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Votes Cast in Reading Local Elections

There has been some debate today on the Reading Post website about the recent local election results in Reading, so I thought it would be worth posting the actual votes cast across the borough of Reading. For many years I have kept tables of local election results by ward in Reading, which come in very useful when looking at trends.

Of course there were major boundary changes in some wards in 2004 but the overall votes shares for the borough as a whole are a useful indicator.

   Total votes cast in Reading Borough local elections by Party 2010 were:

           Conservative – 23,449 (35.1%)

           Labour – 20,773 (31.1%)

           Lib Dem – 17,128 (25.7%)

           Green – 4,457 (6.7%)

           UKIP – 428 (0.6%)

           Others – 510 (0.8%)

This is the fourth set of local elections in a row when the Conservatives have topped the poll across Reading and yet Labour remains (just) the largest party. At over 23,000 votes it is also the largest number of votes cast for the Conservatives in any local election since my records began in 1983. Labour continued their slow decline in vote share, which has been pretty consistent over the last ten years. The Lib Dems saw a big jump in their vote share this year but still failed to quite reach the levels they attained in 2002 and 2003.


May 20, 2010 - Posted by | Local


  1. So the Conservatives got more votes but less seats than Labour. Hmmmmm! Are you suggesting that a PR system would give a fairer number of seats for the Conservatives?

    Comment by Howard Thomas | May 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. Never mind about PR,Howard. Am still interested in dissecting this year’s results: what was the percentage of postal votes for each Reading Ward in East and West. Combined percentage for general and locals for each will do…by party?? I know in Slough the Tories are livid..

    Comment by Minnie | May 23, 2010 | Reply

  3. That would obviously be interesting to know Minnie.
    It sounds like you suspect postal vote fraud.
    It would be incredibly easy to add names on to various addresses, providing that nobody took the mick by adding too many, because there are no proper checks.
    Just a thought here, but wouldn’t an ID card help to make sure that this sort of thing couldn’t happen .

    Comment by Howard Thomas | May 23, 2010 | Reply

  4. An ID card is something that you would carry with you I assume, going by EU countries practice, so how would that insure proper regulation of the postal vote system? Howard, my suspicion does not stop at Reading. During this year’s elections, weren’t there 50 cases irregularities reported to the Police across the country? Another Labour legacy..

    Comment by Minnie | May 24, 2010 | Reply

  5. Minnie……you don’t need ID to register to vote!….For example I could quite easily register 2 or 3 extra ‘people’ at my house without raising any suspicion as these ‘people’ wouldn’t need to produce any proof of existance.
    Likewise it would be very easy to use the vote of people who don’t vote, by simply walking into the polling station and declaring that you are that person…….who would know that you are not so?
    The system is slack to say the least.

    Comment by Howard Thomas | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  6. Howard, by your supposition theory, can we say assume we could have had the “Portillo” moment in Morley & Oatwood, as bayed on by the media, if not for a “slack” system??…So unfair, had champers on ice that night!

    Comment by Minnie | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  7. Minnie….I’m not levelling any particular accusation at any particular party, simply pointing out that the system is open to abuse from anyone that sets out to abuse it.

    Comment by Howard Thomas | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  8. And yes, it would have been good to see the back of Balls!

    Comment by Howard Thomas | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  9. And maybe a Conservative majority government?…so near and yet so far!

    Comment by Minnie | May 26, 2010 | Reply

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