Broxbourne Borough Council election, 1998

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The Broxbourne Council election, 1998 was held to elect council members of the Broxbourne Borough Council, the local government authority of the borough of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England.

Composition of expiring seats before election[edit]

Ward Party Incumbent Elected Incumbent Standing again?
Broxbourne Conservative 1994 Don Smith Yes[Table note 1]
Bury Green Conservative 1994 Geoffrey Morris No
Cheshunt Central Liberal Democrats 1994 Robert Smith Yes
Cheshunt North Conservative 1994 Don Poole Yes[Table note 2]
Flamstead End Conservative 1994 Sheila Kendall Yes[Table note 3]
Goffs Oak Conservative 1994 Marie Dowsett Yes
Hoddesdon North Conservative 1994 Michael Lavender Yes
Hoddesdon Town Liberal Democrats 1994 Dorothy Morgan No
Rosedale Liberal Democrats 1994 Carolyn Iles Yes[Table note 4]
Rye Park Labour 1994 Linda Dambrauskas No
Theobalds Labour 1994 Lester Hickling Yes[Table note 5]
Waltham Cross North Conservative 1994 Norman Ames Yes
Waltham Cross South Labour 1994 Mark Farrington Yes
Wormley & Turnford Conservative 1994 Brian Hill Yes
  1. ^ Don Smith stood in Flamstead End Ward in 1998.
  2. ^ Don Poole stood in Broxbourne Ward in 1998.
  3. ^ Sheila Kendall stood in Cheshunt Central Ward in 1998.
  4. ^ Carolyn Iles stood in as a Labour Party candidate in 1998.
  5. ^ Lester Hickling stood in Cheshunt North Ward in 1998.

Election results[edit]

Broxbourne Local Election Result 1998
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 13 5 0 +5 92.85 53.70 8,920
  Labour 1 0 2 -2 7.15 33.12 5,501
  Liberal Democrat 0 0 3 -3 0 11.76 1,953
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 1.42 236

Results summary[edit]

An election was held in 14 wards on 7 May 1998.

The Conservative party gained 5 council seats at this election taking 3 seats from the Liberal Democrats in Cheshunt Central Ward, Hoddesdon Town Ward and Rosedale Ward and taking 2 seats from the Labour Party in Rye Park Ward and Theobalds Ward.

Since the last Broxbourne Local Government Election in 1996 a by-election had been held in Waltham Cross North Ward that had resulted in a gain for the Conservatives at the expense of Labour. Additionally a Liberal Democrat Councillor had "crossed the floor" of the chamber and had joined the Conservative Group.

This was the last Broxbourne local election fought before new electoral boundaries took effect in 1999.

The boundary changes would necessitate an "all out" election in 1999 when all of the 38 "new" seats would be contested.

Accordingly all councillors elected in 1998 served a 1 year term of office.

The political balance of the new council following this election was:

Ward results[edit]

Broxbourne Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Poole 845 58.88
Labour Robert Foskett 284 19.79
Liberal Democrat Deborah Gibson 189 13.17
Independent Raymond Stone 117 8.16
Majority 561
Turnout 1,435 24.00
Conservative hold Swing
Bury Green Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dennis Clayton 835 49.76
Labour Linda Dambrauskas 766 45.65
Liberal Democrat Henry Appiah 77 4.59
Majority 69
Turnout 1,678 30.00
Conservative hold Swing
Cheshunt Central Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sheila Kendall 576 53.33
Labour James Emslie 255 23.62
Liberal Democrat Robert Smith 249 23.05
Majority 321
Turnout 1,080 29.00
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Cheshunt North Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Leonard Merry 651 47.73
Labour Lester Hickling 622 45.60
Liberal Democrat Michael Gould 91 6.67
Majority 29
Turnout 1,364 24.00
Conservative hold Swing
Flamstead End Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Smith 762 57.99
Labour George Panayiotopoulos 357 27.17
Liberal Democrat Patricia Blackshaw 195 14.84
Majority 405
Turnout 1,314 24.00
Conservative hold Swing
Goffs Oak Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Marie Dowsett 815 71.68
Labour Ronald McCole 146 12.84
Independent Christopher Stone 94 8.27
Liberal Democrat Jacqueline Barton 82 7.21
Majority 669
Turnout 1,137 29.00
Conservative hold Swing
Hoddesdon North Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Cooper 733 59.65
Liberal Democrat Anthoney Fey 261 21.23
Labour Keith Hodge 235 19.12
Majority 472
Turnout 1,229 24.00
Conservative hold Swing
Hoddesdon Town Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kenneth Ayling 694 56.84
Labour Janet Kousoulou 322 26.37
Liberal Democrat Heather Campbell 205 16.79
Majority 372
Turnout 1,221 24.00
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Rosedale Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mandy Hayward 339 44.14
Liberal Democrat Trevor Griffiths 220 28.65
Labour Carolyn Iles 209 27.21
Majority 119
Turnout 768 26.00
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Rye Park Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Hale 636 46.87
Labour Peter Kort 610 44.95
Liberal Democrat Peter Huse 111 8.18
Majority 26
Turnout 1,357 27.00
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Theobalds Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dorothy Edmonds 627 53.41
Labour Winifred Press 458 39.01
Liberal Democrat James Tait 89 7.58
Majority 169
Turnout 1,174 29.00
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Waltham Cross North Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Ames 619 62.21
Labour Christopher Simonovitch 310 31.16
Liberal Democrat Cynthia Appiah 41 4.12
Independent Alan Gater 25 2.51
Majority 309
Turnout 995 31.00
Conservative hold Swing
Waltham Cross South Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Farrington 501 54.99
Conservative Josephine Hornsey 338 37.11
Liberal Democrat Eithne Ormerod 72 7.90
Majority 163
Turnout 911 20.00
Labour hold Swing
Wormley / Turnford Ward Result 7 May 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Hill 450 47.52
Labour Marian Podlubny 426 44.98
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Garton 71 7.50
Majority 24
Turnout 947 20.00
Conservative hold Swing

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