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Leicester City Council Election Results 1995-1998


Current standings of the parties on Leicester City Council:

Labour           39 
Liberal Democrat 10
Conservative      7
Current Status:

LABOUR MAJORITY CONTROL


About Leicester City Council

This is a Unitary Council covering the area within the city boundary of Leicester, the same area covered by the Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies of Leicester East, Leicester South and Leicester West. The city boundary generally runs along the city's ring road although it sometimes strays further afield. Nearby towns such as Braunstone, Oadby, Wigston, Glenfield and Birstall, while almost merging into the urban sprawl of Leicester, are outside the city boundary.

All wards in the council have two seats. The council has been Labour controlled since 1979. Elections normally happen once every four years but there were elections over 2 consecutive years in 1995 and 1996 because Leicester City Council obtained Unitary status in the recent local government review. A more detailed explanation of local goverment in Leicestershire is available.


The Results

The 1995 and 1996 election results are shown for each ward, together with any by-elections.

Key to abbrevations

Lab     Labour Party
LD      Liberal Democrat
C       Conservative Party
G       Green Party
Lib     Liberal Party
UKIP    UK Independence Party
Soc P   Socialist Party (formerly Militant Labour (Mil Lab))
Ind Lab Independent Labour Candidate
SLP     Socialist Labour Party


ABBEY

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

V P Sood        Lab     1941
P Soulsby       Lab     1902
S A Kelly       LD       555
M M Raghav      LD       498
J W Earles      C        380
A R Schwartz    C        309
                Turnout:  44.96%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

V P Sood        Lab     1997   73.37%
P Soulsby       Lab     1904   
G Bradshaw      C        391   15.11%
B Smith         C        371
S A Kelly       LD       209    7.52%
P Shieferstein  LD       170
                Turnout:  40.41%

(Death of V P Sood)
10/10/96        LAB HOLD

Labour                  1608    69.3%   -8.0
Conservative             461    19.9%   +4.8
Liberal Democrat         140     6.0%   -1.6
Socialist Labour         112     4.8%   +4.8
                Turnout:  37.1%

                   Maj: 1147    49.6%  

Swing: 6.4% Lab to Con

AYLESTONE

4/5/95          LAB GAIN 2 FROM CON

S J Foreman     Lab     1409
T A Page        Lab     1350
M E W Bell      C       1031
B Chambers      C        958
R F Lawrence    LD       273
J M Stone       LD       208
L D Stocker     G        120
                Turnout   34.68%

2/5/96          CON GAIN 1 FROM LAB, LAB HOLD 1

S J Foreman     Lab     1331    46.36%
B Chambers      C       1225    42.29%    
G Rawnsley      Lab     1178
D Parsons       C       1064
J M Stone       LD       234     8.12%
B Stone         LD       205
A Stocker       G         92     3.23%
L D Stocker     G         83
                Turnout:  35.27%   


BEAUMONT LEYS

4/5/95          LAB GAIN 2 FROM CON

G H Getliffe    Lab     1550
P T Westley     Lab     1496
D J Morris      C        628
G H Elliot      C        582
P Green         LD       330
B Coles         LD       294
C R Worth       G         93
                Turnout:  24.40%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2       

G H Getliffe    Lab     1437    62.62%
P T Westley     Lab     1350
D J Morris      C        525    23.05%
C Farren        C        501
S Graham        LD       319    14.33%
                Turnout:  22.51%


BELGRAVE

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

C J Hall        Lab     1621
M Kamal         Lab     1484
J Patel         Ind Lab 1382
M K Rajani      Ind Lab  722
S J Redman      C        290
R H Redman      C        258
P P J Vial      LD       130
C J G Seal      G        115
                Turnout:  25.23%

4/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

H Jobanputra    Lab     1621    48.91%
S Gajjar        Lab     1484
K Chouhan [1]   Ind Lab 1080    32.75%
M Patel [1]     Ind Lab  999
S J Redman      C        311     9.62%
R H Redman      C        300
H Carsch        LD       147     4.63%    
C J G Seal      G        130     3.78%
                Turnout:  37.29%
[1] Chouhan and Patel were local Labour Party members who were unhappy with the record of Labour's councillors in Belgrave. They stood as "New Labour" candidates.

