Swindon Borough Council election, 2002

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Map of the results of the 2002 Swindon council election. Labour in red, Conservatives in blue and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in grey were not contested in 2002.

The 2002 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Voting pilot[edit]

The election in Swindon was one of thirty that trialed different methods of voting or counting in the 2002 local elections, with Swindon having a trial of voting via the internet.[3] The trial results had 5% of voters using the phone to cast a vote and over 10% voting via the internet.[4] A survery in Swindon found that those who voted via the internet were more likely to be younger and male than those who voted at a polling station.[5] Overall turnout in the election was 31.33%.[6]

Election result[edit]

Swindon Local Election Result 2002[6][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 9 1 1 0 47.4 34.2 13,539
  Conservative 7 1 1 0 36.8 38.6 15,250
  Liberal Democrat 3 0 0 0 15.8 24.3 9,609
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.8 703
  Socialist Alliance 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 170
  Rock 'n' Roll Loony 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 138
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 128

Ward results[edit]

Abbey Meads[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Justin Tomlinson 705 70.4
Labour Michelle Mahon 195 19.5
Liberal Democrat Katherine Pajak 101 10.1
Majority 510 50.9
Turnout 1,001 28.9
Conservative hold Swing
Blunsdon[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Doreen Dart 796 72.2
Labour Lynn Vardy 160 14.5
Liberal Democrat Ruth Fitchett 146 13.2
Majority 636 57.7
Turnout 1,102 42.1
Conservative hold Swing
Central[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Nash 758 41.9
Liberal Democrat Michael Dickinson 628 34.7
Conservative Peter Bates 300 16.6
Green Simon Smith 85 4.7
Rock 'n' Roll Loony John Stuart 37 2.0
Majority 130 7.2
Turnout 1,808 25.4
Labour hold Swing
Covingham and Nythe[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maureen Dilley 1,188 47.8
Conservative Angela Watts 984 39.6
Liberal Democrat Adelaide Dudman 313 12.6
Majority 204 8.2
Turnout 2,485 35.7
Labour hold Swing
Dorcan[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Wren 1,056 44.5
Conservative Garry Perkins 986 41.6
Liberal Democrat Mark Wheaver 275 11.6
Rock 'n' Roll Loony Bridget Jeffery 55 2.3
Majority 70 3.0
Turnout 2,372 34.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Eastcott[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Michael Evemy 1,030 47.8
Labour Richard Young 571 26.5
Conservative Russell Holland 352 16.3
Green Christine Smith 155 7.2
Rock 'n' Roll Loony Roland Gillard 46 2.1
Majority 459 21.3
Turnout 2,154 28.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Freshbrook and Grange Park[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Christopher Shepherd 879 40.9
Conservative Michael Bray 746 34.7
Labour Phil Rashid 526 24.5
Majority 133 6.2
Turnout 2,151 28.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Gorse Hill and Pinehurst[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maurice Fanning 847 54.3
Conservative Mark Furkins 376 24.1
Socialist Alliance Andrew Newman 170 10.9
Liberal Democrat Jacob Pajak 168 10.8
Majority 471 30.2
Turnout 1,561 22.7
Labour hold Swing
Haydon Wick[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Renard 1,133 47.9
Labour Fay Howard 821 34.7
Liberal Democrat Tel Hudson 411 17.4
Majority 312 13.2
Turnout 2,365 30.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Highworth[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lisa Hawkes 1,293 50.5
Labour Peter Mallinson 719 28.1
Liberal Democrat Jenny Shorten 550 21.5
Majority 574 22.4
Turnout 2,562 38.7
Conservative hold Swing
Moredon[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Derique Montaut 843 46.4
Conservative Kirt Wakefield 646 35.5
Liberal Democrat Nigel Bass 329 18.1
Majority 197 10.8
Turnout 1,818 24.7
Labour hold Swing
Old Town and Lawn[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Wendy Johnson 1,933 48.9
Conservative Colin Lovell 1,603 40.5
Labour John Newman 273 6.9
Green John Hughes 147 3.7
Majority 330 8.3
Turnout 3,956 52.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Parks[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Barrie Thompson 973 64.4
Conservative Natasha Young 293 19.4
Liberal Democrat Ellen Aylett 245 16.2
Majority 680 45.0
Turnout 1,511 21.8
Labour hold Swing
Penhill[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Glaholm 687 59.5
Liberal Democrat Clive Fitchett 253 21.9
Conservative Donald Day 215 18.6
Majority 434 37.6
Turnout 1,155 25.7
Labour hold Swing
Shaw and Nine Elms[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Douglas Stewart 1,000 53.2
Labour Neil Heavens 502 26.7
Liberal Democrat John Phipps 379 20.1
Majority 498 26.5
Turnout 1,881 27.2
Conservative hold Swing
St Margaret[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bernard Baker 1,069 47.2
Labour Alison Durrant 897 39.6
Liberal Democrat John Newman 300 13.2
Majority 172 7.6
Turnout 2,266 30.5
Conservative hold Swing
St Philip[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Philip Steele 1,006 45.4
Conservative Raymond Fisher 882 39.8
Liberal Democrat Martin Wiltshire 214 9.7
Green Raymond Smith 113 5.1
Majority 124 5.6
Turnout 2,215 31.2
Labour hold Swing
Western[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kevin Small 1,068 50.2
Conservative Paul Saunders 535 25.2
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Clifton-Page 301 14.2
Independent Michael Morton 128 6.0
Green Robert Heritage 94 4.4
Majority 533 25.1
Turnout 2,126 28.5
Labour hold Swing
Wroughton and Chiseldon[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jemima Milton 1,336 43.8
Liberal Democrat Clive Hooper 1,154 37.9
Labour Andy Harrison 449 14.7
Green James Bevan 109 3.6
Majority 182 6.0
Turnout 3,048 40.0
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swindon". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  2. ^ "Local Elections: Results". The Guardian. 2002-05-03. p. 9. 
  3. ^ Hurst, Greg (2002-04-05). "Ministers shun fears over votes on the Net". The Times. p. 16. 
  4. ^ Rogers, James (2002-05-14). "E-voting fails to electrify battle of the hustings". The Daily Telegraph. p. 32. 
  5. ^ "Analysis: Does e-voting work?". BBC News Online. 2002-07-17. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Swindon Borough Council 2002 election results". Swindon Advertiser. 2002-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Election results; Local Elections". The Times. 2002-05-03. p. 6.