Preston City Council election, 2008

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Map of the results of the 2008 Preston council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red, Liberal Democrats in yellow and independent in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2008.

Elections to Preston City Council took place on 1 May 2008.

Preston council is elected "in thirds" which means one councillor from each three-member ward, and councillors from selected two-member wards, are elected each year, with one year free from all elections to ensure all councillors serve a full term.

Due to the "in thirds" system, these election results are compared to the Preston Council election, 2004.

Summary[edit]

In this summary, "seats" represent the number of wards each party are defending. In two cases this year, the winning candidate in 2004 has since defected to another party, but for comparison the defending party is that from 2004.

Preston Local Election Result 2008
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 7 2 1 1 42 (8/19) 42.3 12,423 -2,331
  Labour 7 1 1 +0 37 (7/19) 28.9 8,503 -1,942
  Liberal Democrat 4 0 1 -1 16 (3/19) 24.8 7,297 -1,884
  Left List 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 99 n/a
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 75 n/a
  England First 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 109 -259
  Independent 1 0 0 0 5 (1/19) 3.0 891 -30
  No label 0 0 0 0 0 3.2 945 n/a

In this summary box, The Left List are a party split from RESPECT - The Unity Coalition. The device "No Label" represents those candidates with no party description according to the official candidates list on the website of Preston City Council.

Ashton[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Conservative Party, majority 51

Preston City Council Elections: Ashton ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Sedgewick 657 54.7 +12.8
Labour Phil Crowe 544 45.3 +6.9
Majority 113 +62
Turnout 1,201 37% -6

Brookfield[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Labour Party, majority 265

Preston City Council Elections: Brookfield ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Cartwright 788 53.1 +25.4
Labour Jonathan Saksena 697 46.9 +5.8
Majority 91
Turnout 1,485 28% -9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +10.0

Cadley[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Liberal Democrats, majority 329

Preston City Council Elections: Cadley ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Michael Onyon 1,010 57.1 +5.0
Conservative Steven Johnston 624 35.3 -1.0
Labour William Burke 136 7.7 -3.9
Majority 386 +57
Turnout 1,770 47% -7

Deepdale[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by independent, majority 221

Preston City Council Elections: Deepdale ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Terry Cartwright 891 57.4 +11.3
Labour Anis Faruki 543 35.0 +24.0
Conservative Sheila Heys 118 7.6 -0.3
Majority 348 +127
Turnout 1,552 40% -12

Fishwick[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Conservative Party, majority 41. The winning candidate subsequently defected to the Liberal Democrats (and switched back to the Conservatives after losing the 2008 election). The result in 2008 will be based on the Conservative "defence", as is normal practice when comparing election results.

Preston City Council Elections: Fishwick ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Martyn Rawlinson 608 48.1 +13.2
Liberal Democrat Sharon Riley 550 43.5 N/A
No label Peter Agland 107 8.4 N/A
Majority 58
Turnout 1,265 34% -4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Garrison[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Conservative Party, majority 650

Preston City Council Elections: Garrison ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stuart Greenhalgh 1,207 66.8 +13.3
Labour Bert Williams 324 17.9 -3.4
Liberal Democrat Stephen Wilkinson 276 15.3 -9.9
Majority 883 +233
Turnout 1,807 33% -12

Greyfrairs[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Conservative Party, majority 1,142

Preston City Council Elections: Greyfriars ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Geoff Driver 1,678 71.3 +8.7
Liberal Democrat John Porter 441 18.7 -7.2
Labour Alan Woods 236 10.0 -1.1
Majority 1,237 +95
Turnout 2,355

Ingol[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Liberal Democrats, majority 380. The winning candidate subsequently defected to the Conservative Party. The result in 2008 will be based on the Liberal Democrat "defence", as is normal practice when comparing election results.

