Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election, 2007

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The 2007 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 3 May 2007 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 retain control of the council with a majority of 9 seats over the other parties.[3] The former leader of the council, Anna Waite, who had been defeated in the 2006 election, was returned to the council in St Luke's ward after defeating the Labour councillor Kevin Robinson.[4] However the Conservatives lost a usually safe seat in Thorpe to independent Ron Woodley by 791 votes.[5]

For the second election in a row a Conservative leader of the council was defeated.[6][7] Murray Foster was defeated in Prittlewell ward by Liberal Democrat Ric Morgan, forcing the Conservatives to choose a new leader.[6] Nigel Holdcroft was unopposed within the Conservative group and became the new leader of the council.[6]

Overall turnout in the election was 31%.[8]

Southend-on-Sea Local Election Result 2007[2][9]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 9 2 2 0 52.9 40.9 16,024 -1.3%
  Liberal Democrat 4 1 0 +1 23.5 22.1 8,656 -3.7%
  Labour 2 0 1 -1 11.8 15.7 6,156 +3.0%
  Independent 2 1 1 0 11.8 10.9 4,260 +1.8%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 6.0 2,334 +1.4%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 2.4 926 -0.6%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 1.7 667 -0.3%
  Mums' Army 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 115 +0.0%

Ward results[edit]

