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Election Results 2nd April 2009

Huntingdonshire DC, Ramsey
Con 626 (38.1; -8.1)
UKIP 520 (31.6; +9.8)
LD Robert Mumford 432 (26.3; -0.9)
Lab 67 (4.1; -0.8)
Majority 106
Turnout 25.8%
Con hold
Percentage change is since May 2008

Redcar and Cleveland BC, Dormanstown
LD 809 (42.4; +17.3)
Lab 667 (35.0; -17.1)
BNP 305 (16.6; +16.6)
Con 125 (6.6; -16.2)
Majority 142
Turnout 36.8%
LD gain from Lab
Percentage change is since May 2007

Leeds City, Temple Newsam
Con 1785 (28.0; -5.9)
BNP 1502 (23.6; +1.4)
Lab 1476 (23.2; -6.4)
LD Ian Dowling 1468 (23.1; +15.6)
Green 137 (2.2; +2.2)
[Ind (0.0; -6.9)]
Majority 283
Turnout not known
Con gain from Lab
Percentage change is since May 2008

Camden LBC, Belsize
LD Tom Simon 1136 (46.0; +5.4)
Con 952 (38.6; +1.7)
Lab 270 (10.9; -3.2)
Green 109 (4.4; -3.9)
Majority 184
Turnout 29.8%
LD hold
Percentage change is since May 2006

Huntingdon TC, East
Con 751/716 (51.2)
LD Patricia Shrapnell 567 / Jacqueline Buck 562 (38.6)
Lab 150/103 (10.2)
Majorities 184/149
Turnout 21.1%
Con hold x 2

Bridport TC
Con 381 (40.7)
LD Harry Britton 335 (35.8)
Ind 149 (15.9)
Lab 70 (7.5)
Majority 46
Turnout 27.1%
Con gain from LD

Calderdale MBC, Skircoat
Con 1327 (36.8; -17.2)
LD Pauline Nash 1209 (33.5; +0.5)
Lab 274 (7.6; -0.2)
Ind 238 (6.6; +6.6)
BNP 235 (6.5; +6.5)
Ind 229 (6.4; +6.4)
Green 92 (2.6; -2.6)
Majority 118
Turnout 38.1%
Con hold
Percentage change is since May 2008

South Holland DC, Moulton, Weston and Cowbit
Con 937 (81.1; +28.5)
LD Anne Elizabeth Ramkaran 219 (18.9; +18.9)
[UKIP (0.0; -16.6)]
[Ind (0.0; -30.9)]
Majority 718
Turnout 21.9%
Con hold
Percentage change is since May 2007

Arun DC, Felpham West
Con 630 (52.1; +12.8)
LD Martin Denis Lury 269 (22.2; +6.2)
BNP 165 (13.6; +13.6)
UKIP 89 (7.4; -8.8)
Lab 56 (4.6; +4.6)
[Ind (0.0; -28.4)]
Majority 361
Turnout 30.2%
Con hold
Percentage change is since May 2007


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