Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council election, 2002

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The 2002 Basingstoke and Deane Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in Hampshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000 increasing the number of seats by 3.[1] The council stayed under no overall control.[2]

Background[edit]

Before the election the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties had run the council together for the previous 7 years.[3] Since the 2000 election both the parties had 15 seats, so they had 4 cabinet seats each and shared the leadership of the council for 6 months each.[3]

Boundary changes increased the number of seats to 60 from the previous 57.[3] This meant all of the seats were being contested instead of the usual one third of the council.[3]

The Conservatives hoped to take control of the council and the local party was supported by visits from the national Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith and the party chairman David Davis.[3] The Conservatives said their campaign focused on issues such as youth crime, but were accused by the Liberal Democrat leader of the council, Brian Gurden, of running a negative campaign.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives remain the largest party, but they remained on 25 seats.[3] As a result the Liberal Democrat and Labour coalition remained in control of the council with 32 of the 60 seats between them.[3]

The Liberal Democrats made a net gain of 2 seats, after picking up 3 seats and losing 1.[3] This included taking seats in Eastrop and Tadley North from other parties and meant the Liberal Democrats had 17 seats, compared to 15 for Labour.[3] This meant Liberal Democrat Brian Gurden remained as leader of the council.[3]

Meanwhile both sitting independent councillors were re-elected and a third, Ian Tilbury, gained a seat in Overton.[3] 4 sitting councillors were defeated at the election, 3 Labour, Pam Lonie, Carl Reader and Rose Wellman, and 1 Conservative, Robert Musson.[4] Overall turnout in the election was 34.3%,[5] an increase from 29% in 2000.[3]

Basingstoke and Deane Local Election Result 2002[5][2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 25 0 41.7 45.8 38,344
  Liberal Democrat 17 +2 28.3 27.8 23,289
  Labour 15 0 25.0 21.9 18,312
  Independent 3 +1 5.0 4.4 3,702

Ward results[edit]

