Hull City Council election, 2004

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Map of the results of the 2004 Hull council election. Labour in red, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Conservatives in blue, UKIP in purple, Uncontested in cream.

The 2004 Hull City Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Hull City Council in England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

Before the election the Labour party formed the administration after becoming the largest party in the 2003 election.[3] Their administration however was criticised by the Audit Commission, which raised the hopes of the Liberal Democrats that could regain control of the council.[3]

Labour campaigned saying that voters should choose "order and progress" under themselves rather than the chaos they said the Liberal Democrats had brought while they were in office.[4] They hoped to expand their pilot program of free school meals for all children to all schools within the city.[4] The Liberal Democrats however wanted to abolish the program and pledged to establish crime prevention funds for neighbourhoods, free off-peak bus travel for pensioners and expand recycling.[4] The Liberal Democrats also pledged to keep council tax increases to the same level as rises in earnings for the 2 years after the election.[4]

20 of the 59 seats on the council were contested in the election,[4] which was conducted with all postal voting in common with councils across 4 of the English regions.[5]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Labour party remain the largest party on the council with 27 seats but with the Liberal Democrats gaining 2 seats to hold 24 after the election.[6] As a result the council remained hung with no party having a majority on the council.[6] The most high profile result saw the United Kingdom Independence Party win their first local council seat after John Cornforth defeated the independent councillor, John Considine, in Derringham ward by 7 votes after 6 recounts.[6][7] However the independents immediately said that they would mount a legal challenge to the result.[8]

Hull Local Election Result 2004
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 10 2 0 +2 50.0 37.4 21,774 +0.1%
  Labour 8 1 1 0 40.0 34.3 19,974 -10.5%
  Conservative 1 0 0 0 5.0 11.2 6,521 +4.0%
  UKIP 1 1 0 +1 5.0 7.1 4,130 +6.4%
  Independent 0 0 3 -3 0 6.9 4,012 -0.3%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 1,170 +1.1%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 492 -0.6%
  Legalise Cannabis 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 109 +0.1%

Legal challenge[edit]

The independent candidate in Derringham said he would make a legal challenge to the result as the Returning Officer had said 3,540 ballot papers had been returned but that when the results were declared 140 ballot papers were missing.[9] The independents claimed that these missing papers had ended up in counting rooms for other wards.[9] They also said that people in Derringham had received ballots in the post that were intended for Marfleet ward and that no one knew how many people this had affected and were thus unable to vote.[9][10]

The court challenge was successful with the High Court ruling that the result "may well have been affected".[11] As a result a new vote was ordered to be held,[11] with the election set for 13 January 2005.[12] The by-election was won by Michael Rouse-Deane of the Liberal Democrats who had come fourth in the original election in Derringham.[13]

Ward results[edit]

