Preston City Council election, 2006

Map of the results of the 2006 Preston council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in grey were not contested in 2006.

The City Council elections for the City of Preston, Lancashire were held on 4 May 2006 on the same day as other UK local elections, 2006. Nineteen electoral wards were fought. The only change was that Labour gained one seat from the Liberal Democrats, continuing to be the largest party, but the Council remained under no overall control


The number of candidates fielded, by party, were:

Summary results

Preston Local Election Result 2006
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 9 1 0 +1 55.6 27.6 7,667 +2.02
  Conservative 5 0 0 0 27.8 38.0 10,552 -0.75
  Liberal Democrat 4 0 -1 -1 16.7 26.2 7,277 +0.2
  Respect 0 0 0 0 0 6.1 1,692 -0.3
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.1 313 +1.1
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 280 +1.0

New composition

As of May 2006, Labour have 24 councillors, Conservative 17, LibDems 12, Respect 2 and there are two Independent councillors. Preston City Council remains under no overall control.

Ward results

Preston Council is elected in thirds, which means there is an all out election in one year followed by single-member elections in all three-member wards and selected two-member wards. All changes in percentage share of the vote are from the correpsonding 2003 or 2004 elections in the respective wards. Any "gain" or "loss" compares this year's elections with the 2002 "all out" vote because the councillors in this election are defending that year's result.


In the north east of the city, the predominantly low income housing of Brookfield is a three-member ward. Buttressed up against Ribbleton and the rural east, and wedge-shaped to the south of Fulwood, the ward has been troubled by increasing levels of crime in recent years. Parts of the ward were formerly within the Fulwood district council and maintain the look of the affluent northern quarters of the city.

Preston City Council Elections: Brookfield ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Browne 588 45.79 +4.69
Conservative David Johnston 458 35.67 +7.97
Liberal Democrat Hilda Parkinson 238 18.54 +5.84
Majority 130
Turnout 1,284


The central ward of Cadley is positioned between Fulwood and Preston, with the main Lytham Road and Cadley Causeway used as the boundary between it and the nearby College and Ashton wards. Cadley is almost entirely suburban housing with a heavy commuter population.

Preston City Council Elections: Cadley ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Alan Hackett 1,039 58.57 +6.47
Conservative Mary Driver 586 33.03 -3.27
Labour Cuthbert Williams 149 8.40 -3.20
Majority 453
Turnout 1,774


Created in the last round of local boundary reviews, the two-member College ward centres on two Fulwood employers. Preston College has a catchment area far beyond the city itself, whilst the recently closed Sharoe Green hospital has had many of its services re-directed to the Royal Preston Hospital. There are a mix of commuter and student housing and an increasing Muslim population.

The last election for a councillor in College ward was in 2003; the change of vote in this table is based on the 2003 figures.

Preston City Council Elections: College ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kathleen Cartwright 690 56.70 +1.5
Liberal Democrat Michael Turner 320 26.29 -4.5
Labour Terence Mattinson 207 17.01 +3.0
Majority 370
Turnout 1,217


Fishwick is a ward in the southwest of the city, at the border with South Ribble, spreading north into Ribbleton. The ward has a sizable percentage of comfortable housing but has in recent years been more infamous for the troubled Callon housing estate. The ward has higher than average unemployment and continuing issues with crime and drugs. In the 2004 elections, for the first time since local government restructuring in the 1970s, Fishwick elected a Conservative candidate to Town Hall. This accounts for the large changes in vote in this results table.

Preston City Council Elections: Fishwick ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Harold Parker 483 42.44 +7.54
Conservative Samir Vohra 229 20.12 -17.78
Liberal Democrat Paul Valentine 216 18.98 N/A
Respect Valli Urmarji 210 18.45 -8.65
Majority 254
Turnout 1,138

Councillor Harold Parker resigned due to health issues in August 2009[1] triggering a by-election on 1 October which was won by the Labour Party's Jennifer Mein.[2]

Preston City Council By-elections: Fishwick ward 2009
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jennifer Mein 656 55.69 +13.25
Conservative Sharon Riley 283 24.02 +3.90
Liberal Democrat Luke Bosman 239 20.29 +1.31
Majority 373
Turnout 1,178 30.97 +40


Centred on Fulwood Barracks, this is a three-member ward created by the last round of boundary reviews. It is set in a heavily small "c" conservative part of Preston with a number of schools and small employment centres. In April 2006 Marie Milne changed party from Conservative to Liberal Democrat.

