Sandwell Council election, 2002

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The 2002 Sandwell Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in the West Midlands, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

Before the election the Labour party controlled the council with 55 seats, compared to 8 Conservatives, 7 Liberal Democrats and 1 independent.[3] A further seat was vacant after the recent death of Labour councillor Fred Smith.[3]

Candidates in the election included five independents who were standing in protest at a decision by the council to close a swimming pool in Tipton and a nearby leisure centre.[4][5] The Tipton area also saw 2 candidates from the British National Party standing in the wards of Princes End and Tipton Green.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw Labour easily keep its strong majority on the council after winning 19 of the 24 seats contested.[6] Neither the British National Party, nor the candidate from the Freedom Party managed to win a seat on the council,[7] but the British National Party did win 24% in Princes End ward.[8]

Sandwell Local Election Result 2002[9][10]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 19 +1 79.2 51.6 31,948 +5.3%
  Conservative 3 +1 12.5 27.5 17,054 -7.0%
  Liberal Democrat 2 -1 8.3 11.2 6,967 -1.9%
  Independent 0 -1 0 3.4 2,116 -0.8%
  Socialist Labour 0 0 0 3.1 1,897 +3.1%
  Freedom Party 0 0 0 1.7 1,070 +1.7%
  BNP 0 0 0 1.4 870 +1.4%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0.0 22 +0.0%

Ward results[edit]

