St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council election, 2004

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Map of the results of the 2004 St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council election. Labour in red, Liberal Democrats in yellow and Conservatives in blue.

The 2004 St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council in Merseyside, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2003 reducing the number of seats by six.[1] The Labour party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.[2]

Background[edit]

Since the 2003 election boundary changes reduced the number of councillors from 54 to 48, while also reducing the number of wards from 18 to 16.[3]

Election result[edit]

Labour lost their majority of the council, after losing 9 seats to take exactly half of the seats on the council, with 24 councillors.[4][5] The Labour leader of the council, Marie Rimmer held her seat in West Park after 3 recounts, while Labour councillors Terry Hanley, Jeff Molyneux and Marlene Quinn were among those to be defeated.[3] Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats gained 3 seats to have 18 councillors and the Conservatives won 6 seats.[5][6] Overall turnout at the election dropped to 40% from 48% in 2003,[5] despite the election being held with all postal voting as in 2003.[7]

Following the election Labour continued to run the council with all of the executive being Labour councillors,[8] after an agreement between the Labour and Conservative group leaders.[9] This saw Conservative Betty Lowe becoming the new mayor, but only after agreeing not to use her vote at full council meetings.[9]

St Helens local election result 2004[2][10]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 24 -9 50.0 42.3 55,950 -6.2%
  Liberal Democrat 18 +3 37.5 40.0 52,918 +6.6%
  Conservative 6 0 12.5 15.6 20,614 -1.4%
  Independent 0 0 0 1.5 2,021 +0.6%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0.3 429 +0.3%
  BNP 0 0 0 0.2 328 +0.2%

Ward results[edit]

