South Lakeland District Council election, 2008

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Map of the results of the 2008 South Lakeland council election. Liberal Democrats in yellow, Conservatives in blue and Labour in red.

The 2008 South Lakeland District Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of South Lakeland District Council in Cumbria, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2007 reducing the number of seats by 1.[1] The Liberal Democrats stayed in overall control of the council.[2]

Background[edit]

Since the last election in 2007 boundary changes had taken place reducing the number of seats from 52 to 51.[3] Among the changes made was the combining of the Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale wards.[3]

Before the election the Liberal Democrats ran the council with 31 seats, compared to 16 for the Conservatives, 2 for Labour, 1 Green Party and 1 independent.[4] Among the sitting councillors to stand down at the election was the only independent David Foot.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Liberal Democrats increase their majority on the council finishing the election up on 36 councillors.[3] This came at the expense of the Conservatives who dropped to 14 seats and Labour who lost 1 of their 2 councillors.[3] Meanwhile, the Green Party also lost their only seat in Kendal Far Cross.[5]

South Lakeland Local Election Result 2008[6][1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 36 +4 70.6 57.4 30,627 +0.4%
  Conservative 14 -2 27.5 39.6 21,111 -1.2%
  Labour 1 -1 2.0 2.6 1,387 +2.3%
  Green 0 -1 0 0.4 228 -0.2%
  Independent 0 -1 0 0 0 0

Ward results[edit]