Preston City Council Elections: Garrison ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jennifer Greenhalgh 1,019 60.65 +7.15
Liberal Democrat Bill Parkinson 400 23.81 -1.39
Labour William Burke 261 15.54 -5.76
Majority 619
Turnout 1,680


Its name coming from a large private estate within its boundaries, Greyfriars is one of the oldest names connected to Preston's history. It includes the Pius X Preparatory school and Fulwood's leisure centre. An increasing number of comfortable suburban houses has been built on the fringes of the ward, which also borders Ingol Golf Course.

Preston City Council Elections: Greyfriars ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Hammond 1,619 68.11 +5.5
Liberal Democrat John Porter 539 22.68 -3.2
Labour Alan Woods 219 9.21 -1.9
Majority 1,080
Turnout 2,377


Ingol ward is in the north west of the city, bordered by Greyfriars and to the south of the M55 motorway. The ward contains two main population areas, Ingol and Tanterton. The latter has had problems with drugs and crime over recent years but this is beginning to improve. Parts of the ward are comfortable with some commuter areas and houses neighbouring the Lancaster canal. There are still pockets of troubled communities.

Ingol is a three-member ward. Two councillors were elected in 2003 following the expulsion from Town Hall of a Liberal Democrat councillor.

Preston City Council Elections: Ingol ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat William Shannon 853 55.14 +7.74
Conservative Marie Dilworth 396 25.60 -5.00
Labour Phillip Crowe 298 19.26 -2.44
Majority 457
Turnout 1,547


In the west of the city, around 30 minutes from the city centre, Larches is a box-shaped ward from the Riversway dual-carriageway into Blackpool to Haslam Park. It contains two post-war housing estates, Larches and Savick, and an area of suburban sprawl moved in from Ashton following boundary changes. The ward contains the whole of Ashton Park.

Preston City Council Elections: Larches ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Mark Jewell 957 52.64 +11.5
Labour Allan Foster 569 31.30 -3.6
Conservative Christine Sharp 292 16.06 -7.9
Majority 388
Turnout 1,818


The three member ward of Lea contains the small Fylde border town of Lea Town, the urban Lea community and the sprawling green-belt community of Cottam. The ward mirrors the parish council boundary of Lea and Cottam Parish Council. Cottam has grown from a small farming community to a large private housing development populated by young families and business people.

Preston City Council Elections: Lea ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Christine Abram 776 48.14 -4.9
Conservative Julie Buttle 678 42.06 +9.1
Labour Andrew Gale 158 9.80 -4.1
Majority 98
Turnout 1,612

Moor Park

Based on the Plungington community and bordering both the neat suburban terraces of southern Fulwood and the University of Central Lancashire campus, the Moor Park ward has a high number of student housing in converted Victorian housing and neater family houses. The Plungington area is split between this ward and neighbouring Tulketh. Moor Park itself is included in this ward, in the shadow of Deepdale football stadium.

Preston City Council Elections: Moor Park ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Collins 497 52.59 -18.84
Conservative Hussain Mulla 233 24.66 -3.91
Liberal Democrat Lydia Livingston 215 22.75 N/A
Majority 264
Turnout 945

Preston Rural North

Over reaching across the city of Preston is the large Preston Rural North ward, which includes the M6 and M55 motorways and acres of market towns, farming communities and rural areas. The boroughs of Fylde and Wyre border this northern ward, which is a three-member ward.

In 2003, there was no election in this ward as the sitting councillor was unopposed.

Preston City Council Elections: Preston Rural North ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kenneth Hudson 1,642 74.77 -0.5
Liberal Democrat Ann Green 234 10.66 -4.6
Green Margaret Ashworth 169 7.70 N/A
Labour Pauline Jackson 151 6.88 -2.5
Majority 1,408
Turnout 2,196


Ribbleton, in the east of the city, grew massively as council housing was built around former mill worker terraces; now the ward is one of the largest in size and shows all the usual issues of high level crime and deprivation. Ribbleton, in common with the neighbouring Brookfield ward, is overwhelmingly white working class.

Preston City Council Elections: Ribbleton ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patricia Woods 623 53.71 -5.6
Conservative Christine Thomas 304 26.21 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Robert Nash 233 20.09 +1.9
Majority 319
Turnout 1,160


The Riversway ward has three distinct elements. Broadgate, a comfortable estate of Victorian housing with a high percentage of student housing; new build housing on the former British Aerospace site; and the redeveloped marina. The former Preston Port, one of the largest in its time, has been redelevoped to feature shopping units and new build housing of some considerable expense. The Preston Docks and surrounding area has a sizable area of Development including new Supermarkets, Car dealers and trade outlets.

