were elected, although that they did manage to poll 22% of the vote in the six wards they contested and in Beulah managed to attract 31% of the vote in direct opposition to the sitting Plaid Cymru councillor.

In 2008, a Llais came back to haunt Plaid in the biggest way possible. This time it was Llais Gwynedd and their gripe with Plaid Cymru was the fact that Gwynedd (controlled by Plaid since the council was formed in 1995) was closing Welsh medium primary schools. This time, however, unlike Llais Ceredigion, Llais Gwynedd was out in force and stood in 28 seats in the elections in 2008 and for the first time Plaid faced the real threat of losing overall control and when the votes were tallied Llais proved that they meant business. In the 28 seats they stood in they polled 7,119 votes (39%) to Plaid’s 7,091 (38%) and managed to win 12 seats (nine of which came from Plaid) including the ward of Bontnewydd represented in the 2004 council chamber by Dafydd Iwan, the Welsh folk singer and Plaid Cymru leader at the time. In fact, Llais Gwynedd were so impressed with their performance that they stood in the new Dwyfor, Meirionnydd constituency in 2011 in direct opposition to the Presiding Officer, Lord Elis Thomas and managed to poll 16% (13% of which came from Plaid Cymru)

In the same elections, more trouble was on the horizon for Plaid as Sian Caiach (the Plaid Cymru councillor for Hengoed) stood as a “People First” candidate in the Plaid battleground seat of Llanelli and managed to poll 8% of the vote which contributed to Labour gaining the seat but that didn’t stop her as he stood in 2012 as a People First candiate in the local elections and managed to hold on to her seat with her running partner a mere 76 votes behind the second seat, so as you can see this by-election will be a real test for People First, can they take a seat from Labour or prevent Plaid winning a seat? If they can, expect to see Sian standing in the general election for Llanelli and potentially making Plaid’s life even more difficult than it is already (with both Arfon and Carmarthen East as Labour targets and their Westminster leader standing down in Dwyfor)



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Local By-Election Preview : February 5th 2015

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Brimington on Derbyshire (Lab Defence)
Result of council at last election (2013): Labour 43, Conservatives 18, Liberal Democrats 3 (Labour majority of 22)
Result of ward at last election (2013): Labour 1,857 (69%), Conservatives 301 (11%), Liberal Democrats 250 (9%), Independent (Mullins) 175 (6%), Independent (Mann) 119 (4%)
Candidates duly nominated: John Ahern (Lib Dem), Mick Bagshaw (Ind), Tricia Gilby (Lab), Lewis Preston (Con), Paul Stone (UKIP)

Derbyshire has always been called a Labour heartland council (and yet despite that the county actually has some very Conservative areas as well). In the 1992 general election of the ten constituencies in Derbyshire, the Conservatives had six to Labour’s four and yet at the following year’s general election Labour had an overall majority of 20 on the council. In 1997, all the seats (bar Derbyshire West) voted Labour, very little happened on the county (thanks in part to Derby becoming a unitary authority) and in 2001 when the Liberal Democrats gained Chesterfield, very little happened again. It was only in 2005 that things started to happen when Labour’s majority slipped to 12 (with the Liberal Democrats gaining three and the Conservatives gaining two), and in 2009 the seemingly unthinkable happened as the Conservatives gained overall control (by three) so it should come as no suprise to hear that in 2010, the county went back to how it was in 1992 (only with an extra seat for Labour thanks to boundary changes). However in this by-election we have the UKIP factor in a ward they did not contest in 2013. Whether they will be able to upset the apple cart enough to gain the seat is debateable, but can they affect the outcome? Almost certainly.

Harry Hayfield



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Local By-Elections: January 22nd 2014 – Harry Hayfield

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

This was Harry’s ward description before the result.

