2000 Harrogate Borough Council election

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The 2000 Harrogate Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of Harrogate Borough Council in North Yorkshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Liberal Democrats stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

19 of the 59 seats were contested in the election with the Liberal Democrats defending 14, the Conservatives 4 and Labour 1 seat.[3] Close contests were expected in Killinghall and the 2 wards in Ripon, with the Liberal Democrats hoping to make gains despite criticism over the handling of the redevelopment of the area around a bus station.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Liberal Democrats remain in control of the council, despite the Conservative party gaining seats.[4] The Liberal Democrats finished the election with 40 seats, with the seats held by the party including the two in Ripon, which were narrowly won over the Conservatives.[4] The Conservatives finished with 18 seats, while Labour was reduced to only one seat after losing a seat.[4]

Harrogate local election result 2000[5][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrats 12 -2 63.2 44.1 12,241 -6.4%
  Conservative 7 +3 36.8 46.7 12,969 +7.7%
  Labour 0 -1 0 9.1 2,535 -1.3%

Ward results[edit]

Almscliffe[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Galloway 707 81.4
Liberal Democrats Gillian Ford 123 14.2
Labour Deborah Havercroft 39 4.5
Majority 584 67.2
Turnout 869 41.4
Bilton[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Andrew Goss 669 39.4
Conservative Heather Adderley 571 33.6
Labour Peter Caunt 457 26.9
Majority 98 5.8
Turnout 1,697 29.8 +2.0
Claro[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Brewis 614 76.3
Liberal Democrats Helen Lyon 146 18.1
Labour Harold Ede 45 5.6
Majority 468 58.1
Turnout 805 39.7
Duchy[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats James Clarke 955 57.3 +0.9
Conservative Brian Coucher 627 37.6 +0.9
Labour Roger Newby 84 5.0 -1.8
Majority 328 19.7 +0.0
Turnout 1,666 25.1 -2.0
East Central[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats David Jacobs 687 53.8 -8.0
Conservative William Hartmann 442 34.6 +10.6
Labour Simon Hutchings 149 11.7 -2.5
Majority 245 19.2 -18.6
Turnout 1,278 25.5 -0.9
Granby[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Diane Stokes 767 62.1 -8.3
Conservative James Wood-Mitchell 349 28.2 +12.1
Labour David King 120 9.7 -3.8
Majority 418 33.8 -20.6
Turnout 1,236 23.1 -0.4
Harlow[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Clark 1,450 58.0 +3.5
Liberal Democrats Michael Stallard 951 38.0 -2.9
Labour Harry Sutcliffe 101 4.0 -0.6
Majority 499 19.9 +6.3
Turnout 2,502 40.7 +0.2
Killinghall[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Bury 776 69.7
Liberal Democrats Christopher Ryan 274 24.6
Labour Malcolm Hayton 64 5.7
Majority 502 45.1
Turnout 1,114 33.6
Knaresborough East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats David Goode 959 45.9 +2.9
Conservative John Smith 851 40.7 +2.8
Labour Alan Beatham 279 13.4 -5.7
Majority 108 5.2 +0.0
Turnout 2,089 35.2 +1.9
Knaresborough West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Kevin Hawkins 734 40.8 -3.6
Conservative Malcolm Jackson 587 32.6 +8.1
Labour Althea Farmer 477 26.5 -4.6
Majority 147 8.2 -5.1
Turnout 1,798 31.1 -3.8
Lower Nidderdale[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Thomas Watson 519 57.7
Conservative Jacqueline Hughes 370 41.2
Labour Colin Gurkin 10 1.1
Majority 149 16.6
Turnout 899 48.2
Nether Poppleton[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Fenwicke-Clennell 214 62.2
Liberal Democrats Donald Prosser-Higdon 109 31.7
Labour Norman Dobell 21 6.1
Majority 105 30.5
Turnout 344 49.9
New Park[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Wendy Richards 463 63.3 -8.9
Conservative Robin Adderley 228 31.2 +14.8
Labour Bryan Robinson 40 5.5 -5.9
Majority 235 32.1 -23.8
Turnout 731 24.4 +2.8
Pannal[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Clifford Trotter 1,550 60.5 +4.0
Liberal Democrats Joan Newby 952 37.2 -3.3
Labour Cynthia Coltman 59 2.3 -0.7
Majority 598 23.4 +7.4
Turnout 2,561 50.4 -2.0
Ripon East[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Stuart Martin 571 49.8 -6.4
Conservative David Briscombe 468 40.8 -3.0
Labour Jonathan Lewis 108 9.4 +9.4
Majority 103 9.0 -3.3
Turnout 1,147 20.0 -4.8
Ripon West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Stephen Jones 672 50.3 -16.4
Conservative Paul Richardson 592 44.3 +11.0
Labour Patricia Foxall 72 5.4 +5.4
Majority 80 6.0 -27.4
Turnout 1,336 23.8 -4.4
Starbeck[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Granville Ward 792 63.5 -8.4
Conservative Philip Dixon 328 26.3 +10.0
Labour Geoffrey Foxall 127 10.2 -1.6
Majority 464 37.2 -18.4
Turnout 1,247 24.0 -0.9
Wedderburn[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Claire Kelley 1,207 49.2 +0.2
Conservative Nigel Middlemass 1,156 47.1 +1.6
Labour Robert Swithinbank 89 3.6 -1.9
Majority 51 2.1 -1.4
Turnout 2,452 40.6 +4.8
West Central[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jean Butterfield 1,089 55.2 +4.5
Liberal Democrats Timothy Hurren 691 35.0 -6.3
Labour Christine Colman 194 9.8 +2.8
Majority 398 20.2 +9.8
Turnout 1,974 33.9 +4.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harrogate". BBC News Online. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Local council results". Financial Times. 6 May 2000. p. 6.
  3. ^ a b Makintosh, Stuart (5 May 2000). "Lib Dems pin hopes on strengthening their grip". The Northern Echo. p. 6.
  4. ^ a b c Mackintosh, Stuart (5 May 2000). "Lib Dems hold on to power in Harrogate". The Northern Echo. p. 1.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "District Council election" (PDF). Harrogate Borough Council. Retrieved 13 January 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Election results: local councils". The Times. 6 May 2000. p. 10.