Abbey[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Steven Eling 1,491 54.3 -6.3
Conservative John McHard 724 26.4 -0.9
Liberal Democrat Roger Prior 397 14.5 +2.4
Socialist Labour Malcolm Connigale 133 4.8 +4.8
Majority 767 27.9 -5.4
Turnout 2,745
Blackheath[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Walker 1,375 54.1 +10.3
Conservative Mary Docker 919 36.2 +13.6
Liberal Democrat Walter Bowdler 246 9.7 +2.4
Majority 456 18.0 +0.6
Turnout 2,540
Bristnall[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lois Griffin 1,384 54.0 +0.6
Conservative Terry Grainger 1,014 39.6 -7.0
Socialist Labour Sukhjinder Clair 163 6.4 +6.4
Majority 370 14.4 +7.6
Turnout 2,561
Charlemont[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anne Hughes 1,100 38.7 -10.3
Liberal Democrat Anthony Underhill 1,009 35.5 +4.7
Labour Babu Patel 730 25.7 +5.5
Majority 91 3.2 -14.9
Turnout 2,839
Cradley Heath and Old Hill[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Glenis Webb 1,462 62.1 +8.6
Conservative James Musk 894 37.9 +1.4
Majority 568 24.1 +7.1
Turnout 2,356
Friar Park[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joyce Edis 1,068 62.7 +11.8
Conservative Janet Williams 471 27.6 -10.3
Liberal Democrat Christopher Reed 165 9.7 -1.5
Majority 597 35.0 +21.9
Turnout 1,704
Great Barr[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Sadie Smith 1,393 44.4 +3.7
Labour Sharron Devonport 895 28.5 +8.8
Conservative Robert Lawrence 847 27.0 -10.5
Majority 498 15.9 +12.8
Turnout 3,135
Great Bridge[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Derek Rowley 1,105 47.4 -1.4
Independent Fred Perry 817 35.0 +35.0
Conservative Philip Mansell 409 17.5 -15.7
Majority 288 12.4 -3.2
Turnout 2,331
Greets Green and Lyng[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gurchuran Sudhu 1,169 58.5 -3.2
Conservative Rosemarie Campbell 471 23.6 -5.3
Liberal Democrat Philip Roberts 358 17.9 +8.5
Majority 698 34.9 +2.0
Turnout 1,998
Hateley Heath[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Terry Williams 989 48.2 +13.6
Liberal Democrat Mary Wilson 799 38.9 -9.1
Conservative Gaynor Skeldon 265 12.9 -4.5
Majority 190 9.3
Turnout 2,053
Langley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Patrick Sullivan 1,601 55.3 +8.2
Conservative Roland Hill 915 31.6 -8.6
Liberal Democrat Yvonne Reid 285 9.8 -2.8
Socialist Labour Jasvir Gill 96 3.3 +3.3
Majority 686 23.7 +16.8
Turnout 2,897
Newton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Anthony Fowler 1,440 45.2 -7.4
Labour Simon Hackett 1,209 37.9 +14.1
Conservative Anthony Ward 485 15.2 -8.4
Socialist Labour Baldeesh Singh 54 1.7 +1.7
Majority 231 7.2 -21.6
Turnout 3,188
Old Warley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicholas Meacham 1,266 43.6 -17.7
Labour Michael Davis 1,202 41.4 +2.7
Independent Deborah Blewitt 437 15.0 +15.0
Majority 64 2.2 -20.5
Turnout 2,905
Oldbury[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Babu Bawa 1,358 51.9 -8.2
Conservative Jeanette Hill 571 21.8 -3.2
Socialist Labour Amarjit Singh 361 13.8 +13.8
Liberal Democrat Diane Gorton 329 12.6 -2.4
Majority 787 30.0 -5.1
Turnout 2,619
Princes End[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Raymond Howes 894 40.6 -4.2
Conservative Richard Geddes 543 24.7 -22.0
BNP John Salvage 536 24.3 +24.3
Independent Robert Roper 128 5.8 +5.8
Independent Alison Jones 79 3.6 +3.6
UKIP Kevin Walker 22 1.0 +1.0
Majority 351 15.9
Turnout 2,202
Rowley[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barbara Price 1,578 65.7 +10.1
Conservative Joanne Hadley 825 34.3 +6.1
Majority 753 31.3 +3.9
Turnout 2,403
Smethwick[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Linda Horton 1,847 77.1 +10.5
Conservative Ewart Johnson 549 22.9 -10.5
Majority 1,298 54.2 +20.9
Turnout 2,396
Soho and Victoria[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammad Rouf 1,178 72.8 +2.6
Socialist Labour Rajinder Kumar 260 16.1 +16.1
Conservative William Shipman 181 11.2 -18.6
Majority 918 56.7 +16.3
Turnout 1,619
St Paul's[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gurinder Josan 2,095 68.8 +24.0
Socialist Labour Ranjit Tagger 569 18.7 +18.7
Conservative Manjit Lall 381 12.5 -0.1
Majority 1,526 50.1 +47.8
Turnout 3,045
Tipton Green[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Jones 2,030 45.7 +1.5
Freedom Party Stephen Edwards 1,070 24.1 +24.1
Conservative Ian Davies 461 10.4 -16.3
Independent Malcolm Beckley 394 8.9 +8.9
BNP Kenneth Salvage 334 7.5 -16.2
Socialist Labour Surinder Sandhu 154 3.5 +3.5
Majority 960 21.6 +4.1
Turnout 4,443
Tividale[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Hinton 1,205 50.4 +3.6
Conservative Steven Hockley 676 28.3 -10.9
Independent Michael Davenport 261 10.9 +10.9
Liberal Democrat Roger Bradley 247 10.3 -3.7
Majority 529 22.1 +14.5
Turnout 2,389
Wednesbury North[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Archer 1,634 68.6 +6.4
Labour Elaine Giles 748 31.4 -6.4
Majority 886 37.2 +12.8
Turnout 2,382
Wednesbury South[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roy Melia 1,410 58.7 +6.3
Conservative Alan Nugent 991 41.3 -0.7
Majority 419 17.5 +7.1
Turnout 2,401
West Bromwich Central[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Linda Turton 1,925 68.9 +7.5
Conservative Bhajan Shoker 462 16.5 -10.3
Liberal Democrat Samantha Ford 299 10.7 -1.2
Socialist Labour Dharam Pal 107 3.8 +3.8
Majority 1,463 52.4 +17.8
Turnout 2,793

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sandwell". BBC News Online. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Full results". Financial Times. 4 May 2002. p. 7. 
  3. ^ a b c Johnson, Steve (1 May 2002). "Uphill job to oust Labour; But Tories hope for gains". Birmingham Mail. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Steve (3 April 2002). "Poll fight by mother; ; Leisure protester stands". Birmingham Mail. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Adrian (24 April 2002). "Society: frontline: Links: In deep water: Adrian Johnson on why the planned closure of a rundown pool in the West Midlands has provoked a political backlash". The Guardian. p. 14. 
  6. ^ "Local Election Results 2002: Labour ward off the right; Majority retained against BNP challenge". Birmingham Mail. 3 May 2002. p. 17. 
  7. ^ "Local Election Results 2002: No headway for far right". Birmingham Mail. 3 May 2002. p. 20. 
  8. ^ Travis, Alan (9 May 2002). "Comment & Analysis: Analysis: The devil is in the detail: It is not just Burnley and Oldham we should be worrying about - the British National party made progress in 16 other areas too". The Guardian. p. 15. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "Sandwell". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Election results; Local Election". The Times. 4 May 2002. p. 16.