Basing (3)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Alan Reid 1,511 19.6
Liberal Democrat Patricia Read 1,387 18.0
Liberal Democrat Stephen Day 1,260 16.3
Conservative Stephen Marks 1,195 15.5
Conservative James Holder 1,181 15.3
Conservative Hazel Kennedy 1,173 15.2
Turnout 7,707 41.7
Baughurst[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sheila Allen 496 65.4
Liberal Democrat Robert Winfield 262 34.6
Majority 234 30.9
Turnout 758 39.1
Brighton Hill North (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Sheila Rowland 597
Liberal Democrat Brian Gurden 592
Conservative Deborah Burns 326
Conservative Lynda Coyde 326
Labour Mark Bennett 145
Labour Charles James 130
Turnout 2,116 29.2
Brighton Hill South (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Barnes 495
Labour Thomas Millar 480
Liberal Democrat Kevin Oxlade 474
Labour Carl Reader 460
Conservative Richard Court 241
Conservative Jill Reed 204
Turnout 2,354 29.2
Brookvale & Kings Furlong (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Shaw 744
Liberal Democrat Doris Jones 731
Labour Daryl Rennie 268
Labour Pamela Lonie 252
Conservative Christine Heath 241
Conservative Michael Cohen 232
Turnout 2,468 32.1
Buckskin (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Antony Jones 577
Labour David Potter 554
Conservative Stephen McIntyre-Stewart 302
Conservative Peter Dalton 280
Turnout 1,713 25.6
Burghclere[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Clegg 574 81.8
Liberal Democrat Anthony Davies 128 18.2
Majority 446 63.5
Turnout 702 35.7
Calleva (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marilyn Tucker 841
Conservative Roger Gardiner 839
Liberal Democrat Roger Barnard 236
Liberal Democrat Joyce Protheroe 212
Labour Leslie Clarke 189
Labour Katherine Cumming 181
Turnout 2,498 30.4
Chineham (3)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Martin Biermann 1,101
Conservative Elaine Still 858
Conservative John Downes 675
Conservative Thomas Bursnall 614
Liberal Democrat Susan Martin 240
Labour Eileen Cavanagh 209
Liberal Democrat Angela Old 194
Labour Upali Wickremeratne 154
Turnout 4,045 33.5
East Woodhay[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alexander Ross 538 72.2
Liberal Democrat Philip Knight 207 27.8
Majority 331 44.4
Turnout 745 34.6
Eastrop (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Graham Parker 616
Liberal Democrat Erica Shaw 570
Conservative Ronald Collins 397
Conservative Christopher Jones 375
Labour Julie Johnson 185
Labour Terence Jones 172
Turnout 2,315 37.7
Grove (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ronald Hussey 1,304
Liberal Democrat Alexander Green 1,216
Conservative Penelope Bates 805
Conservative Richard Clewer 767
Turnout 4,092 46.7
Hatch Warren & Beggarwood (3)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Philip Heath 894
Conservative Dan Putty 884
Conservative Harold Robinson 791
Liberal Democrat Mary Shelley 236
Labour Philip Courtenay 235
Labour Mark Jeffery 218
Liberal Democrat Cynthia Oliver 205
Labour Clarence Street 192
Liberal Democrat Peter Janes 191
Turnout 3,846 23.8
Highclere and Bourne[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Timothy Jardine 725 66.0
Liberal Democrat Keith Watts 373 34.0
Majority 352 32.1
Turnout 1,098 47.4
Kempshott (3)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Wilhelmine Court 1,467
Conservative Rita Burgess 1,369
Conservative Peter Lewington 1,353
Labour Richard Davey 598
Labour Helen Jeffery 429
Labour Philip Devine 415
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Crawford 411
Liberal Democrat Nicola Hicken 378
Turnout 6,420 38.5
Kingslere (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Denness 879
Conservative Rose Wellman 809
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Peplow 263
Liberal Democrat Roger Ward 194
Labour John Jackson 140
Labour Robert Cross 133
Turnout 2,418 32.3
Norden (3)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Hood 909
Labour Laura James 906
Labour Paul Harvey 796
Conservative Nigel McNair-Scott 404
Liberal Democrat Peter Harris 389
Conservative Jervoise Loveys 363
Conservative Gordon Pirie 339
Turnout 4,106 25.8
Oakley and North Waltham (3)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Cecilia Morrison 1,448
Conservative Gweneth Richardson 1,353
Conservative Paul Findlow 1,333
Independent Marvin Gregory 681
Liberal Democrat Jane Baker 432
Liberal Democrat Jacqueline Lessware 360
Labour Joy Potter 262
Labour Warwick Dady 252
Turnout 6,121 39.8
Overton, Laverstoke & Steventon (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paula Baker 976
Independent Ian Tilbury 859
Liberal Democrat Williams Sloane 594
Conservative Melvin Byles 407
Conservative Christopher Van Der Noot 242
Independent Stanley Bray 159
Labour Elizabeth Freemantle 90
Labour David Cavanagh 89
Turnout 3,416 47.2
Pamber[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Chapman 620 73.7
Labour Stephen Rothman 221 26.3
Majority 399 47.4
Turnout 841 39.0
Popley East (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Donnelly 467
Labour Andrew McCormick 412
Conservative Carol Gould 179
Conservative Rebecca Downes 174
Liberal Democrat Richard Damant 146
Liberal Democrat Sheena Grassi 118
Turnout 1,496 21.3
Popley West (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jane Frankum 477
Labour Paul Frankum 388
Conservative Graham Conner 176
Conservative Karen Dignan 156
Liberal Democrat Michael Berwick-Gooding 141
Turnout 1,338 26.5
Rooksdown[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Susan Peters 189 69.7
Labour Stanley Parry 82 30.3
Majority 107 39.5
Turnout 271 30.7
Sherborne St John[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Leek 684 80.9
Labour Katherine Lomas 161 19.1
Majority 523 61.9
Turnout 845 35.7
South Ham (3)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gerald Taynor 1,068
Labour Colin Regan 1,058
Labour Sean Keating 1,028
Conservative Anthony Kirby 455
Conservative Justin Hereford 453
Conservative Christopher Ling 431
Liberal Democrat Janet Renwick 211
Liberal Democrat Gavin Pomfret 170
Liberal Democrat Stephen Whitechurch 157
Turnout 5,031 29.3
Tadley North (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Warwick Lovegrove 995
Liberal Democrat Josephine Slimin 928
Conservative Robert Musson 723
Conservative Stephen West 686
Turnout 3,332 37.8
Tadley South (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent David Leeks 902
Conservative Terence Faulkner 724
Labour James Gibb 310
Turnout 1,936 28.5
Upton Grey and The Candovers[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Ruffell 657 70.4
Liberal Democrat Leonard Clover 146 15.6
Labour John Rogers 130 13.9
Majority 511 54.8
Turnout 933 43.5
Whitchurch (2)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Alison Wall 956
Liberal Democrat Gillian Nethercott 905
Conservative Therese Coffey 463
Conservative Lucinda Henzell-Thomas 436
Labour Pauline Courtenay 96
Labour Patricia Wickremeratne 68
Turnout 2,924 38.7
Wicklebury (3)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Connor 971
Labour Lea Jeff 907
Conservative Jonathan Curry 874
Conservative Hayley Eachus 873
Conservative Andrew Giles 851
Labour Gary Watts 848
Liberal Democrat Roger Blackmore-Squires 248
Liberal Democrat Stephen Adams 190
Turnout 5,762 38.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Basingstoke & Deane". BBC News Online. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Local Elections in England: 2 May 2002". House of Commons Library. 9 May 2002. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Labour and Lib Dems retain control of council". Southern Daily Echo. 7 May 2002. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Joint administration stays put". Southern Daily Echo. 7 May 2002. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af "2002 Local Election Results - Wards". Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 


Preceded by
Basingstoke and Deane Council election, 2000
Basingstoke and Deane local elections Succeeded by
Basingstoke and Deane Council election, 2003