Rushmoor Borough Council election, 2002

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The 2002 Rushmoor Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough Council in Hampshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000 reducing the number of seats by 3.[1] The Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[2]

Candidates[edit]

Due to the boundary changes all 42 seats on the council were contested with 119 candidates standing in the election.[3] Among the candidates from the main political parties was Paul Bourke, formerly a Conservative, who stood for the Liberal Democrats in Wellington ward and a former parliamentary candidate John Card for Labour in Mayfield.[3] As well as the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour, there were also 9 Green party candidates contesting the election in Aldershot wards.[3]

Independents standing in the election included the sitting councillor, Patrick Kirby, who was joined by another 2 independent candidates in Knellwood.[3] Other independents were campaigner Peter Sandy in Heron Wood, poet Derek Asker in Empress ward and the many times candidate Arthur Uther Pendragon.[3]

One sitting councillor who did not stand in the election however was John Debenham, who stood down after having served on the council since it was created in 1974.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives maintain control of the council after winning 25 of the 42 seats.[4] The Liberal Democrats stayed on 10 seats after regaining a seat in Cove and Southwood, but losing a seat in Manor Park where the deputy mayor George Papresti was defeated.[4] Labour was reduced to 6 seats after losing their last seats in Farnborough, while the only independent elected was Patrick Kirby, who was re-elected in Knellwood.[4]

Split ward results occurred in Knellwood where two Conservatives were elected as well as Patrick Kirby and in St Marks where one Liberal Democrat and two Conservatives won election.[4] The two successful Conservative candidates in Knellwood had to toss a coin to decide which of them would serve 1 or 2 years after they finished with the same number of votes.[4] Roland Dibbs won the coin toss and was elected to 2 years on the council.[4]

Rushmoor Local Election Result 2002[5][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 25 +1 59.5 45.6 24,319 -2.4%
  Liberal Democrat 10 0 23.8 28.5 15,229 +0.3%
  Labour 6 -4 14.3 19.2 10,262 +1.4%
  Independent 1 0 2.4 4.5 2,401 -0.9%
  Green 0 0 0 2.2 1,156 +1.6%

Ward results[edit]

Cove and Southwood (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Maurice Banner 724
Liberal Democrat John Matthews 647
Liberal Democrat Brian Jupp 608
Conservative Alan Chainey 573
Conservative Keith Jenner 547
Conservative David Thomas 537
Labour Edward Shelton 146
Turnout 3,782
Empress (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patricia Devereux 1,139
Conservative Rosemary Possee 1,010
Conservative John Wall 896
Liberal Democrat Stephen Chowns 522
Liberal Democrat Bryan Bell 506
Liberal Democrat Derek Wickens 445
Labour Stephen Cottingham 198
Independent Derek Asker 192
Turnout 4,908
Fernhill (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Ferrier 714
Conservative John Marsh 646
Conservative Kenneth Muschamp 608
Liberal Democrat Sheila Goldie 306
Liberal Democrat Marjorie Pratt 285
Liberal Democrat Ena Bocon 280
Labour Simon Wright 153
Turnout 2,992
Grange (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Smith 631
Conservative Maurice Sheehan 563
Conservative Jon Weston 520
Labour Stella Olivier 450
Labour Barry Jones 407
Labour Terence Bridgeman 394
Liberal Democrat Josephine Fraser-Fleming 218
Liberal Democrat Hazel Manning 218
Liberal Democrat Angela Bramham 217
Independent Arthur Pendragon 123
Turnout 3,741
Heron Wood (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Roberts 745
Labour Frank Rust 621
Labour Donald Cappleman 612
Conservative Hedy Brennan 344
Conservative Sandria Gardiner 338
Conservative Rosemary Stevens 320
Independent Peter Sandy 182
Liberal Democrat Denis Ward 160
Green Ann Hunt 82
Green Adrian Ashurst 76
Green Carrie De Fey 55
Turnout 3,535
Knellwood (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent James Kirby 756
Conservative Roland Dibbs 735
Conservative Paul Taylor 735
Conservative Steffen Stoneman 661
Independent Keith Parkins 590
Independent Gwilym Anthony 558
Liberal Democrat Montserrat Starling 333
Liberal Democrat Margaret Jupp 330
Liberal Democrat Martin Kaye 316
Labour William Tootill 143
Turnout 5,157
Manor Park (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Colin Balchin 665
Conservative Anthony Gardiner 656
Conservative Claire Burridge 636
Liberal Democrat George Paparesti 558
Liberal Democrat Nickolas Burfield 456
Liberal Democrat Simon Burfield 432
Labour James White 323
Labour Carolyne Culver 279
Labour June Smith 279
Turnout 4,284
Mayfield (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Craig Card 478
Liberal Democrat Charles Fraser-Fleming 477
Liberal Democrat Neville Dewey 464
Labour John Card 403
Labour Clive Grattan 370
Labour Robert Sullivan 358
Conservative Roderick Baulk 265
Turnout 2,815
North Town (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Keith Dibble 787
Labour Susan Dibble 699
Labour Andrew Straker 630
Conservative Keith Stott 420
Conservative Neil Watkin 378
Liberal Democrat Andrew Chittock 189
Liberal Democrat Michael Kilburn 182
Green Adam Stacey 152
Green Samantha Stacey 148
Green Peter Still 96
Turnout 3,681
Rowhill (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Kimber 810
Conservative David Welch 753
Conservative Mohammad Choudhary 722
Labour Jill Clark 342
Labour Lesley Pestridge 315
Labour Carol Rust 299
Liberal Democrat Richard Ketley 222
Green Peter Barnett 200
Green Julia Fowler 178
Green Timothy Simmons 169
Turnout 4,010
St John's (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative George Dawson 796
Conservative Peter Moyle 789
Conservative Graham Tucker 767
Liberal Democrat Barbara Darby 402
Liberal Democrat Paul Banner 360
Liberal Democrat John Simpkins 281
Labour Mary Lawrance 236
Turnout 3,631
St Mark's (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat John Starling 680
Conservative Nigel Baines 673
Conservative Diane Bedford 647
Liberal Democrat Alistair Mackie 633
Liberal Democrat Guy Eaglestone 632
Conservative Geraldine Bullard 616
Labour Sean Clarke 198
Turnout 4,079
Wellington (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Clifford 447
Conservative Edmund Poole 420
Conservative Francis Williams 418
Labour Alexander Crawford 245
Labour Roy King 228
Labour Jeremy Wines 210
Liberal Democrat Philip Thompson 174
Liberal Democrat Vincent Bourke 157
Liberal Democrat Peter Woodcock 147
Turnout 2,446
West Heath (3)[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Josephine Murphy 748
Liberal Democrat Linda Neal 730
Liberal Democrat Shaun Murphy 712
Conservative Stephen Masterson 668
Conservative Barry Jenner 664
Conservative John Skeggs 592
Labour Philip Collins 192
Turnout 4,306

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rushmoor". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  2. ^ "Full results". Financial Times. 2002-05-04. p. 7. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "A rush for the Rushmoor seats". gethampshire. 2002-04-11. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "True blue Rushmoor". gethampshire. 2002-05-09. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Election results - 2 May 2002". Rushmoor Borough Council. Archived from the original on 2005-02-27. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  6. ^ "Election results; Local Election". The Times. 2002-05-04. p. 16. 


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