Basildon District Council election, 2002

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Map of the results of the 2002 Basildon council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red and Liberal Democrats in yellow.

The 2002 Basildon District Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Basildon District Council in Essex, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000.[1] The council stayed under no overall control.[2]

Background[edit]

A review of the boundaries on Basildon council made changes for this election leading to the whole council being elected.[3] Several new wards were created for the election including Crouch, Pitsea South East and St Martin's.[3]

Before the election both the Labour and Conservative parties had 19 seats, while the Liberal Democrats had 4 seats and Labour led a minority administration.[3] Several councillors stood down at the election including the Labour leader of the council John Potter.[3] Candidates standing in the election included the first member of the British National Party to do so, Matthew Single in Vange ward.[4]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives become the largest party on the council with 21 seats, but fail to win a majority.[5] They gained 1 seat each from Labour and the Liberal Democrats, who were left with 18 and 3 seats respectively.[5] However the expectation was that an alliance between Labour and the Liberal Democrats would continue to run the council as the outgoing Labour chairman could use his casting vote to keep Labour in power.[5] Meanwhile the British National Party failed to win a seat after coming fifth in Vange ward.[5]

Following the election the alliance between Labour and the Liberal Democrats was confirmed in control of the council, with Labour councillor Nigel Smith, husband of Member of Parliament for Basildon Angela Smith, becoming the new leader of the council.[6]

Basildon Local Election Result 2002[7][2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 21 +2 50.0 48.0 41,157
  Labour 18 -1 42.9 34.4 29,475
  Liberal Democrat 3 -1 7.1 16.6 14,251
  Independent 0 0 0 0.7 599
  BNP 0 0 0 0.2 189
  Socialist Alliance 0 0 0 0.1 93

Ward results[edit]

Billericay East (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Archer 1,786
Conservative Stuart Sullivan 1,745
Conservative David Dadds 1,702
Liberal Democrat Gilda Bellard 623
Liberal Democrat Dorothy Edwards 597
Liberal Democrat John James 573
Labour Anthony Bennett 387
Labour Conor O'Brien 363
Labour Kevin Wood 341
Turnout 8,117
Billericay West (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Hedley 1,965
Conservative Philip Turner 1,869
Conservative Stephen Horgan 1,844
Liberal Democrat Francis Bellard 556
Liberal Democrat Craig Hands 496
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Myall 373
Labour Aidan McGurran 253
Labour Fiona Smith 253
Labour Mohamed Javed 229
Turnout 7,838
Burstead (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoffrey Buckenham 1,627
Conservative Desmond Lake 1,521
Conservative Kevin Blake 1,469
Liberal Democrat Belinda Jackson 779
Liberal Democrat James Edwards 762
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Taylor 757
Labour Margaret Mary 294
Labour Viney Reid 286
Labour Patricia Reid 272
Turnout 7,767
Crouch (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Terri Sargent 1,073
Conservative Stuart Allen 1,023
Labour Wendy Aitken 406
Labour Eva Borlase 322
Liberal Democrat Arthur Ferriss 248
Turnout 3,072
Fryerns (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Janet Payn 1,470
Labour Paul Kirkman 1,452
Labour Julia Woods 1,344
Conservative Deborah Allen 596
Conservative Kenneth Evens 560
Conservative Harold Liebner 501
Liberal Democrat John Lutton 279
Liberal Democrat Stephen Nice 224
Liberal Democrat Tracey Williams 222
Turnout 6,648
Laindon Park (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barbara Croft 1,148
Labour William Archibald 1,077
Labour Anthony Borlase 1,006
Conservative John Schofield 766
Conservative Stephen Hills 715
Conservative Francis Tomlin 691
Independent Alfred Viccary 165
Turnout 5,568
Langdon Hills (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sandra Hillier 923
Conservative Stephen Hillier 871
Independent Derrick Fellowes 434
Labour Lynda Gordon 392
Labour Emily Evans 363
Liberal Democrat Linda Williams 239
Liberal Democrat Susan Dickinson 171
Turnout 3,393
Lee Chapel North (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nigel Smith 1,165
Labour Maureen Larkin 1,159
Labour Richard Rackham 1,086
Conservative Sharon Cleasby 530
Conservative Richard Hyland 518
Conservative Sharon Reid 515
Liberal Democrat Linda Martin 241
Liberal Democrat Michael James 229
Liberal Democrat Martin Neale 214
Socialist Alliance Richard Duane 93
Turnout 5,750
Nethermayne (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Williams 1,268
Liberal Democrat Joseph White 1,245
Liberal Democrat Benjamin Williams 1,199
Labour Michael Plant 945
Labour Andrew Manning 930
Labour Peter Wedlock 841
Conservative Henry Tucker 676
Conservative David Walsh 642
Conservative Christine Walsh 636
Turnout 8,382
Pitsea North West (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Keith Bobbin 997
Labour Allan Davies 893
Labour Philip Rackley 856
Conservative Roy Clarke 543
Conservative Mark Levey 491
Conservative Roy Watkinson 456
Liberal Democrat Martin Howard 238
Liberal Democrat Vivien Howard 229
Turnout 4,703
Pitsea South East (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick Evans 1,142
Conservative Jacqueline Blake 1,120
Labour Dean Golding 1,077
Conservative Malcolm Geddes 1,001
Conservative Edward Phelan 995
Labour Andrew Powderly 944
Turnout 6,279
St Martin's (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Richard Llewellyn 771
Labour Colin Payn 758
Conservative Gwen Ball 329
Conservative Carol Mowe 278
Liberal Democrat Michael Dickinson 213
Liberal Democrat Annie Humphries 191
Turnout 2,540
Vange (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Abrahall 772
Labour Swatantra Nandanwar 665
Conservative Garry Johnson 403
Conservative Philip Johnson 380
BNP Matthew Single 189
Liberal Democrat Peter Hulse 178
Liberal Democrat Seth Williams 167
Turnout 2,754
Wickford Castledon (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Malcolm Buckley 1,165
Conservative Sylvia Buckley 1,099
Labour Derek Burn 356
Labour Albert Ede 316
Liberal Democrat Kenneth Ward 309
Liberal Democrat Arnald Thorpe 248
Turnout 3,493
Wickford North (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Ball 1,658
Conservative Carole Morris 1,562
Conservative Michael Mowe 1,522
Labour Jacqueline Brown 639
Labour Christopher Wilson 543
Labour Linda Howard 489
Liberal Democrat Michael Maguire 454
Liberal Democrat Ian Robertson 368
Turnout 7,235
Wickford Park (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Morris 731
Conservative Christopher Jackman 660
Labour Leroy Stephenson 237
Labour Clive Thomas 236
Liberal Democrat Michael Woods 208
Liberal Democrat Fane Cummings 153
Turnout 2,225

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Basildon". BBC News Online. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Local Elections in England: 2 May 2002". House of Commons Library. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Basildon: Parties battle for knife-edge control". Southend Standard. 9 April 2002. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Basildon: BNP man mounts shock challenge". Southend Standard. 9 April 2002. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Basildon: Tories fail to snatch power". Southend Standard. 3 May 2002. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Basildon: Nigel is appointed leader". Southend Standard. 17 May 2002. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Basildon". Local Elections Archive Project. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011.