Harlow District Council election, 1998

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The 1998 Harlow District Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Harlow District Council in Essex, 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

Background[edit]

Before the election Labour had 40 of the 42 seats on the council, with only 2 Liberal Democrat councillors forming the opposition.[3] 3 Labour councillors stood down at the election from Katherines with Sumners, Netteswell West and Tye Green wards.[3]

Each of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats had candidates for all 15 seats contested at the election, with 2 seats available in Old Harlow ward.[3]

Election result[edit]

Labour held 13 of the 15 seats they had been defending, but the council chairman John Young was defeated in Kingsmoor ward by 21-year-old Conservative Andrew Johnson, who became the youngest councillor on the council.[4] The Liberal Democrats also regained Stewards from Labour, a seat they had previously lost at a by-election.[4]

Harlow local election result 1998[1][4]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 13 0 2 -2 86.7 53.0 8,305
  Conservative 1 1 0 +1 6.7 27.1 4,248
  Liberal Democrat 1 1 0 +1 6.7 19.9 3,124

Ward results[edit]

Brays Grove[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Annie Howard 524 71.6
Conservative Ronald Tweed 119 16.3
Liberal Democrat Ian Jackson 89 12.2
Majority 405 55.3
Turnout 732
Labour hold Swing
Hare Street[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Cave 422 65.9
Conservative David Roberts 114 17.8
Liberal Democrat Stanley Ward 104 16.3
Majority 308 48.1
Turnout 640
Labour hold Swing
Katherines with Sumners[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Godfrey Hocking 445 44.2
Conservative Simon Carter 419 41.6
Liberal Democrat Harry Ackland-Snow 143 14.2
Majority 26 2.6
Turnout 1,007
Labour hold Swing
Kingsmoor[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Johnson 576 43.4
Labour John Young 574 43.2
Liberal Democrat Linda Jones 178 13.4
Majority 2 0.2
Turnout 1,328
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Latton Bush[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Frost 548 57.9
Conservative Pamela Norton 272 28.7
Liberal Democrat Paul Lawton 127 13.4
Majority 276 29.1
Turnout 947
Labour hold Swing
Little Parndon[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mavis Carter 648 67.6
Conservative Charles Ross 199 20.8
Liberal Democrat Anthony Davis 111 11.6
Majority 449 46.9
Turnout 958
Labour hold Swing
Mark Hall North[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edith Morris 426 62.8
Conservative Anthony Gronland 164 24.2
Liberal Democrat Michael Atkinson 88 13.0
Majority 262 38.6
Turnout 678
Labour hold Swing
Mark Hall South[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Caroline Vaughan 603 54.1
Liberal Democrat Glennis George 400 35.9
Conservative Dianne Crossingham 111 10.0
Majority 203 18.2
Turnout 1,114
Labour hold Swing
Netteswell West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Derek Eardley 396 66.4
Liberal Democrat Shiela Herbert 110 18.5
Conservative Sue Livings 90 15.1
Majority 286 48.0
Turnout 596
Labour hold Swing
Old Harlow (2 seats)[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jonathan Simcox 780
Labour Jacqueline Sully 749
Conservative Michael Garnett 638
Conservative George Reynolds 603
Liberal Democrat Gareth Higgins 206
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Macy 173
Turnout 3,149
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Passmores[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rob Collyer 574 63.6
Conservative Andrew Shannon 190 21.0
Liberal Democrat David Arnold 139 15.4
Majority 384 42.5
Turnout 903
Labour hold Swing
Potter Street[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Feroz Khan 681 41.2
Conservative Ronald Cross 547 33.1
Liberal Democrat William Arnott 425 25.7
Majority 134 8.1
Turnout 1,653
Labour hold Swing
Stewards[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Audrey Curran 704 64.9
Labour Gregory Peck 311 28.7
Conservative Stephen Butt 69 6.4
Majority 393 36.3
Turnout 1,084
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Tye Green[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Margaret Hickey 624 70.3
Conservative Vivien Ross 137 15.4
Liberal Democrat Valerie Scott 127 14.3
Majority 487 54.8
Turnout 888
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Local Elections results". The Times. 1998-05-09. p. 46. 
  2. ^ "Policy and politics: Local Elections: Analysis: Council poll results". The Guardian. 1998-05-09. p. 16. 
  3. ^ a b c "Let battle commence". Greater London, Kent, and Surrey Counties Publications. NewsBank. 9 May 1998. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Results of Harlow local elections 1998". Greater London, Kent and Surrey County Publications. NewsBank. 9 May 1998.