Harrogate Borough Council election, 2006

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Map of the results of the 2006 Harrogate council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow, Conservatives in blue and independents in white. Rural areas of the council, which did not have elections in 2006, are not shown on the map.

The 2006 Harrogate Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Harrogate Borough Council in North Yorkshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background[edit]

Before the election the Conservatives controlled the council with 29 of the 54 seats.[3] 19 seats were contested in the election,[3] with the Conservatives defending 8, the Liberal Democrats 9 and independents 2.[4] The Conservatives stood in every ward, while the Liberal Democrats contested 18 of the 19 wards.[4] A Conservative cabinet member Alan Skidmore stepped down as a councillor at the election after previously representing Ripon Spa ward.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives lose their majority on the council after losing 3 seats.[5] They finished with 27 seats, half of the 54 seats, after Bilton and Knaresborough King James were gained by the Liberal Democrats.[5] The Conservatives also lost another seat in Ripon to an independent, but did gain High Harrogate from the Liberal Democrats.[5] This meant the Liberal Democrats ended with 22 seats and there were 5 independents,[5] after the independents won all 3 seats in Ripon.[6] Overall turnout was nearly 40%, a little above the national average.[7]

Harrogate local election result 2006[8][9]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 10 2 1 +1 52.6 45.8 14,065 +11.6%
  Conservative 6 1 3 -2 31.6 40.4 12,420 -22.1%
  Independent 3 1 0 +1 15.8 9.7 2,996 +7.2%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 3.6 1,092 +3.6%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 162 -0.2%

Ward results[edit]

Bilton[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Morris Lightfoot 906 52.4 +7.1
Conservative Heather Adderley 770 44.5 -6.3
Labour Harinder Mann 53 3.1 -0.8
Majority 136 7.9
Turnout 1,729 41.1 +0.3
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Granby[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Fox 1,008 74.8 +8.6
Conservative David Pearson 276 20.5 -4.8
Labour David King 63 4.7 -3.7
Majority 732 54.3 +13.4
Turnout 1,347 31.9 +8.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Harlow Moor[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Donald MacKenzie 1,049 61.8 -2.6
Liberal Democrat Matthew Webber 648 38.2 +7.0
Majority 401 23.6 -9.6
Turnout 1,697 40.9 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing
High Harrogate[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jayne Brotherton 808 51.9 +3.3
Liberal Democrat Stephen Macare 674 43.2 -2.0
Labour Deborah Havercroft 76 4.9 -1.3
Majority 136 8.7 +5.3
Turnout 1,556 37.8 +5.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Hookstone[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Patricia Marsh 1,137 61.6 +5.2
Conservative Richard Cain 652 35.3 -4.7
Labour Patricia Foxall 57 3.1 -0.5
Majority 485 26.3 +10.0
Turnout 1,846 42.4 +3.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Knaresborough East[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Christine Willoughby 795 59.4 -2.5
Conservative Timothy Hunter 409 30.6 -7.5
Labour David Crosthwaite 134 10.0 +10.0
Majority 386 28.8 +4.9
Turnout 1,338 35.2 +6.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Knaresborough King James[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Bill Hoult 927 49.9 +4.0
Conservative Michael Gallico 857 46.2 -1.7
Labour Simon Hutchings 72 3.9 -2.3
Majority 70 3.8
Turnout 1,856 48.0 +7.1
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Knaresborough Scriven Park[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Anne Jones 768 53.0 +15.6
Conservative Robert Aspin 556 38.3 +1.9
Labour Alan Beatham 126 8.7 +8.7
Majority 212 14.6 +13.6
Turnout 1,450 38.7 +1.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Low Harrogate[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eric Cooper 781 55.0 -10.5
Liberal Democrat Carol Brooks 639 45.0 +15.9
Majority 142 10.0 -26.4
Turnout 1,420 36.4 +5.5
Conservative hold Swing
New Park[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Lockhart 954 71.6 +5.9
Conservative Geoffrey Tweedy 378 28.4 +1.5
Majority 576 43.2 +4.4
Turnout 1,332 34.4 +7.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Pannal[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Willis 1,593 73.7 +9.7
Liberal Democrat Neil Gledhill 518 24.0 -8.3
Labour Cynthia Coltman 50 2.3 -1.5
Majority 1,075 49.7 +18.0
Turnout 2,161 50.2 +3.3
Conservative hold Swing
Ripon Minster[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Pauline McHardy 605 47.2 +47.2
Independent Suart Martin 366 28.5 +28.5
Conservative John Topping 160 12.5 -19.5
Liberal Democrat Phillip Barlow 87 6.8 -61.2
Labour Elizabeth Barclay 65 5.1 +5.1
Majority 239 18.6
Turnout 1,283 33.7 +4.6
Independent hold Swing
Ripon Moorside[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Andrew Williams 1,266 88.5 +37.0
Conservative Francis Woodward 164 11.5 -14.9
Majority 1,102 77.1 +52.0
Turnout 1,430 37.6 +1.8
Independent hold Swing
Ripon Spa[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent David Parnaby 662 45.2 +45.2
Conservative Anthony Simpson 443 30.3 -16.5
Liberal Democrat John Stockdale 358 24.5 -28.7
Majority 219 15.0
Turnout 1,463 38.1 +3.3
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Rossett[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Nash 1,352 56.7 -0.8
Liberal Democrat David Jacobs 1,031 43.3 +4.0
Majority 321 13.5 -4.7
Turnout 2,383 50.8 +5.0
Conservative hold Swing
Saltergate[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Michael Newby 832 52.8 -0.4
Conservative Raymond Forward 669 42.4 -4.4
Labour Janet Morrow 75 4.8 +4.8
Majority 163 10.3 +3.8
Turnout 1,576 38.6 +12.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Starbeck[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Philip Broadbank 978 64.5 -3.6
Conservative Phillip Dixon 210 13.8 -8.1
BNP Colin Banner 162 10.7 +10.7
Independent David Rimington 97 6.4 +6.4
Labour Geoffrey Foxall 70 4.6 -5.4
Majority 768 50.6 +4.4
Turnout 1,517 36.0 +9.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Stray[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Clifford Trotter 1,029 55.8 +3.2
Liberal Democrat Andrew Parkes 816 44.2 -0.2
Majority 213 11.5 +3.3
Turnout 1,845 44.9 -1.4
Conservative hold Swing
Woodfield[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Andrew Goss 989 65.8 +13.9
Conservative Mary Dilworth 264 17.6 +0.3
Labour Daniel Maguire 251 16.7 -14.1
Majority 725 48.2 +27.1
Turnout 1,504 37.3 +6.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local elections: Harrogate". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  2. ^ "Local elections 2006: Results in full". The Guardian. 2006-05-06. p. 20. 
  3. ^ a b c "Councillor to step down". Harrogate Advertiser. 2006-04-07. 
  4. ^ a b "District council seats at stake". Harrogate Advertiser. 2006-04-28. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Shock losses for Tories". Harrogate Advertiser. 2006-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Election triumph for independents". Harrogate Advertiser. 2006-05-12. 
  7. ^ "Tories lose control as local voters buck trend". Harrogate Advertiser. 2006-05-12. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "District Council election" (PDF). Harrogate Borough Council. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  9. ^ "Local elections". The Times. 2006-05-06. p. 64.