Crawley Council election, 2002
The 2002 Crawley Council election took place on 2 May 2002 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.
After the election, the composition of the council was
Before the election Labour controlled the council with 24 seats, compared to 5 for the Conservatives and 2 Liberal Democrats, with a further seat being vacant. 10 wards were contested, with 2 seats being elected in Pound Hill North.
Issues at the election included the growth of Crawley, parking, litter, street lights and a possible second runway at Gatwick Airport, with issues to do with the national Labour government also being raised.
Labour remained in control of the council with 23 councillors after holding 7 of the 11 seats contested, despite losing 1 seat to the Conservatives. The Conservative gain came in Furnace Green, where Brenda Blackwell defeated the former Labour mayor Ray Calcott by 1,269 votes to 895. This took to the Conservatives to 7 seats, as they also held the 2 seats contested in Pound Hill North, while the Liberal Democrats remained on 2 seats after holding Northgate.
The election had a trial of all postal voting in the 4 wards of Bewbush, Broadfield, Ifield and Southgate in an attempt to increase turnout. Overall turnout across Crawley was 30.09%, a rise from 23.2% at the 2000 election, and in the wards that trialed all postal voting, turnout increased by an average of 15.7%.
|Crawley local election result 2002|
|Party||Seats||Gains||Losses||Net gain/loss||Seats %||Votes %||Votes||+/−|
|Monster Raving Loony||0||0||0||0||0||0.2||48|
|Liberal Democrat||Kevin Osborne||207||12.5|
|Justice Party||Arshad Kahn||64||3.9|
|Socialist Alliance||Muriel Hirsh||46||2.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Victoria Jones||275||10.9|
|Socialist Labour||Martyn Badger||89||3.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Roger McMurray||516||19.3|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Liberal Democrat||Barry Hamilton||485||18.6|
|Liberal Democrat||Edward Reay||159||12.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Linda Seekings||705||63.2|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing|
|Pound Hill North (2)|
|Liberal Democrat||Nigel Aldridge||198|
|Liberal Democrat||David Barry||154|
|Monster Raving Loony||Christopher Hanlon||48|
|Liberal Democrat||Howard Llewelyn||413||17.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Darren Wise||185||15.2|
|Socialist Labour||Derek Issacs||65||5.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Lyndon Hamill||98||10.8|
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