Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election, 2002

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The 2002 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Unitary Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

The election saw a group of 7 campaigners stand as independent candidates in the election.[3] They described themselves as "the magnificent seven" and were standing in protest against plans to widen Prioy Crescent and to move St Laurence Church in Eastwood.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw no seats change hands so the Conservatives kept control as a result with 35 of the 51 seats on the council.[4]

Southend-on-Sea Local Election Result 2002[2][5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 0 0 0 64.7 46.3 16,732 -0.6%
  Labour 4 0 0 0 23.5 21.0 7,586 -6.9%
  Liberal Democrat 2 0 0 0 11.8 21.3 7,687 -2.7%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 9.5 3,417 +8.8%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.9 683 +1.4%

Ward results[edit]

Belfairs[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Margaret Evans 1,246 50.3
Liberal Democrat Michael Grimwade 739 29.8
Labour Linda Cook 274 11.1
Independent Michael Downer 219 8.8
Majority 507 20.5
Turnout 2,478 34.2 -28.8
Conservative hold Swing
Blenheim Park[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Brian Smith 988 45.7
Conservative Peter Collins 819 37.9
Labour Charles Willis 356 16.5
Majority 169 7.8
Turnout 2,163 28.9 -26.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Chalkwell[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Brown 1,217 59.8
Liberal Democrat Ronald Alexander 379 18.6
Labour Lydia Sookias 280 13.8
Independent Donald Weedon 160 7.9
Majority 838 41.2
Turnout 2,036 27.8 -25.1
Conservative hold Swing
Eastwood Park[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Moring 1,236 49.2
Liberal Democrat Nora Goodman 837 33.3
Labour Julian Ware-Lane 232 9.2
Independent Keith Richardson 206 8.2
Majority 399 15.9
Turnout 2,511 33.7 -25.1
Conservative hold Swing
Kursaal[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julian McMahon 648 49.7
Conservative Judith Smithson 458 35.1
Liberal Democrat Linda Smith 199 15.2
Majority 190 14.6
Turnout 1,305 18.9 -23.3
Labour hold Swing
Leigh[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Nigel Baker 1,068 45.4
Conservative Terence Gray 800 34.0
Independent Douglas Copping 268 11.4
Labour Vera Norman 215 9.1
Majority 268 11.4
Turnout 2,351 33.2 -26.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Milton[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ann Robertson 1,069 54.3
Labour Lilias Felton 682 34.7
Green William Ferrett 216 11.0
Majority 387 19.7
Turnout 1,967 27.5 -19.9
Conservative hold Swing
Prittlewell[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anna Waite 851 33.1
Liberal Democrat John Adams 745 29.0
Independent Peter Walker 602 23.4
Labour Margaret Borton 370 14.4
Majority 106 4.1
Turnout 2,568 34.0 -24.1
Conservative hold Swing
St Laurence[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Houssart 796 31.5
Liberal Democrat Carole Roast 749 29.6
Independent Adrian Sinclair-McCall 661 26.1
Labour Paul White 325 12.8
Majority 47 1.9
Turnout 2,531 33.7 -33.6
Conservative hold Swing
St Lukes[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Royston 848 50.4
Conservative Ellen Hodgson 627 37.3
Green Adrian Hedges 208 12.4
Majority 221 13.1
Turnout 1,683 21.9 -30.5
Labour hold Swing
Shoeburyness[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Allan Cole 675 37.7
Independent Roger Hadley 535 29.9
Labour Anne Chalk 479 26.7
Liberal Democrat Marion Boulton 103 5.7
Majority 140 7.8
Turnout 1,792 24.5 -26.6
Conservative hold Swing
Southchurch[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Brian Kelly 1,290 60.7
Labour Joyce Mapp 354 16.7
Independent Susan Richardson 306 14.4
Liberal Democrat Richard Gage 175 8.2
Majority 936 44.0
Turnout 2,125 29.9 -27.5
Conservative hold Swing
Thorpe[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Daphne White 1,765 75.5
Labour John Townsend 346 14.8
Liberal Democrat Timothy Ray 226 9.7
Majority 1,419 60.7
Turnout 2,337 32.5 -31.3
Conservative hold Swing
Victoria[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Jane Norman 906 57.3
Conservative Paul Jones 526 33.3
Green Andrew Vaughan 149 9.4
Majority 380 24.0
Turnout 1,581 22.7 -29.7
Labour hold Swing
West Leigh[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gwendoline Horrigan 1,692 61.2
Liberal Democrat Albert Wren 875 31.7
Labour Raoul Meade 196 7.1
Majority 817 29.6
Turnout 2,763 40.5 -26.3
Conservative hold Swing
West Shoebury[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Verina Wilson 1,347 63.8
Labour George Saville 588 27.9
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Goldsmith 176 8.3
Majority 759 36.0
Turnout 2,111 28.3
Conservative hold Swing
Westborough[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Teresa Merrison 487 27.0
Independent Martin Terry 460 25.5
Liberal Democrat Colin Ritchie 428 23.7
Conservative Mark Newman 318 17.6
Green Rita Wood 110 6.1
Majority 27 1.5
Turnout 1,803 25.3 -23.2
Labour hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southend-on-Sea". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Election results; Local Election". The Times. 2002-05-04. p. 16. 
  3. ^ a b "Southend: 'Magnificant seven' set for battle at polls". Echo. 2002-04-11. Retrieved 2010-04-03. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Southend: Tory triumph". Echo. 2002-05-03. Retrieved 2010-04-03. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Southend Borough Council: Borough Council Election" (PDF). Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Retrieved 2010-04-02. [dead link]