Belfairs[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Lesley Salter 1,240 47.5 +1.5
Independent Maria Jeffery 822 31.5 +1.0
Liberal Democrat Ronald Streeter 361 13.8 -9.7
Labour Gary Farrer 189 7.2 +7.2
Majority 418 16.0 +0.5
Turnout 2,612 35.6 -4.3
Conservative hold Swing
Blenheim Park[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Jim Clinkscales 982 40.4 +1.5
Conservative Brian Houssart 745 30.7 -0.7
BNP Raymond Weaver 284 11.7 +11.7
Labour Teresa Merrison 257 10.6 -1.5
UKIP Peggy Walker 162 6.7 -11.0
Majority 237 9.8 +2.3
Turnout 2,430 31.8 -2.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Chalkwell[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Hebermel 1,179 54.4 -2.0
Liberal Democrat Chris Mallam 357 16.5 -11.4
Labour Joan Richards 254 11.7 -4.0
UKIP Toni Thornes 217 10.0 +10.0
Green Michael Woodgate 162 7.5 +7.5
Majority 822 37.9 +9.4
Turnout 2,169 29.6 -3.0
Conservative hold Swing
Eastwood Park[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jason Luty 1,425 63.4 +4.3
Liberal Democrat Tracey Browne 521 23.2 -8.7
Labour Raoul Meade 303 13.5 +4.5
Majority 904 40.2 +13.0
Turnout 2,249 30.0 -5.0
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Kursaal[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen George 715 39.9 +4.6
Conservative Blaine Robin 538 30.0 +1.6
BNP Dean Fenner 276 15.4 -5.8
Liberal Democrat Matthew Cartwright 265 14.8 -0.3
Majority 177 9.9 +2.9
Turnout 1,794 24.9 -2.9
Labour hold Swing
Leigh[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Peter Wrexham 1,414 63.7 +12.3
Conservative Bernard Arscott 649 29.2 -4.8
Labour Ian Gilbert 158 7.1 +7.1
Majority 765 34.4 +17.1
Turnout 2,221 31.0 -5.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Milton[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonathan Garston 837 44.3 +4.3
Labour Clive Rebbeck 528 28.0 +6.9
Liberal Democrat Paul Collins 187 9.9 -3.3
Independent John Bacon 134 7.1 -8.5
Green Stephen Jordan 125 6.6 -3.6
Independent David Aitken 77 4.1 +4.1
Majority 309 16.4 -2.5
Turnout 1,888 26.5 -3.5
Conservative hold Swing
Prittlewell[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ric Morgan 1,056 41.6 +0.7
Conservative Murray Foster 960 37.8 +1.5
UKIP John Croft 288 11.4 -6.6
Labour Llynus Pigrem 233 9.2 +9.2
Majority 96 3.8 -0.7
Turnout 2,537 34.0 -3.4
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
St Laurence[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Carole Roast 1,046 43.9 -11.9
Conservative Pam Farley 900 37.8 -6.4
Labour Reginald Copley 288 12.1 +12.1
Green Daniel Lee 150 6.3 +6.3
Majority 146 6.1 -5.4
Turnout 2,384 31.7 -1.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St Lukes[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anna Waite 784 33.2 +8.3
Labour Kevin Robinson 767 32.4 -0.6
BNP Geoffrey Strobridge 442 18.7 -3.3
Liberal Democrat Brian Ayling 222 9.4 -2.6
Green Cristian Ramis 150 6.3 -1.8
Majority 17 0.7
Turnout 2,365 29.5 -1.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Shoeburyness[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pat Rayner 788 33.5
Independent Mike Assenheim 658 28.0
Labour Anne Chalk 481 20.5
BNP John Moss 315 13.4
Liberal Democrat Jane Dresner 107 4.6
Majority 130 5.5
Turnout 2,349 30.3 -0.6
Conservative hold Swing
Southchurch[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Holland 1,280 54.3 +4.0
BNP Fenton Bowley 367 15.6 -3.4
Labour Joyce Mapp 302 12.8 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Jenny Wrexham 261 11.1 -0.6
Green Stuart Salmon 148 6.3 -0.6
Majority 913 38.7 +7.3
Turnout 2,358 33.1 -3.0
Conservative hold Swing
Thorpe[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Ron Woodley 1,801 53.8 +24.0
Conservative Nigel Folkard 1,009 30.2 -12.1
Liberal Democrat Howard Gibeon 365 10.9 -10.1
Labour Chris Gasper 170 5.1 -1.7
Majority 792 23.7
Turnout 3,345 46.3 +2.0
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Victoria[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Norman 744 43.4 +4.9
Conservative Roger Kemp 442 25.8 +1.4
BNP Alisdair Lewis 277 16.2 -3.4
Liberal Democrat Ronella Streeter 252 14.7 -2.8
Majority 302 17.6 +3.5
Turnout 1,715 24.3 -2.6
Labour hold Swing
West Leigh[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gwen Horrigan 1,626 59.7
Liberal Democrat Albert Wren 755 27.7
Green Paul Circus 191 7.0
Labour Jane Norman 150 5.5
Majority 871 32.0
Turnout 2,722 39.3 -5.4
Conservative hold Swing
West Shoebury[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Jarvis 1,250 54.4 +10.6
BNP Terence Jellis 373 16.2 +2.8
Labour Lars Davidsson 308 13.4 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Mary Betson 251 10.9 +3.5
Mums' Army Linda Martin 115 5.0 -0.2
Majority 877 38.2 +11.4
Turnout 2,297 31.0 -5.6
Conservative hold Swing
Westborough[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Martin Terry 768 45.1 +9.6
Conservative Stephen Buckley 372 21.8 +1.3
Labour Tony Borton 309 18.1 -2.7
Liberal Democrat Stephen Vincent 254 14.9 -8.3
Majority 396 23.3 +11.0
Turnout 1,703 23.3 -3.7
Independent hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southend-On-Sea". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Election 2007 Results". The Times. 2007-05-04. p. 8. 
  3. ^ "Councillor, 18, 'youngest in UK'". BBC News Online. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  4. ^ "Updated: Waite makes comeback". Echo. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2010-04-07. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Independent snatches key Tory seat". Echo. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2010-04-07. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b c "New council leader confirmed". Echo. 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  7. ^ "Council leader kicked out". Echo. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2010-04-07. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Local Election Results 2007". Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Retrieved 2010-04-07. [dead link]
  9. ^ 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 2010-04-07. [dead link]