2012 City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council election

local election
Map of the results of the 2012 Bradford council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue, Respect in light red, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Greens in green and independent in grey.

The 2012 City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council election took place on 3 May 2012.[1] The elections took place shortly after the Bradford West by-election, in which the Respect Party's George Galloway pulled off a shock victory against the incumbent Labour Party. Held alongside was a referendum on directly elected mayors. The Labour Party were one seat short of an overall majority following the election, leaving the council in no overall control.

Election ResultEdit

Of the Council's 90 seats, 30 were up for election.

Bradford Council election, 2012[2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 12 6 3  3 37.6 47,219
  Conservative 8 1 7  6 23.4 29,332
  Respect 5 5 0  5 14.7 18,475
  Liberal Democrats 3 0 3  3 13.5 16,932
  Green 1 1 0  1 5.2 6,507
  Independent 1 1 0  1 1.5 1,836
  UKIP 0 0 0   2.8 3,482
  Democratic Nationalists 0 0 0   0.8 1,042
  BNP 0 0 0   0.4 549
  Socialist Labour 0 0 0   0.1 97

Ward resultsEdit

An asterisk denotes an incumbent.

Baildon wardEdit

Baildon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Debbie Davies 1,844 38.19 −1.33
Liberal Democrats Ian Lyons 1,632 33.80 −30.86
Labour Jen Kilyon 757 15.68 +10.50
UKIP James Fell 331 6.85 N/A
Green Alexander Newsham 265 5.49 N/A
Majority 212 4.39
Turnout 4,846 41.96 −6.84
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Bingley wardEdit

Bingley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Pennington 2,790 54.13 −8.84
Labour Andrew Mawson 1,522 29.53 +12.76
Green Arthur Arnold 593 11.51 +2.82
Liberal Democrats Kay Kirkham 249 4.83 −6.73
Majority 1,268 26.26
Turnout 5,191 38.16 −4.83
Conservative hold Swing

Bingley Rural wardEdit

Bingley Rural
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Margaret Eaton* 2,775 58.34 −7.11
Labour Robert Beckwith 1,202 25.27 +7.83
Green Brian Newham 499 10.49 +3.68
Liberal Democrats Alan Sykes 281 5.91 −3.29
Majority 1,573 33.07
Turnout 4,785 35.82 −4.67
Conservative hold Swing

Bolton & Undercliffe wardEdit

Bolton and Undercliffe
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Tracey Leeming 1,888 48.96 −8.44
Labour Gareth Logan 1,175 30.47 +9.05
Respect Tazeem Sawaiz 529 13.72 N/A
Conservative Ryan Robertshaw 264 6.85 −8.10
Majority 713 18.49
Turnout 3,887 34.84 +0.80
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Bowling & Barkerend wardEdit

Bowling and Barkerend
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hassan Khan 1,913 42.45 +9.56
Respect Mohammed Khan 1,535 34.06 N/A
Liberal Democrats Amjad Ali 561 12.45 −11.74
Conservative John Robertshaw* 498 11.05 −31.88
Majority 378 8.39
Turnout 4,546 37.47 +1.71
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Bradford Moor wardEdit

Faisal Khan resigned from the Respect Party along with four other councillors in October 2013 and served as an independent councillor[3] until March 2015 when he rejoined the party.[4]

Bradford Moor
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Respect Faisal Khan 2,720 42.06 N/A
Liberal Democrats Riaz Ahmed* 2,085 32.24 −20.31
Labour Salma Iqbal 1,441 22.28 −11.12
UKIP Jim Dempsey 143 2.21 N/A
Conservative Abid Majid 78 1.21 −12.84
Majority 635 9.82
Turnout 6,508 54.98 +6.77
Respect gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

City wardEdit

Ruqayyah Collector resigned from the Respect Party along with four other councillors in October 2013 and served as an independent councillor[3] until March 2015 when he rejoined the party.[4]

City
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Respect Ruqayyah Collector 2,570 56.10 N/A
Labour Sajawal Hussain* 1,797 39.23 −24.60
Liberal Democrats Lynne Gray 116 2.53 −6.26
Conservative Susan Mills 98 2.14 −18.69
Majority 773 16.87
Turnout 4,611 37.64 +0.83
Respect gain from Labour Swing

