Southend-on-Sea Council election, 2006

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The 2006 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 4 May 2006 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

Campaign[edit]

The election saw a candidate from a new party, Mums' Army, stand in West Shoebury ward.[3][4] The party was founded by Take a Break magazine with a platform of addressing anti-social behaviour in the community.[3]

Meanwhile the Labour party was unable to put up candidates in 5 wards after their nomination papers were stolen just before they were to be handed in.[5]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives stay in control of the council after winning 11 of the 19 seats which were contested.[6] However this was one down on before the election, after the Conservative council leader, Anna Waite, was defeated in Prittlewell by the Liberal Democrats.[6] The Liberal Democrats gained 2 seats to overtake Labour as the second largest party on the council with 9 councillors, as against 8 for Labour.[6] Overall turnout in the election was 34%.[2]

Southend-on-Sea Local Election Result 2006[6][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 1 2 -1 57.9 42.2 19,640 -7.3%
  Liberal Democrat 4 2 0 +2 21.1 25.8 12,004 -0.3%
  Labour 3 0 1 -1 15.8 12.7 5,931 -3.9%
  Alliance Southend 1 1 1 0 5.3 9.1 4,249 +9.1%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 4.6 2,140 +4.6%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 1,385 +0.2%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 954 +0.4%
  Mums' Army 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 140 +0.3%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 132 -2.1%

Ward results[edit]