Kirkcaldy East on Fife (SNP defence)
Result of council at last election (2012): Labour 35, Scottish Nationalists 26, Liberal Democrats 10, Conservatives 3, Independents 3, Non Party Independent 1 (No Overall Control, Labour short by 5)
Result of ward at last election (2012): Emboldened denotes elected
Labour 1,111, 745 (50%)
Scottish National Party 610, 742 (36%)
Conservatives 224 (6%)
Pensioner’s Party 180 (5%)
Liberal Democrats 104 (3%)
Candidates duly nominated: Peter ADAMS (UKIP), Edgar COOK (Con), Liz EASTON (Lab), Ronald HUNTER (Ind), Callum LESLIE (Lib Dem), Alastair MACINTYRE (Ind), Marie PENMAN (SNP), Claire REID (Green)

Fife, along with the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Highland and the island councils, came through the reorganisation of Scottish local government in 1995 remarkably intact in fact it doubled in terms of membership of the council increasing from 46 members at the 1994 elections to 92 in the first unitary elections in 1995. At the local elections in 1990, Fife was a literal Labour fiedom as they won 30 seats and an overall majority of 14, the majority fell to 10 in 1994 as the Liberal Democrats made two gains but everyone knew that when the unitary authority was elected the following year if Labour failed to get a majority it would be a shock. As it happened Labour won 54 seats in the new enlarged council chamber and won with an overall majority of 16. By the time of the 1999 local elections, it had become clear that Fife was too big and so for those elections 14 councillors were given the heave ho, but Labour still won an overall majority on the new reduced Fife of 8 but the Liberal Democrats were by now becoming the clear challengers to Labour and in 2003, when they gained Inverclyde from Labour, they managed to knock Labour out of control in Fife but Labour were still the largest party on the council and were able to carry on in control, that was until 2004 when thanks to the Labour / Liberal Democrat coalition STV for local government was introduced and when the wards for the next elections in 2007 where formalised, the notional calculations for Fife shook Labour to it’s core. Labour would have won 31 seats, the Liberal Democrats 19 seats, the SNP 17 seats, the Conservatives 7 seats, with the Independents winning 4 seats. In other words, the Liberal Democrats, SNP and Independents would have enough seats to control the council and when all the votes were counted and seats allocated the effect of STV was clear. Labour only won 24 seats (-7 on the notional calculation), the SNP were on 23 (+6), the Liberal Democrats on 21 (+2), the Conservatives on 5 (-2) and the Independents on 5 (+1). In the five years between that election and the next in 2012, the SNP won and then gained an overall majority in Holyrood and everyone was thinking that time was up for Labour in Fife, so you can imagine the suprised faces when Labour actually gained seats (nine to be precise) in those local elections with the SNP only gaining three. For the Liberal Democrats those elections were a disaster as they lost eleven seats. The Conservatives lost two and the Independents lost one. This ward is part of the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency, that in May will not have Gordon Brown as the Labour candidate, but Labour know that they if they can gain this ward from the SNP, then Alex Salmond’s plan to lead the Westminster contingent of SNP MP’s into government might come a cropper.

Crowborough West on Wealden (Con defence)
Result of council at last election (2011): Conservatives 47, Independents 5, Liberal Democrats 3 (Conservative majority of 39)
Result of ward at last election (2011): Emboldened denotes elected
Conservatives 1,387, 1,225 (83%)
Labour 517 (17%)
Candidates duly nominated: Simon STAVELEY (UKIP), Jeannette TOWEY (Con)

Wealden council covers most, if of all, of the Wealden parliamentary constituency and like the seat that has voted Conservative all of it’s history the council is the same clocking up 34 Conservatives out of 55 in 2003, the same in 2007, and 47 in 2011 and thus creating a virtual one party state and as we have seen in past local by-elections, virtual one party states are a prime area for UKIP to make a statement and whilst UKIP did indeed win Wealden in the Euros, they only did so by 3% (on a 9% swing from Con to UKIP) inline with the regional swing in the South East a good deal less than the swing in neighbouring Lewes, Eastbourne and Rother suggesting that UKIP’s best hope here is to inflict a swing of 30% from Con to UKIP.



