Maidstone Borough Council election, 2000

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The 2000 Maidstone Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of Maidstone Borough Council in Kent, 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 no party had a majority, with the Liberal Democrats the largest party on the council.[3] Asylum seekers was reported as being a big issue in the election, after a rise in council tax from Kent County Council was partly put down to asylum seekers in the county.[3] The Conservative party said it was boosted in the election by pledges of a "crackdown" made by the national party leader William Hague.[3]

Election result[edit]

Overall turnout in the election was 27.1%.[4]

Maidstone Local Election Result 2000[4][5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 7 1 1 0 36.8 31.4 7,155 -1.0%
  Conservative 6 1 0 +1 31.6 45.9 10,463 +8.7%
  Labour 4 1 2 -1 21.1 17.6 4,012 -8.4%
  Independent 2 0 0 0 10.5 4.0 920 +0.5%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 229 +0.1%

Ward results[edit]

Allington[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Cynthia Robertson 1,188 68.5 -4.4
Conservative Valerie Parker 397 22.9 +8.7
Labour Richard Coates 149 8.6 -4.4
Majority 791 45.6 -13.1
Turnout 1,734 30.0 +0.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Barming[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Oldham 883 90.6
Liberal Democrat Shona Stevens 59 6.1
Labour Patrick Coates 33 3.4
Majority 824 84.5
Turnout 975 52.2
Conservative hold Swing
Bearsted[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Ash 1,251 76.4 +9.3
Labour Jeanne Gibson 213 13.0 -3.7
Liberal Democrat Sheila Chittenden 173 10.6 -5.7
Majority 1,038 63.4 +13.0
Turnout 1,637 32.2 +0.0
Conservative hold Swing
Boughton Monchelsea[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Michael Fitzgerald 433 50.2
Conservative Frank Holding 377 43.7
Labour Jacqueline Lyons 52 6.0
Majority 56 6.5
Turnout 862 41.5
Independent hold Swing
Boxley[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Yates 1,062 67.2
Labour Stephen Gibson 278 17.6
Liberal Democrat John Doherty 240 15.2
Majority 784 49.6
Turnout 1,580 25.3
Conservative hold Swing
Bridge[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Merello D'Souza 668 39.6 +2.6
Conservative Derek Nicholson 546 32.3 +4.1
Liberal Democrat Trevor Matthews 403 23.9 -7.0
Green Ian McDonald 71 4.2 +0.2
Majority 122 7.2 +1.1
Turnout 1,688 26.4 +3.6
Labour hold Swing
Coxheath[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Brian Mortimer 573 53.8
Conservative Alan Larcombe 419 39.3
Labour Susan Burfield 73 6.9
Majority 154 14.5
Turnout 1,065 34.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Detling[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Daphne Parvin 440 83.3
Liberal Democrat James Bartrick 53 10.0
Labour Raymond Huson 35 6.6
Majority 387 73.3
Turnout 528 34.9
Conservative hold Swing
East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Patrick Sellar 834 54.5 +1.7
Conservative Scott Hahnefeld 544 35.5 +3.0
Labour Karen Forbes 153 10.0 -4.8
Majority 290 18.9 -1.4
Turnout 1,531 25.6 -0.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Farleigh[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Williams 385 57.0
Conservative Bryan Ransom 290 43.0
Majority 95 14.1
Turnout 675 45.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Headcorn[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jenefer Gibson 1,011 75.4
Liberal Democrat Richard Fryd 224 16.7
Labour Elizabeth Stevens 106 7.9
Majority 787 58.7
Turnout 1,341 36.7
Conservative hold Swing
Heath[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Watson 700 49.5 -1.3
Labour John Tolputt 361 25.5 +1.5
Conservative Malcolm Parker 352 24.9 +1.3
Majority 339 24.0 -2.7
Turnout 1,413 24.0 +1.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
High Street[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Clive English 514 49.9 +6.4
Conservative Alex Hunter 241 23.4 +2.9
Labour Leonard Burfield 236 22.9 -9.4
Green Sheila Kennedy 39 3.8 +0.1
Majority 273 26.5 +15.3
Turnout 1,030 22.1 -2.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Marden[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Elizabeth McGannan 487 41.2
Conservative Simon Anthonisz 445 37.6
Labour Michael Casserley 172 14.6
Liberal Democrat Patricia Gerrish 77 6.5
Majority 42 3.6
Turnout 1,182 31.2
Independent hold Swing
North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Paterson 762 59.3 +2.2
Conservative John Brooks 341 26.5 -2.9
Labour Keith Adkinson 136 10.6 -0.6
Green James Shalice 46 3.6 +1.3
Majority 421 32.8 +5.1
Turnout 1,285 22.9 -2.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Park Wood[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Morrison 497 57.4 -4.5
Conservative Sandra Nahab 239 27.6 +6.4
Liberal Democrat Jeanne Harwood 102 11.8 -1.7
Green David Currer 28 3.2 -0.2
Majority 258 29.8 -11.0
Turnout 866 18.7 +0.7
Labour hold Swing
Shepway East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Daniel Murphy 281 41.1 -13.9
Conservative Claire Watts 274 40.1 +16.7
Liberal Democrat Ian Chittenden 129 18.9 -2.6
Majority 7 1.0 -30.6
Turnout 684 16.1 -0.5
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Shepway West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frances Brown 394 48.0 -17.0
Conservative Peter Veal 381 46.5 +11.5
Green Stephen Muggeridge 45 5.5 +5.5
Majority 13 1.6 -28.3
Turnout 820 18.8 -0.4
Labour hold Swing
South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Chell 970 51.5 +8.2
Liberal Democrat Sarah Gould 739 39.2 +1.2
Labour Rosemary Long 175 9.3 -9.4
Majority 231 12.3 +7.0
Turnout 1,884 27.9 +1.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maidstone". BBC News Online. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Local council results". Financial Times. 6 May 2000. p. 6. 
  3. ^ a b c Sherwin, Adam (20 April 2000). "Asylum crisis threatens Labour votes". The Times. p. 19. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Maidstone Borough Council Election Results - 4 May 2000". Maidstone Borough Council. Archived from the original on 2002-06-25. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Election results: local councils". The Times. 6 May 2000. p. 10.