Guildford Borough Council election, 1979

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The third Guildford Borough Council full-council elections were held on 3 May 1979, the same day as the General Election. The Conservatives retained control over the council winning 34 of the 45 seats. This represented a net loss of one seat from the 1976 elections. Labour retained all 6 councillors in its two strongholds Stoke and Westborough. The Liberals won 3 seats, a net gain of one seat from the 1976 elections. The Independents won 2 seats.


Measured from a party point of view, four wards changed hands partly or wholly in 1979, compared to the previous full-council elections in 1976. In two of those wards the councillors stayed the same but fought under a different party label. In Tongham a councillor who had been elected as an Independent Conservative in 1976 was reelected as a Conservative in 1979. The reverse occurred in Lovelace where a councillor who had been elected as a Conservative in 1976 was reelected as an Independent in 1979.

The Liberals lost their only seat in Holy Trinity ward to the Conservatives, but gained two of the three seats in Stoughton ward from the Conservatives.

Results[1][edit]

Ash (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative JG Ades 3157
Conservative Mrs RC Hall 2957
Conservative RK Arnett 2864
Labour Mrs J Curwell 1849
Labour PD Green 1669
Labour AR Roberts 1627
Majority 1015
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Ash Vale (top 2 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mrs JB Golding 1830
Conservative Mrs MJ Lloyd-Jones 1748
Labour ML Hawkins 743
Labour BJK Thompson 695
Majority 1005
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Christchurch (top 2 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J Twining 2429
Conservative A Hodges 2428
Labour Ms S Arber 455
Majority 1973
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Clandon & Horsley (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative M Whittingdale 3448
Conservative G Greenhead 3281
Conservative D May 3237
Liberal F Oxford 1760
Labour Ms D Dyer 604
Labour H Richards 523
Majority 1477
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Effingham (only 1 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative P Tyrwhitt-Drake 1075
Liberal P McCarthy 338
Labour Miss F Lines 157
Majority 737
Conservative hold Swing
Friary & St. Nicolas (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal RE Blundell 1854
Conservative Mrs J Harris 1775
Conservative DS Cobbet 1736
Conservative SE Moss 1592
Liberal RJ Marks 1564
Liberal Mrs B O'Hara 1438
Labour BK Chesterton 731
Labour DG Hopkins 687
Labour AF Daborn 659
Majority 144
Liberal hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Holy Trinity [2](top 2 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J Boyce 1845
Conservative Mrs E Cobbett 1693
Liberal G Maynard 1197
Liberal D O'Donghue 1049
Labour J Dale 282
Labour Mrs J Daborn 231
Majority 496
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Lovelace (only 1 candidate elected)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent R Amis 1040
Independent L Donoghue 355
Majority 685
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Merrow & Burpham (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative RHG Beatrip 2694
Conservative SR Brearley 2542
Conservative Mrs MO Uniacke 2385
Liberal AR Drakers 1340
Liberal CJ Oliver 1320
Labour G Hall 1088
Labour MP Hill 1078
Labour MP Hornsby-Smith 1066
Majority 1045
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Normandy (only 1 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative AA Cook 1080
Labour PJ Dyson 647
Majority 433
Conservative hold Swing
Onslow (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mrs B Woodhatch 1660
Conservative K Johns 1625
Conservative B Parke 1607
Liberal Mrs L Strudwick 1049
Liberal S Hemelryk 1010
Liberal K Borthwick 1008
Labour J Cox 844
Labour Mrs C Rogers 805
Labour Mrs L Harper 754
Majority 558
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Pilgrims (top 2 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative JP Moore 1668
Conservative MAHM Williamson 1596
Labour Mrs JL Godward 432
Labour GE Dinnage 384
Majority 1164
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Pirbright (only 1 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mrs CF Cobley 819
Labour MC Yates 214
Majority 605
Conservative hold Swing
Send (top 2 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative S Roberts returned unopposed
Conservative G Smith returned unopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Shalford (only 1 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mrs ECS Stewart 1067
Independent GA Goulty 533
Liberal L Grugeon 330
Labour GH Herrington 304
Majority 534
Conservative hold Swing
Stoke (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour GR Bellerby[4] 3062
Labour R Burgess 2429
Labour Mrs E Pullan 2263
Conservative R Gregory 919
Conservative H Harris 888
Conservative P Hooper 762
Liberal Mrs M Goldstone 649
Majority 1344
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Stoughton (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal CJ Fox 1650
Conservative WR Jordan 1595
Liberal Mrs S Holroyd 1591
Liberal PJ Goldstone 1542
Conservative LJ May 1513
Conservative RE Price 1441
Labour Mrs LA Dollery 786
Labour PV Cole 733
Labour C Pitt 708
Majority 49
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
Tillingbourne (top 2 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Mrs MR Elston 2084
Conservative Miss BA Pattman 1915
Liberal TN Wills 1288
Majority 627
Independent hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Tongham [5](only 1 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative PM Davies 431
Independent AP Cross 239
Labour WR Owen 234
BHF Cobb 107
RT Oliver 68
Majority 192
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Westborough (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mrs D Bellerby 2601
Labour J Dale 2189
Labour J Patrick 2141
Conservative G Scott 1212
Conservative R Majoribanks 1187
Conservative R Shorto 1092
Liberal K Briggs 868
Liberal J West 685
Liberal Mrs D Nithsdale 672
Majority 929
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Worplesdon (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative G Hellicar 2615
Conservative F Ross-Symons 2547
Conservative Ms C Griffin 2222
Liberal P Stokoe 1589
Independent H Cater 1426
Labour Ms P Yates 978
Labour R Shred 893
Majority 633
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Surrey Advertiser May 1979
  2. ^ Gains and losses are shown relative to the May 1976 council elections.
  3. ^ Although this is described as a gain, the same candidate retained his seat. In 1976 he had stood as a Conservative but in 1979 he stood as an independent, unopposed by any official Conservative candidate.
  4. ^ GR Bellerby was more commonly known as Bill Bellerby. He appears in every Surrey Advertiser summary of Guildford BC election results from 1973 to 1991 as either B Bellerby or Bill Bellerby. For example both the 1973 and 1976 results list all other candidates in all the wards in Guildford by initials except one who they list as 'Bill Bellerby'. "Guildford Borough Council - A Compendium of Municipal Election results 1835 to 1974" by Roger Ottewill repeated lists his initials as 'GR Bellerby' and that form is used herein.
  5. ^ Although this is described as a gain, the same candidate retained his seat. In 1976 he had stood as an Independent Conservative but in 1979 he stood as an official Conservative candidate.