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Local By-Election Preview : December 18th 2014

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

St. James on Kingston upon Thames (Con defence)

Result of council at last election (2014): Conservatives 28, Liberal Democrats 18, Labour 2 (Conservative majority of 8)
Result of ward at last election (2014) : Emboldened denotes elected
Conservatives 1,250, 1,188, 1,082
Liberal Democrats 729, 719, 696
Labour 598, 494, 485
United Kingdom Independence Party 386, 361
Green 212
British National Party 100
Trade Unionist and Socialist 34

Candidates duly nominated: Jack CHEETHAM (Con), Stephen DUNKLING (Lab), Alex NELSON (Green), Ben ROBERTS (UKIP), Annette WOOKEY (Lib Dem)

This year marked the 50th anniversary of Kingston (and all the other London boroughs) following the re-organisation of local government in the capital and as a result have become the longest lasting councils in the whole of the UK (having not been touched by the hand of various secretaries of state creating unitary authorities). Back in those first elections in 1964, the Conservatives won control of the council with a majority of 20 but it was not over the Liberals, it was over Labour as back in the mid 60’s the idea of the Liberals winning a seat on the council, let alone controlling the council, was just a mere pipe dream.

It was not until 1974 that the first Liberals were elected, but just four years later they had been defeated and when they came back in 1982 the Conservatives were still solidly in charge. However that all changed in 1986 when the Alliance came within 2% of winning the popular vote and within two of becoming the largest party as they forced the council into a state of No Overall Control for the first time in the council’s history and it stayed that way until 1994 when on a wave of anti Conservative support the Liberal Democrats polled 42% of the vote and won control of the council which lasted for a whole four years before the Conservatives topped the poll by two and forced the council back into NOC, only for the Lib Dems to win it back in 2002 and then hold it in 2006 and 2010 before finally losing control back to the Conservatives this year so will this been seen as a referendum on the first six months of Conservative control of Kingston since 1982 or will UKIP use it to prove that in Liberal Democrat / Conservative battlegrounds such as the Kingston and Surbiton constituency the ward lies in, UKIP will decide who wins.

Ollerton on Nottinghamshire (Lab defence)

Result of council at last election (2013): Labour 34, Conservatives 21, Liberal Democrats 8, Mansfield Independents 2, Independents 2 (Labour majority of 1)
Result of ward at last election (2013): Labour 1,603 (58%), Conservative 594 (22%), United Kingdom Independence Party 549 (20%)
Candidates duly nominated: Ben BRADLEY (Con), Colin HART (UKIP), Michael PRINGLE (Lab), Marylyn RAYNER (Lib Dem)

Nottinghamshire has for decades symbolised the dominance of Labour, you only have to look at some of the MP’s elected from the county to get an idea of this (Geoff Hoon from Ashfield, Paddy Tipping from Sherwood, John Mann in Bassetlaw, Vernon Coaker from Gedling) so it gives you an idea of the disaster that befell Labour in 2009 when, for the first time in it’s history, Nottinghamshire county went Conservative.

The Conservatives polled in that election 39% of the vote (+6% on 2005), Labour polled a miserly 25% (-10%), with all the other parties picking up the remainder and that 8% swing from Lab to Con saw the Conservatives pick up 10 seats and Labour lose 25 seats with the Liberal Democrats doubling their number of seats matching the Independents and allowing UKIP to win a seat.

So you can imagine what a huge relief it was to Ed Milliband that Nottingham was a Labour gain in 2013, and whilst there was a swing of 12% from Con to Lab the fact that UKIP gained some 16% as well gave everyone cause for concern so the question has to be can UKIP top off what has been an amazing year by winning another local by-election from Labour in a part of the world where (if the Euros were any indication) UKIP rule the roost.

