St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council election, 2000

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The 2000 St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council in Merseyside, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

Labour remained in control of the council with 35 seats, but suffered a net loss of 2 seats.[2] The Liberal Democrats increased their share of the vote and gained Moss Bank and Sutton and Bold from Labour, but lost Newton West back to Labour, to leave the party on 15 seats.[3] Meanwhile the Conservatives also gained a seat from Labour in Windle, defeating the mayor Pat Jackson,[4] while the leader of the Conservative group Betty Lowe held her seat in Rainford to leave the Conservatives with 4 councillors.[5]

Turnout in 4 wards was at or below 16%,[6] while the highest turnout was in Rainford at 35.7%.[5] The turnout in St Helens was an increase from the last election, which was put down to a trial of early voting on the Friday and Saturday before the election in 6 wards.[7]

St Helens local election result 2000[2][8]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 13 1 3 -2 65.0 45.3 14,953
  Liberal Democrat 5 2 1 +1 25.0 33.0 10,891
  Conservative 2 1 0 +1 10.0 21.3 7,040
  Socialist Labour 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 152

Ward results[edit]

Billinge and Seneley Green[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neville Bullock 1,086 53.4
Conservative Elizabeth Black 672 33.1
Liberal Democrat Stephen Broughton 275 13.5
Majority 414 20.4
Turnout 2,033 19.8
Labour hold Swing
Blackbrook[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Andy Bowden 662 64.2
Liberal Democrat John Brown 228 22.1
Conservative James Spanner 141 13.7
Majority 434 42.1
Turnout 1,031 14.4
Labour hold Swing
Broad Oak[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Keith Roberts 764 51.7
Liberal Democrat Gail Mills 658 44.5
Conservative Anne Spanner 56 3.8
Majority 106 7.2
Turnout 1,478 22.0
Labour hold Swing
Eccleston[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Pearl 1,604 64.9
Conservative Thomas Brooke 496 20.1
Labour Stephen Glover 371 15.0
Majority 1,108 44.8
Turnout 2,471 29.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Grange Park[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Marlene Quinn 610 50.7
Conservative Catherine Lindon 285 23.7
Liberal Democrat David Evans 270 22.4
Socialist Labour Ronale Waugh 38 3.2
Majority 325 27.0
Turnout 1,203 16.0
Labour hold Swing
Haydock[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jim Caunce 1,046 63.9
Liberal Democrat Carole Worthington 331 20.2
Conservative Margaret Harvey 261 15.9
Majority 715 43.7
Turnout 1,638 18.1
Labour hold Swing
Marshalls Cross[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Valerie Beirne 932 68.3
Labour Michael Glover 387 28.4
Conservative Jill Jones 45 3.3
Majority 545 40.0
Turnout 1,364 22.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Moss Bank[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Eric Simpson 1,292 53.9
Labour Barbara Jakubiak 912 38.0
Conservative Judith Collins 147 6.1
Socialist Labour Kenneth Tilston 48 2.0
Majority 380 15.8
Turnout 2,399 29.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Newton East[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Suzanne Knight 1,394 65.5
Labour Thomas Chisnall 591 27.8
Conservative Keith Winstanley 143 6.7
Majority 803 37.7
Turnout 2,128 27.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Newton West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sandra Banawich 876 50.1
Liberal Democrat Virginia Taylor 727 41.6
Conservative Brian Honey 145 8.3
Majority 149 8.5
Turnout 1,748 21.7
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Parr and Hardshaw[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Fletcher 706 70.7
Liberal Democrat Noreen Knowles 190 19.0
Conservative Margaret Bolton 102 10.2
Majority 516 51.7
Turnout 998 16.4
Labour hold Swing
Queens Park[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Marlene Newman 710 54.8
Liberal Democrat Lesley Ronan 415 32.0
Conservative Herbert Williams 171 13.2
Majority 295 22.8
Turnout 1,296 18.2
Labour hold Swing
Rainford[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Betty Lowe 1,725 68.9
Labour David Wood 645 25.8
Liberal Democrat Frederick Barrett 134 5.4
Majority 1,080 43.1
Turnout 2,504 35.7
Conservative hold Swing
Rainhill[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mike Doyle 1,133 58.6
Conservative Richard Seddon 577 29.8
Liberal Democrat Kenneth Knowles 223 11.5
Majority 556 28.8
Turnout 1,933 19.9
Labour hold Swing
Sutton and Bold[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Julie Jones 1,006 53.1
Labour Richard McCauley 804 42.4
Conservative Barbara Woodcock 85 4.5
Majority 202 10.7
Turnout 1,895 26.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Thatto Heath[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Marie Rimmer 861 65.3
Liberal Democrat Carol Pearl 207 15.7
Conservative Albert Pearson 184 14.0
Socialist Labour Michael Perry 66 5.0
Majority 654 49.6
Turnout 1,318 18.8
Labour hold Swing
West Sutton (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Thomas Hargreaves 610
Labour William Noctor 505
Liberal Democrat Darren Makin 315
Liberal Democrat Stephen Topping 265
Conservative Charmian Pyke 101
Turnout 1,796 15.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Windle (2 seats)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Wallace Ashcroft 903
Labour Geoffrey Almond 857
Labour Patricia Jackson 817
Conservative Anthony Rigby 801
Liberal Democrat Vivienne Lavery 217
Liberal Democrat Janette Smith 208
Turnout 3,803 28.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Helens". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "Election results: local councils". The Times (NewsBank). 5 May 2000. p. 4. 
  3. ^ "Lib Dems predict more gains in the next election". Lancashire County Publications (NewsBank). 12 May 2000. 
  4. ^ "Poll shock for Mayor Pat". Lancashire County Publications (NewsBank). 12 May 2000. 
  5. ^ a b "Betty tops poll". Lancashire County Publications (NewsBank). 12 May 2000. 
  6. ^ Frean, Alexandra (5 May 2000). "Tory grass roots burst into life". The Times (NewsBank). p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Early voting makes mark". Lancashire County Publications (NewsBank). 12 May 2000. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "St Helens". Lancashire County Publications (NewsBank). 5 May 2000.