Harlow District Council election, 2003

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Map of the results of the 2003 Harlow District Council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Labour in red.

The 2003 Harlow District Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Harlow District Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

Before the election both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats had 12 councillors, while Labour had 9 seats.[3]

A total of 36 candidates stood for the 11 seats that were being contested, with the councillors who got the lowest number of votes from the 2002 election defending their seats.[3] One Labour councillor, John Cave, stood down at the election after 32 years, while 3 former Labour councillors and 1 former Liberal Democrat councillor attempted to regain seats.[3] Among the councillors defending their seats was the Conservative group leader Andrew Johnson in Sumners and Kingsmoor ward.[3]

Election result[edit]

There was no change in the party situation on the council with no party gaining a majority.[4] The closest result was in Bush Fair ward where Liberal Democrat Chris Millington held the seat by 39 votes, but the Liberal Democrat council chairman Nick Macy was not re-elected after contesting the Labour held seat in Little Parndon and Hare Street.[5] Overall turnout at the election was 29%.[6]

However an enquiry was started after the election as 3,279 postal votes had to be rejected as they did not have an official mark on them.[7]

Harlow local election result 2003[2][6]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 4 0 0 0 36.4 32.7 4,610 +0.9%
  Liberal Democrat 4 0 0 0 36.4 27.8 3,915 -1.9%
  Labour 3 0 0 0 27.3 38.3 5,394 +0.6%
  Socialist Alliance 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 181 +0.7%

Ward results[edit]

Bush Fair[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Christopher Millington 663 46.5
Labour Terence Brandon 624 43.7
Conservative Hazel Beckers 140 9.8
Majority 39 2.8
Turnout 1,427 31.3 -9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Church Langley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Hall 705 68.2
Liberal Democrat Molly White 179 17.3
Labour Tina Baker 150 14.5
Majority 526 50.9
Turnout 1,034 22.5 -5
Conservative hold Swing
Great Parndon[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Patrick McClarnon 706 49.3
Labour Suzanne Ennifer 514 35.9
Liberal Democrat Peter Barton 211 14.7
Majority 192 13.4
Turnout 1,431 30.9 -5
Conservative hold Swing
Harlow Common[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mark Wilkinson 725 54.5
Conservative Nora Arnott 405 30.4
Liberal Democrat Audrey Curran 201 15.1
Majority 320 24.1
Turnout 1,331 29.1 -10
Labour hold Swing
Little Parndon & Hare Street[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Valerie Clark 707 49.2
Liberal Democrat Nicholas Macy 372 25.9
Conservative John Goddard 293 20.4
Socialist Alliance John Hobbs 66 4.6
Majority 335 23.3
Turnout 1,438 31.0 -3
Labour hold Swing
Mark Hall[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Lesley Rideout 598 44.8
Labour Sean Folan 510 38.2
Conservative Callum Finlayson 179 13.4
Socialist Alliance Robert Delbridge 48 3.6
Majority 88 6.6
Turnout 1,335 33.6 -8.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Netteswell[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat James Pailing 622 49.8
Labour Feroz Khan 406 32.5
Conservative Matthew Warren 153 12.3
Socialist Alliance Josephine Clarke 67 5.4
Majority 216 17.3
Turnout 1,248 29.2 -8.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Old Harlow[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sue Livings 809 56.3
Labour Robert Eschle 430 29.9
Liberal Democrat Simon MacNeill 198 13.8
Majority 379 26.4
Turnout 1,437 34.5 -6
Conservative hold Swing
Staple Tye[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Michael Faccini 519 55.2
Labour Sandra Rootsey 246 26.2
Conservative Shona Souter 175 18.6
Majority 273 29.0
Turnout 940 22.7 -5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Sumners and Kingsmoor[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Johnson 572 48.2
Labour Derek Eardley 452 38.1
Liberal Democrat Peter Mabey 163 13.7
Majority 120 10.1
Turnout 1,187 25.4 -5
Conservative hold Swing
Toddbrook[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert Davis 630 48.8
Conservative Muriel Jolles 473 36.6
Liberal Democrat Paul Lawton 189 14.6
Majority 157 12.2
Turnout 1,292 29.6 -6
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local elections". BBC News Online. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "English councils - Non-metropolitan districts". The Times. NewsBank. 3 May 2003. p. 47. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Citizen election news". Greater London, Kent, and Surrey Counties Publications. NewsBank. 7 April 2003. 
  4. ^ "Essex: Tories make gains in local elections". Essex County Publications. NewsBank. 2 May 2003. 
  5. ^ "Election reaction". Hertfordshire County Publications. NewsBank. 7 May 2003. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Election results". Harlow District Council. Political Science Resources. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ballot blunder probed". Greater London, Kent, and Surrey Counties Publications. NewsBank. 7 May 2003.