Colchester Borough Council election, 2004

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Colchester Borough Council election, 2004

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20 seats (out of 60 seats)
31 seats seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Conservative Liberal Democrat Independent
Last election 23 26 3
Seats before 23 24 6
Seats won 27 22 5
Seat change Increase 4 Decrease 2 Decrease 1
Popular vote 13,908 11,591 2,266
Percentage 40.9 34.1 6.7
Swing Increase0.6 Increase1.7 Increase0.9

  Fourth party
 
Party Labour
Last election 6
Seats before 5
Seats won 4
Seat change Decrease 1
Popular vote 6,225
Percentage 18.3
Swing Decrease1.5
Map of the results of the 2004 Colchester council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Labour in red and independents in light grey. Wards in dark grey were not contested in 2004.

The 2004 Colchester Borough Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Colchester Borough Council in Essex, England. This was the same day as the other 2004 United Kingdom local elections and as the 2004 European Parliament Elections. One third of the seats were up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result[edit]

The Conservatives gained 4 seats to become the largest party on the council with 28 seats, 3 short of a majority.[2][3] They overtook the Liberal Democrats who held 23 seats, Labour with 6 seats and 3 independents.[2] Overall turnout at the election was 34.4%.[4]

As a result, the Conservatives took all the seats on the council cabinet for the first time since that style of government was introduced in Colchester, with the Conservative group leader John Jowers becoming the new leader of the council.[3]

Colchester Borough Council Election, 2004[1][5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 4 0 +4 55 40.9 13,908 +0.3%
  Liberal Democrat 6 0 2 -2 30 34.2 11,619 +2.2%
  Labour 2 1 0 +1 10 18.2 6,197 -1.8%
  Independent 1 0 3 -4 5 6.7 2,266 +1.0%

Ward results[edit]

