2019 local election results - Women's Equality

Women's Equality Party elects its first Councillor

Women's Equality Party elects its first Councillor

Kay Wesley is elected as Women’s Equality Party's first Councillor and WEP candidates achieve outstanding results in local elections across England.


Published on 2 May 2019

The results from the local elections are in, and they show a step-change in support for Women’s Equality Party candidates.

Twenty eight women, the vast majority of whom had never stood for election before, delivered some incredible results in Council wards across the country as the electorate responded to our call to embrace a new kind of politics.

The fantastic Kay Wesley won our first Council seat in Congleton East with 1250 votes. In Tunbridge Wells Liz Orr stormed into second place behind the Liberal Democrats, overtaking the Conservatives who previously held the seat and nearly doubling our share of the vote to 25 percent. Meanwhile in Brighton, Beverly Barstow gained 18 percent of the vote, an incredible achievement given that this was the first time WE have run in that ward.

Every single one of our candidates and their teams deserve a huge amount recognition after working tirelessly, supporting each other and their fellow branches to run inspiring campaigns even when the odds were stacked in the establishment parties’ favour.


The results: 

Council Ward Candidate % of voters who voted WEP Number of votes
Basingstoke Eastrop Priya Brown 4.55 63
Brighton & Hove Hanover and Elm Grove Beverly Barstow 17.7 931
Brighton & Hove Central Hove Jessie McNeil - Brown 9 282
Cheshire East Congleton East - Town Kay Wesley   1250
Cheshire East  Congleton East - District Kay Wesley  8.05 826
Thanet Cliftonville East Kanndiss Riley 22* 317
Exeter  Druryard and St James Bea Gare 2.78 66
Leeds Roundhay Hannah Barham Brown 5.3 365
Leeds Headingly and Hyde Park Caroline Hunt 1.57 60
Leeds Alwoodly Louise Jennings 3 186
Liverpool Childwall Erika Raffle-Currie 1.3 57
Manchester Deansgate Sam Johnson 7.8 105
Salford  Eccles Annie Wood 3 86
Manchester  Chorlton Jo Heathcote 3.23 146
Manchester   Crumpsall Samantha Days 2.46 82
Manchester   Didsbury West Sarika Paul 1.94 85
Milton Keynes Campbell Park & Old Woughton Jane Whild 4.1 151
Central Bedfordshire Leighton Buzzard North  Nanci Hogan 3 274
Wokingham Evendons Louise Timlin 6 156
Sheffield Walkley Amy Gooding  1.5 76
Sheffield Ecclesall Megan Senior 3.6 276
South Essex Chalkwell Vinice Bridget Cowell 1.5 38
Stockport Heatons North Jen Bryan 4.8 188
Tunbridge Wells Culverden Liz Orr  25 570
Tunbridge Wells Pantiles & St Mark's Celine Thomas 4 100
Worcester Bedwardine Leisa Taylor 3 70
York Heworth Sally Duffin 13* 389
Lewisham Evelyn Nicke Adebowale 2.2 71
Lewisham  Whitefoot Cairis Grant-Hickey 1.7 41


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