Avenue[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Robinson 1,616 46.6 -11.3
Labour Andrew Dorton 811 23.4 -4.9
Green James Russell 492 14.2 +7.0
Conservative Basil Bulmer 365 10.5 +10.5
Independent Ginette Andrew 181 5.2 +5.2
Majority 805 23.2 -6.4
Turnout 3,465
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Beverley[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Geraldine Gough 1,714 59.5 -1.6
Labour Daniel Brown 677 23.5 -0.4
Conservative Andrew Forster 490 17.0 +2.0
Majority 1,037 36.0 -1.2
Turnout 2,881
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Boothferry[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Keith Toon 1,575 41.4 -3.1
Labour Freda Longbottom 1,020 26.8 -13.0
UKIP Tineke Robinson 660 17.4 +17.4
Conservative John Sharp 547 14.4 -1.3
Majority 555 14.6 +9.9
Turnout 3,802
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Bricknell[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Percy 1,789 60.7
Labour Brian Wadworth 626 21.3
Liberal Democrat Andrew Sloan 530 18.0
Majority 1,163 39.4
Turnout 2,945
Conservative hold Swing
Derringham[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UKIP John Cornforth 945 28.5 +15.1
Independent John Considine 938 28.2 -7.4
Labour Garry White 856 25.8 -6.9
Liberal Democrat Michael Rouse-Deane 300 9.0 -0.6
Conservative Zena Rowley 282 8.5 -0.4
Majority 7 0.3
Turnout 3,321
UKIP gain from Independent Swing
Drypool[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Adam Williams 1,414 40.0 -0.4
Labour Alan Gardiner 1,118 31.6 -21.6
Independent Michael Kemp 797 22.6 +22.6
Conservative John Abbott 204 5.8 -0.6
Majority 296 8.4
Turnout 3,533
Liberal Democrat gain from Independent Swing
Holderness[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Nicholson 2,299 55.1 +9.9
Labour Rilba Jones 1,352 32.4 -11.8
Conservative Albert Greendale 518 12.4 +1.8
Majority 947 22.7 +21.7
Turnout 4,169
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Ings[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Allen Healand 2,202 51.1 +10.6
Labour Tracy Holmes 1,531 35.5 -16.2
Conservative James Parker 330 7.7 -0.2
Independent John Reeve 250 5.8 +5.8
Majority 671 15.6
Turnout 4,313
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Kings Park[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Elaine Garland 1,218 55.6 +0.0
Labour Kathryn Nicholson 451 20.6 -7.6
BNP Paul Buckley 374 17.1 +17.1
Conservative Sheila Airey 147 6.7 +2.3
Majority 767 35.0 +7.8
Turnout 2,190
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Longhill[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Hewitt 1,634 50.5 -13.3
UKIP Barbara Stark 729 22.5 +22.5
Liberal Democrat James Morrell 540 16.7 -3.9
Conservative Patrick Belding 334 10.3 +0.5
Majority 905 28.0 -15.2
Turnout 3,237
Labour hold Swing
Marfleet[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sheila Waudby 1,511 59.7 -15.6
Liberal Democrat Ann Godden 649 25.6 +0.9
BNP Alan Siddle 373 14.7 +14.7
Majority 862 34.1 -16.5
Turnout 2,533
Labour hold Swing
Myton[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Daren Hale 1,415 51.6 -5.6
Liberal Democrat Anthony Sloan 478 17.4 -6.9
UKIP Joanne Robinson 450 16.4 +16.4
Conservative Alan Winzor 270 9.8 +2.4
Independent Miriam Benson 129 4.7 -1.7
Majority 937 34.2 +1.3
Turnout 2,742
Labour hold Swing
Newington[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Katrina Peat 859 36.5 -16.6
UKIP Glenn Dickinson 649 27.5 +27.5
Liberal Democrat Michael Johnson 400 17.0 -20.4
Conservative David Thompson 239 10.1 +0.6
Independent Frederick Beedle 209 8.9 +8.9
Majority 210 9.0 -6.7
Turnout 2,356
Labour hold Swing
Newland[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Michael Ross 1,154 65.3 +20.7
Labour Philip Morrell 355 20.1 -18.4
Conservative Robert Brown 148 8.4 +0.3
Legalise Cannabis Carl Wagner 109 6.2 +3.2
Majority 799 45.2 +39.1
Turnout 1,766
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Orchard Park and Greenwood[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Steven Bayes 1,334 53.5 +1.5
Independent Tony Fee 754 30.2 +11.8
Liberal Democrat Angela Simpson 407 16.3 +10.0
Majority 580 23.3 -10.3
Turnout 2,495
Labour hold Swing
Pickering[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Pete Allen 1,122 33.8 -11.7
Liberal Democrat David Harris 1,024 30.8 -3.6
Independent Barry Dibnah 436 13.1 +2.7
BNP Edward Scott 423 12.7 +12.7
Conservative Reginald Britton 319 9.6 +2.1
Majority 98 3.0 -8.1
Turnout 3,324
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Southcoates East[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas McVie 961 60.2
Independent Harold Neilson 318 19.9
Liberal Democrat Danielle Martine 318 19.9
Majority 643 40.3
Turnout 1,597
Labour hold Swing
Southcoates West[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Glew 914 45.3
Liberal Democrat Martin Uzzell 868 43.1
Conservative Colin Baxter 234 11.6
Majority 46 2.2
Turnout 2,016
Labour hold Swing
St Andrews[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Albert Penna 839 51.7
Labour John Nicholson 399 24.6
UKIP Peter Mawer 284 17.5
Conservative Robert Cook 100 6.2
Majority 440 27.1
Turnout 1,622
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Sutton[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Kalvin Neal 2,229 57.5 +11.4
Labour Anouska Clark 1,028 26.5 -19.6
UKIP Clare Hammant 413 10.7 +10.7
Conservative Ian Brown 205 5.3 -2.5
Majority 1,201 31.0
Turnout 3,875
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

No elections were held in Bransholme East, Bransholme West and University wards.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Elections 2004: Election results". The Independent. 11 June 2004. p. 4. 
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  5. ^ Morris, Nigel (10 June 2004). "Elections 2004: Postal ballot trials double voter turnout for `Super Thursday'". The Independent. p. 6. 
  6. ^ a b c "Blair puts on brave face ahead of poll setback". Yorkshire Post. 11 June 2004. p. 1. 
  7. ^ Morris, Nigel (11 June 2004). "ELECTIONS 2004: First UKIP council seat sends warning to Tories". The Independent. p. 4. 
  8. ^ "Scathing attack on Blair by MP after polls send Labour reeling". Yorkshire Post. 12 June 2004. p. 1. 
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