Islington London Borough Council election, 2002

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Islington Council election, 2002
1998 ←
2 May 2002 → 2006

All council seats
  First party Second party Third party
  MaryCreaghMP-withbrooch.jpg
Leader Steve Hitchins Mary Creagh
Party Liberal Democrat Labour Green
Leader since 1997 2000
Leader's seat St. Peter's Highbury West
Last election 26 seats, 41.4% 26 seats, 40.6% 0 seats, 6.3%
Seats won 38 10 0
Seat change Increase12 Decrease16 Steady
Popular vote 45,754 35,651 10,775
Percentage 45.8% 35.7% 10.8%
Swing Increase4.4% Decrease4.9% Increase4.5%

Leader of Largest Party before election

Steve Hitchins
Liberal Democrat

Subsequent Leader of Largest Party

Steve Hitchins
Liberal Democrat

Map of the results of the 2002 Islington council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow and Labour in red.

The 2002 Islington Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Islington London Borough Council in London, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 1998 reducing the number of seats by 4.[1] The Liberal Democrats stayed in overall control of the council.[2]

Background[edit]

The 1998 election saw the Liberal Democrat and Labour parties finish on 26 seats each, with Labour continuing to run the council with the mayor's casting vote.[3] However in December 1999 the Liberal Democrats won a majority on the council after gaining a seat from Labour in a by-election.[4] This meant that going into the election the Liberal Democrats had 27 seats, compared to 25 for Labour.[5]

187 candidates stood in the election for the 48 seats being contested, after boundary changes reduced the number of seats by 4.[5] The election was seen as a fight between the Liberal Democrat and Labour parties, with the Green Party aiming to win 1 or 2 seats.[5] The Conservative party did not put candidates for every seat being contested, while the Christian Peoples Alliance, Independent Working Class Association, Socialist Alliance and Socialist Labour Party all stood candidates, as well as several independents.[5]

Issues in the election were reported as being crime, council housing repairs, asset sell-offs and the proposed new Arsenal stadium.[5]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Liberal Democrats retain control of the council with an increased majority after gaining seats from Labour.[6]

Islington Local Election Result 2002[7][2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 38 +11 79.2 45.8 45,754 +4.4
  Labour 10 -15 20.8 35.7 35,651 -4.9
  Green 0 0 0 10.8 10,775 +4.5
  Conservative 0 0 0 4.2 4,150 -2.1
  Independent 0 0 0 1.6 1,580
  Independent Working Class 0 0 0 1.0 1,010
  Socialist Alliance 0 0 0 0.6 569
  Christian Peoples 0 0 0 0.2 242
  Socialist Labour 0 0 0 0.2 166

Ward results[edit]

* - Existing Councillor seeking re-election.