CASTLE

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

P R Swift       Lab     1519
G J Rawnsley    Lab     1467
M Buck          C        364
W A Preece      C        354
S P Moxon       LD       334
M D Nice        LD       317
J Cunningham    G        224
S Twelvetrees   Lib      129
                Turnout:  29.00%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

M Bodell-Stagg  Lab     1348    60.74%
P R Swift       Lab     1344
M Buck          C        347    15.28%
R Buck          C        330
S P Moxon       LD       280    12.52%
M D Nice        LD       275
J White         G        265    11.46%
J Cunningham    G        243
                Turnout:  22.22%


CHARNWOOD

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

M V Vaz         Lab     2163
P S Clair       Lab     1804
J E Cole        C        244
V Bailey        C        288
S A Hameed      G        170
A D W Veldhuizen LD      152
                Turnout:  39.52%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

M V Vaz         Lab     1905    80.51%
P S Clair       Lab     1721
V Bailey        C        263    10.88%
B Turner        C        227
G P Feeney      LD       194     8.61%
                Turnout:  35.74%


COLEMAN

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

M E Draycott    Lab     1595
S Foster        Lab     1381
B R Maw         C        295
P B O'Brien     C        288
C Box           LD       278     
                Turnout   32.63%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

M E Draycott    Lab     1421    71.69%
S Foster        Lab     1258
B R Maw         C        324    17.13%
P B O'Brien     C        316    
C Box           LD       209    11.18%
                Turnout   29.58%


CROWN HILLS

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

K Doshi         Lab     1888
M Nasim         Lab     1854
R Vaghadia      LD      1372
G F Pool        LD      1188
J R S Greenless C        180
                Turnout:  49.93%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

K Doshi         Lab     1956   66.75%
M Nasim         Lab     1926
R Vaghadia      LD       868   26.55%
G F Pool        LD       676
J R S Greenless C        213    6.70%
A Wilson        C        177
                Turnout:  43.98%


EAST KNIGHTON

4/5/95          LIB DEM HOLD 2

R H Pritchard   LD      1782
A E Gibbons     LD      1622
S J Cufflin     C        786
D S Purdey      Lab      764
C M Thurstans   Lab      758
J A Gore-Brown  C        631
M J Sacklin     G        127
                Turnout:  49.84%

2/5/96          LIB DEM HOLD 2

A E Gibbons     LD      1834    54.05%
R H Pritchard   LD      1635
D S Purdey      Lab      731    22.11%
C M Thurstans   Lab      688
S J Cufflin     C        686    19.85%
Higginbotham    C        588
M J Sacklin     G        128     3.99%
                Turnout:  41.66%


EVINGTON

4/5/95          CON HOLD 2

P D Kimberlin   C       1454
M H Johnson     C       1391
J P Batheja     Lab     1305
D A J Newman    Lab     1275
R Carter        LD       542
J M H Ellis     LD       492
                Turnout:  47.90%
(Death of P D Kimberlin)
(By-election)
7/12/95         CON HOLD

Result not available


2/5/96          CON HOLD 2

A O'Brien       C       1631    53.44%
M H Johnson     C       1614
J P Batheja     Lab     1086    34.82%
R Gavriel-White Lab     1028
R Carter        LD       378    11.74%
M Grimsley      LD       335
                Turnout:  43.84%


EYRES MONSELL

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

H Dunphy        Lab     1387
R Wigglesworth  Lab     1382
R W Buck        C        283
K Barlow        LD       234
P L Schieferstein LD     116
                Turnout:  28.80%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

R Wigglesworth  Lab     1198    76.52%
H Dunphy        Lab     1188
R Money         C        228    14.50%
N Williams      C        224
K Barlow        LD       164     8.98%
R Lawrence      LD       116
                Turnout:  24.48%