A Hindu temple, Lancashire County Council's headquarters and Preston's railway station are in the Riversway ward.

Preston City Council Elections: Riversway ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Linda Crompton 501 40.53 +5.7
Respect Elaine Abbot 318 25.73 +1.7
Liberal Democrat Wilf Gavin 221 17.88 -4.9
Conservative Jane Balshaw 196 15.86 -2.5
Majority 183
Turnout 1,236
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

Sharoe Green

Lodged in the south-central area of Fulwood, the Sharoe Green ward is based on the former hospital and surrounding commuter belt environs.

Preston City Council Elections: Sharoe Green ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Margaret McManus 1,054 57.16 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Stephen Wilkinson 510 27.66 +0.7
Labour Paul Jackson 280 15.18 -5.2
Majority 544
Turnout 1,844

St George's

The St George's ward is a rectangle-shaped ward in between Deepdale and the city centre. The largest area of population are rows of old-style terraces with streets named after various saints - David, Barnabus, Anne, Martin, Michael and George to name a few. The ward has one of the largest percentage of Hindu and Muslim population in the city and has an increasing student population.

Preston City Council Elections: St George's ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Abu Taalib Shamsuddin 344 38.74 -6.4
Respect Sumera Mir Rizwan 225 25.34 -2.0
Liberal Democrat Tracy Singleton 142 15.99 N/A
Conservative Susan Brown 115 12.95 -14.6
Green Matthew Beck 62 6.98 N/A
Majority 119
Turnout 888

St Matthew's

A wedge-shaped ward in between the streets of Ribbleton and the city centre, this ward contains some deprived housing in the process of renewal, and in the recent months expensive new-build conversions.

Preston City Council Elections: St Matthew's ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Albert Richardson 747 58.77 +13.6
Respect Danielle Field 292 23.29 -10.5
Conservative Peter McElhone 225 17.94 -3.0
Majority 445
Turnout 1,254

Town Centre

Formed by boundary changes prior to Preston being awarded city status, Town Centre is the largest non-rural ward in the borough. There are three distinct parts to this central seat, namely Avenham, Frenchwood and the city centre itself.

The ward includes student developments and converted student homes in Avenham; expensive new build developments around the historic Winckley Square; and the Frenchwood area on the banks of the River Ribble. Avenham was notorious for high levels of crime and deprivation, but this is turning around with the establishment of community groups and private housing associations funding renewal. There is a sizable Muslim population in Avenham and Frenchwood.

Preston City Council Elections: Town Centre Ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ronald Atkins 654 37.59 -2.3
Respect Mukhtar Master 647 37.18 +3.6
Conservative Ronald Smith 235 13.51 +2.0
Liberal Democrat Liam Pennington 122 7.01 -6.8
Green Robert Douglas 82 4.71 N/A
Majority 7
Turnout 1,740


Tulketh ward is a central and entirely urban ward north of the University complex, and to the east of Ashton. Its main population areas are traditional terrace housing, which mixes families with small shops including the Lane Ends shopping village and student housing.

Preston City Council Elections: Tulketh ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jean Al-Serraj 652 41.14 -10.2
Conservative John Wilson 480 30.28 -18.4
BNP Anthony Bamber 280 17.67 N/A
Liberal Democrat Helen Greaves 173 10.91 N/A
Majority 172
Turnout 1,585

Cllr Al-Serraj died in 2007. The resulting by-election was held the following year, resulting in a hold for the defending Labour Party.

Tulketh by-election 14 February 2008[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Rankin 423 34.3 -6.8
Liberal Democrat Rick Seymour 400 32.4 +21.5
Conservative Paul Balshaw 292 23.6 -6.7
No Label Barry Hill 84 6.8 N/A
Green Kizzi Murtagh 36 2.9 N/A
Majority 23 1.9
Turnout 1,235
Labour hold Swing -14.2


Shaped around the outskirts of the city centre, this butterfly-wing shaped ward was formed following the recent boundary changes. It took from the oversized Riversway ward electors from the St Pauls and Maudland areas as well as the University campus itself. It is a two-member ward.

The last election for University ward was held in 2003. The changes in vote are from the election in this year.

Preston City Council Elections: University ward 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carl Crompton 295 60.82 +1.8
Conservative Paul Balshaw 101 20.82 -20.2
Liberal Democrat Jenny Buxton 89 18.35 N/A
Majority 194
Turnout 485


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  3. "Tulketh by-election". Preston City Council. Retrieved 2009-10-26.

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