Harlow District Council election, 2002

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Map of the results of the 2002 Harlow District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Labour in red.

The 2002 Harlow District Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Harlow District Council in Essex, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000 reducing the number of seats by 9.[1] The Labour party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.[2]

Background[edit]

Before the election Labour controlled the council with 25 councillors, compared to 8 each for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, while there was 1 independent councillor.[3] Boundary changes took effect for the 2002 election, reducing the number of councillors from 42 to 33 and the number of wards from 16 to 11 and meaning that the whole council was to be elected.[3]

11 Labour and 1 Conservative councillors stood down at the election, including the Labour assistant leader Derek Fenny and a former council chairman Terry Abel.[4]

Election result[edit]

Labour were reduced by 16 seats and thereby lost overall control of the council.[5] Overall turnout at the election was 36.84%.[6]

Following the election the Conservative and Liberal Democrat leaders, Andrew Johnson and Lorna Spenceley, made an agreement to be joint leaders of the council.[7]

Harlow local election result 2002[2][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 12 +4 36.4 31.8 19,201 -4.2%
  Liberal Democrat 12 +4 36.4 29.7 17,943 +3.5%
  Labour 9 -16 27.3 37.7 22,752 +1.5%
  Socialist Alliance 0 0 0 0.6 363 +0.6%
  Independent 0 -1 0 0.2 118 +0.2%

Ward results[edit]

Bush Fair (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Eleanor Macy 1,086
Liberal Democrat Christopher Robins 1,082
Liberal Democrat Christopher Millington 1,071
Labour David Cameron 868
Labour Alan Jones 845
Labour John Sullivan 838
Conservative Kevin Bailey 224
Conservative David Carter 219
Conservative Simon O’Connor 215
Socialist Alliance Peter Brown 87
Turnout 6,535 40
Church Langley (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Samantha Warren 1,164
Conservative Simon Carter 1,125
Conservative Anthony Hall 1,110
Labour Tina Baker 340
Labour Grace Matthews 273
Labour Jacqueline Sully 268
Liberal Democrat Richard Clements 192
Liberal Democrat Zena Faccini 175
Liberal Democrat Kuzna Jackson 158
Turnout 4,805 28
Great Parndon (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joshua Jolles 894
Conservative Edward Johnson 892
Conservative Patrick McClarnon 892
Labour Edmund Gray 725
Labour Robert Eschle 696
Labour Feroz Khan 656
Liberal Democrat Robert Glendenning 281
Liberal Democrat Lesley Rideout 274
Liberal Democrat Robert Tinsley 257
Turnout 5,567 36
Harlow Common (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Margaret Hulcoop 947
Labour Gregory Peck 867
Labour Mark Wilkinson 863
Conservative Nora Arnott 760
Conservative Pamela Norton 736
Conservative Richard Glover 699
Liberal Democrat Audrey Curran 341
Liberal Democrat Stanley Curran 323
Liberal Democrat Peter Mabey 321
Turnout 5,857 39
Little Parndon and Hare Street (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leslie Bayliss 911
Labour John Jesse 884
Labour John Cave 859
Conservative Charles Ross 446
Conservative Sandra Crame 426
Conservative Vivien Ross 410
Liberal Democrat David Cholerton 390
Liberal Democrat Paul Lawton 350
Liberal Democrat Marion Dyer 311
Socialist Alliance John Hobbs 175
Turnout 5,162 34
Mark Hall (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Jane Steer 1,098
Liberal Democrat Matthew Shepherd 1,091
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Macy 1,075
Labour Edith Morris 791
Labour Sean Folan 782
Labour Caroline Carter 772
Conservative Judith Carter 276
Conservative Nicholas Carter 269
Conservative Emma Thomas 255
Turnout 6,409 42.5
Netteswell (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Robert Thurston 1,066
Liberal Democrat Ian Jackson 1,060
Liberal Democrat James Pailing 1,041
Labour Suzanne Ennifer 683
Labour Sandra Rootsey 653
Labour Valerie Sear 643
Conservative Alan Johnstone 242
Conservative Eileen Johnstone 234
Conservative Matthew Warren 206
Socialist Alliance Anthony Sullivan 101
Turnout 5,929 37.5
Old Harlow (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Garnett 963
Conservative Christopher Ford 945
Conservative Sue Livings 878
Labour Charles Cochrane 735
Labour Paul Bellairs 645
Labour Patricia Larkin 645
Liberal Democrat Peter Barton 273
Liberal Democrat Simon MacNeill 272
Liberal Democrat Paul Westlake 205
Turnout 5,561 41
Staple Tye (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Lorna Spenceley 869
Liberal Democrat Susan Lawton 867
Liberal Democrat Michael Faccini 823
Labour Godfrey Hocking 329
Labour Jenny Holland 324
Labour Philip Liddle 305
Conservative Guy Mitchinson 245
Conservative Patricia Rauch 237
Conservative Robert Rauch 225
Turnout 4,224 28
Sumners and Kingsmoor (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicholas Churchill 742
Conservative Mark Gough 714
Conservative Andrew Johnson 700
Labour Derek Eardley 634
Labour Valerie Clark 626
Labour Robert Long 623
Liberal Democrat Pauline Bell 232
Liberal Democrat Harry Ackland-Snow 208
Liberal Democrat Clive Enders 189
Independent Christopher Hill 118
Turnout 4,786 30
Toddbrook (3 seats)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Roy Collyer 947
Labour Kevin Brooks 897
Labour Robert Davis 878
Conservative Muriel Jolles 643
Conservative Andrew Shannon 620
Conservative Craig Thomas 595
Liberal Democrat Susan Cayford 339
Liberal Democrat Molly White 330
Liberal Democrat David Wright 293
Turnout 5,542 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harlow". BBC News Online. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Election results - Local Elections". The Times (NewsBank). 3 May 2002. p. 6. 
  3. ^ a b "Harlow Council election preview". Greater London, Kent, and Surrey Counties Publications (NewsBank). 1 May 2002. 
  4. ^ "Councillors on the move". Greater London, Kent, and Surrey Counties Publications (NewsBank). 16 April 2002. 
  5. ^ McSmith, Andy; Britten, Nick (3 May 2002). "Brown's Budget saves seats for Labour in its heartland". The Daily Telegraph (NewsBank). 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Results of Harlow District Council election -2nd May 2002". Harlow District Council. Archived from the original on 13 January 2003. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Joint leaders". Greater London, Kent, and Surrey Counties Publications (NewsBank). 21 May 2002.