HUMBERSTONE

4/5/95          CON HOLD 2

J V Mugglestone C       1589
R P Scuplak     C       1531
R D Gavriel-White Lab    996
R E Thomas      Lab      981
R H Skilton     LD       224
A Stocker       G        111
                Turnout:  40.01%

2/5/96          CON HOLD 2

J V Mugglestone C       1598    60.23%
R P Scuplak     C       1572
A Russell       Lab      795    29.67%
R E Thomas      Lab      767
R H Skilton     LD       178     6.76%
M Frankland     G         94     3.34%
J Elisita       G         82 
                Turnout:  35.94%


LATIMER

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

R Kavia         Lab     2305
V Patel         Lab     2166
N N Maisuria    Ind Lab  217
M Johnson       C        187
R H M Money     C        140
J A Box         LD       129
G Smalley       G         71
                Turnout:  43.98%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

R Kavia         Lab     2370    88.43%
V Patel         Lab     2346
A Newton        C        184     6.28%
S Russell       C        151
I K Ridley      LD       141     5.29%
                Turnout:  44.88%


MOWMACRE

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

A W Russell     Lab      997
R A Flint       Lab      980
T S Setchell    C        263
M E Wright      C        232
L D Smith       LD       209
P A Smith       LD       193
                Turnout:  28.17%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

R A Flint       Lab      797    60.50%
B Bishop        Lab      770
T S Setchell    C        276    20.50%
M E Wright      C        255
M Hughes        LD       172    13.20%
V Dilworth      LD       170
C Potter        UKIP      75     5.80%
                Turnout:  23.94%
(Resignation of B Bishop)
(By-election)
7/5/98          LIB DEM GAIN 1 FROM LAB 
          
M Henry         LD       744 50.7% 
B Robert        Lab      318 21.7%
D Keeling       Con      282 19.3%
D Baum          Soc P     91  6.1%
B Cutler        SLP       33  2.2%

                Maj.     422 28.7%         
                Turnout:  27.3%

Swing: 38.15% Lab to Lib Dem

NEW PARKS

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

G W Billington  Lab     1307
T G Howatt      Lab     1002
G P Herringshaw LD       522
A C Gillard     C        411
C D Huddlestone LD       400
A A Lapworth    C        301
J Nicholls      Mil Lab  146
D Peake         G         39
                Turnout:  28.80%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

T G Howatt      Lab     1017    52.81%
R Willmott      Lab      930 
A C Gillard     C        486    22.81%
H Tarratt       C        355
G P Herringshaw LD       345    16.52%
C D Huddlestone LD       264
J Nicholls      Mil Lab  162     7.86%
T Silk          Mil Lab  128
                Turnout:  23.11%


NORTH BRAUNSTONE

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

J M Setchfield  Lab      890
D A Taylor      Lab      826
M P Bloice      C        186
A Clinton       LD       154
S Cygan         C        140
P R Wynn        LD       122
J McWhirter     G         57
                Turnout:  21.41%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

J M Setchfield  Lab      671    64.16%
D A Taylor      Lab      643
M Jones         LD       192    18.65%
B Greaves       LD       190
G Goode         C        182    17.19%
M P Bloice      C        170
                Turnout:  18.41%
(Death of D A Taylor)
(By-election)
5/12/96         LIB DEM GAIN 1 FROM LAB

A Vincent       LD       399  33.1%
R Gavriel-White Lab      367  30.4%
D Keeling       Con      189  15.7%
S D Score       Mil Lab  151  12.4%
D Roberts       SLP      101   8.4%

                Maj.      32   2.7%     
                Turnout   21.0%

Swing: 24.15% Lab to Lib Dem
 

ROWLEY FIELDS

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 1, LAB GAIN 1 FROM CON        

D McBride       Lab     1284
A E Manger      Lab     1232
J M Middleton   C        732
C J Farren      C        599
B H Derbyshire  LD       271
M Metcalfe      LD       243
Y K Peake       G        131
                Turnout:  31.41%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2                           