Clayton & Fairweather Green wardEdit

Clayton & Fairweather Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michelle Swallow 1,605 44.28 +13.07
Conservative David Servant 905 24.97 −12.23
Respect Dawud Islam 762 21.02 N/A
Liberal Democrats Lorna Leeming 353 9.74 +0.62
Majority 700 19.31
Turnout 3,648 32.30 −7.68
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Craven wardEdit

In 2008, Adrian Naylor stood successfully in this ward as a Conservative Party candidate.[5]

Craven
Party Candidate Votes % ±
The Independents Adrian Naylor* 1,836 40.36 −26.86
Conservative Andrew Rowley 1,204 26.47 −40.75
Labour Val Carroll 1,134 24.93 +6.52
Liberal Democrats Stuart Ebden 184 4.04 −10.33
Green Robert Nicholls 182 4.00 N/A
Majority 632 13.89
Turnout 4,572 37.25 −0.97
Independent gain from Conservative Swing

Eccleshill wardEdit

Eccleshill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Ann Wallace* 1,511 45.35 +8.90
Labour Yvonne Oliver 1,242 37.27 +23.13
Conservative Edward Ward 328 9.84 −20.73
Green David Ford 251 7.53 N/A
Majority 269 8.07
Turnout 3,360 29.99 −8.35
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Great Horton wardEdit

Great Horton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Abdul Jabar 2,293 48.16 −12.34
Respect Salim Jelani 1,542 32.39 N/A
Liberal Democrats Mary Slingsby 536 11.26 −2.16
UKIP Pal Bjornstom 390 8.19 N/A
Majority 751 15.77
Turnout 4,796 42.89 +7.31
Labour hold Swing

Heaton wardEdit

Mohammad Shabbir resigned from the Respect Party along with four other councillors in October 2013.[3] He served as an independent councillor until April 2015 when he joined the Labour Party.[6]

Heaton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Respect Mohammad Shabbir 2,036 39.61 N/A
Conservative Sajid Akhtar* 1,331 25.89 −11.36
Labour Rizwana Jamil 1,021 19.86 −0.94
Green Celia Hickson 384 7.47 −24.96
UKIP Sonja McNally 302 5.88 N/A
Liberal Democrats Dominic Fear 66 1.28 −8.22
Majority 705 13.72
Turnout 5,167 46.50 −0.83
Respect gain from Conservative Swing

Idle & Thackley wardEdit

Idle and Thackley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Alun Griffiths* 1,968 51.67 −9.99
Labour Michael Brown 959 25.18 +14.10
Conservative Howard Clough 589 15.46 −11.80
Green Vanessa Pliny 293 7.69 N/A
Majority 1,009 26.49
Turnout 3,828 31.70 −4.56
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Ilkley wardEdit

Anne Hawkesworth left the Conservative Party in January 2013 and joined The Independents: Adrian Naylor (Craven) and Chris Greaves (Wharfedale).[7]

Ilkley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anne Hawkesworth* 2,436 49.33 −15.01
Labour Ann Cryer 1,683 34.08 +19.83
UKIP Paul Latham 354 7.17 N/A
Green Brian Ford 238 4.82 −5.61
Liberal Democrats Peter Ferguson 227 4.60 −6.37
Majority 753 15.25
Turnout 4,954 43.92 −1.44
Conservative hold Swing

Keighley Central wardEdit

Keighley Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Khadim Hussain* 2,435 47.23 −5.63
Conservative Zafar Ali 2,169 42.07 +13.07
Liberal Democrats Gerald Brooksbank 552 10.71 −7.43
Majority 266 5.16
Turnout 5,218 44.64 +1.39
Labour hold Swing

Keighley East wardEdit

Keighley East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm Slater 2,511 58.83 +16.72
Conservative Dorothy Clamp* 1,400 32.80 −10.66
Liberal Democrats Judith Brooksbank 357 8.36 −6.05
Majority 1,111 26.03
Turnout 4,315 36.79 −4.14
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Keighley WestEdit