Billinge and Seneley Green (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bessie Griffin 1,503
Labour Alma Atherton 1,492
Labour Susan Murphy 1,229
Independent James Stevenson 917
Conservative David Davies 905
Conservative Michael Hodgson 893
Conservative James Spanner 878
Liberal Democrat Michael Bagot 651
Liberal Democrat Gail Mills 454
Liberal Democrat Katrina Young 409
Turnout 9,331 41.7
Blackbrook (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Andrew Bowden 1,352
Labour Linda Maloney 1,310
Labour Albert Smith 1,305
Liberal Democrat Ruth Smith 1,156
Liberal Democrat Joanne Hankinson 884
Liberal Democrat Vivienne Lavery 883
Conservative Joan Foster 416
Turnout 7,256 35.9
Bold (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Hargreaves 1,107
Liberal Democrat Stephen Topping 1,052
Liberal Democrat Matthew Dunn 1,019
Liberal Democrat Thomas King 955
Labour John Wiseman 951
Labour Paul Pritchard 926
Conservative Jill Jones 244
Turnout 6,254 34.1
Earlestown (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leon McGuire 1,214
Labour Keith Deakin 1,106
Labour Charles Banks 1,078
Liberal Democrat Virginia Taylor 795
Liberal Democrat David Smith 783
Liberal Democrat David Crowther 775
Conservative Catherine Perks 359
Turnout 6,110 33.5
Eccleston (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Teresa Sims 3,317
Liberal Democrat Shirley Evans 3,030
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Pearl 2,718
Conservative Kathleen Barton 867
Conservative Michael Marriott 687
Labour Ellen Glover 645
Labour Keith Cottom 617
Labour Patricia Ireland 517
Turnout 12,398 49.6
Haydock (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour James Caunce 1,564
Labour William Swift 1,400
Liberal Democrat Eric Sheldon 1,219
Labour Janet Richardson 1,177
Liberal Democrat Thomas Duffy 1,148
Liberal Democrat Janet Sheldon 1,129
Conservative Anthony Rigby 378
Turnout 8,015 37.7
Moss Bank (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Carole Kavanagh 2,077
Liberal Democrat Eric Simpson 1,685
Liberal Democrat Richard Ferry 1,566
Labour Barbara Jakubiak 1,327
Labour Brian Hart 1,188
Labour Sandra Banawich 1,047
Conservative William Highcock 353
Turnout 9,243 42.7
Newton (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Suzanne Knight 2,034
Liberal Democrat Peter Astbury 1,783
Liberal Democrat Neil Taylor 1,654
Labour Jeanette Banks 810
Labour Mark Rahaman 803
Labour Stuart Hughes 758
Conservative Brian Honey 355
Conservative Margaret Harvey 298
Turnout 8,495 40.6
Parr (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Pinder 1,604
Labour Keith Roberts 1,236
Labour Terence Shields 1,217
Liberal Democrat Paul Brown 684
Liberal Democrat Ethel Clarke 409
Liberal Democrat Stephen Knowles 381
Conservative Madeleine Wilcock 215
Turnout 5,746 30.2
Rainford (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Betty Lowe 2,131
Conservative John Brown 2,021
Conservative John Parr 1,900
Labour David Wood 955
Labour Keith Aspinall 898
Labour Mary Newby 886
Liberal Democrat Frederick Barrett 342
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Dunn 310
Liberal Democrat Gary Pulfer 277
Turnout 9,720 51.0
Rainhill (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Doyle 2,372
Labour Joseph De Asha 2,153
Labour Stephen Glover 1,433
Independent Neil Thompson 908
Conservative Gaynor Parr 793
Conservative Henry Spriggs 763
Liberal Democrat Christina Duncan 735
Liberal Democrat Darren Makin 622
Liberal Democrat Majorie Beirne 524
Turnout 10,303 42.1
Sutton (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Brian Spencer 1,917
Liberal Democrat Stephanie Topping 1,821
Liberal Democrat Julie Jones 1,756
Labour Derek Maylor 983
Labour Philip Wiseman 941
Labour Michael Glover 935
Conservative Pauline Wilcock 234
Independent Alan Brooks 196
Turnout 8,783 37.8
Thatto Heath (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sheila Seddon 1,406
Labour Patricia Robinson 1,351
Labour Richard McCauley 1,139
Liberal Democrat Carol Pearl 713
Liberal Democrat Noreen Knowles 502
UKIP Ann Fleetwood 429
Liberal Democrat Sandra Ferry 380
Conservative Barbara Woodcock 326
Turnout 6,246 34.2
Town Centre (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Beirne 1,173
Labour John Fletcher 1,099
Labour Margaret McLachlan 1,027
Labour Jeffrey Molyneux 1,024
Liberal Democrat Mandy Stanley 992
Liberal Democrat Alec Mills 958
BNP Michael Pearcey 328
Conservative Richard Seddon 195
Turnout 6,796 32.8
West Park (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Lesley Ronan 1,395
Liberal Democrat David Evans 1,391
Labour Marie Rimmer 1,374
Labour Marlene Quinn 1,312
Labour Terence Hanley 1,278
Liberal Democrat Stephen Broughton 1,265
Conservative Charmian Pyke 451
Turnout 8,466 38.7
Windle (3 seats)[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Wallace Ashcroft 1,757
Conservative Nancy Ashcroft 1,682
Conservative Kenneth Roughley 1,513
Labour Geoffrey Almond 1,160
Labour Jean West 871
Labour Mark Arnold 870
Liberal Democrat Kenneth Knowles 484
Liberal Democrat Darren Jackson 381
Liberal Democrat Marise Roberts 330
Turnout 9,048 42.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Helens council". BBC News Online. 11 June 2004. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Ballot box - Elections". The Times. NewsBank. 12 June 2004. p. 26. 
  3. ^ a b Bianchi, Stefania (17 June 2004). "Election quake rocks town hall". Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside Counties Publications. NewsBank. 
  4. ^ Beattie, Jason; Oakeshott, Isabel (11 June 2004). "Losses in the heartlands and there may be more defeats". London Evening Standard. NewsBank. 
  5. ^ a b c Kilmurray, Andrew (11 June 2004). "Labour loses control of St Helens". Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside Counties Publications. NewsBank. 
  6. ^ Bianchi, Stefania (17 June 2004). "Move forward say Lib Dems". Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside Counties Publications. NewsBank. 
  7. ^ Kelly, Andy (11 June 2004). "Elections 2004: The big question -was postal vote a success?". Liverpool Daily Post. NewsBank. 
  8. ^ Cummins, Liz (8 July 2004). "Labour takes control of the executive". Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside Counties Publications. NewsBank. 
  9. ^ a b Kilmurray, Andrew (24 June 2004). "Betty keeps mayor's chain". Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside Counties Publications. NewsBank. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Election Results". St Helens Council. Political Science Resources. Retrieved 24 February 2015.