Barnsbury (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Bridget Fox * 1,127
Liberal Democrat Sylvia Wright 1,046
Liberal Democrat Ian Powney 1,036
Labour Jan Pitt 600
Labour Emily Thornberry 600
Labour Maureen Leigh 561
Green Ben Mulvey 238
Green Sarah Green 227
Independent Anthony Sellen 199
Conservative Jacqueline Fage 183
Conservative Michael Coney 174
Conservative Adam Bogdanor 153
Turnout 6,144 28.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Bunhill (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Joseph Trotter * 942
Liberal Democrat Jyoti Vaja * 909
Liberal Democrat Rosetta Wooding * 908
Labour Jeremy Breaks 430
Labour Daniel Neidle 377
Labour William Croucher 355
Independent David Warby 185
Green Angela Thomson 154
Conservative John Brimacombe 118
Conservative Joseph Goldsmith 111
Conservative Nigel Watts 102
Turnout 4,591 20.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Caledonian (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Carol Powell 1,074
Liberal Democrat Arnold Gibbons 1,018
Liberal Democrat Marie Valery 948
Labour Ian Perry 897
Labour Julia Mackenzie 876
Labour Trevor Carter 822
Green Sheena Etches 160
Green Mark Chilver 155
Conservative Christopher Cox 127
Conservative Andrew Hicks 101
Conservative Martine Oborne 96
Socialist Labour Michael Paschale 85
Turnout 6,359 27.3
Canonbury (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Barbara Smith * 1,200
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Conder 1,142
Liberal Democrat Lucy Watt 1,088
Labour Michael Sharman 514
Labour Steven Powell 497
Labour Jonah Grunsell 481
Independent Ann-Marie Greensmith 218
Green Susan Wilkinson 199
Green Jeffrey Pike 195
Conservative James Candlin 128
Conservative Timothy Carrington 128
Conservative Andrew Conder 121
Christian Peoples Esame Diyan 40
Turnout 5,951 26.8
Clerkenwell (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat George Allan * 853
Liberal Democrat Bruce Neave * 824
Liberal Democrat Marisha Ray 769
Independent Helen Cagnoni 541
Independent Working Class Gary O'Shea 532
Independent Working Class Lorna Reid 478
Labour Paul Jackson 409
Labour Harriet Quiney 367
Labour Ben Wardle 334
Green Kevin Fallon 183
Green Rebecca Whale 154
Conservative Lee Craven 136
Conservative Richard Campbell 129
Conservative Peter Warren 104
Turnout 5,813 25.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Finsbury Park (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael O'Sullivan 911
Labour Barbara Sidnell 889
Labour Richard Steer 887
Green Alice Maby 365
Green Nicola Baird 336
Liberal Democrat Patricia Peel 324
Liberal Democrat Mark Pack 294
Liberal Democrat Christopher Porter 274
Green Richard Steer 268
Turnout 4,548 20.0
Highbury East (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat David Barnes 1,385
Liberal Democrat Laura Willoughby 1,378
Liberal Democrat Terry Stacy 1,307
Labour Theresa Debono 757
Labour Timothy Clark 730
Labour David Poyser 726
Green Christopher Ashby 378
Green Sara Meidan 317
Green Patricia Tuson 288
Conservative Mark Riddleston 152
Conservative John Wilkin 147
Conservative Tristan Rudgard 144
Turnout 7,709 33.3
Highbury West (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mary Creagh * 1,100
Labour Richard Greening * 1,038
Labour Adrian Pulham 896
Green Andrew Myer 748
Green Malcolm Powell 644
Green Jon Nott 631
Liberal Democrat Michael Brand 293
Liberal Democrat James King 278
Liberal Democrat Dominic Mathon 243
Conservative James Barabas 138
Conservative Bruce Picking 125
Conservative John Shields 112
Turnout 6,246 25.9
Hillrise (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Paul Fox * 1,308
Liberal Democrat Heather Johnson 1,205
Liberal Democrat Sarah Teather 1,142
Labour Alan Clinton * 1,033
Labour Beverley Bruce 951
Labour John Wyman-White 857
Green Michael Holloway 285
Green John White 199
Green Penelope Kemp 184
Turnout 7,164 30.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Holloway (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Margot Dunn 1,103
Liberal Democrat Edward Featherstone * 1,052
Liberal Democrat Doreen Scott * 1,023
Labour Philip Kelly 632
Labour Michael Conneely 630
Labour Robert Marchant 585
Green Jennifer Chan 189
Green Claire Poyner 165
Socialist Alliance Elizabeth Clare 139
Christian Peoples David Curtis 122
Socialist Alliance Shirley Franklin 121
Green Neil Snaith 120
Conservative Kathryn Field 85
Conservative Stephen Phillips 83
Conservative Mark Seward 64
Turnout 6,113 26.9
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Junction (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat James Blanchard 1,219
Liberal Democrat Stefan Kasprzyk 1,137
Liberal Democrat Euan Cameron 1,132
Labour Janet Burgess * 1,035
Labour Patricia Clarke * 925
Labour Talal Karim * 864
Green Tania Stokes 261
Green Keith Magnum 207
Green Beatrice Sayers 204
Christian Peoples Pearl Grenardo 31
Turnout 7,015 30.6
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Mildmay (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Anna Berent 1,120
Liberal Democrat Merel Ece 977
Liberal Democrat Graham Hay Smith 952
Labour Patrick Haynes * 689
Labour Glen Isaacs 578
Labour Errol Smalley 554
Green Christopher Smith 231
Green Richard Halvosen 227
Green Rosalind Sharpe 216
Conservative Andrew Brooke 132
Conservative James Brown 112
Conservative Nicholas Clements 107
Socialist Labour Joti Brar 81
Turnout 5,976 24.9
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
St. Georges (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Graham Baker 1,298
Liberal Democrat Angela Brook 1,258
Labour Walter Burgess 1,111
Liberal Democrat Philip Rau 1,091
Labour Jenny Rathbone 1,086
Labour Jasin Kaplan 995
Green James Goggin 309
Green Judith Kleinman 288
Green Vincent McGowan 239
Christian Peoples Oluwakemi Onanuga 49
Turnout 7,724 31.9
St. Mary's (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Joan Coupland * 1,170
Liberal Democrat Richard Heseltine * 1,142
Liberal Democrat James Kempton 1,129
Labour Georgette Djaba 724
Labour Nicholas Milton 697
Labour Joseph Simpson 682
Green Niamh Burns 249
Green Saul Deason 176
Conservative Kim Anderson 158
Conservative Maui Millwood 128
Conservative Krystina Seward 125
Socialist Alliance Peter MacDonald 118
Green Jan Hallett 80
Turnout 6,578 28.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St. Peter's (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Maria Powell* 1,267
Liberal Democrat Stephen Hitchins * 1,266
Liberal Democrat Keith Sharp 1,118
Labour Elizabeth Bailey 549
Labour Martin Klute 456
Labour Alexander Whitehead 435
Green Douglas Allan 233
Conservative Tracey Braddick 155
Conservative Sinead Bryan 147
Green Swadesh Poorun 145
Conservative Matthew Priestley 125
Turnout 5,896 25.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Tollington (3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Daniel Bonner 1,185
Labour Derek Sawyer * 1,176
Labour Catherine West 1,168
Save Arthur Simpson Library Jonathan Rutherford 437
Green Alison Boater 364
Liberal Democrat Robert Smith 356
Liberal Democrat Alanna Coombes 325
Green Denise Bennett 319
Liberal Democrat Mark Platt 304
Green Robin Latimer 245
Socialist Alliance Eric Bailey 191
Turnout 6,070 25.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Islington". BBC News Online. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Local Elections in England: 2 May 2002" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Harding, Luke. "Mugging shock for Labour on leader's old patch". The Guardian. p. 15. 
  4. ^ "LibDems take control of Islington". The Herald. 17 December 1999. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Tempest, Matthew (30 April 2002). "Islington ward round". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  6. ^ King, Anthony (4 May 2002). "Local factors change balance of power". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Full Results and Turnout Statistics" (PDF). London Borough of Islington. Retrieved 6 August 2011.