D McBride       Lab     1076    44.99%
A E Manger      Lab     1051
J M Middleton   C        673    25.91%
A Metcalfe      LD       629    25.89%
M Metcalfe      LD       595    
J Gore-Brown    C        552
D Peake         G         80     3.21%
Y K Peake       G         72
                Turnout:  32.98%


RUSHEY MEAD

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

C S Batty       Lab     1888
G D Parmar      Lab     1831
S Patel         Ind Lab  487
H Chandarana    LD       410
J H Humber      C        294
M W Peacock     C        269
H N Belcher     LD       255
                Turnout:  30.26%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

C S Batty       Lab     1905    63.28%
G D Parmar      Lab     1886
H Chandarana    LD       436    10.95%
M Rajani        Ind Lab  416    13.89%
M W Peacock     C        359    11.88%
J H Humber      C        353
H J Pilkington  LD       220
                          31.43%
(death of G D Parmar)
(by-election)
7/5/98          LAB HOLD 1

W Nurse         Lab     1205 56.0%
A Newton        Con      513 23.8%
R Carter        LD       334 15.5% 
T Hutt          SLP      101  4.7%

                Maj.     692 32.1%         
                Turnout:  25.4%

Swing: 9.6% Lab to Con

SAFFRON

4/5/95          LIB DEM GAIN 1 FROM LAB, LAB HOLD 1

C Barlow        LD      1187
T Cassidy       Lab     1092
A Anderson      Lab     1036
A Metcalfe      LD       940
M D Hoghton     C        153
S E Russell     C        143
                Turnout:  31.74%

2/5/96          LAB GAIN 1 FROM LIB DEM, LAB HOLD 1

T Cassidy       Lab     1195    52.48%
D Brazier       Lab     1041
C Barlow        LD       884    39.54% 
T Rogers        LD       801
M Andrews       C        187     7.98%
M Williams      C        153
                Turnout:  30.12%


ST. AUGUSTINE'S

4/5/95          LAB GAIN 2 FROM LIB DEM

R A Wann        Lab     1459
A K Devani      Lab     1136
G F Walker      LD      1081
A Bunce         LD      1035
G J Forse       G        370
W M Brown       C        152
G Blundell      C        149
                Turnout:  36.36%

2/5/96          LIB DEM GAIN 2 FROM LAB

G F Walker      LD      1384    44.87%
A Bunce         LD      1228
R A Wann        Lab     1222    39.24%
A K Devani      Lab     1062
G J Forse       G        356    11.25%
D Keen          G        299
W M Brown       C        138     4.64%
G Blundell      C        132
                Turnout:  37.19%


SPINNEY HILL

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

M M Salim       Lab     2528
B Bishop        Lab     2407
B M Baghav      LD       147
W S Anthony     LD       138
S V Blake       G        118
D Christopher   C        116
                Turnout:  42.31%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

M M Salim       Lab     2289    88.18%
B Bishop        Lab     2195
D Christopher   C        175     6.78%
J Waite         C        170
J Webb          LD       128     5.04%
                Turnout:  40.00%


STONEYGATE

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

N Newitt        Lab     2207
K Hunter        Lab     2191
D M Kilbourne   C        625
D A H Price     C        572
B Stone         LD       243
H H Carsch      LD       214
J A White       G        141
                Turnout:  42.45%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

N Newitt        Lab     1914    70.43%
K Hunter        Lab     1908
D M Kilbourne   C        577    20.71%
D A H Price     C        547
W Anthony       LD       268     8.86%
P P J Vial      LD       213
                Turnout:  36.74%


THURNCOURT

4/5/95          LAB GAIN 2 FROM CON

J H Robinson    Lab     1705
J W Thomas      Lab     1625
J G Allen       C       1300
H Richmond      C       1105
M M Grimsley    LD       302
                Turnout:  43.82%

