South Lakeland District Council election, 2003

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The 2003 South Lakeland District Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of South Lakeland District Council in Cumbria, 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

Background[edit]

Before the election the Liberal Democrats had 21 seats, the Conservatives 19, Labour 9 and independents 3.[3] 17 seats were being contested with the Conservatives defending 10, the Liberal Democrats 6 and an independent 1 seat.[3] 2 sitting Liberal Democrat councillors stood down at the election, Patricia Himsworth in Arnside and Beetham, and Claire Chorley in Burneside.[3][4]

Major issues in the election included housing, regeneration, recycling, public toilets,[5] affordable transport and refuse collection.[6]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Liberal Democrats remain the largest party with 23 seats,[7] but without a majority, after gaining 2 seats from the Conservatives in Cartmel and Low Furness & Swarthmoor and 1 seat from an independent in Whinfell.[3] However the Conservatives did take 1 seat back from the Liberal Democrats in Arnside & Beetham to hold 18 seats.[3] Labour remained on 9 seats, while independents dropped to 2 seats.[3] Overall turnout in the election was 44%, with a low of 33.9% in Windermere Applethwaite to a high of 54.2% in Kirkby Lonsdale.[3]

South Lakeland Local Election Result 2003[3][8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 9 1 2 -1 52.9 49.7 7,923 +19.1%
  Liberal Democrat 8 3 1 +2 47.1 43.7 6,967 -2.1%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 5.4 854 +3.9%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 198 -20.9%

Ward results[edit]

Arnside and Beetham[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Rollins 906 47.3 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Brenda Tidmarsh-Stephen 812 42.4 -11.7
Labour Jocelyn Innes 198 10.3 +10.3
Majority 94 4.9
Turnout 1,916 54.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Broughton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joss Curwen 700 75.7
Liberal Democrat John Humberstone 225 24.3
Majority 475 51.4
Turnout 925 48.9
Conservative hold Swing
Burneside[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Frank Hodson 385 60.6
Conservative Stephen Procter 250 39.4
Majority 135 21.2
Turnout 635 40.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Cartmel[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Howard Martin 364 54.2
Conservative Leslie Hadwin 308 45.8
Majority 56 8.4
Turnout 672 44.6
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Crake Valley[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Noel Spendlove 360 65.9
Conservative Robert Webster 186 34.1
Majority 174 31.8
Turnout 546 37.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Crooklands[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Galbraith 440 51.0
Liberal Democrat Sheila Eccles 423 49.0
Majority 17 2.0
Turnout 863 49.0
Conservative hold Swing
Grange[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Reginald Parker 907 53.0
Liberal Democrat Ronald Shapland 803 47.0
Majority 104 6.0
Turnout 1,710 46.7
Conservative hold Swing
Holker[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Manning 519 67.8
Liberal Democrat Susan Rawsthorn 246 32.2
Majority 273 35.6
Turnout 765 51.9
Conservative hold Swing
Kirkby Lonsdale[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barclay Stainton 629 61.2
Independent Alan Day 338 32.9
Liberal Democrat Christopher Lansdowne 61 5.9
Majority 291 28.3
Turnout 1,028 54.2
Conservative hold Swing
Lakes Ambleside[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Vatcher 499 45.1 -1.7
Conservative Brian Barton 480 43.4 +5.6
Independent George Middleton 127 11.5 -3.8
Majority 19 1.7 -7.3
Turnout 1,106 36.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Low Furness & Swarthmoor[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Sonjie Marshall 710 52.6
Conservative William Tyson 640 47.4
Majority 70 5.2
Turnout 1,350 39.7
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Sedbergh[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Kevin Lancaster 697 71.4 -1.1
Liberal Democrat Sydney McLennan 279 28.6 +1.1
Majority 418 42.8 -2.2
Turnout 976 34.5
Conservative hold Swing
Whinfell[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Peter Thornton 489 55.7
Independent William Robinson 389 44.3
Majority 110 11.4
Turnout 878 48.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Independent Swing
Windermere Applethwaite[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jennifer Borer 343 60.7
Liberal Democrat Audrey Ahmad 222 39.3
Majority 121 21.4
Turnout 565 33.9
Conservative hold Swing
Windermere Bowness North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Deidre Cranwell 478 57.1
Conservative Martin Hall 359 42.9
Majority 119 14.2
Turnout 837 52.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Windermere Bowness South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jane Hoyle 410 75.9
Liberal Democrat Helen Scott-Parker 130 24.1
Majority 280 51.8
Turnout 540 38.5
Conservative hold Swing
Windermere Town[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Kathleen Atkinson 481 76.3
Conservative Elizabeth Graham 149 23.7
Majority 332 52.6
Turnout 630 37.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Local council election results". The Daily Telegraph. 3 May 2003. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Local Council Elections May 2003". South Lakeland District Council. Archived from the original on 2003-06-06. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Election: Lib Dem women bow out". The Westmorland Gazette. 11 April 2003. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Election: Battle lines are drawn in the fight for votes". The Westmorland Gazette. 11 April 2003. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Election: Candidates in the running". The Westmorland Gazette. 17 April 2003. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Election: No change of power at South Lakeland District Council". The Westmorland Gazette. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Local Elections 1 May 2003". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 9 August 2011.