Harry Hayfield

The by-elections tonight will be the last of 2014, but that does not mean I can now pack up shop until the New Year, on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, I shall be reviewing the year in local by-elections and producing a Westminster forecast based on this year’s local by-elections



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Harry Hayfield’s Local By-Election Preview : December 4th 2014

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Netherfield on Mansfield (Mansfield Independent Forum defence)
Result of last election to council (2011): Labour 26, Mansfield Independents 10 (Labour majority of 16)
Result of last election in ward (2011): Mansfield Independents 444 (51%), Labour 401 (46%), Liberal Democrats 34 (4%)
Candidates duly nominated: Karen Seymour (TUSC), Sid Walker (UKIP), Sarah Wright (Lab)

Ever since the scare that Labour had in 1987 (when the Conservatives came within 56 seats of winning), Labour’s majority in Mansfield constituency has increased to such an extent that it’s position as one of Labour’s safest seats in the Midlands will not be challenged for a long time. The same however cannot be said about the council. Back in 2003, the Independents actually controlled the council with a majority of 4, not the safest margin in the world, I agree, but for the Independents to control a council with such a Labour history was concerning none the less, so when that majority increased to 12 in 2007 needless to say Labour headquarters must have been worried that they could have another 1987 on their hands come the 2010 general election. That situation did not arise as Labour held the seat by 6,000 and in 2011 gained control of the council as the coalition vote collapsed, but this by-election presents us with an interesting question. Last week, UKIP gained a ward from the Social Democrats were no Social Democrat candidate was nominated, this week there is no Mansfield Independent candidate, so could UKIP spring another surprise and put forward the theory that local Independents can (and do) vote UKIP?

Longholme on Rossendale (Lab defence)

Result of last election to council (2014): Labour 24, Conservative 10, Independent 2 (Labour majority of 12)
Result of last election in ward (2014): Labour 715 (43%), Conservatives 554 (33%), UKIP 396 (24%)
Candidates duly nominated: Gary Barnes (UKIP), Annie McMahon (Lab), Mischa Mockett (Con)

Rossendale has really been through the mill in the last decade or so. A completely hung council in 2003 with both Labour and the combined opposition tied on 18 seats apiece, the Conservatives broke the deadlock in 2004 by making eight gains (all from Labour) and retained control for the next six years until the Labour surge in 2011 which saw them gain control in 2012 and retain control this year, however the electors of Longholme may be of the opinion that this by-election isn’t really needed, after all they only re-elected Cllr. McInnes in May and the only reason this by-election is happening is because she was elected as the Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton and as we know, electors have a very reliable habit of punishing parties for unrequired by-elections (Kensington 1988, Ribble Valley 1990 to name but two)

Aveley and Uplands on Thurrock (United Kingdom Independence Party defence)
Result of last election to council (2014): Labour 23, Conservatives 18, UKIP 6, Independent 2 (No Overall Control, Labour short by 2)
Result of last election in ward (2014): UKIP 1,085 (47%), Conservative 683 (30%), Labour 372 (16%), Liberal Democrats 161 (7%)
Candidates duly nominated: Tim Aker (UKIP), John O’Regan (Lab), Eddie Stringer (Ind), Teresa Webster (Con)

Thurrock in 2004 was a typical Essex council, Conservative majority of 7, Labour challenging and a couple of Independents sticking up for local affairs. But by 2008, this part of Essex was being raised as a point of concern, the reason? Four BNP councillors in Epping Forest and one in Thurrock. However by 2012, normal service had been resumed as the BNP lost all their seats and Thurrock became a Labour council (albeit with a majority of 1) with a single UKIP councillor adding to the collection. Nothing to worry about at all. That was until 2014 when UKIP made five gains in the district (two from Labour, three from the Conservatives) and forced the council back into No Overall Control and one of those gains was this very ward. However, when it comes to holding gains, UKIP do have a slight problem. So can they buck this trend and hold a gain?