Belfairs[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Margaret Evans 1,326 46.0 -8.4
Alliance Southend Margaret Webb 879 30.5 +30.5
Liberal Democrat Ronald Streeter 679 23.5 -10.6
Majority 447 15.5 -4.8
Turnout 2,884 39.9 -2.0
Conservative hold Swing
Blenheim Park[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Brian Smith 1,009 38.9 -7.4
Conservative Duncan Newham 814 31.4 -9.1
UKIP Seantino Callaghan 458 17.7 +17.7
Labour Julian Ware-Lane 313 12.1 -1.2
Majority 195 7.5 +1.7
Turnout 2,594 34.2 -1.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Chalkwell[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Brown 1,309 56.4 +0.0
Liberal Democrat John Adams 648 27.9 +5.4
Labour John Aitkin 365 15.7 +2.9
Majority 661 28.5 -5.5
Turnout 2,322 32.6 -2.8
Conservative hold Swing
Eastwood Park[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Moring 1,539 59.1 +3.9
Liberal Democrat Stephen Walton 830 31.9 -4.4
Labour Raoul Meade 233 9.0 +0.5
Majority 709 27.2 +8.3
Turnout 2,602 35.0 -3.1
Conservative hold Swing
Kursaal[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Judith McMahon 650 35.3 +0.8
Conservative Blaine Robin 522 28.4 -5.8
BNP Dean Fenner 391 21.2 +21.2
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Wrexham 278 15.1 +3.9
Majority 128 7.0 +6.8
Turnout 1,841 27.8 +1.0
Labour hold Swing
Leigh[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Barry Godwin 1,316 51.4 -3.0
Conservative Stephen Ryan 872 34.0 -2.0
Green Nicola Gilbey 374 14.6 +14.6
Majority 444 17.3 -1.1
Turnout 2,562 36.4 -1.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Milton[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Robertson 818 40.0 -11.2
Labour Reginald Copley 431 21.1 -6.5
Alliance Southend John Bacon 318 15.6 +15.6
Liberal Democrat Paul Collins 269 13.2 -8.0
Green Stephen Jordan 208 10.2 +10.2
Majority 387 18.9 -4.7
Turnout 2,044 30.0 -0.9
Conservative hold Swing
Prittlewell[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Michael Grimwade 1,124 40.9 +8.4
Conservative Anna Waite 999 36.3 -9.5
UKIP John Croft 496 18.0 +18.0
Independent Alan Hart 132 4.8 +4.8
Majority 125 4.5
Turnout 2,751 37.4 -0.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
St Laurence[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat George Lewin 1,385 55.8 +25.6
Conservative Brian Houssart 1,099 44.2 +8.6
Majority 286 11.5
Turnout 2,484 33.3 -5.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
St Lukes[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Royston 800 33.0 +2.9
Conservative Nigel Folkard 604 24.9 -13.2
BNP Geoffrey Strobridge 534 22.0 +22.0
Liberal Democrat Brian Ayling 291 12.0 -6.0
Green Cristian Ramis 197 8.1 -5.7
Majority 196 8.1
Turnout 2,426 31.0 +1.2
Labour hold Swing
Shoeburyness (2)[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Roger Hadley 1,071
Conservative Allan Cole 884
Labour Anne Chalk 707
Alliance Southend Michael Assenheim 629
Labour Charles Willis 438
Liberal Democrat Amanda Spraggs 232
Liberal Democrat Colin Spraggs 150
Turnout 4,111 30.9 +1.7
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Southchurch[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Kelly 1,296 50.3 -14.5
BNP Stuart Freeman 489 19.0 +19.0
Labour Joyce Mapp 311 12.1 -2.2
Liberal Democrat Linda Smith 300 11.7 +0.8
Green Stuart Salmon 178 6.9 -3.2
Majority 807 31.4 -19.1
Turnout 2,574 36.1 -0.7
Conservative hold Swing
Thorpe[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Daphne White 1,346 42.3 -31.2
Alliance Southend Ronald Woodley 950 29.8 +29.8
Liberal Democrat Howard Gibeon 670 21.0 +5.8
Labour Christopher Gasper 218 6.8 -4.5
Majority 396 12.4 -45.8
Turnout 3,184 44.3 +4.1
Conservative hold Swing
Victoria[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Borton 719 38.5 -4.1
Conservative Roger Kemp 456 24.4 -10.1
BNP Fenton Bowley 366 19.6 +19.6
Liberal Democrat Ronella Streeter 328 17.5 -5.3
Majority 263 14.1 +6.0
Turnout 1,869 26.9 -0.6
Labour hold Swing
West Leigh (2)[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Thomas Holdcroft 1,562
Conservative Gwendoline Horrigan 1,559
Liberal Democrat Shirley Pawson 983
Liberal Democrat Bryan Paddison 874
Green Paul Circus 428
Alliance Southend Colin Ritchie 344
Turnout 5,750 44.7 -3.4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
West Shoebury[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tony Cox 1,175 43.8 -24.1
Alliance Southend Verina Weaver 456 17.0 +17.0
BNP Terence Jellis 360 13.4 +13.4
Labour Joan Richards 352 13.1 -6.8
Liberal Democrat Christopher Mallam 198 7.4 -4.9
Mums' Army Linda Martin 140 5.2 +5.2
Majority 719 26.8 -21.2
Turnout 2,681 36.6 +2.3
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Westborough[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance Southend Tania Painton 673 35.5 -11.3
Liberal Democrat Stephen Vincent 440 23.2 +2.8
Labour Teresa Merrison 394 20.8 +4.7
Conservative Richard Waite 389 20.5 +3.7
Majority 233 12.3 -14.1
Turnout 1,896 27.0 -5.2
Independent gain from Labour Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local elections: Southend-On-Sea". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Local Election Results 2006". Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Retrieved 2010-04-06. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b Bennett, Rosemary (2006-04-24). "Yobs, watch out, Mums' Army is on the warpath". The Times. p. 18. 
  4. ^ Swain, Gill (2006-04-28). "Move over Mr Blair, we're the Mums' Army". Daily Express. 
  5. ^ "Thief ruins poll hopes for Labour". Echo. 2006-04-05. Retrieved 2010-04-06. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Southend Tories lose their leader". Echo. 2006-05-05. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  7. ^ 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 2010-04-05. [dead link]


Preceded by
Southend-on-Sea Council election, 2004
Southend-on-Sea local elections Succeeded by
Southend-on-Sea Council election, 2007