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Labour and Greens gain in Norwich City Council elections

PUBLISHED: 09:25 06 May 2011 | UPDATED: 09:25 06 May 2011

Votes in the Norwich City Council elections are counted at St Andrew's Hall. Photo by Simon Finlay

Votes in the Norwich City Council elections are counted at St Andrew's Hall. Photo by Simon Finlay

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Read the city council election results in full here.

On a bad night for the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, Labour took two Tory seats and the Greens snatched one from the Lib Dems.

While no party has an outright majority on the council, Labour are likely to once again run the council with a minority administration.

The polls closed at 10pm yesterday, and the first results from the count at St Andrew’s Hall came through at 3.30am.

It was a long night for the candidates and activists, because the AV referendum slips had to be verified before the counting of the local election papers could begin, even though he AV count will not take place until this afternoon.

A third of the seats were up for grabs and the Greens were delighted with their showing, after they took Thorpe Hamlet from the Lib Dems and saw off the challenge of Labour in Wensum and Mancroft.

The win in Thorpe Hamlet, which means the Greens, the opposition party at City Hall. now hold all three seats in the ward, was particularly sweet for the party, as in the 2007 election they lost out to Lib Dem Jeremy Hooke by a single vote.

But this time former Lord Mayor Mr Hooke came unstuck, slipping down to fourth place as Jo Henderson won the seat for the Greens with a majority of 575 over second placed Labour candidate Michael Stonard.

Labour had hoped to take Wensum and Mancroft from the Greens, where sitting councillors Rupert Read and current Lord Mayor Tom Dylan, were not standing.

However, Green candidate Amy Stammers saw off the challenge of Labour’s Marion Maxwell in Mancroft by 263 votes and Lucy Galvin garnered 1,375 Green votes to the 1,208 Vaughan Thomas got for Labour to hold onto Wensum.

Labour, did, however, make gains in Catton Grove and Bowthorpe, both at the expense of the Conservatives.

In Catton Grove, former Lord Mayor Eve Collishaw’s 922 votes were not enough to see her keep her seat, with Labour’s Paul Kendrick tallying 1,152.

And in Bowthorpe, the 1,053 votes obtained by Andrew Wiltshire, Conservative group leader at City Hall, were eclipsed by the 1,381 who voted for Labour’s Mike Sands - the husband of Sewell city councillor Sue Sands.

It was the second time in a matter of months that a Conservative group leader had been defeated in Bowthorpe.

Last September Antony Little was beaten by Labour’s Jo Storie and once again the Conservatives are left having to pick a new group leader.

On a tough night for the Lib Dems, they were relieved to hang onto Eaton ward, with Caroline Ackroyd holding the seat with a majority of 129.

The Conservatives had pushed hard in the ward, but Chris Groves was unable to take the seat which Ros Wright, wife of Norwich South MP Simon, had previously occupied before her decision not to stand this time around.

Overall turnout was 40.3pc.

The question now is who will be the leader at City Hall?

Former council leader Steve Morphew did not stand in these elections, having decided to step down after 15 years as a councillor.

That leaves Labour in search of a new group leader and the party will decide who will step into his shoes on Monday night.
It is a two horse race between current deputy leader Brenda Arthur and Alan Waters, cabinet member for resources, performance and shared services and whoever is chosen will be the next leader of the council if, as expected, Labour form a minority administration.

The political make-up of the city council is now Labour 18, Greens 15, Liberal Democrats 4, Conservatives 2.

Here are the full results from the Norwich City Council elections:

