Crawley Council election, 2000

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The 2000 Crawley Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of Crawley Borough Council in West Sussex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

Before the election Labour held control of the council with 24 seats, compared to 5 for the Conservatives and 2 for the Liberal Democrats.[3] One seat was vacant after Labour councillor Jack Newsome resigned from the council on moving from the area.[3]

Election result[edit]

Labour remained in control of the council after winning 10 of the 12 seats contested, but did lose 1 seat to the Conservatives.[4] The Conservative gain came in the vacant Pound Hill South seat, with the party winning by 225 votes to take the Conservatives to 6 seats on the council.[4]

Crawley local election result 2000[5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 10 -1 83.3
  Conservative 2 +1 16.7

By-elections between 2000 and 2002[edit]

A by-election was held in West Green on 14 September 2000 after the death of the Labour leader of Crawley Council, Tony Edwards.[6] The by-election was dominated by plans to remove services from Crawley Hospital and Labour candidate Robert Hull held the seat with a reduced 151 vote majority, with a campaigner against the plans for the hospital coming second with 344 votes.[7][6]

West Green By-Election 14 September 2000[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Hull 495 43.4 -23.6
Crawley Hospital Campaign Gary Commins 344 30.2 +30.2
Conservative Jacqueline Kingsford 165 14.5 +0.0
UKIP Niall Mitchell 56 4.9 +4.9
Independent Barbara O'Brien 41 3.6 +3.6
Liberal Democrat Kevin Osbourne 38 3.3 -5.1
Majority 151 13.2
Turnout 1,139 33.9
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crawley". BBC News Online. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Council results". The Independent. 6 May 2000. p. 6. 
  3. ^ a b "Local Elections - Blair faces big test". The Argus. 2 May 2000. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Tories gain extra seat". Crawley and Horley Observer. 11 May 2000. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Election results: local councils". The Times. 6 May 2000. p. 10. 
  6. ^ a b "'Brilliant' poll for hospital". The Argus. 18 September 2000. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Labour fuels election win". Crawley and Horley Observer. 20 September 2000. Retrieved 8 January 2012.