2/5/96          CON GAIN 2 FROM LAB

J G Allen       C       1633    48.64%
H Richmond      C       1464
J H Robinson    Lab     1422    43.76%
J W Thomas      Lab     1364
A O'Reilly      LD       242     7.60%
                Turnout:  43.63%


WESTCOTES

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

M J Bodell-Stagg Lab    1515
M A Curren      Lab     1441
P M Graham      C        390
B P Smith       C        358
D J Burridge    LD       312
B Greaves       LD       292
C D Wintram     G        178
                Turnout:  30.71%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

N Holden        Lab     1382    64.43%
M A Curren      Lab     1379
P M Graham      C        415    16.78%
A Schwartz      C        304
H Walker        LD       277    10.67%
J Young         LD       180
C D Wintram     G        174     8.12%
                Turnout:  27.76%
(resignation of M A Curren)
(by-election)
7/5/98          LAB HOLD 1

A Connelly      Lab      836 46.6%
J Branney       LD       376 21.0% 
T Gillard       Con      374 20.9%
G Forse         G        125  7.0%
D Roberts       SLP       81  4.5%

                Maj.     460 25.7%         
                Turnout:  23.1%

Swing: 14.05% Labour to Liberal Democrat

WESTERN PARK

4/5/95          LIB DEM HOLD 1, LIB DEM GAIN 1 FROM CON

R B Blackmore   LD      1392
P Coley         LD      1329
D J Brazier     Lab     1165
A Haynes        Lab     1090
S C Hill        C        645
H S Tarratt     C        606
M Aspey         G        125
                Turnout:  37.97%

2/5/96          LIB DEM HOLD 2

R B Blackmore   LD      1680    52.71%
P Coley         LD      1607
D J Brazier     Lab      900    27.04% 
G Nicolle-Anderiesz Lab  787 
S C Hill        C        558    17.81%
R Vickers       C        533
C Worth         G         87     2.79% 
                Turnout:  37.13%


WEST HUMBERSTONE

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

R Stuttard      Lab     1239
B A Kamal       Lab     1195
B I Turner      C        411
I C Maw         C        374
J S Veldhuizen  LD       173
                Turnout:  25.59%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

R Stuttard      Lab      926 
B A Kamal       Lab      925 
P Johnson       C        390
I C Maw         C        307
W A Newman      LD       192
                Turnout:  21.26%


WEST KNIGHTON

4/5/95          LIB DEM HOLD 2

G G Hunt        LD      1554
A Clarke        LD      1437
M J Byrne       Lab      882
W S Nurse       Lab      809
M J Cufflin     C        565
A G Wilson      C        509
B J Pettitt     G         71
                Turnout:  42.51%

2/5/96          LIB DEM HOLD 2

G G Hunt        LD      1600
B Coles         LD      1437
M J Byrne       Lab      872
W S Nurse       Lab      833
M J Cufflin     C        492
R Uddin         C        406
                Turnout:  42.93%


WYCLIFFE

4/5/95          LAB HOLD 2

A R Osman       Lab     2249    
M H Juma        Lab     2242
S G Clarke      LD       224
V Dilworth      LD       203
V E Greenlees   C        203
B Fewster       G        177
                Turnout:  32.69%

2/5/96          LAB HOLD 2

M H Juma        Lab     1991
A R Osman       Lab     1956    
K Chell         C        201
J Wilson        C        193
B Fewster       G        192
M Raghav        LD       167
                Turnout:  28.50%

Summary of 4/5/95 full council elections:


Party        Candidates  Votes    %    Votes per  Seats    Gained          Lost
                                       candidate
Labour           56      83,193  59.0   1592.7    45 (+8)  9 (2 LD, 7 C)   1 (to LD)       
Liberal Democrat 48      26,052  18.5    542.8     7 (-)   2 (1 Lab, 1 C)  2 (to Lab)
Conservative     52      26,244  18.6    504.7     4 (-8)  0               8 (7 to Lab, 1 to LD)
Ind Lab           4       2,808   2.0    702.0     -
Green            18       2,438   1.7    135.4     -
Mil Lab           1         146   0.1    146.0     -
Liberal           1         129   0.1    129.0     -
Turnout: N/A

