Portsmouth City Council elections results

RESULT Liberal Democrats celebrate election results at Portsmouth Guildhall.  Pictures: Allan Hutchings (121564-096)
RESULT Liberal Democrats celebrate election results at Portsmouth Guildhall. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (121564-096)
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The Tories suffered big losses in Portsmouth in a night that saw gains for both the other main parties.

The biggest shock came in the Cosham ward where Conservative candidate Jim Fleming finished third.

The Lib Dems’ Aiden Gray took the seat with a majority of just 43 as cheers echoed through Portsmouth Guildhall early this morning.

Speaking after his victory, Cllr Gray said: ‘I am absolutely overwhelmed. We all worked hard and this election was always about the local community.

‘I have always tried to do the best for local people in Cosham and I’m going to make sure people have got someone who they can speak to on a regular basis.’

Across the city the Tories held three seats but lost five wards in total.

Labour made gains in Nelson and Paulsgrove wards – their first gains in the city since the 1990s.

The Lib Dems bucked the national trend by holding eight seats and gaining three.

Lib Dem council leader, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: ‘I’m really pleased people in Portsmouth have seen what a good job we are doing.

‘They have seen that we run the city in a business-like way and they like that.

‘Last year was our best result ever and this may even have topped that.’

Chairman of Portsmouth Labour group, John Ferrett said it was the end of what he calls a ‘13-year losing streak’.

He himself romped home to take Paulsgrove ward from the Tories with a majority of 748.

He said: ‘I feel it was a mixed result for us.

‘I’m delighted we won two seats but I thought we could take three and even four at one point.

‘But the Lib Dems in Portsmouth are a phenomenon – there’s nothing like them anywhere in British politics.

‘So now we have to fight to make sure we get our voters back.’

He added: ‘This is the end of a 13-year losing streak in which I have stood in most of the wards in this city.’

Conservative group leader Simon Bosher said: ‘I’m a touch disappointed but it is in line with our expectations.

‘The most disappointing thing was to lose Cosham.

‘Jim Fleming is a fantastic councillor and I know he will continue to work hard for people in the city.

‘We just don’t have the resources to compete with the Lib Dems across the city – but campaigning for 2014 starts tomorrow.’

Turnout was fairly low across the city.

The lowest was in Fratton where only 20.28 per cent went to the ballot boxes.

Parties said they had key wards they were targeting and admit to campaigning far less in ones they think were safe.

Lib Dem candidate for Nelson ward Ben French, who lost out on the seat by just 34 votes, said: ‘It’s been a great experience.

‘I just hope Ken does everything he said he would do to look after the people of Nelson.

‘That’s what it’s all about after all.’

Tory James Williams, who was ousted from his Nelson seat, said: ‘The national swing has had a lot to do with this, but I can’t take away from Labour their hard work.’

Tory Jim Fleming, who in 2008 won his Cosham seat with 1,494 votes but this time finished third, said: ‘It’s disappointing but the amount of campaigning the Lib Dems did shows that I was effective in my four years on the council. I will be working over the next four years for the people in Cosham. I don’t think the results told the whole story.’

BAFFINS

Darren Sanders, Lib Dem 1,518

Jonathan Kemp, Con 720

Barbra Spiegelhalter, Lab 560

Sarah Coote, Green 344

Majority 798

Turnout 27.9%

LIB DEM GAIN

CENTRAL SOUTHSEA

Phil Smith, Lib Dem 1,192

Rob Smith, Lab 722

Kevan Chippindall-Higgin, Con 476

Lucy Maclennan, Green 270

Frances Pillin 151

Trade Unionists and Socialists Coalition (TUSC)

Majority 470

Turnout 23.32%

LIB DEM HOLD

CHARLES DICKENS

Margaret Foster, Lib Dem* 1,135

Sarah Cook, Lab 782

Luke Franks, Con 282

Russell Anderson, Green 168

Aron Fielder, TUSC 96

Majority 353

Turnout 24.15%

LIB DEM HOLD

COPNOR

Neill Young, Con 828

John Speigelhalter, Lab 576

Alex Bentley, Lib Dem 539

Malcolm Hey, Independent* 487

Mick Tosh, TUSC 131

Majority 252

Turnout 25.5%

CON HOLD

COSHAM

Aiden Gray, Lib Dem 1,019

Graham Heaney, Lab 976

Jim Fleming, Con 924

Simon Wade, TUSC 141

Majority 43

Turnout 29.9%

LIB DEM GAIN

DRAYTON AND FARLINGTON

Steve Wemyss, Con* 2,110

Terry King, Lab 885

Suzy Horton, Lib Dem 524

Majority 1,225

Turnout 34.2%

CON HOLD

EASTNEY AND CRANESWATER

Matthew Winnington, Lib Dem 1,400

Terry Henderson, Con 1,080

Rosalie Ward, Lab 474

Ben Norman, TUSC 136

Majority 320

Turnout 32.25

LIB DEM HOLD

FRATTON

David Fuller, Lib Dem* 1,091

Geoff Wade, Lab 558

Perry Taylor, Con 376

John Pickett, TUSC 173

Majority 533

Turnout 20.28%

LIB DEM HOLD

HILSEA

Donna Jones, Con* 1,207

Sue Castillon, Lab 1,133

Simon Dodd, Lib Dem 379

Majority 74

Turnout 26.25%

CON HOLD

MILTON

Will Purvis, Lib Dem 1,402

Michelle Treacher, Lab 658

Joan Payne, Con 631

Majority 744

Turnout 26.08%

LIB DEM GAIN

NELSON

Ken Ferrett, Lab 920

Ben French, Lib Dem 886

James Williams, Con* 668

Majority 34

Turnout 23.5%

LAB GAIN

PAULSGROVE

Matt Davies, Con 622

John Ferrett, Lab 1,370

Roger Inkpen, Lib Dem 191

Majority 748

Turnout 21.8%

LAB GAIN

ST JUDE

Hugh Mason, Lib Dem* 1,247

David Tompkins, Con 966

Julian Wright, Lab 439

Andy Waterman, TUSC 128

Majority 281

Turnout 29.92%

LIB DEM HOLD

ST THOMAS

Sandra Stockdale, Lib Dem 1,433

Angus Ross, Con 1,002

Taj Uddin, Lab 442

Billy Perry, TUSC 137

Majority 431

Turnout 27.5%

LIB DEM HOLD

* Denotes sitting councillor