Colchester Borough Council election, 2002

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

The 2002 Colchester Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Colchester Borough Council in Essex, England. This was the same day as the other 2002 local elections in the United Kingdom. Due to boundary changes, every seat was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1][2]

Election result[edit]

Both the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives gained seats to move to 26 and 24 seats respectively.[3] This was at the expense of the Labour party who lost 8 seats to only have 6 councillors.[3]

In total there were 24 new councillors elected, with a number of sitting councillors being defeated, including the leader of the Liberal Democrats on the council, Bill Frame.[4] Frame had previously represented St Mary's ward, but contested Shrub End at the election and failed to be elected.[3] Colin Sykes returned as the leader of the Liberal Democrat group after winning election, 2 years after having lost his seat on the council.[5]

Colchester Borough Council Election, 2002[1][2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 26 +2 43.3 36.4 29,899 +3.3%
  Conservative 24 +3 40.0 39.5 32,459 +0.7%
  Labour 6 -8 10.0 19.1 15,669 -5.0%
  Independent 4 +3 6.7 3.7 3,078 -0.2%
  Green 0 0 0 1.2 970 +1.2%
  Socialist Alliance 0 0 0 0.1 106 +0.1%

Council composition[edit]

The composition of the council before the election and a summary of which parties' seats are up for election can be found in the following table:[1]

Party Previous council Staying councillors Seats up for election Election result New council
Liberal Democrats 24 0 24 26 26
Conservatives 21 0 21 24 24
Labour 14 0 14 6 6
Independents 1 0 1 4 4
Greens 0 0 0 0 0
Total 60 0 60 60 60

Ward results[edit]

Shown below are ward results according to the council's election results archive.[6][7]

Because of boundary changes, all results are shown as holds, even though the balance of the council changed. Majorities and percentage share are only shown for wards with a single seat.