Keighley West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Adrian Farley 1,876 62.39 +19.75
Conservative Brian Hudson 844 28.07 −16.45
Liberal Democrats Mike Wilkinson 287 9.54 −3.30
Majority 1,032 34.32
Turnout 3,050 28.91 −3.21
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Little Horton wardEdit

  • Ian Greenwood had been the Bradford City Council leader prior to the election.
  • Alyas Karmani resigned from the Respect Party along with four other councillors in October 2013 and served as an independent councillor[3] until March 2015 when he rejoined the party.[4]
Little Horton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Respect Alyas Karmani 2,191 47.83 N/A
Labour Ian Greenwood* 2,174 47.46 −12.99
Conservative Andrea Taylor 120 2.62 −12.24
Liberal Democrats Shabir Butt 96 2.10 −22.60
Majority 17 0.37
Turnout 4,603 41.52 +8.25
Respect gain from Labour Swing

Manningham wardEdit

Ishtiaq Ahmed resigned from the Respect Party along with four other councillors in October 2013 and served as an independent councillor[3] until March 2015 when he rejoined the party.[4]

Manningham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Respect Ishtiaq Ahmed 3,265 57.45 +50.09
Labour Soofi Amin 2,126 37.41 −5.84
Green John Robinson 147 2.59 −1.40
Conservative Qurban Malik 87 1.53 −3.06
Liberal Democrats Brendan Stubbs 58 1.02 −38.55
Majority 1,139 20.04
Turnout 5,725 50.03 +0.89
Respect gain from Labour Swing

Queensbury wardEdit

Queensbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Walls* 1,073 30.20 −7.88
Labour Rosie Watson 956 26.91 +11.06
UKIP Jason Smith 884 24.88 +19.83
BNP Eric Baxendale 549 15.45 −18.36
Liberal Democrats Michael Stelling 91 2.56 −4.24
Majority 117 3.29
Turnout 3,570 31.50 −8.20
Conservative hold Swing

Royds wardEdit

Royds
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrew Thornton* 1,771 58.90 +19.79
Conservative Sharon Robertshaw 571 18.99 −6.51
Democratic Nationalists James Lewthwaite 453 15.06 +7.43
Liberal Democrats Brian Boulton 212 7.05 −1.55
Majority 1,200 39.91
Turnout 3,035 26.43 −5.31
Labour hold Swing

Shipley wardEdit

Shipley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Martin Love* 2,323 52.02 +4.24
Labour Andrew McCormick 862 19.30 +4.61
Conservative Mike Pollard 755 16.91 −10.08
UKIP Philip Bird 297 6.65 +3.38
Liberal Democrats Christine Briggs 132 2.96 −2.27
Socialist Labour Christopher Butler 97 2.17 N/A
Majority 1,461 32.71
Turnout 4,484 40.57 −3.27
Green hold Swing

Thornton & Allerton wardEdit

Thornton and Allerton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Sykes* 1,633 45.29 +3.34
Labour Mark Blackburn 1,074 29.78 +9.79
Respect Patrick Mulligan 648 17.97 N/A
Liberal Democrats Kezia Rooke 251 6.96 −4.42
Majority 559 15.50
Turnout 3,633 33.36 −4.43
Conservative hold Swing

Toller wardEdit

163 (3.66%) ballot papers were rejected, compared to 48 (0.96%) in the 2008 election in this ward. Arshad Hussain stood successfully here as a Conservative Party candidate in 2008, before defecting in 2010 following a race row - his vote change corresponds to the 2008 Labour Party candidate, Sobia Kauser.

