Southcote Ward

About the Ward

Southcote forms an electoral ward of the Reading West constituency, and has three seats on Reading Borough Council. It is seen as a safe seat for the Labour Party; the Conservative Party last won a council seat in Southcote in 1987. The current three councillors are Debs Edwards, John Ellis and Jason Brock. The ward has seen three by-elections: in 2006, in 2014, and in 2016 when Jason Brock was elected. The seat, which was contested by candidates from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and the Conservatives, was held by the Labour party who gained 63.7% of votes.

Like all wards in Reading, the boundaries of Southcote ward were redrawn in 2004.[75] The ward holds elections by thirds—three seats are available, and in three years in every four, one seat comes up for election.

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