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Malvern Hills District Council Election 2015: Tories retain administration despite losing leader

Malvern Editorial 8th May, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016   0

LIVE updates from the Malvern Observer team, Geoff Berkeley and Jonny Bonellat The Bank House Hotel where we will find out the results of the 2015 Malvern Hills District Council Election.

The live update has now finished.


A long, long day comes to a close at The Bank House where the Conservatives – despite losing their leader – have increased their majority and retain the administration. Former leader David Hughes was ousted from his Alfrick and Leigh seat in the biggest story of the day but overall the Conservatives ended with 23 seats. Independents were next in line with seven, Liberal Democrats scooped five and the Green Party ended with three. A meeting is believed to be held tomorrow to decide the next leader of Malvern Hills District Council. Thanks for following.


9pm: Result:


Paul Bennett (Conservative Party) – 766

Jill Campbell (Independent) – 828

Chris O’Donnell (Conservative Party) – 885

Jackie Smethurst (Green Party) – 781

76.23% turn out

One Independent hold. One Conservative hold.


8.08pm: Result:


Jennie Kelly (Conservative Party) – 968

Harry Lofthouse (Conservative Party) – 747

John Raine (Green Party) – 1,421

Julian Roskams (Green Party) – 1,346

76.3% turn out.

Two Green Party holds.


8.02pm: Result:


Caroline Bovey (Liberal Democrat) – 766

Leanne Halling (Conservative Party) – 710

Ian Hopewood (Conservative Party) – 692

Lynne Lambeth (Labour Party) – 639

Patrick Terrace Mewton (Conservative Party) – 595

Val Myatt (Liberal Democrat) -701

Brian Pilcher (Liberal Democrat) – 593

David Scrimshaw (Ukip) – 600

Daniel Walton (Labour Party) – 626

56.87% turn out

2 Liberal Democrat holds. One Conservative gain.


7.45pm: That result sees the Conservatives take their seats up to 21, an overall majority with three wards still yet to declare.

7.41pm: Result:

Upton and Hanley

Doug Guest (Ukip) – 491

Andrea Morgan (Conservative Party) – 1,082

Mike Morgan (Conservative Party) – 980

Tim Perry (Independent) – 744

Les Roberts (Labour Party) – 358

Robin Whitebeam (Green Party) – 301

78.82% turn out.

One Conservative hold, one Conservative gain.


7.37pm: Conservatives currently stand on 19 seats (2 unopposed) so need just one more to claim a majority and retain the administration.

7.20pm: Result:


Hannah Campbell (Conservative Party) – 962

Will Chaundy (Liberal Democrat) – 637

Malcolm Delingpole (Ukip) – 251

Robert John Dowler (Green Party) – 520

Roger Hall-Jones (Conservative Party) – 727

Graham Myatt (Liberal Democrat) – 566

Melinda Platt (Green Party) – 477

74.8% turn out

Two Conservative holds


6.50pm: Results:


Phil Grove (Conservative Party) – 1,414

Jonathan Pryce Morgan (Labour Party) – 618

Tony Penn (Conservative Party) – 991

66.07% turn out.

Two Conservative Holds


6.45pm: Results:


David Barrie (Ukip) – 343

Sarah Beard (Conservative Party) – 711

David Bicknell (Conservative Party) – 624

Elaine Newman (Liberal Democrat) – 1,001

Tom Wells (Liberal Democrat) – 1,536

77.29% turn out

Two Liberal Democrat holds


6.40pm: Result:


Paul Cumming (Conservative Party) – 1,097

Steve Main (Green Party) – 226

81.43% turn out

Conservative hold


6.30pm: Jack Hegarty, chief executive at MHDC, has just informed us there will be a re-count on the Pickersleigh ward.

6.04pm: Former leader David Hughes has told The Observer he is ‘absolutely convinced’ the planning controversy surrounding him is the reason he didn’t get re-elected.

6pm: Result:

Teme Valley

Andrew Dolan (Ukip) – 306

Gill Farmer (Conservative Party) – 797

75.76% turnout

Conservative Hold


5.45pm: As it stands the Conservatives currently lead the way with 11, Independent’s follow in second with 6, Liberal Democrats and Green Party both have one while Labour and Ukip are still searching for their first seat.

5.40pm: Result:


Christopher Burrows (Labour Party) – 268

David Harrison (Independent) – 1,398

Richard Michael (Independent) – 1,136

Barbara Morgan (Conservative Party) – 594

Adam Rea (Conservative Party) – 696

74.84% turn out

Two Independant Gains 


5.39pm: Kwai Hung Chan becomes the first Chinese councillor in the history of MHDC, and the Lib Dems first seat of the day.