Toller
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arshad Hussain* 3,346 78.07 +42.54
Liberal Democrats David Leeming 482 11.25 −12.57
Conservative Rosie Russell 458 10.69 −24.99
Majority 2,864 66.82
Turnout 4,449 37.83 −10.17
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Tong wardEdit

Tong
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Johnson* 1,385 57.61 +28.87
Respect Sarah Cartin 385 16.01 N/A
Liberal Democrats Kirsty Yeadon 358 14.89 +3.56
Democratic Nationalists Liam Kernaghan 276 11.48 +8.81
Majority 1,000 41.60
Turnout 2,444 21.11 −3.74
Labour hold Swing

Wharfedale wardEdit

Wharfedale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Dale Smith* 2,252 60.80 −5.24
Labour Dave Allen 694 18.74 +9.67
Green Janet Souyave 565 15.25 +6.80
Liberal Democrats Gillian Thorne 193 5.21 −11.24
Majority 1,558 42.06
Turnout 3,718 40.53 −4.81
Conservative hold Swing

Wibsey wardEdit

Wibsey
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Green* 1,753 52.85 +14.29
UKIP Jamie Illingworth 781 23.55 +20.79
Conservative Thomas McMeeking 399 12.03 −13.39
Liberal Democrats Christopher Boulton 384 11.58 +0.26
Majority 972 29.30
Turnout 3,330 33.52 −1.94
Labour hold Swing

Windhill & Wrose wardEdit

Windhill and Wrose
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alex Ross-Shaw 1,604 43.96 +12.31
Liberal Democrats John Watmough 1,401 38.39 −1.20
Conservative Derek Green 367 10.06 −7.24
Green Helen Love 277 7.59 +4.99
Majority 203 5.56
Turnout 3,669 34.84 −2.67
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Worth Valley wardEdit

Worth Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Russell Brown 1,372 42.33 −17.71
Labour Mark Curtis 1,141 35.21 +10.29
Green Robert Swindells 490 15.12 +7.65
Liberal Democrats Sharon Purvis 238 7.34 −0.23
Majority 231 7.13
Turnout 3,284 31.72 −8.07
Conservative hold Swing

Wyke wardEdit

Wyke
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Robinson* 1,767 54.42 +22.38
Conservative Richard Milczanowski 692 21.31 −8.35
Democratic Nationalists Neil Craig 313 9.64 +0.68
Respect James Clayton 292 8.99 N/A
Liberal Democrats Kevin Hall 183 5.64 −6.73
Majority 1,075 33.11
Turnout 3,268 31.96 −4.00
Labour hold Swing

Referendum resultEdit

Mayoral referenda were held in 11 local authorities across England to decide whether to introduce directly elected mayors, as opposed in Bradford to the previous system of Councillors electing a leader of the Council. Alongside Birmingham, Coventry, Leeds, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham, Sheffield and Wakefield, Bradford voted against directly elected mayors. Only Bristol and Doncaster voted in favour.

Bradford Mayoral referendum 2012
Choice Votes %
  No 66,283 55.13
Yes 53,949 44.87
Total votes 120,232 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 341,126 35.25

By-elections between 2012 and 2013 electionsEdit

Vote changes correspond to the 2012 Council election.

Wharfedale wardEdit

This was triggered by the resignation of Cllr. Matt Palmer, who had stood successfully for the Conservative Party in this ward in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 council elections, in early October.[8][9]

Wharfedale by-election, 15 November 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jackie Whiteley 1,353 54.03 −6.77
Labour David Green 485 19.37 +0.63
Green Janet Souyave 320 12.78 −2.47
Liberal Democrats Paul Treadwell 222 8.87 +3.66
UKIP Samuel Fletcher 124 4.95 N/A
Majority 868 34.66
Turnout 2,516 27.51 −13.02
Conservative hold Swing

See alsoEdit

Bradford local elections

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Statement of Persons Nominated Bradford Council
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e Black, Michael (25 October 2013). "All five Respect councillors in Bradford quit party in bitter rift with officials". Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Pidd, Helen (31 March 2015). "Four Bradford councillors rejoin George Galloway's Respect party". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  5. ^ Staff writer (15 March 2012). "Councillor Adrian Naylor quits Conservative Party". Craven Herald. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Press Release Councillor Mohammad Shabbir". cllrshabbir.blogspot.co.uk. Blogspot. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  7. ^ Greaves, Amanda (9 January 2013). "Ilkley councillor Anne Hawkesworth quits Bradford Council Conservative group". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  8. ^ Redhead, Jonathan (3 October 2012). "Tory councillor resigns with a broadside at Bradford Council". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  9. ^ Staff writer (16 November 2012). "Conservative candidate takes Wharfedale seat". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 4 October 2017.