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The week’s Local By-Election Results : Gains for SNP, UKIP and CON

Friday, November 28th, 2014

East Riding of Yorkshire
Bridlington Central and Old Town
Result: UKIP 401 (31%), Conservative 352 (27%), Dealtry (Independent) 217 (17%), Dixon (Independent) 214 (16%), Tate (Independent) 116 (9%)
UKIP GAIN from Social Democrat with a majority of 49 (4%)
Total Independent vote: 547 (42%)

Howdenshire
Result: Conservative 1,020 (46%), UKIP 891 (40%), Labour 298 (13%)
Conservative HOLD with a majority of 129 (6%)

Willerby and Kirk Ella
Result: Conservative 1,522 (56%), UKIP 699 (26%), Labour 515 (19%)
Conservative HOLD with a majority of 823 (30%)

Scotland
Troup on Aberdeenshire (Con Defence)
Result: SNP 1,159 (46% +6%), Conservative 574 (23% +2%), Independent 391 (16%), Liberal Democrats 141 (6% +4%), Labour 140 (6% unchanged), Green 68 (3%, no candidate in 2012), Independent 43 (2%)
SNP GAIN from Conservative (count of election not known) with a majority of 585 (23%) on a swing of 2% from Con to SNP
Total Independent vote: 434 (17% -11% on 2012)

Midlothian East on Midlothian (Ind Defence from Lab defection)
Result: Labour 1,294 (33% -3%), SNP 1,260 (32% -11%), Independent 780 (20% +9%), Conservative 331 (8% -1%), Green 197 (5%, no candidate in 2012), Liberal Democrat 68 (2%, no candidate in 2012)
Labour HOLD (count of election not known) with a majority of 34 (1%) on a swing of 4% from SNP to Labour

Kirkwall West and Orphir on Orkney (Ind Defence)
Result: Manson (Independent) 647 (58%), Skuse (Independent) 281 (25%), McBrearty (Independent) 142 (13%), Leonard (Independent) 55 (5%)
Independent HOLD with a majority of 366 (33%)

Blackbird Leys (Lab Defence) and Northfield Brook (Lab Defence) on Oxford
Blackbird Leys
Result: Labour 509 (76% -9%), UKIP 91 (14%, no candidate in 2012), Conservative 27 (4% -2%), Green 21 (3% -2%), TUSC 13 (2%, no candidate in 2012), Lib Dem 11 (2% -2%)
Labour HOLD with a majority of 418 (62%) on a swing of 11.5% from Labour to UKIP

Northfield Brook
Result: Labour 401 (71% -3%), Conservative 65 (11% +3%), Green 50 (9% -1%), TUSC 34 (6%, no candidate in 2012), Liberal Democrat 18 (3% -6%)
Labour HOLD with a majority of 336 (60%) on a swing of 3% from Labour to Conservative

The Leys on Oxfordshire (Lab Defence)
Result: Labour 879 (82%, unchanged on 2013), Conservative 77 (7% -1%), Green 57 (5% -2%), Liberal Democrat 30 (3% unchanged on 2013), TUSC 27 (3%, no candidate in 2013)
Labour HOLD with a majority of 802 (75%) on a swing of 0.5% from Conservative to Labour

Charville on Hillingdon (Lab Defence)
Result: Labour 950 (39%), Conservative 929 (38%), UKIP 468 (19%), TUSC 40 (2%), Lib Dem 37 (2%)
Labour HOLD with a majority of 21 (1%)

St. Neots Primary Park on Huntingdonshire (Con Defence)
Result: Conservative 448 (46% +1%), UKIP 337 (34%, no candidate in 2011), Labour 199 (20% -3%)
Conservative HOLD with a majority of 111 (12%) on a swing of 16.5% from Conservative to UKIP

