1998 Colchester Borough Council election


The 1998 Colchester Borough Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Colchester Borough Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Liberal Democrats lost overall control of the council to no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result


The Liberal Democrats lost the majority on the council that they had controlled since 1994.[2]

Results Summary


1998 Colchester Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Liberal Democrats 8 5 40.0 19 27 45.0 11,266 34.7 –5.2
  Conservative 7 3 35.0 7 14 23.3 10,860 33.5 +11.0
  Labour 5 2 25.0 13 18 30.0 10,327 31.8 –2.4
  Tiptree Residents 0 0.0 1 1 1.7 0 0.0 –2.9

Ward Results


Berechurch

Berechurch
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Cooke 971 49.0 +6.4
Liberal Democrats W. Sutton 771 38.9 -11.2
Conservative J. Dinglemans 239 12.1 +4.8
Majority
Turnout 34.1
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Birch Messing Copford

Birch Messing Copford
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative P. Crowe 555 65.8 +15.1
Labour T. Rogers 197 23.4 +1.6
Liberal Democrats D. Paton 91 10.8 -16.7
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Castle

Castle
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Chris Hall 907 44.5 -1.1
Labour Chris Pearson 585 28.7 -9.2
Conservative N. Stock 514 25.2 +9.7
Natural Law L. Basker 32 1.6 +0.7
Majority
Turnout 34.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Harbour

Harbour
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats P. Blandon 800 43.8 -9.2
Labour D. Canning 761 41.7 +2.3
Conservative S. Rae 264 14.5 +6.9
Majority
Turnout
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Lexden

Lexden
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative P. Walford 1,030 50.4 +2.1
Liberal Democrats U. Jones 802 39.3 -1.9
Labour S. Creasy 210 10.3 +1.1
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Mile End

Mile End
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats D. Goatley 913 36.2 +6.1
Conservative N. Taylor 844 33.5 +2.9
Labour J. Thomas 766 30.4 -6.6
Majority
Turnout
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

New Town

New Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Bob Russell 997 62.6 -0.1
Labour Jean Quinn 429 26.9 -3.7
Conservative A. Allen 166 10.4 +3.7
Majority
Turnout 36.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Prettygate

Prettygate
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J. Girdlestone 838 40.7 +15.2
Liberal Democrats D. Goss 795 38.6 -9.7
Labour P. Creasy 426 20.7 -5.4
Majority 2.1
Turnout 34.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

Pyefleet

Pyefleet
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative R. Davidson 573 66.7 +20.1
Liberal Democrats R. Watkins 146 17.0 -22.9
Labour J. Coombes 140 16.3 +4.4
Majority 49.7
Turnout 42.2
Conservative hold Swing

Shrub End

Shrub End
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats W. Sandford 452 40.4 -9.4
Labour R. Pryor 436 38.9 +0.5
Conservative A. Yalland 232 20.7 +8.9
Majority 1.4
Turnout 21.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

St. Andrew's

St. Andrew's
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Julie Young 688 58.4 -2.7
Liberal Democrats J. Gray 375 31.8 +1.3
Conservative R. Lambeth 116 9.8 +1.2
Majority 30.5
Turnout 23.6
Labour hold Swing

St. Anne's

St. Anne's
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. Fairbrother 967 50.1 -0.6
Liberal Democrats K. Hindle 745 38.6 -3.6
Conservative M. Girdlestone 220 11.4 +4.3
Majority
Turnout
Labour gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

St. John's

St. John's
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Helen Chuah 813 44.8 -15.0
Conservative D. Smith 661 36.4 +12.1
Labour Dave Harris 340 18.7 +2.8
Majority 8.4
Turnout 32.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

St. Mary's

St. Mary's
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Nick Cope 754 41.9 -3.9
Conservative S. Candy 681 37.8 +4.4
Labour P. McGilvray 366 20.3 -0.5
Majority 4.1
Turnout 33.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Stanway

Stanway
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats G. Illot 752 40.7 -13.2
Conservative I. McCord 651 35.3 +15.4
Labour Ian Yates 443 24.0 -2.2
Majority 5.5
Turnout 30.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Tiptree

Tiptree
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mike Dale 913 60.0 +18.0
Conservative Elizabeth Blundell 410 26.9 +17.1
Liberal Democrats A. Seaman 199 13.1 New
Majority 33.0
Turnout 24.3
Labour hold Swing

West Bergholt & Eight Ash Green

West Bergholt & Eight Ash Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Nigel Chapman 655 49.9 +18.3
Liberal Democrats R. Tyrrell 481 36.7 -11.9
Labour D. Jones 176 13.4 -6.4
Majority 13.3
Turnout 33.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing

West Mersea

West Mersea
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative M. Kimberley 910 60.6 +5.7
Labour Alan Mogridge 361 24.0 +2.0
Liberal Democrats B. Harrison 231 15.4 -7.7
Majority 36.6
Turnout 25.9
Conservative hold Swing

Winstree

Winstree
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative M. Fairhead 674 80.0 +16.7
Labour L. Dopson 96 11.4 +3.2
Liberal Democrats P. Gentry 73 8.7 -18.7
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. Richardson 1,056 57.0 -1.8
Conservative D. Adams 627 33.9 +6.1
Liberal Democrats L. Warren 169 9.1 -5.3
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

By-elections between 1998 and 1999


Tiptree By-Election 25 June 1998[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 624 46.0 -14.0
Tiptree Residents 399 29.4 +29.4
Conservative 333 24.6 -2.3
Majority 291 16.6
Turnout 1,356 21.7
Labour hold Swing

References


  1. "Local government election results". The Independent. 8 May 1998.
  2. Timmins, Nicholas (8 May 1998). "Parties suffer mixed fortunes in poll". Financial Times. p. 15.
  3. "Local Authority Byelection Results". Retrieved 25 May 2014.