Stratford-on-Avon District Council election, 2004

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The 2004 Stratford-on-Avon District Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Stratford-on-Avon District Council in Warwickshire, 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

Background[edit]

19 of the 53 seats on the council were contested in the election.[3] The Conservatives were defending 11 of the seats and this was seen as giving the Liberal Democrats a chance at taking over control of the council,[3] which had a one-seat Conservative majority before the election.[4] Meanwhile, Labour had their only remaining council seat up for election in Southam ward, leading to the possibility that they could fail to be represented on the council after the election.[3]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives strengthen their majority on the council up to 7 seats.[5] They gained 4 seats in Harbury, Southam, Stratford Guild and Hathaway and Wellesbourne wards and only suffered 1 loss to the Liberal Democrats in Studley.[5] While the Liberal Democrats lost ground as a result, the defeat in Southam meant Labour was no longer represented on the council.[6][7]

The Conservatives said they were pleased with the results, that saw them win almost half of the vote, and which they put down to a strong positive campaign.[8] Overall turnout in the election was higher than the national average at 43.5%.[9]

Stratford-on-Avon Local Election Result 2004[2][10]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 14 4 1 +3 73.7 49.9 14,264 +10.3%
  Liberal Democrat 4 1 3 -2 21.1 39.2 11,192 -6.3%
  Independent 1 0 0 0 5.3 6.2 1,780 -4.3%
  Labour 0 0 1 -1 0 4.7 1,347 +0.6%

Ward results[edit]

Alcester[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Clifford Meade 1,054 57.6 -1.7
Conservative Maurice Abney-Hastings 665 36.4 -4.3
Labour Matthew Stephens 110 6.0 +6.0
Majority 389 21.3 +2.7
Turnout 1,829 39.8 +2.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Aston Cantlow[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Lawrence 479 61.1 +6.0
Liberal Democrat Shahid Juned 305 38.9 -6.0
Majority 174 22.2 +12.0
Turnout 784 52.9
Conservative hold Swing
Bardon[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Winterburn 435 64.9 +4.7
Liberal Democrat John Insoll 235 35.1 +3.8
Majority 200 29.9 +1.0
Turnout 670 43.0
Conservative hold Swing
Bidford and Salford[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Kim James 997 56.0 +56.0
Independent John Sandle 783 44.0 +44.0
Majority 214 12.0
Turnout 1,780 36.0 +8.5
Independent hold Swing
Burton Dassett[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Simon Jackson 536 65.8 -4.4
Liberal Democrat Sarah Evans 279 34.2 +4.4
Majority 257 31.5 -8.9
Turnout 815 49.6
Conservative hold Swing
Claverdon[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jane Harrison 625 73.3 -8.5
Liberal Democrat Jeanne Lowe 228 26.7 +8.5
Majority 397 46.5 -17.1
Turnout 853 47.3
Conservative hold Swing
Ettington[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Isobel Seccombe 578 65.4 +9.8
Liberal Democrat Adrian Brabyn 306 34.6 -9.8
Majority 272 30.8 +19.6
Turnout 884 49.7
Conservative hold Swing
Harbury[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Eric Dally 847 52.4
Liberal Democrat Jean Booth 770 47.6
Majority 77 4.8
Turnout 1,617 43.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Henley[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Stephen Thirlwell 1,052 70.3 +12.4
Liberal Democrat Mark Edwards 444 29.7 -12.4
Majority 608 40.6 +24.8
Turnout 1,496 43.4 +10.7
Conservative hold Swing
Kineton[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Alan Higgs 920 58.9 +6.7
Conservative Richard Hurley 643 41.1 -6.7
Majority 277 17.7 +13.2
Turnout 1,563 47.2 +6.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Shipston[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Trevor Russell 897 53.6 +10.7
Liberal Democrat Stephen Troup 778 46.4 -10.7
Majority 119 7.1
Turnout 1,675 45.3 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing
Southam[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Appleton 774 47.3 +5.2
Labour James Taylor 632 38.7 -2.6
Liberal Democrat Stuart Ritchie 229 14.0 -2.6
Majority 142 8.7 +7.9
Turnout 1,635 33.2 +1.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Stratford Alveston[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lynda Organ 1,162 56.7 +13.0
Liberal Democrat Joan McFarlane 886 43.3 +6.3
Majority 276 13.5 +6.8
Turnout 2,048 49.1 +7.4
Conservative hold Swing
Stratford Avenue and New Town[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Juliet Short 939 52.3 +27.9
Liberal Democrat Ronald Tredwell 684 38.1 +2.3
Labour Karen Parnell 172 9.6 +5.6
Majority 255 14.2
Turnout 1,795 36.4 +2.3
Conservative hold Swing
Stratford Guild and Hathaway[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Perry 1,169 49.9 +18.6
Liberal Democrat William Dowling 981 41.8 +4.2
Labour Doreen Wright 195 8.3 +0.9
Majority 188 8.0
Turnout 2,345 43.2 +5.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Stratford Mount Pleasant[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Charles Bates 756 62.9 +2.3
Conservative Laura Main 359 29.9 +29.9
Labour Ewan Wainwright 86 7.2 +2.6
Majority 397 33.1 +7.3
Turnout 1,201 36.4 -1.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Studley[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Paul Beaman 972 50.5 -7.7
Conservative William McCarthy 802 41.6 -0.2
Labour Michael Gerrard 152 7.9 +7.9
Majority 170 8.8 -7.6
Turnout 1,926 42.2 +12.0
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Tanworth[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Mark Flower 1,037 81.7
Liberal Democrat Karyl Rees 233 18.3
Majority 804 63.3
Turnout 1,270 41.9
Conservative hold Swing
Wellesbourne[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anita MacAulay 1,265 52.8 +17.8
Liberal Democrat Priscilla Cook 1,132 47.2 +6.4
Majority 133 5.5
Turnout 2,397 45.7 +6.7
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stratford-On-Avon council". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Ballot box". The Times. 2004-06-12. p. 26. 
  3. ^ a b c "Politics on a knife edge ; Stratford District Council, Local council elections, June 10th: Candidates". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 2004-05-18. p. 39. 
  4. ^ Dale, Paul (2004-06-08). "Election Nominations 2004: All eyes on Super Thursday". Birmingham Post. p. 24. 
  5. ^ a b "Tories increase power in county". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 2004-06-12. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "Labour wiped off the map in Stratford". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 2004-06-12. 
  7. ^ "Labour knocked out of Stratford". The Courier. 2004-06-14. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  8. ^ Probert, Sarah (2004-06-12). "Council Elections: Stratford: Increased majority sees party's grip tighten". Birmingham Post. p. 5. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Election results for Stratford District Council". BBC News Online. 2004-06-11. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "District Council Election Results". Stratford-on-Avon District Council. Retrieved 2010-03-26.