North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council election, 2003

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Elections to North Tyneside Metropolitan Council took place on 1 May 2003 on the same day as other local council elections in England.

North Tyneside Council is elected "in thirds" which means one councilor from each three-member ward is elected each year with a third year when the mayoral election takes place.

There was also a mayoral by-election held, which was won by Linda Arkley of the Conservative Party, after Chris Morgan was forced to resign due to allegations of possessing indecent images of children on his computer. He was subsequently cleared of all charges.[1][2]

North Tyneside Council Election Result 2003
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 31 0 2 -2 51.6 42.7 19,825 unknown
  Conservative 21 2 0 +2 35 37.8 17,556 unknown
  Liberal Democrat 7 0 0 0 11.6 18.9 8,782 unknown
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 257 unknown

Mayoral bye-election[edit]

Mayor of North Tyneside Bye-election 12 June 2003 [3]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Conservative Linda Arkley 18,478 43.1% 2,750 21,228 {{{totalpercent}}}
Labour Gordon Adam 13,070 30.5% 3,357 16,427 {{{totalpercent}}}
Liberal Democrat Michael Huscroft 8,404 19.8%
BNP Robert Batten 2,554 6.0%
Socialist Alliance Louise van der Hoeven 400 0.9%
Conservative hold

Battle Hill[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Battle Hill ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mary Glindon 1,505 55.6
Liberal Democrat Margaret Finlay 989 36.5
Conservative Nigel Clothier 212 7.8
Majority 516 19.1
Turnout 2,706 33.8

Benton[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Benton ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Janet Hunter 1,189 50.7
Conservative Brian McArdle 864 36.8
Liberal Democrat Mark Finlay 292 12.5
Majority 325 4.02
Turnout 2,345 30.51

Camperdown[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Camperdown ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Allan 1,263 72.2
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Smith 251 14.4
Conservative Amanda Newton 235 13.4
Majority 1,012 57.9
Turnout 1,749 23.07

Chirton[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Chirton ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Stirling 992 75
Conservative Toni Morgan 330 25
Majority 662 50.1
Turnout 1,322 18.7

Collingwood[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Collingwood ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Steven Cox 1,207 64.1
Conservative Miriam Smith 370 19.6
Liberal Democrat Dorothy Hindmarsh 306 16.3
Majority 837 44.5
Turnout 1,883 23.2

Cullercoats[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Cullercoats ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Shirley Mortimer 2,069 58
Labour Keith Smiles 1,168 32.8
Liberal Democrat Dennis Woods 328 9.2
Majority 901 25.3
Turnout 3,565 47.8

Holystone[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Holystone ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David McGarr 1,449 57.1
Conservative David Hatfield 687 27.1
Liberal Democrat Steven Conoboy 427 16.8
Majority 762 30
Turnout 2,536

Howdon[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Howdon ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Francis Lott 1,002 62.2
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Taylor 502 31.2
Conservative John McGee 106 6.6
Majority 500 31.1
Turnout 1,610 21

Longbenton[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Longbenton ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Darke 1,003 70.6
Liberal Democrat Kenneth McGarrigle 225 15.8
Conservative Robin Underwood 192 13.5
Majority 776 54.6
Turnout 1,420 19.5

Monkseaton[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Monkseaton ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Karen Johnston 1,862 61.5
Labour Glen Stillaway 676 22.3
Liberal Democrat Alison Campbell 488 16.1
Majority 1,186 39.2
Turnout 3,026

North Shields[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: North Shields ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Rutherford 1,656 55
Labour Rowland Hill 1,028 34.1
Liberal Democrat Clare Hindmarsh 329 10.9
Majority 628 20.8
Turnout 3,013

Northumberland[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Northumberland ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Graeme Brett 1,647 66.5
Labour Norma Playle 689 27.8
Conservative Marjorie Appleton 139 5.6
Majority 958 38.7
Turnout 2,475 38.6

Riverside[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Riverside ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Lowther 1,007 68.2
Liberal Democrat James Smith 250 16.9
Conservative Roderick Godwin 220 14.9
Majority 757 51.3
Turnout 1,477 22.1

Seatonville[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Seatonville ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Lowther 1,375 52.2
Liberal Democrat Dr Joan Harvey 527 20
Labour Thomas Mulvenna 477 18.1
Independent George Partis 257 9.7
Majority 848 32.2
Turnout 2,636

St Mary's[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Seatonville ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Marguerite Hall 2,294 73.2
Labour Mark Ormston 435 13.9
Liberal Democrat Iain Campbell 405 12.9
Majority 1,859 59.3
Turnout 3,134 45.5

Tynemouth[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Tynemouth ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Diane Page 1,752 66.8
Labour Arthur Lowe 869 33.2
Majority 883 33.7
Turnout 2,621 31.9

A further by-election was held on 14 August 2003. Details of this can be found here.

Valley[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Valley ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Burdis 1,086 56.5
Conservative Frank Austin 503 26.2
Liberal Democrat John Bradley 332 17.4
Majority 583 30.3
Turnout 1,921 30

Wallsend[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Wallsend ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Nigel Huscroft 1,084 57.6
Labour Alan Keith 686 36.5
Conservative Margaret Smith 111 5.9
Majority 398 21.2
Turnout 1,881 26.4

Weetslade[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Weetslade ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Muriel Green 1,296 45.4
Conservative Alan Appleton 1,158 40.6
Liberal Democrat Raymond Taylor 400 14
Majority 138 4.8
Turnout 2,854 38.1

Whitley Bay[edit]

North Tyneside Council Elections: Whitley Bay ward 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alison Austin 1,421 62
Labour John Webb 798 38
Majority 623 27.2
Turnout 2,291 32.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arrested mayor resigns his post". BBC News. 18 April 2003. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  2. ^ "FORMER NORTH TYNESIDE MAYOR CLEARED OF CHILD PORN CHARGES". Local Government Chronicle. 8 September 2004. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Local Elections in England: 2 May 2002". House of Commons Library. 9 May 2002. Retrieved 20 January 2013.


Preceded by
North Tyneside Council election 2002
North Tyneside local elections Succeeded by
North Tyneside Council election 2004