Rother District Council election, 2003
The 2003 Rother District Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Rother District Council in East Sussex, England. The whole council was up for election after boundary changes reduced the number of seats by 7. The Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.
Originally a total of 81 candidates stood for the 37 seats that were to be elected after the boundary changes, comprising 37 Conservatives, 32 Liberal Democrats, 12 Labour and 3 independents. However the death of a Liberal Democrat candidate for Rother Levels meant the election in that ward was delayed until 12 June and so 75 candidates stood for the 35 seats that were contested on 1 May.
Both the Conservative leader of the council, Peter Jones, and the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council, Stephen Hardy, stood down from the council at the election.
The Conservatives continued to hold a strong majority on the council winning 13 of the 18 seats in Bexhill, compared to 2 each for the Liberal Democrat and Labour parties, and 1 independent. In the remaining rural areas of the council that were elected on 1 May, 9 Conservatives, 6 Liberal Democrats, 1 Labour and 1 independent councillors were elected.
The delayed election in Rother Levels on 12 June had the Conservatives win both seats.
|Rother local election result 2003|
|Party||Seats||Gains||Losses||Net gain/loss||Seats %||Votes %||Votes||+/−|
The above totals include the delayed election in Rother Levels on 12 June 2003.
|Liberal Democrat||Suzanne Williams||668|
|Liberal Democrat||Robert White||664|
|Liberal Democrat||Neil Francis||484|
|Liberal Democrat||Michael Doncaster||451|
|Liberal Democrat||Heather Morrey||575|
|Liberal Democrat||John Zipperlen||162|
|Liberal Democrat||James Wood||499|
|Liberal Democrat||Eric Armstrong||469|
|Liberal Democrat||Christopher Storer||411|
|Liberal Democrat||Matthew Kemp||205|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Callandine-Evans||359|
|Liberal Democrat||Martyn Forster||346|
|Liberal Democrat||Hilary McCorry||432|
|Liberal Democrat||Trevor Smith||339|
|Liberal Democrat||Rowan Fookes||647|
|Liberal Democrat||John Kemp||486||55.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Trevor Seeman||476|
|Liberal Democrat||Sonia Holmes||427|
|Liberal Democrat||Nicholas Cleveland-Stevens||349|
|Liberal Democrat||Jeremy Field||290||32.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Joloyn Holden||285|
|Liberal Democrat||Granville Bantick||537|
|Liberal Democrat||Susan Prochak||894|
|Liberal Democrat||George Hearn||828|
|Liberal Democrat||Albert Barrass||542|
|Liberal Democrat||Mary Varrall||542|
Rother Levels delayed election
|Liberal Democrat||Jennifer Als||466|
|Liberal Democrat||Alan Coote||372|
By-elections between 2003 and 2007
Bexhill Sackville September 2004
A by-election took place in Bexhill Sackville on 9 September 2004 after the resignation of Conservative councillor Jean Hopkinson when she moved to New Zealand. The seat was held for the Conservatives by Graham Oliver with a majority of 184 votes over the Liberal Democrats.
|Liberal Democrat||Neil Francis||284||31.3||-0.6|
Bexhill St Stephens
A by-election was held in Bexhill St Stephens on 29 September 2005 after the death of Conservative councillor William Clements. The seat was held for the Conservatives by Paul Lendon by a majority of 111 votes over the Liberal Democrats.
|Liberal Democrat||Molly Webb||359||35.6||+2.7|
Ticehurst and Etchingham
A by-election was held in Ticehurst and Etchingham on 17 November 2005 after Conservative councillor John Potter moved away. The seat was held for the Conservatives by Robert Elliston with a majority of 367 votes over the Liberal Democrats.
|Liberal Democrat||Mary Varrall||329||32.1||-12.9|
A by-election was held in Bexhill Kewhurst on 4 May 2006 after Conservative councillor Martin Horscroft resigned from the council. The seat was held for the Conservatives by Martin Kenward with a majority of 616 votes over the Liberal Democrats.
|Liberal Democrat||John Zipperlen||525||29.7||+17.8|
Bexhill Sackville May 2006
A by-election was held in Bexhill Sackville on 4 May 2006 after Conservative councillor Graham Oliver resigned from the council. The seat was held for the Conservatives by Keith Standring with a majority of 89 votes over the Liberal Democrats.
|Liberal Democrat||Martyn Forster||566||41.8||+10.5|
Bexhill St Marks
A by-election was held in Bexhill St Marks on 4 May 2006 after Conservative councillor Stuart Earl resigned from the council. The seat was held for the Conservatives by Patrick Douart with a majority of 325 votes over the Liberal Democrats.
|Liberal Democrat||Rachel Hills||538||32.1||+6.8|
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