Berechurch Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Terence Richard Sutton 913
Liberal Democrat Craig Stuart Sutton 900
Liberal Democrat Susan Elizabeth Brooks 875
Labour David Francis Harris 661
Labour Paul Anthony Bishop 613
Labour Christopher Allan Pearson 592
Conservative Elizabeth Ann Lee 249
Conservative Peter David Burgoyne 239
Conservative Patricia Elizabeth Conville 234
Majority
Turnout 1830 31%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Birch and Winstree Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kevin Paul Bentley 1,117
Conservative Peter Crowe 1,046
Liberal Democrat Sharon Ann Coveney 364
Labour Derek Wyn Jones 311
Majority
Turnout 1605 39%
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Castle Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Christopher Basil Hall 1,068
Liberal Democrat William Henry Foster Spyvee 1,044
Liberal Democrat Kenneth Jones 984
Conservative Lynne Frances Dingemans 369
Conservative Alison Baxter 357
Conservative Andrew Phillip Baxter 357
Labour Lisa Laybourne 268
Labour Hugh Leslie Thomas 254
Labour Julia Thomas 253
Green Peter James Lynn 190
Green Andrew Michael Senter 128
Majority
Turnout 1820 32%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Christ Church Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Anthony Silverwood Cope 559
Conservative Roger Buston 545
Liberal Democrat Martin Clifford Hunt 530
Conservative Anthony Hauton 488
Labour Maureen Lee 231
Majority
Turnout 1278 40%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Copford & West Stanway Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Elizabeth Jewell Blundell 384 75.15%
Liberal Democrat Sally Ann Scott 125 24.46%
Majority 259 50.68%
Turnout 511 35%
Conservative hold Swing
Dedham & Langham Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Christopher Garnett 757 73.71%
Liberal Democrat Carolyn Mary West 197 19.18%
Labour Geraldine Anne Harris 73 7.11%
Majority 560 54.53%
Turnout 1029 45%
Conservative hold Swing
East Donyland Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Mark Raison 286 43.20%
Conservative Patricia Ann Sanderson 246 37.16%
Liberal Democrat Barry Ronald Woodward 130 19.64%
Majority 40 6.04%
Turnout 662 36%
Labour hold Swing
Fordham & Stour Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Christopher Arnold 960
Conservative Nigel Albert Chapman 917
Liberal Democrat Alexander William Scott 341
Labour Thomas Nisbet Prosser 248
Majority
Turnout 1,338 33%
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Great Tey Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter John Chillingworth 566 65.74%
Liberal Democrat Andrew John Phillips 295 34.26%
Majority 271 31.48%
Turnout 862 40%
Conservative hold Swing
Harbour Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Patricia Mary Blandon 674
Liberal Democrat Justin Knight 548
Labour David John Canning 424
Labour Jane Maureen Green 392
Conservative Michael Ian Coyne 184
Conservative Sandra Ann Rae 165
Majority
Turnout 1286 29%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Highwoods Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Gerard Paul Oxford 665
Liberal Democrat Beverley Anne Oxford 649
Liberal Democrat Ian Vernon Ringer 560
Conservative Sarah Elizabeth McClean 294
Conservative Alan Godrey Blundell 293
Conservative Richard David Peter Stevenson 278
Labour Edmund John Chinnery 228
Labour Michael Ashley Smith 208
Majority
Turnout 1135 20%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Lexden Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sonia Jean Lewis 1,258
Conservative Donald James Henshall 1,091
Liberal Democrat Barbara Williamson 688
Labour Alan Frederick Trudgian 239
Majority
Turnout 1,889 44%
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Marks Tey Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Hammond Gower 405 64.70%
Labour Edna Mary Salmon 125 19.97%
Liberal Democrat Mark Andrew Hunter Gray 96 15.34%
Majority 280 44.73%
Turnout 627 31%
Conservative hold Swing
Mile End Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicholas Edwin Taylor 599
Conservative Matthew David Wain Eaton 593
Liberal Democrat Anne Turrell 546
Liberal Democrat Alan Geoffrey Hayman 529
Conservative Wendy Diane Scattergood 526
Labour Lucy Catherine Wood 446
Independent John Francis Sutcliffe 187
Majority
Turnout 1309 26%
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
New Town Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Theresa Margaret Anne Higgins 970
Liberal Democrat Dr Peter Michael Higgins 948
Liberal Democrat Margaret Donaldson Fisher 932
Labour Jean Quinn 465
Conservative Colin Francis Beattie 267
Conservative Glenn Bath 260
Conservative Angus James Carstairs Allan 236
Majority
Turnout 1599 26%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Prettygate Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paul Robert Sheppard 1,015
Liberal Democrat John Gray 1,013
Conservative Ronald Alfred Levy 996
Conservative Peter John Crafford 975
Liberal Democrat Sandra Clark Gray 974
Conservative Michael David Pearson 940
Labour Andrew Reginald Frost 326
Majority
Turnout 2239 37%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Pyefleet Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Alec Davidson 581 66.94%
Liberal Democrat Wilma Margaret Sutton 287 33.06%
Majority 294 33.87%
Turnout 875 43%
Conservative hold Swing
St Andrew's Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julie Ann Young 851
Labour Donald Quinn 818
Labour Timothy John Young 808
Liberal Democrat John Douglas Fellows 323
Conservative Anne Allan 238
Conservative Susan Marie Burgoyne 213
Conservative Pauline Ruth Lucas 203
Socialist Alliance Jeremy Stuart Jepps 106
Majority
Turnout 1333 20%
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
St Anne's Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Michael John Hogg 895
Liberal Democrat Gaik Choon Chuah 824
Liberal Democrat Barrie Richard Cook 785
Labour Peter Raymond Brine 425
Labour David Alan Jonas 394
Labour Paul Henry Fryer-Kelsey 385
Conservative Brigitte Lesley Beard 299
Conservative Richard Paul Jonathan Lamberth 272
Conservative Allan James Doran 257
Majority
Turnout 1594 25%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St John's Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Raymond John Gamble 1,030
Liberal Democrat Paul Edward Smith 919
Conservative Derek John Smith 366
Conservative Elizabeth Kathleen Gorman 308
Labour Anna Geraldine Trudgian 123
Majority
Turnout 1482 36%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Shrub End Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Winifred Foster 593
Conservative Amanda Jane Arnold 589
Conservative Alan Herbert Scattergood 561
Labour Richard William Bourne 553
Labour Luke Michael Powell Dopson 520
Labour Kim Alan Naish 502
Liberal Democrat Keith Barry Hindle 490
Liberal Democrat William Frame 458
Liberal Democrat Susan Mary Waite 452
Majority
Turnout 1608 25%
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Stanway Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Colin Leslie Sykes 1,137
Liberal Democrat Gwendoline Irma Rosanna Ilott 1,099
Liberal Democrat Leslie Anne Scott-Boutell 1,043
Conservative Jane Eleanor Collier 730
Conservative Jonathan Forbes Pyman 717
Conservative Michael Louis Segal 670
Labour Ian John Yates 261
Majority
Turnout 2029 34%
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Tiptree Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Anthony Rushton Webb 757
Independent John Frederick Elliott 620
Independent Anne Burgess 617
Labour Alan Charles Leslie Mogridge 569
Labour Audrey Mary Spencer 432
Conservative Agnes Lillian Cannon 398
Conservative Margaret Fairley Crowe 398
Conservative John Paul Reeves 354
Independent Helen Joyce Bunney 330
Green Stella Mae Barnes 183
Majority
Turnout 1689 29%
Independent hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
West Bergholt & Eight Ash Green Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David John Cannon 757
Conservative Jill Mary Todd 692
Liberal Democrat Una Jacqueline Myra Jones 323
Labour Gary Griffiths 287
Green John Martin Withers 238
Majority
Turnout 1248 33%
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
West Mersea Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Gilbert Jowers 1,348
Conservative John Gordon Bouckley 1,184
Conservative Margaret Anne Kimberley 1,136
Labour Bry Whittle Mogridge 430
Liberal Democrat Ronald Charles Laurance Baker 389
Majority
Turnout 1,814 31%
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Wivenhoe Cross Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Philip Kemplay Hawkins 369
Conservative David Alexander Adams 303
Conservative Kenneth Horace Rogers 290
Labour David Stephen Purdy 184
Liberal Democrat John Galpin 167
Liberal Democrat Patrick John Mossop 149
Majority
Turnout 658 17%
Labour hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Wivenhoe Quay Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Newman 592
Independent Samuel Richard Davies 567
Labour Stephen Charles Ford 523
Conservative Eugene Kraft 412
Conservative Elizabeth Ann Corke 399
Green Christopher James Fox 231
Majority
Turnout 1456 38%
Labour hold Swing
Independent hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "BBC News Vote 2002 Local Elections". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Local Elections in England: 2 May 2002". House of Commons Library. 9 May 2002. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Colchester : Labour suffer and Lib Dem leader goes". Essex County Publications (NewsBank). 3 May 2002. 
  4. ^ "Colchester : Leader Bill's out of the Frame". Essex County Publications (NewsBank). 3 May 2002. 
  5. ^ "Colchester : Lib Dems' leader returns recharged". Essex County Publications (NewsBank). 6 May 2002. 
  6. ^ "Election Results". Colchester Borough Council. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Turnout". Colchester Borough Council. Retrieved 1 July 2012.