Stafford Borough Council election, 2003

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Elections to Stafford Borough Council were held on 1 May 2003. All 59 seats on the council were up for election, with boundary changes meaning the number was reduced from 60. There were elections held in 24 wards, with a further 2 wards (Church Eaton and Milwich) uncontested. The Conservative Party gained majority control of the council after the council was under no overall control prior to the election. Overall turnout was 37.51%, with the lowest turnout (24.08%) in Coton ward and the highest (55.77%) in Seighford. As a result of the election, the new council leader was Cllr. Judith Dalgarno.

Election result[edit]

Stafford Local Election Result 2003
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 40 +17 67.8%
  Labour 14 -13 23.7%
  Liberal Democrat 5 -3 8.4%
  Independent 0 -2 0

The total number of seats on the Council after the election was:

Sources: BBC Stafford Borough Council

Results by ward[edit]

All results from Stafford Borough Council.

Barlaston and Oulton (2 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Fairbanks 817
Liberal Democrat John Russell 763
Conservative Philip Jones 674
Turnout 1,443 44.29%

Baswich (2 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ann Edgeller 868
Conservative Susan Francis 728
Labour Michael Evans 349
Labour Mellony Millichap 300
Liberal Democrat Paul Brett 250
UKIP Adrian Wood 195
Turnout 1,463 42.47%

Chartley (1 seat)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Brendan McKeown 346 50.2%
Conservative Christopher Walster 343 49.8%
Turnout 694 47.86%

Church Eaton (1 seat)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Barry Stamp Election Uncontested

Common (2 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Kennedy 438
Labour William Simpson 422
Conservative James Eld 246
Conservative Carol Lee 234
Liberal Democrat Robert Hine 178
UKIP Leslie Gittins 142
Turnout 920 29.00%

Coton (2 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Kemp 378
Labour Michael Shone 345
Liberal Democrat Rosemary Vance-Cotsford 155
UKIP Paul Gilbert 150
Conservative Dominic Brisby 128
Conservative Edith Foster 121
Turnout 696 24.08%

Eccleshall (3 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Butter 1134
Conservative John Sillito 1039
Conservative Ivan Jennings 925
Independent Gordon Dale 775
Liberal Democrat David Kirby 674
Liberal Democrat Bryan Delanchy 465
Turnout 1,954 38.26

Forebridge (2 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Christine Baron 648
Liberal Democrat David Seary 559
Labour Ian Ronald 313
Labour Lisa Pearce 261
Conservative Violet Allan 198
Conservative Patrick Roe 187
Turnout 1,138 35.09%

Fulford (3 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Bedson 1019
Conservative Sydney Oldfield 913
Conservative Andrew Harp 828
Liberal Democrat Kathleen Brayford 636
Liberal Democrat Richard Mycock 618
Liberal Democrat Kenneth Brayford 599
Labour Michael Shaw 366
Turnout 1,902 40.62%

Gnosall and Woodseaves (3 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Raymond Smith 1057
Conservative James Kelly 1039
Conservative Kenneth Williamson 1019
Liberal Democrat Richard Philpott 623
Liberal Democrat George Sunley 612
Liberal Democrat Robert Philpott 593
Turnout 1,806 35.66%

Haywood and Hixon (3 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jean Tabernor 999
Conservative Amyas Northcote 968
Conservative Alan Perkins 951
Labour John Coates 487
UKIP John Mosley 367
Liberal Democrat Timothy Hackett 364
Liberal Democrat Jacqueline Hemingway 349
UKIP Ronald Chell 342
Labour John Boyle 336
Turnout 2,003 39.69%

Highfields and Western Downs (3 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Aidan Godfrey 668
Labour Maureen Bowen 630
Labour Anthony Pearce 561
Independent Neil Thomas 428
Conservative Richard Downs 365
Liberal Democrat Lynda Turner 333
Conservative Trevor Tabernor 332
Independent Scott Wilson 296
Turnout 1,462 30.64%

Holmcroft (3 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Cantrill 845
Conservative Bryan Cross MBE 827
Labour Andrew Compton MBE 693
Conservative Isabella Davies 684
Labour Maureen Compton 679
Labour James Paton 628
Independent Andrew James 281
UKIP David Hilton 160
Turnout 1,802 35.47%

Littleworth (3 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Heenan 850
Conservative Michael Bentley 776
Conservative Denis Skelland 749
Liberal Democrat Peter Voss 642
Labour Anothony Welch 557
Labour Rosalind Kennedy 557
Labour Julian Thorley 503
Liberal Democrat John Hopkinson 464
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Milln 435
Turnout 1,920 40.73

Manor (3 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Angela Loughran 757
Labour Geoffrey Rowlands 686
Labour Patricia Rowlands 670
Conservative Gary Simmonds 416
Conservative Christopher Knapped 385
Conservative Paul Robinson 352
UKIP Carl Gilbert 243
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Page 224
Liberal Democrat Stephanie Spiers 223
Liberal Democrat John Phillips 218
Turnout 1,540 31.74%

Milford (2 seat)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Francis Finlay 904
Conservative Trevor Reeves 808
Liberal Democrat Trevor Fisher 278
Turnout 1,159 33.98%

Milwich (1 seat)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Wilfred Davis Election Uncontested

Penkside (2 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ralph Cooke 404
Labour Malcolm Millichap 354
Conservative Trevor Houlton 235
Conservative Anthony WIlliams 200
Liberal Democrat Julia Towers 131
UKIP Jillian Crutchley 110
Turnout 783 28.28%

Rowley (2 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Allan 662
Conservative Patrick Farrington 648
Labour Elaine Kidney 639
Labour John Hartshorne 552
Liberal Democrat Richard Hinton 231
UKIP Richard Hilton 145
Turnout 1,527 43.04%

Seighford (2 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Winnington 725
Conservative Raymond Sutherland 725
Liberal Democrat Frank James 631
Liberal Democrat Gillian Cox 605
Labour Raymond Allsop 177
Labour Beryl Kemp 176
Turnout 1,585 55.77%

St Michael's (2 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stanley Goodall 571
Conservative Linda Davies 550
Labour Harry Brunt 478
Labour Peter Sinnott 367
Liberal Democrat Mark Hatton 349
Turnout 1,272 36.07%

Stonefield and Christchurch (2 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Joyce Farnham 718
Conservative Michael Leese 522
Liberal Democrat Peter Stevens 484
Labour David Smithwick 477
Labour Desmond Byrne 342
Liberal Democrat John Warren 248
Turnout 1,474 39.99%

Swynnerton (2 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Highfield 857
Conservative David Price 721
Independent Robert Simcock 469
Labour Diana Osbourne 332
Turnout 1,408 39.98%

Tillington (2 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Goodland 524
Conservative Adam Tedstone 518
Labour Stephen Moore 448
Labour Anthony Nixon 402
Liberal Democrat David Hughes 205
Turnout 1,161 35.21%

Walton (3 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Phillip Leason 821
Conservative Michael Carey 796
Labour Deborah Wakefield 765
Labour John Beecham 672
Conservative Douglas Doney 666
Labour Roy Osborne 625
Liberal Democrat Janet Stevens 279
Turnout 1,671 36.66%

Weeping Cross (3 seats)[edit]

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Judith Dalgarno 1,369
Conservative John Francis 1,153
Conservative Colin Wilkinson 1,113
Labour Michael Barber 698
Liberal Democrat Henry Towers 523
UKIP Malcolm Hurst 356
Turnout 2,191 41.40%

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