1999 St Albans City and District Council election

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Map of the results of the 1999 St Albans City and District Council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow, Conservatives in blue and Labour in red.

The 1999 St Albans City and District Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of St Albans City and District Council in Hertfordshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 1998 increasing the number of seats by 1.[1] The Liberal Democrats lost overall control of the council to no overall control.[2]

Election result[edit]

Both the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives won 21 seats, while Labour took 16 seats.[3] Boundary changes had increased the number of seats to 58 from 57, with an exact seat in Sandridge ward.[3] The closest result was in Harpenden East, where Conservative Michael Clark won a seat by 3 votes defeating the mayor Brian Peyton.[3] Overall turnout at the election was 37.1%, up from 35.3% at the 1998 election but down from the 39.6% in 1996.[3]

St Albans local election result 1999[4][5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 21 -9 36.2 34.8 36,609 -1.1%
  Conservative 21 +10 36.2 34.5 36,217 +1.2%
  Labour 16 0 27.6 30.5 32,101 -0.3%
  Independent 0 0 0 0.2 178 +0.2%

Ward results[edit]

Ashley (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alistair Cooper 1,007
Labour Malachy Pakenham 946
Labour Edward Hill 944
Liberal Democrat Francesca Day 444
Liberal Democrat Dawn Devereux 442
Liberal Democrat David Parry 378
Conservative James Black 319
Conservative Peter White 287
Conservative Philip Oxley 284
Turnout 5,051 44.7
Batchwood (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David McManus 1,063
Labour Roma Mills 1,045
Labour Andrew Rose 990
Liberal Democrat Richard Biddle 283
Conservative Edward Ellis 269
Conservative Pamela Farley 265
Liberal Democrat Robin Law 257
Conservative Margaret Winterhoff 250
Liberal Democrat Robert Latham 242
Turnout 4,664 32.8
Clarence (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Sheila Burton 1,089
Liberal Democrat Joyce Lusby 1,018
Liberal Democrat John Wright 1,006
Labour Nigel Culkin 619
Labour Helen Hutchinson 605
Labour Clive Newport 581
Conservative Jeremy Christie 356
Conservative Nigel Woodsmith 350
Conservative James Vessey 340
Turnout 5,964
Colney Heath (2 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Susan Defoe 532
Liberal Democrat John Henchley 531
Conservative Julia Jeffrey 288
Labour Gordon Watson 288
Conservative Derek Jeffrey 282
Labour Michael Gibson 268
Turnout 2,189 33.7
Cunningham (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Robert Donald 1,007
Liberal Democrat Edward Roberts 882
Labour Andrew Gilson 877
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Harrison 848
Labour Laurence Heyman 846
Labour David Allan 839
Conservative Diana Hall 354
Conservative Graham Leonard 323
Conservative Louisa-Jane Rosalki 299
Turnout 6,275 45.0
Harpenden East (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Waddilove 862
Liberal Democrat Alison Steer 834
Conservative Michael Clark 799
Liberal Democrat Brian Peyton 796
Conservative John Cozens 741
Conservative Victor Holley 735
Labour David Crew 470
Labour Rosemary Ross 417
Labour Elizabeth McShane 398
Turnout 6,052 38.1
Harpenden North (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Albert Pawle 820
Liberal Democrat John Coad 814
Conservative David Coe 787
Conservative Maurice Purkiss 776
Liberal Democrat Terence Glenister 726
Liberal Democrat Valerie Goodyear 702
Labour David Dunmore 236
Labour Gavin Ross 235
Labour Richard Botterill 232
Turnout 5,328 34.9
Harpenden South (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Foster 1,113
Conservative Patrick Johnston 1,093
Conservative Michael Morrell 1,081
Liberal Democrat Katharine Sutton 456
Liberal Democrat Christopher Canfield 441
Liberal Democrat Paul De Kort 389
Labour Julie Lightfoot 353
Labour Enid Bright 334
Labour Melvin Cato 323
Turnout 5,583 36.2
Harpenden West (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Julian Daly 1,189
Conservative John Newman 1,170
Conservative Julian Turner 1,170
Liberal Democrat Mary Skinner 430
Liberal Democrat George Gostling 411
Liberal Democrat Paul Spinks 410
Labour Ruth Gordon-Weeks 316
Labour Elizabeth Rayner 295
Labour David Lawlor 288
Turnout 5,679 34.0
London Colney (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Malcolm MacMillan 1,064
Labour Etheldreda Gordon 1,047
Labour Sean Flynn 1,026
Conservative Avril Foster 293
Conservative Derek Caroline 277
Conservative Carol Howard 277