Ashfordby on Melton (Lab Defence)
Result: Conservative 265 (54%), Labour 129 (26%), UKIP 94 (19%)
Conservative GAIN from Labour with a majority of 136 (28%)

Bowydd and Rhiw on Gwynedd (Plaid defence)
Candidates duly nominated: Annwen Daniels (Plaid) and is therefore duly elected
Plaid Cymru HOLD from 2012 (Plaid elected unopposed)

Harry Hayfield



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Local By-Election Preview : November 27th 2014

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

(puffing) My word, (panting) and Hercules thought he had a tough time with his twelve labours. He ought to try local by-elections on for size. Finding the wards that had by-elections this week was a doddle, but my goodness, finding the results last time and the candidates standing for election, wooh!. It can really take it out on a person let me tell you. And yes, your eyes are not deceiving you that is thirteen local by-elections look like with several on the same council at the same time and it’s taken me until around two o’clock this afternoon just to complete the list of nominations. I’ll let you make up your own minds about the areas of the country being contested, myself, I need a lie down and a hot mug of orange squash!

Bridlington Central and Old Town (Social Democrat defence), Howdenshire (Con defence) and Willerby and Kirk Ella (Con defence) on East Riding of Yorkshire
Result of last election to council (2011): Conservatives 53, Labour 6, Liberal Democrats 3, Social Democrats 3, Independents 2 (Conservative majority of 39)
Result of last election in wards (2011) : Emboldened denotes elected

Bridlington Central and Old Town
Social Democrats 1,167, 497
Conservatives 903, 685
Labour 864, 644
Liberal Democrats 173
Candidates duly nominated: John Copsey (Con), Liam Dealtry (Ind), Terry Dixon (Ind), Malcolm Milns (UKIP), Neil Tate (Ind)

Howdenshire
Conservatives 2,640, 2,347, 2,212
Independents 1,013, 326
East Yorkshire Independents 925
Labour 815, 811, 754
Liberal Democrats 421, 386, 353
Candidates duly nominated: Danny Marten (Lab), Clive Waddington (UKIP), Nigel Wilkinson (Con)

Willerby and Kirk Ella
Conservatives 2,300, 2,163, 2,039
Liberal Democrats 1,476, 1,443, 1,324
Labour 801, 705, 682
English Democrats 403, 387, 318
Candidates duly nominated: Mick Burchill (Con), Daniel Palmer (Lab), Robert Skinner (UKIP)

Troup on Aberdeenshire (Con Defence)
Result of council at last election (2012): Scottish National Party 28, Conservatives 14, Liberal Democrats 12, Independents 11, Labour 2, Green 1 (No Overall Control, SNP short by 7)
Result of ward at last election (2012) : Emboldened denotes elected
Scottish National Party 405, 723 (40%)
Independent 441, 344 (28%)
Conservatives 593 (21%)
Labour 185 (6%)
Non Party Independent 95 (3%)
Candidates duly elected: Ann Bell (Lib Dem), Ross Cassie (SNP), Alan Duffill (Lab), Darren Duncan (Green), Phillip Mitchell (Ind), Alan Still (Ind), Iain Taylor (Con)

Midlothian East on Midlothian (Ind Defence from Lab defection)
Result of council at last election (2012): Scottish National Party 8, Labour 8, Green 1, Independent 1 (No Overall Control, SNP and Lab short by 2)
Result of ward at last election (2012) : Emboldened denotes elected
Scottish National Party 1,372, 405 (43%)
Labour 475, 1,003 (36%)
Independent 461 (11%)
Conservatives 379 (9%)
Trade Unionist and Socialist 52 (1%)
Candidates duly nominated: Colin Cassidy (SNP), Euan Davidson (Lib Dem), Andrew Hardie (Con), Robert Hogg (Ind), Bill Kerr-Smith (Green), Kenny Young (Lab)

