Walsall Council election, 2004

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Map of the results of the 2004 Walsall council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red, Liberal Democrats in yellow and independent in grey.

The 2004 Walsall Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council in the West Midlands, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2003.[1] The Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.[2]

Background[edit]

Before the election the council was run by a coalition between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties, with Labour holding 27 seats, the Conservatives 24, Liberal Democrats 7 and UK Independence Party 2.[3] 60 seats were contested with the candidates including 7 from the British National Party.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives win a majority on the council with 35 of the 60 seats.[4] Labour were reduced to 16 seats, with the chairs of the West Midlands Police Authority and West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive, Mohammed Nazir and Richard Worrell, among those to lose at the election.[4] Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats won 6 seats and there was 1 independent, while the 2 UK Independence Party councillors both lost their seats.[4]

After results were declared, a box with 200 ballot papers in it was discovered underneath a table.[5] These were then counted, but the returning officer did not include them in the declarations, as they said it would not have affected the results.[4]

Walsall Local Election Result 2004[6][2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 35 +11 58.3 41.2 71,791 -0.8%
  Labour 18 -9 30.0 30.8 53,684 -4.4%
  Liberal Democrat 6 -1 10.0 13.3 23,212 +2.4%
  Independent 1 +1 1.7 4.5 7,912 -0.4%
  UKIP 0 -2 0 5.5 9,662 +3.1%
  BNP 0 0 0 2.8 4,878 +2.8%
  Democratic Socialist Alliance - People Before Profit 0 0 0 1.8 3,130 -2.8%

Ward results[edit]