5.30pm: Result:


Kwai Hung Chan (Liberal Democrat) – 1,162

John Gallagher (Labour Party) – 715

Robert Kerby (Conservative Party) – 1,004

Will Richards (Ukip) – 793

Clive Smith (Independent) – 798

Mike Soley (Independent) – 764

Jerry Thomas (Conservative Party) – 970

David Watkins (Conservative Party) – 1,095

Martin Willis (Labour Party) – 737

68.82% turn out.

Two Conservative Holds and a Liberal Democrat Gain



5.22pm: Result:


Jeremy Owenson (Conservative Party) – 589

Roger Sutton (Independent) – 535

77.79% turn out

Conservative Gain


5.19pm: Result:

Dyson Perrins

Tony Baker (Conservative Party) – 1,033

Chris Reed (Green Party) – 971

Jeanette Sheen (Ukip) – 724

Les Williamson (Independent) – 796

68.75% turn out

Conservative Gain, Green Gain


5.16pm: Result:


Melanie Baker (Conservative Party) – 1,272

John Blewitt (Green Party) – 589

Jan Dyer (Green Party) – 624

Simon Gill (Liberal Democrat) – 799

Cathy Jackson-Read (Liberal Democrat) – 811

Rebecca Massey (Conservative Party) – 1,127

James O’Donnell (Conservative Party) – 1,030

Jill Smith (Labour Party) – 504

Richard Spencer (Ukip) – 714

Fran Victory (Green Party) – 574

Josie Wilkinson (Liberal Democrat) – 742

71.87% turn out

Three Conservative Hold


4.40pm: Result:


Nigel Caldicott (Independent) – 88

Roger Cousins (Conservative Party) – 327

Mike Davies (Independent) – 856

76.84% turn out

Independent GAIN

4.30pm: The big news to come out of the district council election so far is that former leader, David Hughes, has been ousted from his seat in the Alfrick and Leigh ward. Sarah Rouse (Ind) topped the poll with 992 votes while Anthony Warburton (Ind) was close behind with 950.

David Hughes 2

4.27pm: We have heard the Pickersleigh ward is incredibly close at the minute, and a source has told The Observer they would not be surprised to see a re-count.

4.06pm: Result:


Malcolm Gordon Victory (Green Party) – 115

Lisa Walton (Labour Party) – 220

Barbara Williams (Conservative Party) – 768

78.69% turn out

Conservative Hold

4.05pm: Former District Council leader David Hughes loses his seat.

4pm: Result:

Alfrick and Leigh

Peter Hawkins (Conservative Party) – 858

David Hughes (Conservative Party) – 695

Sarah Rouse (Independent) – 992

Mike Savage (Ukip) – 421

Anthony Warburton (Independent) – 950

77.86% turn out

Two Independant Gains

3.45pm: Result:


David Chambers (Conservative Party) – 1,095

Douglas Godwin (Conservative Party) – 877

Neville Mills (Liberal Democrat) – 535

Aubrey Tarbuck (Independent) – 724

75.12 per cent turn out.

Two Conservative Hold

3.30pm: Result:


Bronwen Jane Behan (Conservative Party) – 890

John Humphreys (Liberal Democrat) – 394

77.34% turn out

Conservative Hold

3.15pm: All gone quiet on the results front here. Still waiting for the next ward to be announced.

3.02pm: A 2 minute silence has just been held to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

2.40pm: Result:


Dean Clarke (Independent) – 851

Tony O’Donnell (Conservative Party) – 330

78.4% turn out

Independent Gain (Mr Clarke stood and won as Lib Dem in 2011)

2.30pm: Sources say result for the Hallow ward could be soon.

2.20pm: 48 counters have come out today. Here they are just before the count started.

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2.07pm: Jack Hegarty, chief executive at MHDC, officially opened the count and said patience could be key as there is about 54,000 papers to count.


2.02pm: The count will be suspended at 3pm for a two minute silence to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

1.50pm: Plenty of counters and budding councillors starting to gather in the hall ahead of the count.

13.31pm: Today is set to be a record-breaking year with a total of 94 candidates seeking election to MHDC, which is up from 74 who fought for seats in the 2011 poll. There was also an increase in the number of contested wards this time around as people have had the chance to vote in 20 of the 22 wards compared to just 16 four years ago.

13.08pm: If you are yet to catch up to speed, Harriett Baldwin MP retained her Conservative West Worcestershire seat at 4.30am this morning. A snip of our interview with Mrs Baldwin – in the aftermath – can now be viewed below.

12.51pm: For a look ahead of the thoughts and feelings of the political leaders heading into today’s elections, click here.

12.20pm: After the dramatic events this morning, a few hours sleep and an energy drink, all eyes now turn to the district council elections where the current Conservative-led administration will look to retain power.

12.16pm: Welcome to our live coverage of the 2015 MHDC election, where we will keep you up to speed with the goings on at the district council count.


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