Kirkwall West and Orphir on Orkney (Ind Defence)
Result of council at last election (2012): Independents 11, Non Party Independents 10 (Independent majority of 21)
Result of ward at last election (2012): Emboldened denotes elected
Independents 213, 16, 162, 215, 283, 30 (60%)
Non Party Independents 476, 42, 34, 9 (37%)
Scottish National Party 50 (3%)
Candidates duly nominated: Laurence Leonard (NPI), Lorraine McBrearty (Ind), Leslie Manson (Ind), Gillian Skuse (Ind)

Blackbird Leys (Lab Defence) and Northfield Brook (Lab Defence) on Oxford
Result of council at last election (2014): Labour 33, Liberal Democrats 8, Greens 6, Independent 1 (Labour majority of 18)
Result of Blackbird Leys (2012)
Labour 737 (85%), Conservative 54 (6%), Green 40 (5%), Liberal Democrat 32 (4%)
Candidates duly nominated: Berk Bektas (Con), Stella Gollier (TUSC), Lesley Mallinder (Lib Dem), Elizabeth McHale (Green), Dave Slater (UKIP), Linda Smith (Lab)

Result of Northfield Brook (2012):
Labour 564 (74%), Green 73 (10%), Liberal Democrat 68 (9%), Conservative 61 (8%)
Candidates duly nominated: Gary Dixon (Con), Ann Duncan (Green), James Morbin (TUSC), Michael Jatt (Lib Dem), Sian Taylor (Lab)

The Leys on Oxfordshire (Lab Defence)
Result of council at last election (2013): Conservatives 28, Labour 13, Liberal Democrats 11, Greens 2, Independent 1 (Conservative majority of 1)
Result of ward at last election (2013): Labour 1,249 (82%), Conservative 116 (8%), Green 114 (7%), Liberal Democrat 53 (3%)
Candidates duly nominated: Samuel Burgess (Con), Steve Curran (Lab), Ann Duncan (Green), Lesley Mallinder (Lib Dem), James Morbin (TUSC), Dave Salter (UKIP)

Charville on Hillingdon (Lab Defence)
Result of council at last election (2014): Conservatives 42, Labour 23 (Conservative majority of 19)
Result of ward at last election (2014): Emboldened denotes elected
Labour 1,572, 1,368, 1,276
Conservative 1,409, 1,354, 1,276
UKIP 1,004
Green 381
TUSC 132
Candidates duly nominated: Cliff Dixon (UKIP), Wally Kennedy (TUSC), Paul McKeown (Lib Dem), Mary O’Connor (Con), John Oswell (Lab)

St. Neots Primary Park on Huntingdonshire (Con Defence)
Result of council at last election (2014): Conservatives 35, UKIP 7, Liberal Democrats 5, Independents 4, Labour 1 (Conservative majority of 18)
Result of ward at last election (2011): Conservatives 1,081 (45%), Liberal Democrats 767 (32%), Labour 545 (23%)
Candidates duly nominated: Carol Gamby (UKIP), Ian Gardener (Con), Angela Horan (Lab)

Ashfordby on Melton (Lab Defence)
Result of council at last election (2011): Conservatives 20, Labour 7, Independent 1 (Conservative majority of 12)
Result of ward at last election (2011): Emboldened denotes elected
Conservatives 470
Labour 420, 394
Independent 342
Candidates duly nominated: Sasha Lee Barnes (UKIP), Michael Blase (Lab), Ronnie de Burle (Con)

Bowydd and Rhiw on Gwynedd (Plaid defence)
Result of last election to council (2012): Plaid Cymru 37, Independents 19, Llais Gwynedd 13, Labour 4, Liberal Democrats 2 (No Overall Control, Plaid short by 1)
Result of last election in ward (2008): Llais Gwynedd 341 (48%), Plaid Cymru 247 (35%), Green 117 (17%)
Candidates duly nominated: Annwen Daniels (Plaid) and is therefore duly elected
Plaid Cymru HOLD from 2012 (Plaid unopposed 2012)