Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election, 2003

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The 2003 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Unitary Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives keep control of the council with a slightly reduced majority of 13 seats.[3] The only changes saw the Conservatives lose one seat to the Liberal Democrats in St Laurence ward and an independent candidate gain Westborough from the Labour party.[3]

Southend-on-Sea Local Election Result 2003[4][5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 10 0 1 -1 58.8 47.8 14,795 +1.5%
  Liberal Democrat 3 1 0 +1 17.6 28.0 8,672 +6.7%
  Labour 3 0 1 -1 17.6 18.6 5,767 -2.4%
  Independent 1 1 0 +1 5.9 2.3 706 -7.2%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 2.4 754 +0.5%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 249 +0.8%

Ward results[edit]

Belfairs[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Julie Cushion 1,113 50.5 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Michael Grimwade 860 39.0 +9.2
Labour Tony Borton 230 10.4 -0.7
Majority 253 11.5 -9.0
Turnout 2,203 30.3 -3.9
Conservative hold Swing
Blenheim Park[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat James Clinkscales 888 44.0 -1.7
Conservative Ian Robertson 835 41.3 +3.4
Labour Charles Willis 297 14.7 -1.8
Majority 53 2.6 -5.2
Turnout 2,020 27.0 -1.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Chalkwell[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Charles Latham 1,155 62.2 +2.4
Liberal Democrat Richard Gage 435 23.4 +4.8
Labour Lydia Sookias 266 14.3 +0.5
Majority 720 38.8 -2.4
Turnout 1,856 25.9 -1.9
Conservative hold Swing
Eastwood Park[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Weaver 1,078 51.3 +2.1
Liberal Democrat Norah Goodman 841 40.0 +6.7
Labour Raoul Meade 184 8.7 -0.5
Majority 237 11.3 -4.6
Turnout 2,103 28.0 -5.7
Conservative hold Swing
Kursaal[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen George 644 51.5 +1.8
Conservative Judith Smithson 383 30.6 -4.5
Liberal Democrat George Lewin 224 17.9 +2.7
Majority 261 20.9 +6.3
Turnout 1,251 18.5 -0.4
Labour hold Swing
Leigh[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Peter Wrexham 1,335 61.2 +15.8
Conservative Simon Gutteridge 573 26.3 -7.7
Green Dawn Arno 138 6.3 +6.3
Labour Helen Beckett 134 6.1 -3.0
Majority 762 35.0 +23.6
Turnout 2,180 31.1 -2.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Milton[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonathan Garston 785 52.1 -2.2
Labour Ian Gilbert 403 26.7 -8.0
Liberal Democrat Michael Clark 201 13.3 +13.3
Green Steve Flynn 118 7.8 -3.2
Majority 382 25.3 +5.6
Turnout 1,507 22.2 -5.3
Conservative hold Swing
Prittlewell[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Murray Foster 962 47.3 +14.2
Liberal Democrat John Adams 695 34.2 +5.2
Labour Margaret Borton 245 12.1 -2.3
Green Andrea Black 131 6.4 +6.4
Majority 267 13.1 +9.0
Turnout 2,033 27.0 -7.0
Conservative hold Swing
St Laurence[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Carole Roast 925 47.8 +18.2
Conservative Michael Dolby 738 38.1 +6.6
Labour Paul White 272 14.1 +1.3
Majority 187 9.7
Turnout 1,935 26.2 -7.5
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
St Lukes[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Robinson 590 42.9 -7.5
Conservative Melvyn Day 525 38.2 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Marion Boulton 155 11.3 +11.3
Green Cristian Ramis 105 7.6 -4.8
Majority 65 4.7 -8.4
Turnout 1,375 18.0 -3.9
Labour hold Swing
Shoeburyness[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patricia Rayner 810 56.7 +19.0
Labour Anne Chalk 472 33.0 +6.3
Liberal Democrat Colin Spraggs 147 10.3 +4.6
Majority 338 23.7 +15.9
Turnout 1,429 19.6 -4.9
Conservative hold Swing
Southchurch[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Holland 1,258 71.8 +11.1
Labour Darius Ware-Lane 264 15.1 -1.6
Liberal Democrat Timothy Ray 229 13.1 +4.9
Majority 994 56.8 +12.8
Turnout 1,751 24.8 -5.1
Conservative hold Swing
Thorpe[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony Delaney 1,456 75.1 -0.4
Labour John Townsend 248 12.8 -2.0
Liberal Democrat Linda Smith 235 12.1 +2.4
Majority 1,208 62.3 +1.6
Turnout 1,939 27.3 -5.2
Conservative hold Swing
Victoria[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Norman 667 45.8 -11.5
Conservative Anthony Smithson 308 21.1 -12.2
BNP Graham John 249 17.1 +17.1
Liberal Democrat Paul Collins 142 9.7 +9.7
Green Adrian Hedges 91 6.2 -3.2
Majority 359 24.6 +0.6
Turnout 1,457 21.9 -0.8
Labour hold Swing
West Leigh[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Howard Briggs 1,417 57.4 -3.8
Liberal Democrat Albert Wren 821 33.2 +1.5
Labour Joyce Mapp 118 4.8 -2.3
Green Doris Thomas 114 4.6 +4.6
Majority 596 24.1 -5.5
Turnout 2,470 36.2 -4.3
Conservative hold Swing
West Shoebury[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Jarvis 1,173 69.0 +5.2
Labour Julian Ware-Lane 340 20.0 -7.9
Liberal Democrat Amanda Spraggs 187 11.0 +2.7
Majority 833 49.0 +13.0
Turnout 1,700 23.3 -5.0
Conservative hold Swing
Westborough[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Martin Terry 640 36.9 +11.4
Labour Marimuthu Velmurugan 393 22.7 -4.3
Liberal Democrat Colin Ritchie 352 20.3 -3.4
Conservative Emma Hill 226 13.0 -4.6
Independent Trevor Oakley 66 3.8 +3.8
Green Rita Wood 57 3.3 -2.8
Majority 247 14.2
Turnout 1,734 25.1 -0.2
Independent gain from Labour Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  2. ^ "How Britain voted: English and Scottish councils". The Independent. 2003-05-03. p. 18. 
  3. ^ a b "South Essex: It's a blue day as Tories run riot". Echo. 2003-05-02. Retrieved 2010-04-04. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Southend-on-Sea Borough Council: Borough Council Election". Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  5. ^ "Election results; English Councils; Local elections 2003". The Times. 2003-05-02. p. 16.