Bowthorpe ward (Lab gain from Con) Majority: 328

Jean Bishop (Green) 406

Haydn Perrett (Lib Dem) 173

MIKE SANDS (LAB) 1381

Andrew Wiltshire (Con) 1053

Turnout: 35.8pc

Catton Grove ward (Lab gain from Con) Majority: 230

Evelyn Collishaw (Con) 922

Lee Cozens (Green) 284

PAUL KENDRICK (LAB) 1152

Chris Thomas (Lib Dem) 196

Paul Williams (UKIP) 221

Turnout: 35.3pc

Crome ward (Lab hold) Majority: 766

Wendy Atkinson (UKIP) 217 Christopher Baxter (Con) 684

Alexander Findlow (Lib Dem) 148

ALAN WATERS (LAB) 1450

Christine Way (Green) 267

Turnout: 38.2pc

Eaton ward (Lib Dem hold) Majority: 129

CAROLINE ACKROYD (Lib Dem) 1467

Jeremy Bartlett (Green) 549

Chris Groves (Con) 1338

Verity Sinclair (Lab) 937

Turnout: 58.6pc

Lakenham ward (Lab hold) Majority: 607

KEITH DRIVER (Lab) 1244

Penny Edwards (Green) 554

Steve Emmens (UKIP) 201

Mathew Morris (Con) 353

Helen Whitworth (Lib Dem) 637

Turnout: 41.6pc

Mancroft ward (Greens hold) Majority: 263

Marion Maxwell (Lab) 1092 Simon Nobbs (Lib Dem) 330

Stefan Rose (Con) 491

AMY STAMMERS (GREEN) 1355

Turnout: 41pc

Mile Cross ward (Lab hold) Majority: 782

Richard Crooks (UKIP) 105

Ben Duffy (Green) 343

RALPH GAYTON (LAB) 1227

Carl Mayhew (Lib Dem) 288

Oscar Pinnington (Con) 445

Turnout: 32pc

Nelson ward (Green hold) Majority: 1073

Hannah Atkins (Lib Dem) 288

DENISE CARLO (Green) 2059

Marian Chapman (Lab) 986

Hannah Feiner (Con) 425

Turnout: 49.5pc

Sewell ward (Lab hold) Majority: 467

Tony Barton (Con) 573

JULIE BROCIEK-COULTON (Lab) 1187

Megan Lewis (Green) 720

Glenn Tingle (UKIP) 160

Ian Williams (Lib Dem) 243

Turnout: 38.2pc

Thorpe Hamlet ward (Green gain from Lib Dems) Majority: 575

William De Spretter (Con) 694

JO HENDERSON (GREEN) 1328

Jeremy Hooke (Lib Dem) 464 Michael Stonard (Lab) 753

Turnout: 37.9pc

Town Close ward (Green hold) Majority: 772

Christopher Benjamin (Con) 762

Mark Johnston (Lib Dem) 464

STEPHEN LITTLE (GREEN) 1763

Chris Ovel (Lab) 991

Turnout: 46.4pc

University ward (Lab hold) Majority: 907

Tom Cannon (Con) 328

SARAH GRENVILLE (LAB) 1382

Robbie Laird (Green) 475

Andrew Wright (Lib Dem) 228

Turnout: 31.3pc

Wensum ward (Green hold) Majority: 167

LUCY GALVIN (GREEN) 1375

Stephen Karanicholas (Con) 387

Kathy Riviere (Lib Dem) 175

Vaughan Thomas (Lab) 1208

Turnout: 38.4pc

Overall turnout: 40.3pc

Political make-up of Norwich City Council: Labour 18 (+2)

Greens 15 (+1)

Liberal Democrats (-1)

Conservative 2 (-2)

UKIP 0 (0)

Norwich City Council election results

Bowthorpe ward (Lab gain from Con) Majority: 328

Jean Bishop (Green) 406

Haydn Perrett (Lib Dem) 173

MIKE SANDS (LAB) 1381

Andrew Wiltshire (Con) 1053

Turnout: 35.8pc

Catton Grove ward (Lab gain from Con) Majority: 230

Evelyn Collishaw (Con) 922

Lee Cozens (Green) 284

PAUL KENDRICK (LAB) 1152

Chris Thomas (Lib Dem) 196

Paul Williams (UKIP) 221

Turnout: 35.3pc

Crome ward (Lab hold) Majority: 766

Wendy Atkinson (UKIP) 217 Christopher Baxter (Con) 684

Alexander Findlow (Lib Dem) 148

ALAN WATERS (LAB) 1450

Christine Way (Green) 267

Turnout: 38.2pc

Eaton ward (Lib Dem hold) Majority: 129

CAROLINE ACKROYD (Lib Dem) 1467

Jeremy Bartlett (Green) 549

Chris Groves (Con) 1338

Verity Sinclair (Lab) 937

Turnout: 58.6pc

Lakenham ward (Lab hold) Majority: 607

KEITH DRIVER (Lab) 1244

Penny Edwards (Green) 554

Steve Emmens (UKIP) 201

Mathew Morris (Con) 353

Helen Whitworth (Lib Dem) 637

Turnout: 41.6pc

Mancroft ward (Greens hold) Majority: 263

Marion Maxwell (Lab) 1092 Simon Nobbs (Lib Dem) 330

Stefan Rose (Con) 491

AMY STAMMERS (GREEN) 1355

Turnout: 41pc

Mile Cross ward (Lab hold) Majority: 782

Richard Crooks (UKIP) 105

Ben Duffy (Green) 343

RALPH GAYTON (LAB) 1227

Carl Mayhew (Lib Dem) 288

Oscar Pinnington (Con) 445

Turnout: 32pc

Nelson ward (Green hold) Majority: 1073

Hannah Atkins (Lib Dem) 288

DENISE CARLO (Green) 2059

Marian Chapman (Lab) 986

Hannah Feiner (Con) 425

Turnout: 49.5pc

Sewell ward (Lab hold) Majority: 467

Tony Barton (Con) 573

JULIE BROCIEK-COULTON (Lab) 1187

Megan Lewis (Green) 720

Glenn Tingle (UKIP) 160

Ian Williams (Lib Dem) 243

Turnout: 38.2pc

Thorpe Hamlet ward (Green gain from Lib Dems) Majority: 575

William De Spretter (Con) 694

JO HENDERSON (GREEN) 1328

Jeremy Hooke (Lib Dem) 464 Michael Stonard (Lab) 753

Turnout: 37.9pc

Town Close ward (Green hold) Majority: 772

Christopher Benjamin (Con) 762

Mark Johnston (Lib Dem) 464

STEPHEN LITTLE (GREEN) 1763

Chris Ovel (Lab) 991

Turnout: 46.4pc

University ward (Lab hold) Majority: 907

Tom Cannon (Con) 328

SARAH GRENVILLE (LAB) 1382

Robbie Laird (Green) 475

Andrew Wright (Lib Dem) 228

Turnout: 31.3pc

Wensum ward (Green hold) Majority: 167

LUCY GALVIN (GREEN) 1375

Stephen Karanicholas (Con) 387

Kathy Riviere (Lib Dem) 175

Vaughan Thomas (Lab) 1208

Turnout: 38.4pc

Overall turnout: 40.3pc

Political make-up of Norwich City Council: Labour 18 (+2)

Greens 15 (+1)

Liberal Democrats (-1)

Conservative 2 (-2)

UKIP 0 (0)

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