Preston City Council Elections: Ingol ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Pauline Brown 838 48.9 +1.2
Conservative June Dodd 684 39.9 +9.3
Labour Shahzad Malik 191 11.2 -10.5
Majority 154 -226
Turnout 1,713

Larches[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Liberal Democrats, majority 137

Preston City Council Elections: Larches ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Danny Gallagher 1,011 61.7 +20.6
Labour Drew Gale 627 38.3 +3.4
Majority 384 +247
Turnout 1,638

Lea[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Liberal Democrats, majority 409

Preston City Council Elections: Lea ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Trevor Hart 892 48.6 +15.6
Liberal Democrat Julie Voges 804 43.7 -9.3
Labour Dave Wilson 141 7.7 -6.2
Majority 88 -
Turnout 1,837
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

Rural East[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Conservative Party, majority 828

Preston City Council Elections: Preston Rural East ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Thomas Davies 1,019 73.9 +6.1
Liberal Democrat Liz Richardson 234 17.0 -2.1
Labour Pauline Jackson 126 9.1 -4.0
Majority 785 -43
Turnout 1,379 45% -10%

Rural North[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Conservative Party, majority 1,711

Preston City Council Elections: Preston Rural North ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Gornall 1,894 81.8 +6.5
Liberal Democrat Chris Richardson 266 11.5 -3.8
Labour Derek Barton 156 6.7 -2.7
Majority 1,628 -40
Turnout 2,316 48% -4%

Ribbleton[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Labour Party, majority 631

Preston City Council Elections: Ribbleton ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Nicholas Pomfret 735 57.0 -2.3
Conservative Christine Sharp 354 27.7 +5.2
Liberal Democrat Rebecca Finch 200 15.3 -2.9
Majority 381 -250
Turnout 23% -8

Riversway[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Labour Party, majority 185

Preston City Council Elections: Riversway ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jack Davenport 569 41.9 +7.1
Liberal Democrat John Potter 318 23.4 +0.6
Conservative Ronald Smith 187 13.8 -4.6
England First Mark Cotterill 109 8.0 N/A
Left List Elaine Abbot 99 7.3 N/A
Green Kizzi Murtagh 75 5.5 N/A
Majority 251
Turnout 1,357

Sharoe Green[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Conservative Party, majority 639

Preston City Council Elections: Sharoe Green ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Terence Thompson 1,178 62.5 +9.9
Liberal Democrat Fiona Wren 391 20.7 -6.3
Labour Terry Mattinson 316 16.8 -3.6
Majority 787 +148
Turnout 1,885 37% -12

St George's[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Labour Party, majority 185

Preston City Council Elections: St Georges ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op James Hull 415 52.1 +7.0
Conservative Hussain Mulla 242 30.4 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Tracy Singleton 140 17.5 n/a
Majority 173 -12
Turnout 797 25% -8

St Matthew's[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Labour Party, majority 199

Preston City Council Elections: St Matthews ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Veronica Afrin 780 63.9 +18.7
Conservative Julian Sedgewick 201 16.5 -4.5
Liberal Democrat Liam Pennington 179 14.7 n/a
No label Danielle Field 61 5.0 n/a
Majority 579 +380
Turnout 1,221 24% -12

Town Centre[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Labour Party, majority 142

Preston City Council Elections: Town Centre ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Salim Desai 851 40.9 +1.0
No label Mukhtar Master 777 37.3 N/A
Conservative Alun Roberts 268 12.9 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Jenny Buxton 186 8.9 -4.9
Majority 74 -68
Turnout

Tulketh[edit]

Won in corresponding 2004 elections by Labour Party, majority 49

Held by Labour in 2008 by-election, majority over Liberal Democrats of 23.

Preston City Council Elections: Tulketh ward 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Matthew Brown 507 36.4 -14.9
Liberal Democrat Rick Seymour 453 32.5 n/a
Conservative Paul Balshaw 432 31.0 -17.7
Majority 54 +5
Turnout 1,392 26% -10

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