Welwyn Hatfield District Council election, 2002

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The 2002 Welwyn Hatfield District Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Welwyn Hatfield District Council in Hertfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from the Labour party.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives win a majority of 4 on the council after gaining 3 seats from Labour.[3] The Conservatives gained seats in Hatfield West and Sherrards wards, as well as one of the 2 seats being contested in Hatfield North, where 3 recounts were needed to separate the top 4 candidates who all finished within 17 votes of each other.[3] The Liberal Democrats failed to win any seats, but came second in 4 wards and were within 22 votes of the Conservative winner in Handside ward.[3] Overall turnout in the election was 35.3%,[4] a rise of about 3% on the 2000 election after all voters were able to get postal votes for the first time.[3]

Welwyn Hatfield Local Election Result 2002[4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 3 0 +3 64.7 48.2 12,413 +2.4%
  Labour 6 0 3 -3 35.3 34.3 8,827 -4.7%
  Liberal Democrat 0 0 0 0 0 17.5 4,506 +4.5%

Ward results[edit]

Brookmans Park & Little Heath[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Dean 1,289 75.9 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Catherine Edwards 217 12.8 +1.9
Labour Derek Marcus 192 11.3 -2.2
Majority 1,072 63.1 +1.0
Turnout 1,698
Conservative hold Swing
Haldens[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Orrett 760 54.6 -2.5
Conservative Stuart Jackson 407 29.2 -1.3
Liberal Democrat Helen Bassett 225 16.2 +3.7
Majority 353 25.4 -1.2
Turnout 1,392
Labour hold Swing
Handside[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Carl Storer 888 41.6 -7.2
Liberal Democrat Daniel Cooke 866 40.5 +21.5
Labour Pascal Jacquemain 383 17.9 -4.3
Majority 22 1.1 -25.5
Turnout 2,137
Conservative hold Swing
Hatfield Central[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Colin Croft 558 42.6 -2.2
Liberal Democrat Hazel Laming 470 35.9 +10.1
Conservative Andrew Peffer 283 21.6 -7.8
Majority 88 6.7 -8.7
Turnout 1,311
Labour hold Swing
Hatfield East[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter O'Brien 969 58.1 +8.8
Labour Margaret White 423 25.4 -15.5
Liberal Democrat Lis Meyland-Smith 276 16.5 +6.7
Majority 546 32.7 +24.3
Turnout 1,668
Conservative hold Swing
Hatfield North (2)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Davidson 617
Labour Bridgit Croft 609
Conservative John Morgan 606
Labour Linda Mendez 600
Liberal Democrat Richard Griffiths 214
Liberal Democrat Maurice Richardson 206
Turnout 2,852
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Labour hold Swing
Hatfield West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicholas Atkinson 838 50.5 +9.3
Labour Samuel Smith 625 37.7 -9.3
Liberal Democrat Simon Archer 195 11.8 +0.0
Majority 213 12.8
Turnout 1,658
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Hollybush[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Birleson 780 60.2 -3.1
Conservative Marian Pile 356 27.5 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Janet Gammage 160 12.3 +0.8
Majority 424 32.7 -5.4
Turnout 1,296
Labour hold Swing
Howlands[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Chesterman 780 53.4 -3.0
Conservative John Burnapp 468 32.0 -0.3
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Arch 214 14.6 +3.4
Majority 312 21.4 -2.7
Turnout 1,462
Labour hold Swing
Northaw[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Nicholls 1,196 79.6 +20.1
Liberal Democrat Philip Edwards 162 10.8 +0.9
Labour Brenda Marcus 145 9.6 +0.9
Majority 1,034 68.8 +31.2
Turnout 1,503
Conservative hold Swing
Panshanger[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Russell Le Page 837 50.9 -2.5
Labour Julia Harrison 486 29.6 -6.0
Liberal Democrat Ted Naseby 321 19.5 +8.5
Majority 351 21.3 +3.5
Turnout 1,644
Conservative hold Swing
Peartree[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jacqueline Russell 637 59.1 -0.7
Conservative David Perkins 242 22.5 -5.0
Liberal Democrat Gillian Armstrong-Bridges 198 18.4 +5.7
Majority 395 36.6 +4.3
Turnout 1,077
Labour hold Swing
Sherrards[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Scarff 1,074 47.0 +2.3
Labour Lynn Chesterman 967 42.4 -3.0
Liberal Democrat Louise Lotz 242 10.6 +0.7
Majority 107 4.6
Turnout 2,283
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Welham Green[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patricia Storey 622 63.3 +0.0
Labour Margaret Toch 225 22.9 -2.6
Liberal Democrat Nigel Bain 136 13.8 +2.6
Majority 397 40.4 +2.6
Turnout 983
Conservative hold Swing
Welwyn North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Margaret Scarff 719 63.5
Labour Jan Burnell 216 19.1
Liberal Democrat David Bartlett 198 17.5
Majority 503 44.4
Turnout 1,133
Conservative hold Swing
Welwyn South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Amanda Perkins 1,002 60.8 -2.7
Labour Julia Henderson 441 26.7 +5.7
Liberal Democrat Ian Skidmore 206 12.5 -3.0
Majority 561 34.1 -8.4
Turnout 1,649
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welwyn Hatfield". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Election results; Local Elections". The Times. 2002-05-03. p. 6. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Tories seize control in Welwyn Hatfield elections". Southern Daily Echo. 2002-05-03. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Welwyn Hatfield District Elections 2002". Welwyn Hatfield Council. Archived from the original on 2004-11-22. Retrieved 2010-03-05.