West Lancashire District Council election, 2007

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Map of the results of the 2007 West Lancashire council election. Conservatives in blue and Labour in red. Wards in grey were not contested in 2007.

The 2007 West Lancashire District Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of West Lancashire District Council in Lancashire, 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:

Party Seats   ±  
Conservative 33 +1
Labour 21 -1

[2]

Background[edit]

Before the election the Conservatives had a 10-seat majority over Labour, after gaining 3 seats in the 2006 election.[3] 19 seats were being contested in the election with the Conservative leader of the council, Geoff Roberts, being one of those who were defending seats.[3] The election was seen as mainly being fought just between the Conservative and Labour parties, with the Liberal Democrats only standing in 2 wards.[4]

The Conservatives were expected to remain in control of the council and were targeting the wards of Scott and Wrightington where Labour only had small majorities.[4]

Election result[edit]

The Conservatives held control of the council after making a net gain of 1 seat to have a majority of 12 over Labour.[5] They gained the seats of Scott and Wrightington from Labour, but lost Bickerstaffe back to Labour.[6] Overall turnout in the election was 31.5%, down from the 32.2% recorded in 2006.[6]

West Lancashire Local Election Result 2007[2][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 11 2 1 +1 57.9 52.8 11,655 -6.8%
  Labour 8 1 2 -1 42.1 37.9 8,360 +3.5%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 3.6 786 -0.9%
  Liberal Democrat 0 0 0 0 0 2.7 601 +2.7%
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 292 -0.2%
  English Democrat 0 0 0 0 0 0.9 196 +0.9%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.9 195 +0.9%

Ward results[edit]

Ashurst[edit]

Ashurst[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jane Roberts 700 68.2 -0.1
Conservative David Rydings 326 31.8 +0.1
Majority 374 36.5 -0.1
Turnout 1,026 21.1 -2.0
Labour hold Swing

Aughton and Downholland[edit]

Aughton and Downholland[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Westley 1,168 72.1 -3.1
Labour Nicola Hennessy 453 27.9 +3.1
Majority 715 44.1 -6.3
Turnout 1,621 35.9 -0.9
Conservative hold Swing

Aughton Park[edit]

Aughton Park[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Geoffrey Roberts 888 80.8 +0.9
Labour Pauline Roughley 211 19.2 -0.9
Majority 677 61.6 +1.8
Turnout 1,099 35.4 -0.9
Conservative hold Swing

Bickerstaffe[edit]

Bickerstaffe[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Cotterill 502 53.5 +7.2
Conservative Robin Cropper 436 46.5 -7.2
Majority 66 7.0
Turnout 938 53.0 +7.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Birch Green[edit]

Birch Green[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Donna West 424 81.4 +0.4
Conservative Malcolm Barron 97 18.6 -0.4
Majority 327 62.8 +0.8
Turnout 521 16.9 -10.9
Labour hold Swing

Derby[edit]

Derby[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Swiffen 792 57.2 -0.7
Labour Jonathan Sockett 367 26.5 +0.2
Green Anne Doyle 225 16.3 +0.5
Majority 425 30.7 -0.9
Turnout 1,384 31.1 -1.1
Conservative hold Swing

Digmoor[edit]

Digmoor[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mary Whitby 531 79.8 +6.9
Conservative Susan Cropper 134 20.2 +8.2
Majority 397 59.7 +1.9
Turnout 665 21.1 -9.9
Labour hold Swing

Knowsley[edit]

Knowsley[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Bailey 885 55.8 -6.8
Labour Alan Williams 506 31.9 +7.8
Green John Watt 196 12.4 -0.9
Majority 379 23.9 -14.6
Turnout 1,587 35.1 -1.8
Conservative hold Swing

Newburgh[edit]

Newburgh[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edward Pope 534 72.7 -6.5
Labour Jacqueline Citarella 125 17.0 -3.8
English Democrat Stephen Garrett 76 10.3 +10.3
Majority 409 55.6 -2.8
Turnout 735 44.5 -0.6
Conservative hold Swing

North Meols[edit]

North Meols[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Austin Vickers 567 59.2 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Rajni Somaiya 254 26.5 +26.5
Labour Christopher Mawdsley 137 14.3 +2.8
Majority 313 32.7 -1.6
Turnout 958 29.2 +7.2
Conservative hold Swing

Parbold[edit]

Parbold[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative May Blake 992 78.2 +3.7
Labour Clare Gillard 277 21.8 -3.7
Majority 715 56.3 +7.3
Turnout 1,269 40.8 -0.4
Conservative hold Swing

Scarisbrick[edit]

Scarisbrick[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Fowler 614 53.3 -16.2
Independent Margaret Edwards 292 25.3 +25.3
Labour Susan Jones 158 13.7 -3.3
Green Sylvia Walmsley 89 7.7 -5.8
Majority 322 27.9 -24.6
Turnout 1,153 36.5 -3.2
Conservative hold Swing

Scott[edit]

Scott[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Raymond Hammond 788 47.3 +0.1
Labour Katherine Anderson 572 34.3 -1.3
Green Maurice George 187 11.2 +0.4
English Democrat Kenneth Walters 120 7.2 1.7
Majority 216 13.0 +1.4
Turnout 1,667 36.6 -2.8
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Skelmersdale North[edit]

Skelmersdale North[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Nolan 669 77.3 +31.6
Conservative Graham Jones 197 22.7 +9.2
Majority 472 54.5 +49.5
Turnout 866 27.7 -9.7
Labour hold Swing

Skelmersdale South[edit]

Skelmersdale South[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Doreen Saxon 889 73.2 -2.8
Conservative Joanne Rushton 326 26.8 +2.8
Majority 563 46.3 -5.7
Turnout 1,215 24.0 +0.3
Labour hold Swing

Tanhouse[edit]

Tanhouse[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sarah Keegan 412 60.5 -3.9
Conservative Irene O'Donnell 180 26.4 +2.5
Green Martin Lowe 89 13.1 +1.4
Majority 232 34.1 -6.4
Turnout 681 19.6 -1.8
Labour hold Swing

Tarleton[edit]

Tarleton[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rosemary Evans 1,133 69.5 -16.5
Liberal Democrat Michael Lonsdale 347 21.3 +21.3
Labour Shan Annis 151 9.3 -4.7
Majority 786 48.2 -23.8
Turnout 1,631 36.7 +1.4
Conservative hold Swing

Up Holland[edit]

Up Holland[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anthony Rice 776 45.1 -5.9
Conservative Ruth Pollock 749 43.5 -5.5
UKIP Alan Freeman 195 11.3 +11.3
Majority 27 1.6 -0.4
Turnout 1,720 34.7 +3.2
Labour hold Swing

Wrightington[edit]

Wrightington[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Tattersall 849 62.9 -3.7
Labour Pauline Bailey 500 37.1 +3.7
Majority 349 25.9 -7.3
Turnout 1,349 40.2 -12.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Lancashire". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Election 2007 Results". The Times. 2007-05-04. p. 8. 
  3. ^ a b "19 seats are up for grabs". Liverpool Echo. 2007-04-26. p. 27. 
  4. ^ a b "The view from Lancashire". New Statesman. 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  5. ^ "Labour aims for 2008; Results, reports and reaction from your council ... Local Election 2007 Culture year claims on night of tension - and scuffles". Liverpool Echo. 2007-05-04. p. 2. 
  6. ^ a b "Tories tighten West Lancs grip". Lancashire Evening Post. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "District Council Election Results 2006" (PDF). West Lancashire District Council. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Local elections 2007 - who won where". Lancashire Evening Post. 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2010-04-17.