Halton Borough Council election, 2007

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The 2007 Halton Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Halton Unitary Council in Cheshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

19 of the 56 seats on the council were contested in the election including the seat of the Conservative group leader on the council, David Findon.[3] Other candidates included the former Labour mayor, Peter Lloyd-Jones, standing in Norton North after losing his seat in the 2006 election and one British National Party candidate, Andrew Taylor, in Appleton ward.[4]

The campaign saw controversy over the possibility of transferring hospital services from Halton to Warrington, with a campaigner against the move standing for the Liberal Democrats in Halton Brook against the Labour chairman of the North Cheshire Hospitals Trust.[4][5]

Results[edit]

The results saw Labour hold their majority on the council with 33 seats despite losing 2 in the election.[2] The Labour losses were Allan Massey in Halton Brook ward and the longest serving councillor Arthur Cole in Castlefield, who lost by only 3 votes.[6] Both seats were gained by Liberal Democrats who ended the election with 15 councillors, while the Conservatives still had 8.[6] Overall turnout in the election was 27.33%.[7]

Halton Local Election Result 2007[2][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 10 0 2 -2 52.6 41.2 10,025 -4.9%
  Liberal Democrat 6 2 0 +2 31.6 30.8 7,506 +10.1%
  Conservative 3 0 0 0 15.8 22.6 5,509 -4.2%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 3.3 808 -0.3%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 287 -0.1%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 111 -0.2%
  Citizens Party of Halton 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 96 -0.4%

Ward results[edit]

Appleton[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ged Philbin 695 61.3 -6.2
Conservative Duncan Harper 214 18.9 -13.6
Liberal Democrat Jimmy Tang 114 10.1 +10.1
BNP Andrew Taylor 111 9.8 +9.8
Majority 481 42.4 +7.4
Turnout 1,134 23.7 +1.9
Labour hold Swing
Beechwood[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Ulfar Norddahl 766 70.9
Labour Darran Lea 183 16.9
Conservative Barbara Price 132 12.2
Majority 583 54.0
Turnout 1,081 33.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Birchfield[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Findon 869 61.8 +6.5
Labour Jo Gleave 537 38.2 +5.8
Majority 332 23.6 +0.7
Turnout 1,406 29.8 +0.5
Conservative hold Swing
Broadheath[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert Gilligan 776 64.6 -0.3
Conservative Philip Harper 229 19.1 -16.0
Liberal Democrat Geoff Brown 197 16.4 +16.4
Majority 547 45.5 +15.7
Turnout 1,202 24.7 +0.4
Labour hold Swing
Castlefields[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Peter Blackmore 565 46.1 +17.6
Labour Arthur Cole 562 45.8 +7.3
Conservative Philip Balmer 99 8.1 -0.9
Majority 3 0.3
Turnout 1,226 26.4 +1.1
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Daresbury[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Bradshaw 580 48.3
Liberal Democrat Jayne Worrall 424 35.3
Labour Amanda Stockton 197 16.4
Majority 156 13.0
Turnout 1,201 37.5
Conservative hold Swing
Ditton[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Shaun Osborne 784 49.4 +0.4
Conservative Peter Browne 485 30.6 -20.4
Liberal Democrat Damian Curzon 318 20.0 +20.0
Majority 299 18.8
Turnout 1,587 29.7 +2.7
Labour hold Swing
Farnworth[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Murray 909 53.1 -1.6
Labour Robert Beck 450 26.3 -1.0
Liberal Democrat Ian Hare 242 14.1 +3.0
Green Maureen Miller 111 6.5 -0.4
Majority 459 26.8 -0.6
Turnout 1,712 32.2 -0.5
Conservative hold Swing
Grange[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joan Lowe 538 44.5 -4.4
Liberal Democrat Philip Pickering 458 37.9 +8.8
Conservative William Dowdle 214 17.7 -4.3
Majority 80 6.6 -13.2
Turnout 1,210 23.6 +0.3
Labour hold Swing
Halton Brook[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Bob Bryant 714 55.0 +17.7
Labour John Massey 503 38.8 -11.3
Conservative Patricia Parkinson 81 6.2 -6.4
Majority 211 16.2
Turnout 1,298 26.8 +4.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Halton Lea[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kathleen Loftus 554 52.7 -0.5
Liberal Democrat Janet Clein 231 22.0 -7.7
Conservative Ian Adams 170 16.2 +6.4
Citizens Party of Halton Michael Gelling 96 9.1 +1.9
Majority 323 30.7 +7.2
Turnout 1,051 22.2 +1.1
Labour hold Swing
Halton View[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stan Parker 719 42.3 +0.2
Green Derek Mellor 400 23.6 -1.7
Liberal Democrat Anna Curzon 372 21.9 +4.4
Conservative Denis Thomas 207 12.2 -2.9
Majority 319 18.7 +1.9
Turnout 1,698 32.0 -0.1
Labour hold Swing
Heath[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Margaret Ratcliffe 982 54.8 -0.2
Conservative Marjorie Bradshaw 295 16.5 -13.0
Independent Gareth Stockton 287 16.0 +16.0
Labour Christopher Loftus 228 12.7 -2.9
Majority 687 38.3 +12.8
Turnout 1,792 38.2 +2.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Hough Green[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kevan Wainwright 675 53.4 -10.9
Conservative Ruth Rowan 311 24.6 -11.1
Liberal Democrat David Austin 151 12.0 +12.0
Green Miriam Hodgson 126 10.0 +10.0
Majority 364 28.8 +6.4
Turnout 1,263 23.4 +1.0
Labour hold Swing
Kingsway[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ann Gerrard 663 64.1 -1.6
Conservative Frank Lloyd 201 19.4 -2.1
Green Linda Mellor 171 16.5 +3.7
Majority 462 44.7 +0.5
Turnout 1,035 21.3 +1.3
Labour hold Swing
Mersey[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Ernest Ratcliffe 693 54.1 +7.5
Labour Nortman Plumpton 429 33.5 -4.9
Conservative Maureen Forsyth 159 12.4 -2.6
Majority 264 20.6 +12.4
Turnout 1,281 26.0 -0.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Norton North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Diane Inch 830 58.0 +6.4
Labour Peter Lloyd Jones 429 30.0 +1.5
Conservative Mark Walsh 173 12.1 +0.2
Majority 401 28.0 +4.9
Turnout 1,432 29.2 +1.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Norton South[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Cargill 625 63.3 +6.3
Liberal Democrat Rick Rothwell 265 26.8 +4.6
Conservative Terence McDermott 98 9.9 -0.1
Majority 360 36.5 +1.7
Turnout 988 20.4 +0.9
Labour hold Swing
Riverside[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Pamela Wallace 478 64.2 +1.8
Liberal Democrat Paul Meara 184 24.7 -2.2
Conservative Margaret Hill 83 11.1 +0.4
Majority 294 39.5 +4.0
Turnout 745 20.8 -0.4
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Halton". BBC News Online. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Cheshire local election results". BBC News Online. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Coligan, Nick (25 April 2007). "It's one fight that Labour cannot lose ; Lib Dems' mission impossible: Local elections 2007". Liverpool Echo. p. 15. 
  4. ^ a b "Hopefuls fight for your vote". icCheshireOnline. 19 April 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Labour aims for 2008 ; Results, reports and reaction from your council ... Local election 2007: Culture year claims on night of tension – and scuffles". Liverpool Echo. 4 May 2007. p. 2. 
  6. ^ a b "Bob celebrates shock victory". This Is Cheshire. 9 May 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Halton Election Results 2007". Halton Borough Council. Retrieved 28 January 2010.