Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election, 1999

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The 1999 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Unitary Council in Essex, 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

Election result[edit]

Before the election the Conservatives needed a swing of less than 5% in order to win a majority on the council,[3] but despite targeting the council they failed to take control.[4] However they came within a single vote of a majority, after Labour came top in both of the seats that were being contested in Milton ward.[5] The second Labour candidate for the ward, Stephen George, was only one vote ahead of the sitting Conservative councillor, Joyce Lambert, thus preventing the Conservatives from holding the critical seat that would have seen them win control of the council.[5]

The Conservatives did gain one seat from the Liberal Democrats in Leigh ward, as the Liberal Democrats lost votes across the council.[5] This saw a number of close results for the Liberal Democrats as they only held Prittlewell by 5 votes from the Conservatives and Westborough by 4 votes over Labour.[5] Overall turnout in the election was 26.5%.[6]

The results meant that the Liberal Democrat and Labour administration, which had run the council for the previous 5 years, would continue.[5]

Southend-on-Sea Local Election Result 1999[2][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 7 1 1 0 50.0 46.2 16,448
  Labour 4 1 0 +1 28.6 29.2 10,409
  Liberal Democrat 3 0 1 -1 21.4 23.9 8,508
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.7 238

Ward results[edit]

Belfairs[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gwendoline Horrigan 1,997 58.4
Liberal Democrat Colin Ritchie 940 27.5
Labour Raymond Hales 482 14.1
Majority 1,057 30.9
Turnout 3,419 38.1
Conservative hold Swing
Blenheim[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Brian Smith 1,069 40.6
Conservative Peter Collins 1,034 39.2
Labour Teresa Merrison 533 20.2
Majority 35 1.3
Turnout 2,636 28.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Chalkwell[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Brown 1,450 54.4
Liberal Democrat Alistair Miller 766 28.8
Labour Philip Hannan 448 16.8
Majority 684 25.7
Turnout 2,664 28.0
Conservative hold Swing
Eastwood[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Christopher Walker 1,563 49.5
Liberal Democrat Mary Betson 1,075 34.0
Labour Ernest Webb 520 16.5
Majority 488 15.5
Turnout 3,158 29.9
Conservative hold Swing
Leigh[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Lamb 1,224 40.3
Liberal Democrat Albert Smulian 1,140 37.5
Labour Alan Harley 438 14.4
Independent Against Leigh Town Council Brian Isaacs 238 7.8
Majority 84 2.8
Turnout 3,040 33.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Milton (2)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lilias Felton 934
Labour Stephen George 913
Conservative Joyce Lambert 912
Conservative Ahmad Khwaja 829
Liberal Democrat Robert Howes 198
Liberal Democrat Amanda Smith 191
Turnout 3,977 23.9
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Prittlewell[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Elf 918 38.3
Conservative Christopher Kerr 913 38.0
Labour Paul White 569 23.7
Majority 5 0.2
Turnout 2,400 26.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St Lukes[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Royston 902 54.8
Conservative Johnathan Garston 566 34.4
Liberal Democrat Michael Clark 179 10.9
Majority 336 20.4
Turnout 1,647 19.8
Labour hold Swing
Shoebury[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Verina Wilson 1,796 53.0
Labour Lesley Wisken 1,290 38.1
Liberal Democrat Alison Newton 300 8.9
Majority 506 14.9
Turnout 3,386 22.8
Conservative hold Swing
Southchurch[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Kelly 1,463 63.3
Labour Denis Garne 627 27.1
Liberal Democrat Michael Woolcott 220 9.5
Majority 836 36.2
Turnout 2,310 26.2
Conservative hold Swing
Thorpe[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sally Carr 1,656 68.5
Labour John Townsend 518 21.4
Liberal Democrat Timothy Ray 242 10.0
Majority 1,138 47.1
Turnout 2,416 24.3
Conservative hold Swing
Victoria[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christopher Dandridge 1,201 59.2
Conservative Anthony Delaney 597 29.4
Liberal Democrat Paul Collins 232 11.4
Majority 604 29.8
Turnout 2,030 22.1
Labour hold Swing
Westborough[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Howard Gibeon 1,038 41.2
Labour Mark Flewitt 1,034 41.0
Conservative Michael Samuel 448 17.8
Majority 4 0.2
Turnout 2,520 29.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southend-on-Sea". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Local Councils: Results round-up". The Times. 1999-05-07. p. 4. 
  3. ^ Pike, Alan (1999-05-05). "Tories may figure a way back into some local affections: Relatively modest voting swings could see Conservatives return to control of councils lost in the 1995 debacle, Alan Pike writes". Financial Times. p. 13. 
  4. ^ "Lib Dems make big gains in early results: Local elections victories in Sheffield and Stockport". Financial Times. 1999-05-07. p. 12. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Election summary: Essex voters go blue and green". Echo. 1999-05-10. Retrieved 2010-03-31. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Local Election Results, 1999". Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Southend Borough Council: Borough Council Election". Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Retrieved 2010-03-31. [dead link]