Worcester City Council election, 2007

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Map of the results of the 2007 Worcester council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red and Liberal Democrats in yellow. Wards in grey were not contested in 2007.

The 2007 Worcester City Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Worcester District Council in Worcestershire, 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

Campaign[edit]

Before the election the Conservatives controlled the council with 18 seats, while Labour had 11 and the Liberal Democrats and independents had 3 seats each.[3] 44 candidates stood in the election for the 11 seats which were being contested.[4]

The campaign saw controversy over the Conservative candidate in Arboretum ward, Melanie Heider, after it came out that she was a member of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) as well as the Conservatives.[5][6] When this became public it was announced that she had resigned her membership of UKIP, but Labour called on her to be sacked as a candidate.[5][7]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives keep their majority on the council after holding all 7 seats which they had been defending.[8] Meanwhile, Labour gained one seat in Nunnery ward from an independent to have 12 councillors after the election.[8][9]

Worcester Local Election Result 2007[2][10]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 7 0 0 0 63.6 42.9 9,249 +3.2%
  Labour 3 1 0 +1 27.3 25.3 5,457 -3.8%
  Liberal Democrat 1 0 0 0 9.1 13.0 2,811 +0.0%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 9.7 2,103 -1.9%
  Independent 0 0 1 -1 0 4.8 1,031 +1.6%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 3.7 798 +0.2%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 128 +0.6%

Ward results[edit]

Arboretum[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Marc Bayliss 814 43.2
Conservative Melanie Heider 554 29.4
Liberal Democrat Ken Carpenter 246 13.0
Green Martin Sullivan 144 7.6
UKIP Jason Phillips 128 6.8
Majority 260 13.8
Turnout 1,886 42.0
Labour hold Swing
Bedwardine[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Clark 1,309 56.4 +4.5
Labour Jenny Barnes 478 20.6 -3.0
Liberal Democrat Vaughan Hencher 320 13.8 +0.2
Green Roger Cook 212 9.1 -1.8
Majority 831 35.8 +7.5
Turnout 2,319 37.3 -0.1
Conservative hold Swing
Cathedral[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Allah Ditta 1,203 51.0 +2.7
Labour Christopher Winwood 510 21.6 -4.0
Green Robert Wilkins 333 14.1 +2.1
Liberal Democrat Iain MacBriar 314 13.3 -0.8
Majority 693 29.4 +6.7
Turnout 2,360 35.2 +0.4
Conservative hold Swing
Claines[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Liz Smith 1,739 54.7 +2.8
Conservative Nicholas Turner 985 31.0 -2.6
Labour Joy Squires 246 7.7 -0.3
Green Peter Robinson 210 6.6 +0.0
Majority 754 23.7 +5.4
Turnout 3,180 49.0 -0.3
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Nunnery[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Simon Cronin 804 35.2 +2.7
Independent Keith Burton 700 30.7 +6.7
Conservative Lorraine Taylor 355 15.6 -1.1
BNP Michael Peat 289 12.7 -6.5
Green Alexander Gwinn 134 5.9 -1.7
Majority 104 4.5 -4.0
Turnout 2,282 38.4 +2.4
Labour gain from Independent Swing
St Clement[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ian Imray 879 49.4
Labour Richard Udall 409 23.0
BNP Peter Beechey 281 15.8
Green Ruth Stafford 209 11.8
Majority 470 26.4
Turnout 1,778 39.5
Conservative hold Swing
St John[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Candler 879 42.3 -7.0
Conservative Robert Campbell 446 21.5 -8.7
Independent Colin Layland 331 15.9 +15.9
BNP James Warner 228 11.0 +11.0
Green Clive Matthews 193 9.3 -11.2
Majority 433 20.8 +1.7
Turnout 2,077 34.5 +4.4
Labour hold Swing
St Peters Parish[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Knight 1,018 69.2 +10.2
Labour George Squires 262 17.8 +2.7
Green Katherine Harris 192 13.0 +4.4
Majority 756 51.4 +9.7
Turnout 1,472 35.0 +1.0
Conservative hold Swing
St Stephen[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Gareth Jones 917 60.0
Labour Wes Spiller 295 19.3
Liberal Democrat Paul Griffiths 192 12.6
Green Penelope Asquith 125 8.2
Majority 622 40.7
Turnout 1,529 37.4
Conservative hold Swing
Warndon Parish North[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Douglas Wilkinson 762 52.7 +6.2
Labour Andrew Watson 493 34.1 -9.0
Green Linda Smith 192 13.3 +2.9
Majority 269 18.6 +15.2
Turnout 1,446 36.1 -3.0
Conservative hold Swing
Warndon Parish South[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Lucy Hodgson 821 65.8 +1.4
Labour David Insull 267 21.4 -3.1
Green Olaf Twiehaus 159 12.8 +1.7
Majority 554 44.4 +4.5
Turnout 1,247 31.1 -3.1
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Worcester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Election 2007 Results". The Times. 2007-05-04. p. 8. 
  3. ^ Smith, Lisa (2007-05-02). "Council hot topic is just rubbish! ; Worcs: Refuse collection cutback sparks outrage among voters Local Elections 2007". Birmingham Mail. p. 23. 
  4. ^ "The boxes are ready - let the election begin". Malvern Gazette. 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Worcester Conservative candidate was also member of UKIP ; Elections". Birmingham Post. 2007-05-01. p. 7. 
  6. ^ "Politics: Tory in leader's 'loonies' of UKIP ; Party dispute". Birmingham Post. 2007-05-02. p. 4. 
  7. ^ "Tory candidate was member of UKIP". BBC News Online. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  8. ^ a b "Tories hold on with single seat majority". Worcester News. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  9. ^ Murphy, Emma (2007-05-06). "Blue blitz; Polling day misery for Labour as Tories take charge in Brum". Sunday Mercury. p. 30. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Election 2007 Details". Worcester City Council. Retrieved 2010-01-06.