Basildon District Council election, 2000

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The 2000 Basildon District Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of Basildon District Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives make gains from both Labour and Liberal Democrats[3] to go from 11 to 18 seats on the council.[4] This deprived Labour of a majority on the council after 5 years[3] and reduced Labour's lead over the Conservatives to just 2 seats.[4] Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats lost half their seats to fall to have just 4 councillors,[4] but were left with the balance of power.[3]

The Conservatives gained marginal seats in Basildon from Labour including Laindon, Langdon Hills and Pitsea East.[4] They also took all the seats the Liberal Democrats had been defending in Billericay and Wickford.[4]

Following the election the Liberal Democrat leader Geoff Williams said "issues will be decided on their merit and not on party politics".[4]

Basildon Local Election Result 2000[5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 8 +7 53.3
  Labour 6 -3 40.0
  Liberal Democrat 1 -4 6.7


  1. ^ "Basildon". BBC News Online. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Election special: Results". The Guardian. 6 May 2000. p. 8. 
  3. ^ a b c "South Essex: Tories back in Southend after six years". Southend Standard. 5 May 2000. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Election round-up: Labour lose control in Basildon". Southend Standard. 5 May 2000. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Election results: local councils". The Times. 6 May 2000. p. 10.