Ambleside & Grasmere (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Vivienne Rees 1,140
Liberal Democrat David Vatcher 1,113
Conservative Brian Barton 542
Conservative Tim Brown 518
Turnout 3,313
Arnside & Beetham (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Pru Jupe 1,337
Liberal Democrat Ian Stewart 1,292
Conservative Peter Fisher 845
Conservative Sue Blonsky 836
Turnout 4,310
Broughton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Joss Curwen 667 63.6
Liberal Democrat Barry Rabone 382 36.4
Majority 285 27.2
Turnout 1,049
Burneside[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Frank Hodson 578 74.7
Conservative Eric Wright 196 25.3
Majority 382 49.4
Turnout 774
Burton & Holme (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Bingham 1,132
Conservative Brian Cooper 916
Liberal Democrat Geoff Johnston 597
Liberal Democrat Scott Chandler 524
Turnout 3,169
Cartmel & Grange West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Mary Wilson 617 65.4
Conservative Steve Chambers 326 34.6
Majority 291 30.9
Turnout 943
Coniston & Crake Valley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anne Hall 518 64.0
Liberal Democrat John Hemingway 291 36.0
Majority 227 28.1
Turnout 809
Crooklands[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Sheila Eccles 803 70.4
Conservative Rob Cocker 338 29.6
Majority 465 40.8
Turnout 1,141
Grange North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bill Wearing 580 62.8
Liberal Democrat Russell Boardman 344 37.2
Majority 236 25.5
Turnout 924
Grange South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Tom Harvey 501 50.5
Liberal Democrat Anluise Hamilton-Bruce 492 49.5
Majority 9 0.9
Turnout 993
Hawkshead[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Colin Davies 486 53.5
Conservative Claire Salisbury 422 46.5
Majority 64 7.0
Turnout 908
Holker[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Maureen Nicholson 471 56.1
Conservative Ruth Airey 368 43.9
Majority 103 12.3
Turnout 839
Kendal Castle[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Sonia Lawson 617 69.3
Conservative James Alexander 273 30.7
Majority 344 38.7
Turnout 890
Kendal Far Cross[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Clive Graham 478 65.1
Conservative Lyndsay Slater 147 20.0
Green Enda Farrell 109 14.9
Majority 331 45.1
Turnout 734
Kendal Fell[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Paul Little 508 70.4
Conservative Diana Crewdson 133 18.4
Labour Lois Sparling 81 11.2
Majority 375 51.9
Turnout 722
Kendal Heron Hill[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Andy Shine 640 77.6
Conservative Ian Tomlinson 185 22.4
Majority 455 55.2
Turnout 825
Kendal Highgate[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Chris Hogg 537 82.9
Conservative Deborah Huck 111 17.1
Majority 426 65.7
Turnout 648
Kendal Kirkland[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Julie Dawson 412 68.4
Labour Robert Rothwell 112 18.6
Conservative Elizabeth Cartmell 78 13.0
Majority 300 49.8
Turnout 602
Kendal Mintsfeet[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Brook 587 82.0
Conservative Margaret Williams 129 18.0
Majority 458 64.0
Turnout 716
Kendal Nether[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Clare Feeney-Johnson 702 85.2
Conservative William Parker 122 14.8
Majority 580 70.4
Turnout 824
Kendal Oxenholme & Natland[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Brenda Gray 596 68.2
Conservative Nigel Byrom 278 31.8
Majority 318 36.4
Turnout 874
Kendal Parks[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Brendon Jameson 568 79.4
Conservative Peter Birchall 147 20.6
Majority 421 58.9
Turnout 715
Kendal Romney[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Graham Vincent 615 80.2
Conservative Pam Flitcroft 152 19.8
Majority 463 60.4
Turnout 767
Kendal Stonecross[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Sylvia Emmott 743 82.9
Conservative Jack Tomlinson 153 17.1
Majority 590 65.8
Turnout 896
Kendal Strickland[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Stephen Coleman 611 83.9
Conservative Kate Williams 117 16.1
Majority 494 67.9
Turnout 728
Kendal Underley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Gwen Murfin 541 69.1
Labour Paul Braithwaite 125 16.0
Conservative Alan Price 117 14.9
Majority 416 53.1
Turnout 783
Levens[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Brenda Woof 737 64.1
Conservative Alisa Hulme 412 35.9
Majority 325 28.3
Turnout 1,149
Low Furness[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Airey 415 51.8
Liberal Democrat Ray Beecham 343 42.8
Green Jo-Anna Duncalf 43 5.4
Majority 72 9.0
Turnout 801
Lyth Valley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Rosie Ballantyne-Smith 585 55.6
Conservative Robin Brown 467 44.4
Majority 118 11.2
Turnout 1,052
Mid Furness (2)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Jackie Cooper 969
Liberal Democrat Jane Carson 925
Conservative Wendy Barry 539
Conservative Anne Fisher 404
Labour Bharath Rajan 88
Turnout 2,925
Milnthorpe[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Alan Baverstock 681 75.4
Conservative Mike Coyle 222 24.6
Majority 459 50.8
Turnout 903
Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale (3)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Kevin Lancaster 1,432
Liberal Democrat Peter Woof 1,274
Liberal Democrat Ian McPherson 1,245
Conservative Rodger Read 1,210
Liberal Democrat Fenner Pearson 1,183
Conservative Anne Fenwick 1,127
Turnout 7,471
Staveley-in-Cartmel[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Clive Leal 462 52.6
Conservative Ted Walsh 416 47.4
Majority 46 5.2
Turnout 878
Staveley-in-Westmorland[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Stan Collins 724 80.1
Conservative Angela Wright 180 19.9
Majority 544 60.2
Turnout 904
Ulverston Central[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Norman Bishop-Rowe 292 57.4
Labour Roy Gill 159 31.2
Liberal Democrat John Humberstone 58 11.4
Majority 133 26.1
Turnout 509
Ulverston East[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Wilson 208 44.2
Conservative Peter Hornby 189 40.1
Liberal Democrat Ronald Edmondson 74 15.7
Majority 19 4.0
Turnout 471
Ulverston North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Colin Hodgson 388 55.3
Labour Joan Casson 166 23.6
Green Simon Filmore 76 10.8
Liberal Democrat Charley Darbishire 72 10.3
Majority 222 31.6
Turnout 702
Ulverston South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Brian Wilkinson 398 64.9
Labour Judith Pickthall 133 21.7
Liberal Democrat Celia Birchall 82 13.4
Majority 265 43.2
Turnout 613
Ulverston Town[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jamie Samson 208 43.5
Labour Colin Williams 204 42.7
Liberal Democrat Barbara Rabone 66 13.8
Majority 4 0.8
Turnout 478
Ulverston West[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Janette Jenkinson 448 70.0
Labour Colin Pickthall 111 17.3
Liberal Democrat Loraine Birchall 81 12.7
Majority 337 52.7
Turnout 640
Whinfell[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Peter Thornton 488 62.2
Conservative Mel Mackie 297 37.8
Majority 191 24.3
Turnout 785
Windermere Applethwaite & Troutbeck[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Jo Stephenson 518 54.0
Conservative Michael Nicholson 442 46.0
Majority 76 7.9
Turnout 960
Windermere Bowness North[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Hilary Stephenson 654 74.2
Conservative Stephen Hall 227 25.8
Majority 427 48.5
Turnout 881
Windermere Bowness South[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Williams 433 65.2
Liberal Democrat Dyan Jones 231 34.8
Majority 202 30.4
Turnout 664
Windermere Town[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Kath Atkinson 553 82.4
Conservative Enid Robinson 118 17.6
Majority 435 64.8
Turnout 671

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "South Lakeland". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Local elections 2008" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "South Lakes election results". Lancaster Guardian. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Barber, Caroline (11 April 2008). "All seats up for grabs in council election". The Westmorland Gazette. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Orr, Daniel (2 May 2008). "Liberal Democrats dominate elections". The Westmorland Gazette. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at "South Lakeland District Council elections, 1 May 2008" (PDF). South Lakeland District Council. Retrieved 11 August 2011.