South Tyneside Council election, 2002

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The 2002 South Tyneside Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council in Tyne and Wear, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party kept overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

20 seats were contested in the election with 6 Progressives and 3 independents standing in addition to 20 Labour, 17 Liberal Democrat and 12 Conservative candidates.[3][4] Meanwhile 3 sitting Labour councillors stood down at the election, Cathy Brown, Alex Tudberry and Ed Malcolm.[4]

The election saw all postal voting in an attempt to increase voter turnout, along with a trial of an electronic counting system.[3] Postal voting was successful in increasing turnout with over half of voters taking part, at 55% turnout had increased significantly on the 27% seen in the previous election in 2000.[5]

Election result[edit]

The results saw Labour maintain their majority on the council after not losing any seats in the election.[6] Labour held all 3 seats that had been seen as key wards, Beacon and Bent, Westoe and Whiteleas, while the Liberal Democrat leader on the council, Jim Selby, was re-elected in Cleadon and East Boldon.[7]

South Tyneside Local Election Result 2002[8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 17 0 0 0 85.0 52.5 32,038
  Liberal Democrat 2 0 0 0 10.0 22.2 13,523
  South Tyneside Progressives 1 0 0 0 5.0 7.8 4,784
  Conservative 0 0 0 0 0 12.4 7,582
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 3,078

Ward results[edit]

All Saints[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Temple 1,676 64.9
South Tyneside Progressives Robert Burdon 716 27.7
Liberal Democrat Nader Afshari-Naderi 192 7.4
Majority 960 37.2
Turnout 2,584
Labour hold Swing
Beacon and Bents[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Audrey Mcmillan 1,578 55.1
South Tyneside Progressives Gordon Finch 1,284 44.9
Majority 294 10.2
Turnout 2,862
Labour hold Swing
Bede[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Agnes Stewart 1,942 78.0
Liberal Democrat Constance Softley 549 22.0
Majority 1,393 56.0
Turnout 2,491
Labour hold Swing
Biddick Hall[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joseph Kidd 1,673 63.5
Liberal Democrat Doreen Mason 702 26.7
Conservative James Cain 258 9.8
Majority 971 36.8
Turnout 2,633
Labour hold Swing
Boldon Colliery[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alison Strike 2,468 67.5
Liberal Democrat Frederick Taylor 765 20.9
Conservative Gerald Brebner 422 11.5
Majority 1,703 46.6
Turnout 3,655
Labour hold Swing
Cleadon and East Boldon[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat James Selby 2,024 47.5
Conservative Donald Wood 1,339 31.4
Labour Scott Duffy 900 21.1
Majority 685 16.1
Turnout 4,263
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Cleadon Park[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alexander Donaldson 1,351 45.7
Independent George Elsom 1,025 34.7
Liberal Democrat David Selby 581 19.6
Majority 326 11.0
Turnout 2,957
Labour hold Swing
Fellgate and Hedworth[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Moira Smith 2,241 67.2
Liberal Democrat Charles Rutherford 708 21.2
Conservative Philip Parkinson 387 11.6
Majority 1,533 46.0
Turnout 3,336
Labour hold Swing
Harton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Haws 1,578 51.5
Liberal Democrat Dorothy Grainger 790 25.8
Conservative Edward Russell 695 22.7
Majority 788 25.7
Turnout 3,063
Labour hold Swing
Hebburn Quay[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Joseph Abbott 1,792 58.2
Labour Brian McLoughlin 1,288 41.8
Majority 504 16.4
Turnout 3,080
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Hebburn South[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry McAtominey 1,348 46.6
Independent John McCabe 891 30.8
Liberal Democrat Sheila Bennett 475 16.4
Conservative John Coe 180 6.2
Majority 873 15.8
Turnout 2,894
Labour hold Swing
Horsley Hill[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wallace Hobson 1,788 50.7
Conservative Nicola Aynsley 1,296 36.8
Liberal Democrat Christine Hartley 442 12.5
Majority 492 13.9
Turnout 3,526
Labour hold Swing
Monkton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Kerr 1,854 57.0
Liberal Democrat Philip Holmes 1,041 32.0
Conservative Mary Golightly 358 11.0
Majority 813 25.0
Turnout 3,253
Labour hold Swing
Primrose[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Barrie Scorer 1,890 60.0
Liberal Democrat Rosalind Slater 871 27.6
Conservative Walter Armstrong 390 12.4
Majority 1,019 32.4
Turnout 3,151
Labour hold Swing
Refendyke[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andrew Frost 1,480 56.4
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Burke 595 22.7
South Tyneside Progressives Sabrae Brown 547 20.9
Majority 885 33.7
Turnout 2,622
Labour hold Swing
Tyne Dock and Simonside[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anne Walsh 1,294 59.7
Liberal Democrat Gary Ahmed 579 26.7
Conservative Patricia Pigott 295 13.6
Majority 715 33.0
Turnout 2,168
Labour hold Swing
West Park[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
South Tyneside Progressives Enid Hetherington 1,807 61.1
Labour John Anglin 1,151 38.9
Majority 656 22.2
Turnout 2,958
Westoe[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Jackson 1,384 42.1
Conservative George Wilkinson 1,155 35.2
Liberal Democrat Peter Carlin-Page 746 22.7
Majority 229 6.9
Turnout 3,285
Labour hold Swing
Whitburn and Marsden[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tracey Dixon 1,512 50.6
Conservative Miles Atkinson 807 27.0
Liberal Democrat Ronald Callaghan 671 22.4
Majority 705 23.6
Turnout 2,990
Labour hold Swing
Whiteleas[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mavis Brady 1,642 50.8
Independent John Haram 1,162 35.9
South Tyneside Progressives Lawrence Nolan 430 13.3
Majority 480 14.9
Turnout 3,234
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Tyneside". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  2. ^ "Election results; Local Elections". The Times. 2002-05-03. p. 6. 
  3. ^ a b Unwin, Bruce (2002-04-08). "Line-up lists closed for council seats campaigners". The Northern Echo. p. 6. 
  4. ^ a b "All seats are up for grabs". Shields Gazette. 2002-04-08. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  5. ^ Morris, Nigel (2002-05-03). "Electronic polling vulnerable to abuse, says expert". The Independent. p. 6. 
  6. ^ McSmith, Andy; Britten, Nick (2002-05-03). "Brown's Budget saves seats for Labour in its heartland". The Daily Telegraph. p. 5. 
  7. ^ "Turnout joy at polls". Shields Gazette. 2002-05-03. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "South Tyneside". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 


Preceded by
South Tyneside Council election, 2000
South Tyneside local elections Succeeded by
South Tyneside Council election, 2003