Berechurch[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Craig S Sutton 757 45.7 -6.4
Labour David F Harris 504 30.5 +2.3
Conservative Pauline S Hazell 394 23.8 +4.7
Majority 253 15.3 -8.6
Turnout 1655 28.8 +4.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Castle Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat William H F Spyvee 1,185 57.9 +3.5
Conservative Pauline R Lucas 566 27.7 +3.4
Labour Malcolm P Cannon 296 14.5 +1.8
Majority 619 30.2 +0.1
Turnout 2,047 35.4 +6.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Dedham & Langham Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John C Garnett 991 79.0 +5.3
Liberal Democrat Carolyn Catney 180 14.3 -4.9
Labour Ian J Yates 84 6.7 -0.4
Majority 811 64.6 +10.1
Turnout 1,255 53.7 +8.7[a]
Conservative hold Swing
East Donyland Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrew M Raison 428 43.9 +0.7
Conservative Patricia A Sanderson 296 30.3 -6.9
Independent Peter L Byham 159 16.3 +16.3
Liberal Democrat Barry R Woodward 93 9.5 -10.1
Majority 132 13.5 +7.5
Turnout 976 48.9 +12.9[a]
Labour hold Swing
Harbour Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Justin Knight 594 51.2
Conservative Susan Harper 292 25.2
Labour David J Canning 275 23.7
Majority 302 26.0
Turnout 1,161 27.2 -1.8[a]
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Highwoods Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Beverley A Oxford[b] 807 42.5 +16.2
Liberal Democrat Paul L Booker 507 26.7 -4.9
Conservative Shahid N Husain 423 22.3 -10.0
Labour Hugh L Thomas 163 8.6 -0.8
Majority 300 15.8
Turnout 1,900 30.3 +8.3
Independent hold Swing
Lexden Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Donald J Henshall 1,194 62.3
Liberal Democrat Helen L Bayliss 569 29.7
Labour Alan F Trudgian 154 8.0
Majority 625 32.6
Turnout 1,917 44.7 +0.7[a]
Conservative hold Swing
Marks Tey Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard H Gower 517 61.5 -3.2
Liberal Democrat Martin Verran 134 16.0 +0.7
Labour John C Wood 106 12.6 -7.4
Independent Patrick James Mead 83 9.9 +9.9
Majority 383 45.6 +0.9
Turnout 840 41.0 +10.0[a]
Conservative hold Swing
Mile End Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brian D H Jarvis 681 46.1 +11.0
Liberal Democrat Peter Mecklenburg 631 42.7 -1.6
Labour Janet R Smith 166 11.2 -1.7
Majority 50 3.4
Turnout 1,478 28.3 +2.0
Conservative hold Swing
New Town Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Peter M Higgins 972 55.3 +0.3
Conservative Glenn Bath 483 27.5 +4.2
Labour David A Hough 302 17.2 -2.9
Majority 489 27.8 -3.9
Turnout 1,757 28.2 +5.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Prettygate Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ron Levy 1,304 49.0 +5.7
Liberal Democrat John Gray 1,151 43.2 -5.1
Labour Luke M P Dopson 208 7.8 -0.6
Majority 153 5.7
Turnout 2,663 44.8 +8.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
St Andrew's Ward[2][4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tina J Dopson 823 52.8 -9.1
Liberal Democrat Ralph B Johnston 378 24.3 +3.6
Conservative Anne Allan 357 22.9 +8.9
Majority 445 28.6 -12.8
Turnout 1,558 22.3 +2.6
Labour gain from Independent Swing
St Annes's Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Gaik-Choon (A.K.A. Helen) Chuah 998 54.7 -3.6
Conservative Angus J C Allan 464 25.5 +6.1
Labour Robert A A Fisher 361 19.8 -0.4
Majority 534 29.3 -8.9
Turnout 1,823 28.3 +5.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St John's Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Paul E Smith 929 55.4
Conservative Derek J Smith 587 35.0
Labour Mike A Warner 160 9.5
Majority 342 20.4
Turnout 1,676 40.2 +4.2[a]
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Shrub End Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Buston 777 38.4 +4.6
Liberal Democrat Barry W James 737 36.4 +10.4
Labour Kim A Naish 512 25.3 -12.7
Majority 40 2.0
Turnout 2,026 34.0 +9.5
Conservative hold Swing
Stanway Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew J Ellis 1,027 47.7 +12.9
Liberal Democrat Gwendoline I R Ilott 839 39.0 -13.3
Labour John Spademan 285 13.2 +0.5
Majority 188 8.7 -8.9
Turnout 2,151 35.3 +6.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Tiptree Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard (aka Dick) Martin 925 41.0 +6.0
Independent John F Elliott 741 32.8 -1.9
Labour Alan C L Mogridge 590 26.2 -0.4
Majority 184 8.2 +7.9
Turnout 2,256 37.9 +11.5
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
West Mersea Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John G Bouckley 1,581 71.0 +8.0
Labour Audrey M Spencer 329 14.8 -5.6
Liberal Democrat Ronald Charles Laurance Baker 316 14.2 +0.0
Majority 1,252 56.2 +13.6
Turnout 2,226 38.6 +8.5
Conservative hold Swing
Wivenhoe Cross Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eugene Kraft 420 46.4
Liberal Democrat John Galpin 356 39.3
Labour Aulay MacKenzie 129 14.3
Majority 64 7.1
Turnout 905 27.2 +10.4
Conservative hold Swing
Wivenhoe Quay Ward[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ann L Quarry 629 36.6 +7.9
Independent Robert Newman 476 27.7 -7.9
Labour Thomas N Prosser 322 18.7 -5.8
Liberal Democrat Jeremy J Jacobs 293 17.0 +17.0
Majority 153 8.9 +2.0
Turnout 1,720 43.7 +8.1
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
  1. ^ a b c d e f Change in turnout since 2002
  2. ^ The Independent candidate in Highwoods ward was elected as a Liberal Democrat in 2002. Her vote share is comparable with the Independent who stood for the ward in 2003, as both had defected from Liberal Democrat to Independent since being elected.

By-elections between 2004 and 2006[edit]

A by-election took place on 21 October 2004 in Berechurch after the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Susan Brooks.[6] Labour's David Harris took the seat from the Liberal Democrats by a majority of 345.[6]

Berechurch By-Election 21 October 2004[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dave Harris 838 51.5 +21.0
Liberal Democrat Martin Verran 493 30.3 -15.4
Conservative Andrew Bright 296 18.2 -5.6
Majority 345 21.2
Turnout 1,627 30.0
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BBC News Vote 2004 Colchester Council". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Colchester : Conservatives become leading party". Essex County Publications. NewsBank. 12 June 2004. 
  3. ^ a b "Colchester : Council names all-Tory cabinet". Essex County Publications. NewsBank. 16 June 2004. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Summary of the number of votes cast and % turnout". Colchester Borough Council. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Colchester Borough Council Elections 10 June 2004 - Results". Colchester Borough Council. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Dines, Graham (22 October 2004). "Mixed results for the Lib Dems". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Labour wins byelection in army town". London: guardian.co.uk. 2004-10-22. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  8. ^ "Local Authority Byelection Results". Retrieved 27 May 2014.