Isle of Wight Council election, 2005

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The 2005 Isle of Wight Council elections were held on the Isle of Wight, England, on 5 May 2005. The result led to a landslide Conservative victory gaining 22 councillors, leading the Isle of Wight to Conservative control from no overall control previously.[1]

Results[edit]

The party standings following the election:[1]

Party 2001 Cllrs Gain/Loss 2005 Cllrs
Conservative Party 13 +22 35
Independents 13 −7 6
Liberal Democrats 19 −14 5
Labour Party 3 −1 2
Total 48 48

The outcome of the election led to a significant change in composition of the Isle of Wight Council. Prior to the election, the Liberal Democrats were the largest group overall but still didn't hold a majority, leading to a coalition known as 'Island First' with independent councillors. The election showed a fall in support for the Liberal Democrats as the Conservatives gained 23 seats and took over as the largest group with a majority of 22. Following the change in control of the Council, Cllr Andy Sutton took over with the promise that every aspect of the Conservative manifesto would be followed as they had indicated before the election.[2] Despite this promise there has been some debate on how well the original manifesto has been followed.[3][4]

Ward results[edit]

The following are results from each electoral ward.[5]

Ashey
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Vanessa Churchman 513
Independent Leslie Kirkby 495
Liberal Democrat Richard Tait 422
Bembridge North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Sarah Pigot 689
Liberal Democrat Barbara Clough 422
Bembridge South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Winifred McRobert 750
Liberal Democrat Gordon Kendall 353
Labour Alexander Rickard 151
Binstead
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ivan Bulwer 1,185
Liberal Democrat Ernest Fox 628
Brading and St Helens
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Patrick Joyce 1,256
Liberal Democrat David Cleaver 607
Brighstone and Calbourne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Colin West 810
Liberal Democrat Jill Wareham 687
Labour Peter Turner 106
Carisbrooke East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Whittaker 567
Liberal Democrat Kevin Jacobs 402
Labour Michael Nobbs 273
Independent Peter Foster 181
Carisbrooke West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Barbara Foster 468
Liberal Democrat Liam Verstraeten 390
Conservative Stephen Gray 292
Independent Dennis Lewis 177
Labour Doris Frizel 139
Central Rural
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Erica Oulton 1,016
Liberal Democrat Michael Carr 525
Chale, Niton and Whitwell
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Wendy Arnold 930
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Groves 463
Independent Richard Etherington 256
Cowes Castle East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alan Wells 620
Independent Wendy Wardrop 345
UKIP Paul Birch 79
Cowes Castle West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Effemey 797
Liberal Democrat Stephen Tibble 519
Cowes Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lora Peacey-Wilcox 608
Liberal Democrat David Hill 573
Cowes Medina
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Brown 342
Labour Kenn Pearson 318
Liberal Democrat Peter Lloyd 272
UKIP Rosemary Lynden-Bell 47
East Cowes North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Margaret Webster 596
Liberal Democrat Margaret Lloyd 390
Labour Jane Turner 137
East Cowes South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Muriel Miller 863
Conservative Simon Walker 463
Fairlee
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eugenie-Dawn Cousins 847
Liberal Democrat Marc Morgan-Huws 411
Freshwater Afton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gillian Kennett 856
Liberal Democrat Brian Hinton 430
Independent Collin Lillywhite 261
Freshwater Norton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Sutton 817
Liberal Democrat Martin Wareham 448
Gurnard
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Hobart 504
Independent Paul Fuller 307
Liberal Democrat Robert Wilkinson 182
Lake North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Deborah Gardiner 451
Conservative Constance Cowley 414
Liberal Democrat Peter Harris 390
Lake South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Timothy Hunter-Henderson 652
Liberal Democrat Anne Stuart 410
Labour David Piggott 262
Mount Joy
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Shelagh Swan 565
Liberal Democrat Shirley Smart 356
Labour Stuart Clements 221
Liberal Richard Carruthers 30
Newchurch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brian Mosdell 701
Independent Robert Richards 620
Independent John Rackett 187
Newport North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jullian Whittaker 393
Labour Nicholas Wray 337
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Ross 291
Newport South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Cunningham 593
Labour Cordula Rayner 355
Liberal Democrat Guy Radclyffe 298
Northwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Roger Mazillius 1
Osborne
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Charles Hancock 408
Conservative Alan Nightingale 398
Labour Laraine Pascoe 250
Socialist Labour James Spensley 36
Pan
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Geoffrey Lumley 483
Conservative Clive Page 337
Liberal Democrat Ian Moth 221
Parkhurst
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Gary Price 522
Conservative Roger Berrisford 438
Labour Steven Falla 248
Ryde North East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Adams 552
Conservative David Woodward 470
Labour Ernest White 204
Ryde North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Albert Taylor 804
Liberal Democrat Michael Nobbs 375
Independent Anthony Gordon 271
Ryde South East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Brian Chapman 866
Conservative Adrian Axford 463
Ryde South West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Ian Stephens 669
Conservative Peter Newman 358
Labour Christine Wilde 338
Sandown South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Ward 600
Liberal Democrat Robert Blezzard 475
Independent Ronald Teasdale 357
Sandown North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Heather Humby 986
Conservative Dawn Martin 339
Seaview and Nettlestone
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Diana Tuson 949
Liberal Democrat Reginald Barry 844
Shalfleet and Yarmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Burt 933
Liberal Democrat Peter Garlick 497
Shanklin Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Pugh 906
Labour Peter Coleman 298
Independent John Fleming 285
Shanklin North
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Williams 727
Labour Alan Hollands 434
Liberal Democrat Diana Beevers 304
Shanklin South
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anne Bishop 889
Independent Harold Rees 524
Ryde St John's East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Knowles 698
Conservative Robert Woodgate 689
Ryde St John's West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Bowker 719
Conservative Rosalind Whitworth 340
Totland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Cameron 738
Liberal Democrat John Howe 726
Ventnor East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jonathan Fitzgerald-Bond 554
Independent Brenda Lawson 451
Liberal Democrat Peter Doran 271
Green Louis Lawrence 251
Ventnor West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Susan Scoccia 688
Independent Albert Bartlett 448
Liberal Democrat David White 283
Independent Paul Hatchwell 229
Wootton
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Barry Abraham 1,216
Liberal Democrat Barry Townsend 635
Wroxall and Godshill
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jillian Wood 1,136
Liberal Democrat Catherine Wright 633

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