Wandsworth London Borough Council election, 1998

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The 1998 Wandsworth Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Wandsworth London Borough Council in London, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

At the same as the election Wandsworth saw 74.3% vote in favour of the 1998 Greater London Authority referendum and 25.7% against, on a 38.7% turnout.[2]

Campaign[edit]

In the run up to the election a private Conservative poll was leaked which showed them 17% behind Labour and likely to only win in 4 wards as compared to 18 for Labour.[3] However Labour and the Liberal Democrats accused the Conservatives of leaking the poll in order to lower expectations.[4] The Conservatives would have lost control of the council on a 7% swing from the 1994 election,[5][6] or if the 1997 general election results in the area were repeated.[7] However Wandsworth had low council tax levels, the lowest in the country,[6] and the Conservatives had recently cut the tax by 24%.[8] This meant commentators expected the Conservatives to stay in control of what was described as their showpiece council.[7][9]

For the election 9 of the 22 wards that made up the council were seen as being marginal.[9]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives increase their control of the council gaining an extra 5 seats.[10] This meant that with 50 seats the Conservatives had the most seats they had yet had on the council.[11] Labour lost seats in St John and Roehampton wards, which was put down to the closure of the local Queen Mary's Hospital.[12] Voter turnout at 40% was 10% down on the previous 1994 election.[12]

Wandsworth Local Election Result 1998[13]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 50 5 0 +5 82.0
  Labour 11 0 5 -5 18.0

Ward results[edit]

Balham (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Bedford (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Earlsfield (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
East Putney (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Fairfield (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Furzedown (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Graveney (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Latchmere (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nightingale (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Northcote (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Parkside (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Queenstown (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Roehampton (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
St John (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
St Mary's Park (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Shaftesbury (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Southfield (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Springfield (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Thamesfield (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tooting (3)
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West Hill (2)
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West Putney (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Policy and politics: Local Elections: Analysis: Council poll results". The Guardian. 1998-05-09. p. 16. 
  2. ^ "Policy and politics: Local elections: How London voted for a mayor". The Guardian. 1998-05-09. p. 16. 
  3. ^ Pierce, Andrew (1998-04-14). "Tories face big losses in local elections". The Times. p. 2. 
  4. ^ Reiss, Charles (1998-04-14). "Tories accused of bogus leak in London poll war". Evening Standard. p. 17. 
  5. ^ "Tories fear for Wandsworth". Local Government Chronicle. 1998-05-05. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  6. ^ a b "Tory flagship borough may go to Labour". The Mail on Sunday. 1998-05-03. p. 2. 
  7. ^ a b Kellner, Peter (1998-04-15). "First test for new parties". Evening Standard. p. 22. 
  8. ^ "Councils of war: the 12 key town halls they're fighting for". Evening Standard. 1998-05-06. p. 19. 
  9. ^ a b Frean, Alexandra (1998-04-17). "Tories rally round showpiece council in election countdown". The Times. p. 12. 
  10. ^ Abrams, Fran (1998-05-08). "A day from which all parties took comfort". The Independent. p. 11. 
  11. ^ "Voters leave parties guessing". BBC News Online. 1998-05-08. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  12. ^ a b Comerford, Cathy (1998-05-08). "Tories score flagship victory with low taxes: Wandsworth". Evening Standard. p. 4. 
  13. ^ "Local Elections results". The Times. 1998-05-09. p. 46.