LABOUR RETAIN MAJORITY CONTROL

Source of results: Leicester Mercury 5/5/95. By-election results from the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors


Summary of 2/5/96 full council elections:


Party        Candidates  Votes    %    Votes per  Seats    Gained         Lost
                                       candidate
Labour           56      75,687  56.8   1351.6    41 (-4)  1 (1 from LD)  5 (3 to C, 2 to LD)       
Liberal Democrat 45      24,410  18.3    542.4     8 (+1)  2 (2 from Lab) 1 (1 to Lab)
Conservative     56      28,017  21.0    500.3     7 (+3)  3 (3 from Lab) 0
Ind Labour        3       2,495   1.9    831.7     -
Green            15       2,377   1.9    158.5     -
Militant Labour   2         290   0.2    145.0     -
UKIP              1          75   0.1     75.0     -
Turnout: N/A

LABOUR RETAIN MAJORITY CONTROL

Source of results: Leicester Mercury 3/5/96. By-election results from the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors


Commentary on 4/5/95 full council election

From the Leicester Mercury 5/5/95

The Tories have been left wondering what political future they have in the city after beginging reduced to just four seats from a previous total of 12. Labour leaders were expecting a total of around 40 seats by the end of the night but were overjoyed to secure 45.

The Liberal Democrats are delighted at becoming the official opposition to Labour although they have just seven seats - the same amount they controlled before the election. The major shocks for the Tories were the defeat of Lord Mayor Margaret Bell and housing spokesman Jack Allen. the Liberal Democrats must now decide on thier new leader as Geoff Walker lost his St. Augustone's seat to Labour.

Additional comments by Ian Ridley (not from the Leicester Mercury)

The Liberal Democrats also took the second Western Park seat from the Tories while failing to regain the Crown Hills ward, lost in the 1991 elections. The Lib Dems also capitalised on their recent County Council by-election victory in Saffron by picking up one of the ward's City Council seats.

The Tories saw their former bastion of Thurncourt fall to Labour who also took Beaumont Leys and the seond Rowley Fields seat. Even the Evington result was close with the sitting Conservative councillors narrowly seeing off the Labour challenge. Group leader Coun Roman Scuplak has a more comfortable win in Humberstone while the Liberal Democrats also saw healthy majorities for their 4 councillors in the 2 Knighton wards.


Commentary on 2/5/96 full council election

By Ian Ridley

The second successive year of full city council elections saw the turnout fall and the Conservative decline arrested. With only 4 seats left to defend, it was difficult to see how the Tories could sink any further. Their win in December's Evington by-election with an increased majority was a possible indication of a change in Conservative fortunes in Leicester, and so it proved to be with the Tories regaining 3 seats they lost to Labour last year.

In a close-fought contest Liberal Democrats Geoff Walker and Anne Bunce regained St. Augustine's from Labour. The Liberal Democrats also retained Western Parks with an increased majority but lost last year's gain in Saffron. The Liberal Semocrats however remain the offical opposition on 8 seats with the Tories one behind on 7 and Labour down 4 on 41.

The Conservatives recaptured Thurncourt and one of the Aylestone seats although county councillor D Parsons was unable to defeat Labour's Coun Sue Foreman for the other seat. This year's gains for the Tories still leave them 5 seats fewer than the total of 12 they had before the 1995 elections. The Liberal Democrats will be happy to have consolidated recent gains and recover St. Augustine's, their only disappointment being the loss of their Saffron seat.

Elsewhere Labour's Group leader, Peter Soulsby, comfortably held Abbey and ex-leader Stuart Foster retained Coleman, as Labour kept control of the council.


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Last Updated: Sept 1998