Aldridge Central and South (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Thomas Ansell 2,238
Conservative John Rochelle 2,207
Conservative John O'Hare 2,054
UKIP Anthony Lenton 1,087
BNP Julie Locke 751
Liberal Democrat Sandra Johnson 718
Labour Ian Geary 714
Labour Christopher Daniel 691
Liberal Democrat Royston Sheward 680
Liberal Democrat Natalie Greveson 584
Labour Christopher Wellings 536
Turnout 12,260 43.8
Aldridge North and Walsall Wood (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Sears 1,489
Conservative Roger Collins 1,488
Conservative Anthony Harris 1,300
UKIP Graham Eardley 1,037
Labour Angus McGhee 656
Labour Gary Hills 655
Labour Veronica Walker 589
Liberal Democrat Mark Greveson 448
Liberal Democrat Shirley Balgobin 404
Liberal Democrat Stanley Evans 376
Turnout 8,442 35.4
Bentley and Darlaston North (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stanley Madeley 1,322
Labour Keith Chambers 1,063
Labour Ayshea Johnson 937
Conservative Mohammed Chaudray 795
Conservative Doris Silvester 659
BNP Kevin Smith 632
UKIP Steven Johnson 630
Conservative Daniel Lloyd 599
Liberal Democrat Christopher Pearce 377
Democratic Socialist Alliance - People Before Profit Terence Durrant 197
Turnout 7,211 32.0
Birchills-Leamore (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joan Barton 1,023
Labour Timothy Oliver 902
Labour Carol Rose 894
Conservative Mazhar Iqbal 699
Conservative Hilda Derry 691
Conservative Nagman Aftab 650
Liberal Democrat Anne Willoughby 437
Democratic Socialist Alliance - People Before Profit Alan Davies 369
Turnout 5,665 26.0
Blakenall (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Robertson 910
Labour Robert Robinson 867
Labour Patricia Young 847
Democratic Socialist Alliance - People Before Profit Peter Smith 736
Independent Ray Cooper 471
Conservative Peter Roberts 408
Conservative Pervaiz Khan 295
Conservative Mehnawaz Khan 251
Liberal Democrat Paul Russell 242
Independent Peter Aston 227
Independent Julie Corser 211
Turnout 5,465 26.7
Bloxwich East (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Tweddle 1,159
Conservative Lesley Beeley 1,033
Labour Kathleen Phillips 1,001
Conservative Alan Venables 933
Labour Jonathan Phillips 862
Labour Shaun Fitzpatrick 837
BNP Steven Price 514
Independent Andrew Ball 474
Independent Janet Pitt 292
Independent Karen Carter 262
Democratic Socialist Alliance - People Before Profit Stephanie Peart 155
Turnout 7,522 33.5
Bloxwich West (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Melvin Pitt 1,172
Conservative Desmond Pitt 1,143
Conservative Louise Harrison 1,127
Labour Frederick Westley 1,079
Labour Kenneth Worley 1,062
Labour Diane Coughlan 913
BNP Neil Davies 653
Liberal Democrat James Rudge 275
Democratic Socialist Alliance - People Before Profit David Church 255
Independent Amanda Pitt 247
Independent Kerrie Pitt 237
Independent John Pitt 187
Turnout 8,350 33.1
Brownhills (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alan Paul 1,282
Labour Barbara Cassidy 1,072
Conservative David Turner 970
Conservative Robert Culbert 952
Labour Richard Worrall 935
Labour Stephen Docherty 890
BNP William Vaughan 792
UKIP Elizabeth Hazell 645
Liberal Democrat Josephine Baddeley 495
Turnout 8,033 34.6
Darlaston South (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Tony Rowley 1,103
Labour Maria-Rosaria Burley 1,009
Independent Paul Bott 1,007
Labour Graham Wilkes 1,004
Conservative Michelle Martin 546
Conservative James Letts 536
Conservative Lorna Rattigan 463
Democratic Socialist Alliance - People Before Profit Alan Johnston 459
Liberal Democrat Jody Pearce 392
Turnout 6,519 28.0
Paddock (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rose Martin 2,197
Conservative Barry Sanders 1,985
Conservative Zahid Ali 1,857
Labour Baldev Mavi 1,228
Labour Khizar Hussain 1,211
Labour Martin Evans 1,104
UKIP Derek Bennett 989
Liberal Democrat Daniel Barker 832
Liberal Democrat Martin Barker 790
Liberal Democrat Murli Sinha 616
Turnout 12,809 52.0
Palfrey (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joan Beilby 2,043
Conservative Mohammad Yasin 1,991
Conservative Mohammad Munir 1,821
Labour Mohammad Nazir 1,773
Labour Nasar Ali 1,532
Labour Mark Pulford 1,403
Liberal Democrat Karen Pandaal 550
Independent Mohammed Mulla 463
Turnout 11,576 45.8
Pelsall (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Garry Perry 2,330
Conservative Marco Longhi 1,999
Conservative Clive Ault 1,596
Liberal Democrat Simeon Mayou 1,073
Liberal Democrat Linda Dickins 723
BNP Dominic Bugler 692
Liberal Democrat Michael Jones 628
Labour Neil Perrett 502
Labour Walter Burley 484
Labour Ronald Rock 433
Democratic Socialist Alliance - People Before Profit Derek Roddy 176
Turnout 10,636 43.4
Pheasey Park Farm (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Adrian Andrew 1,514
Conservative Michael Bird 1,259
Conservative Christopher Towe 1,232
Independent Darren Porter 1,124
Labour Spedding McMullen 809
Labour Brenda Etchells 795
Labour Paulette Green 773
Independent Edmund Newman 695
Independent Gloria Newman 592
Independent Peter Ruston 323
Liberal Democrat Christine Cockayne 306
Turnout 9,422 42.7
Pleck (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dennis Anson 1,518
Conservative Mohammed Aslam 1,338
Labour Harbans Sarohi 1,308
Labour Ann Wilson 1,235
Conservative Mark Dabbs 1,183
Conservative Mohammed Arshad 1,101
Independent Norman Matthews 800
Democratic Socialist Alliance - People Before Profit Brian Powell 371
Turnout 8,854 39.2
Rushall-Shelfield (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Catherine Micklewright 1,217
Conservative Albert Griffiths 1,191
Conservative Rachel Walker 979
Labour Thomas Perrett 891
BNP Williams Locke 844
UKIP Jenny Mayo 798
Labour Lorraine Smith 688
Labour Robert Thomas 654
Liberal Democrat Ian Dickins 519
Democratic Socialist Alliance - People Before Profit Louise Bradburn 275
Turnout 8,056 35.8
Short Heath (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Doreen Shires 1,458
Liberal Democrat Eileen Pitt 1,439
Liberal Democrat John Cook 1,313
Conservative Bryan Bond 563
Conservative Terence Sharp 540
Conservative Wendy Sharp 525
Labour Richard Walker 497
Labour Douglas James 452
Labour Sumit Grover 433
Turnout 7,220 30.7
St. Matthews (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mohammed Arif 1,618
Conservative Barbara McCracken 1,586
Conservative Haqnawaz Khan 1,505
Labour Mohammed Yaqoob 1,210
Labour Moses Whyte 1,051
UKIP Jennifer Beale 1,027
Labour Gareth Walker 1,023
UKIP Mohammed Yaqub 823
UKIP Andrew Scullion 817
Liberal Democrat Louise Shires 658
Turnout 11,318 46.6
Streetly (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Douglas-Maul 2,472
Conservative Arthur Clarke 1,984
Conservative Edmund Hughes 1,886
UKIP Steven Grey 1,291
Labour Thomas Charlton 753
Labour Steven King 670
Liberal Democrat Josephine Levine 664
Labour Kathryn Ibbotson 522
Turnout 10,242 40.7
Willenhall North (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ian Shires 1,507
Liberal Democrat Arthur Bentley 1,382
Liberal Democrat Valerie Woodruff 1,209
UKIP Alan Sheath 518
Labour Robert Matthews 428
Conservative Joy Kemp 417
Labour Stephen Rose 407
Labour Ian Pearson 398
Conservative Margaret Salt 361
Conservative Iris Turner 347
Independent Tim Woodley 300
Democratic Socialist Alliance - People Before Profit Alan Paddock 137
Turnout 7,411 29.4
Willenhall South (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sean Coughlan 1,133
Labour Harold Withnall 1,022
Labour Angela Underhill 971
Liberal Democrat Wendy Evans 737
Conservative Chad Pitt 727
Liberal Democrat Peter Hughes 702
Liberal Democrat Robert Pearce 680
Conservative Justin Douglas-Maul 677
Conservative Parmjit Singh 611
Turnout 7,260 28.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walsall council". BBC News Online. 12 June 2004. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Local elections 2004". House of Commons Library. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Johnson, Steve (14 May 2004). "Row on BNP vote push". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "City waiting for election result". BBC News Online. 12 June 2004. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "British Labour punished in local elections". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 June 2004. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Election Results 2004". Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 18 September 2011.