Hart District Council election, 2002

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The 2002 Hart Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Hart District Council in Hampshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000.[1] The Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.[2]

Campaign[edit]

The election saw 10 sitting councillors decide not to seek re-election including 3 former chairmen of the council.[3] 6 Conservatives were unopposed in the election in the wards of Crondall, Eversley, Long Sutton and Odiham, while several independents stood for the council.[3] The independents included Archie Gillespie, a former Liberal Democrat standing as an independent after being deselected, former councillor Stephen Gorys and an "anti roadblock campaigner" Denis Gotel.[3]

During the campaign a Conservative candidate in Hartley Wintney, Andrew Davies, withdrew meaning only one Conservative would be standing in the ward against independent Susan Band and 2 Liberal Democrats.[4]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservative gain a majority on the council after winning 22 seats on the council.[5] The Liberal Democrats were reduced to only 10 seats concentrated in their strongholds of Yateley and Hawley.[5] Meanwhile 3 independents were successful in being elected, 2 in Fleet and 1 in Hartley Wintney.[5] Overall turnout in the election was 29.89%.[6]

Hart Local Election Result 2002[2][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 22 +6 62.9 45.6 14,470 -11.1%
  Liberal Democrat 10 -3 28.6 41.6 13,228 +11.7%
  Independent 3 -3 8.6 8.8 2,803 +2.3%
  Labour 0 0 0 3.6 1,141 -3.3%
  Green 0 0 0 0.4 118 +0.4%

Ward results[edit]

Blackwater and Hawley (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Brian Blewett 565
Liberal Democrat David Neighbour 544
Conservative James Pugmore 369
Turnout 1,478 25.7
Church Crookham East (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Hutcheson 739
Conservative Deborah Moss 678
Liberal Democrat Roger Carter 533
Liberal Democrat Adrian Emmanuel 501
Turnout 1,712 32.9
Church Crookham West (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Poulton 746
Conservative Lorraine Fullbrook 722
Liberal Democrat Paul Collins 490
Liberal Democrat Rodney Fisher 402
Turnout 2,360 31.5
Crondall (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Norman Lambert unopposed
Conservative Brian Leversha unopposed
Eversley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugo Eastwood unopposed
Fleet Central (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Denis Gotel 695
Conservative Carol Leversha 635
Conservative John Stocks 600
Liberal Democrat Jeffrey Smith 345
Green Lars Mosesson 118
Turnout 2,393 31.4
Fleet Courtmoor (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Stephen Gorys 789
Conservative Peter Carr 608
Conservative Colin Hazell 521
Liberal Democrat Nicola Dommett 413
Labour Sheila Stone 215
Turnout 2,546 36.1
Fleet North (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Parker 441
Conservative William Barrell 395
Liberal Democrat Erica Axam 278
Liberal Democrat Richard Robinson 210
Turnout 1,324 26.2
Fleet Pondtail (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sharyn Wheale 697
Conservative Janet Pearson 614
Liberal Democrat Susan Fisher 499
Labour Hugh Meredith 258
Turnout 2,068 33.6
Fleet West (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Hunt 804
Conservative Sean Holden 782
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Donkin 316
Turnout 1,902 30.0
Frogmore and Darby Green (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Robert Harward 797
Liberal Democrat Vivien Street 708
Independent Archibald Gillespie 346
Conservative James Lawrence 233
Labour John Davies 97
Labour Joyce Still 94
Turnout 2,275 28.8
Hartley Wintney (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Susan Band 973
Conservative Mark Fullbrook 824
Liberal Democrat Penelope Gale 326
Liberal Democrat Raymond Johnson 266
Turnout 2,389 33.8
Hook (3)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonathan Glen 988
Conservative Michael Haffey 937
Conservative Andrew Henderson 913
Liberal Democrat Fergus Kirkham 840
Liberal Democrat David Evans 724
Liberal Democrat Anthony Over 709
Turnout 5,111 31.3
Long Sutton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sarah Wallis unopposed
Odiham (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Benford unopposed
Conservative Roger Jones unopposed
Yateley East (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Stuart Bailey 734
Liberal Democrat Graham Cockarill 698
Conservative Erica Newbury 309
Conservative Joan Fullbrook 291
Labour John Davis 80
Labour Kulwant Lit 54
Turnout 2,166 26.5
Yateley North (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Keane 615
Liberal Democrat David Simpson 504
Conservative Edward Dawson 336
Labour Keith Spendlove 84
Labour Kim Spendlove 75
Turnout 1,614 23.9
Yateley West (2)[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Alan Hammersley 624
Liberal Democrat Myra Billings 587
Conservative Maxwell Fullbrook 288
Labour Mary Jenkins 143
Labour Sophie Shepherd 41
Turnout 1,683 23.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hart". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Election results; Local Elections". The Times. 2002-05-03. p. 6. 
  3. ^ a b c "Challenge of the mavericks". gethampshire. 2002-04-11. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Boost for Susan". gethampshire. 2002-04-18. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Independents are back in Fleet". gethampshire. 2002-05-09. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Election Results for 4 May 2002". Hart District Council. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 


Preceded by
Hart Council election, 2000
Hart local elections Succeeded by
Hart Council election, 2003