Liberal Democrat Sarah Piercy 159
Liberal Democrat David Priestman 149
Liberal Democrat Moira Seton 124
Turnout 4,416 26.4
Marshalswick North (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Churchard 910
Liberal Democrat Thomas Clegg 826
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Stroud 803
Conservative Frances Leonard 716
Conservative John Foster 698
Conservative Michael Bretherton 676
Labour John Baughan 398
Labour Flora Falconer 378
Labour Lynda Harris 371
Turnout 5,776 39.8
Marshalswick South (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Anthony Rowland 1,088
Liberal Democrat John Peters 946
Liberal Democrat Joy Winder 865
Conservative Brian Doble 700
Conservative Agnes Hill 697
Conservative Philip Webster 682
Labour Eleanor Harris 518
Labour Jane Cloke 486
Labour Janet Smith 463
Turnout 6,445 42.2
Park Street (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Richard Downs 702
Liberal Democrat Barry Blackwell 671
Conservative Thomas Burns 668
Conservative Michael Pugh 660
Conservative Nigel Cocks 659
Liberal Democrat Syed Abidi 646
Labour Mary Morley 418
Labour David Davies 378
Labour Ronald Wilson 357
Turnout 5,159 32.7
Redbourn (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Margaret Corley 851
Liberal Democrat Patricia Schofield 818
Conservative Brian Chapman 797
Conservative Paul Finigan 696
Liberal Democrat John Schofield 675
Liberal Democrat Eric Humbles 630
Labour Colin Hucklesby 336
Labour Vivienne Windle 305
Labour John Paton 253
Turnout 5,361 41.4
Sandridge (2 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Christopher Whiteside 637
Liberal Democrat William Morris 564
Conservative Beric Read 529
Liberal Democrat Laurence Brown 449
Labour Christine Dawson 260
Labour John Tomblin 249
Independent Basil Filmer 178
Turnout 2,866 39.7
Sopwell (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Janetta Gibbs 1,043
Labour David Enright 1,034
Labour Mark Wilson 1,016
Conservative Eileen Brown 287
Conservative Janet Cameron 276
Conservative Margaret Brownlie 274
Liberal Democrat Peter Harris 192
Liberal Democrat John Hale 178
Liberal Democrat David Terrar 157
Turnout 4,457 28.9
St Peters (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Lynette Warren 973
Labour Winifred Dunleavy 955
Labour Helen Ives-Rose 912
Liberal Democrat John Gunner 544
Liberal Democrat Alisdair Gould 528
Liberal Democrat Michael Saunders 491
Conservative Geoffrey Brown 272
Conservative Sheila Sanders 264
Conservative Mark Shaw 227
Turnout 5,166 34.4
St Stephen (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gordon Myland 904
Conservative Susan Carr 836
Conservative Hazel Ward 826
Liberal Democrat Kahlil Moghul 740
Liberal Democrat Jadwiga Baillie 708
Liberal Democrat Gerald Kaye 647
Labour Patricia Allen 314
Labour Janet Blackwell 306
Labour Anthony Allen 282
Turnout 5,563 38.2
Verulam (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Smith 1,124
Conservative Richard Blossom 1,030
Conservative Clare Ellis 991
Liberal Democrat Martin Frearson 930
Liberal Democrat Kathleen Morris 885
Liberal Democrat Susan Campbell 859
Labour Karl Bruckdorfer 434
Labour Jilliam Butchart 432
Labour Constance Vuolo 406
Turnout 7,091 45.8
Wheathampstead (3 seats)[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Christopher Oxley 964
Conservative Keith Stammers 963
Conservative Gillian Clark 888
Liberal Democrat Neil Page 804
Conservative Derek Hills 802
Liberal Democrat Paul Edelston 727
Labour Peter Woodhams 310
Labour Mary Cheale 294
Labour Michael Fletcher 268
Turnout 6,020 44.5

By-elections between 1999 and 2000[edit]

Verulam by-election 2 December 1999[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative 911 47.0 +1.8
Liberal Democrat 858 44.3 +6.9
Labour 168 8.7 -8.7
Majority 53 2.7
Turnout 1,937 37.0 -8.8
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Albans". BBC News Online. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  2. ^ "How Britain voted: Council Election Results". The Independent. 1999-05-08. p. 12.
  3. ^ a b c d "Only a quarter of the electorate turned out to vote in one ward as the first all-out council election for 25 years failed to capture the public's imagination". Hertfordshire County Publications. NewsBank. 29 May 1999.
  4. ^ "How the nations voted". The Times. 1999-05-08. p. 48.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "District Council Elections 6 May 1999 results". St Albans City and District Council. Archived from the original on 13 April 2001. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results - December 1999". Local Authority Byelection Results. Retrieved 8 January 2015.