Poole People won two new seats in the Council elections on 5 May 2011 (in Hamworthy East and Poole Town) and held on to its existing seat in Poole Town.
This represented an exciting breakthrough for the party, especially as the Council moved to no overall control. In 2012 Cllr Sally Carpenter moved from the Conservatives to Poole People so the 42 Council seats are now distributed as follows:
4 Poole People
We also put up a strong showing in the other wards we contested. All our candidates would have made very effective Councillors so we are naturally disappointed that some of our team missed out but given that most of them had little more than a month to get established, they did remarkably well.
We are delighted that Charmaine Parkinsion was elected as a Councillor for Hamworthy East on 5 May 2011. She came top of the poll with 728 votes.
Unfortunately Lou Knight just missed out on being elected on 5 May 2011, coming 3rd in the poll with 654 votes.
Unfortunately neither of our candidates quite got over the line in the elections. With three independents standing in addition to two Poole People candidates, the vote was split. However, we still did very creditably with Andy Hadley coming 4th with 978 votes and Hugh Todd coming 5th with 770 votes.
Sam Howell almost pulled off a shock in this Conservative ward. He just missed out on being elected, coming 4th in the poll with 1,500 votes.
Unfortunately Pete Miles just missed out on being elected, coming 4th in the poll with 1,431 votes, a remarkable result in this true blue ward.
Mark Howell increased his majority to 894 in the elections on 5 May 2011, polling 1,911 votes. We are delighted that Chris Wilson was elected as a Councillor for Poole Town. She polled 1,631 votes, 616 more than the third placed candidate.