1998 Islington London Borough Council election


The 1998 Islington Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Islington London Borough Council in London, England. The whole council was up for election and the Labour Party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.[1]

Election result


The results saw the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties finish tied on 26 seats each, after the Liberal Democrats gained 12 seats.[2] The Liberal Democrat gains included taking the ward of Barnsbury, where the then Prime Minister Tony Blair had lived before becoming Prime Minister.[2] In the final seat Labour won by 3 votes after 5 recounts to prevent the Liberal Democrats from winning a majority.[2] This meant Labour was able to continue as the administration, relying on the casting vote of the Labour mayor Pat Haynes.[2]

Reasons for the losses for Labour were reported as being the council tax level, which was the highest in London, poor schools and the council's £800 million debt.[2]

At the same as the election Islington voted 81.55% in favour of the 1998 Greater London Authority referendum and 18.45% against, on a 34.15% turnout.[3][4]

Islington Local Election Result 1998[5]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrats 26 +14 50.0 41.4 44,391 +15.3
  Labour 26 −13 50.0 40.6 43,388 −8.8
  Conservative 0 −1 0 6.3 6,369 −6.0
  Green 0 0 6.3 6,366
  Independent 0 0 0.3 266
  Socialist Labour 0 0 0.2 154

Ward results


* - Existing Councillor seeking re-election.

Barnsbury (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Bridget Fox 1,725
Liberal Democrats Alastair Loraine 1,623
Liberal Democrats Carol Powell 1,575
Labour Paula Kahn 929
Labour Steven Barnett 914
Labour Lloyd Child 897
Green Robert Pearce 211
Conservative Christopher Cox 174
Tenants & Residents John Worker 131
Conservative Martin Moyes 111
Conservative Jonathan Small 96
Turnout 8,386
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Bunhill (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Joseph Trotter 1,317
Liberal Democrats Rosetta Wooding 1,236
Liberal Democrats Jyoti Vaja 1,176
Labour Ian Darby 555
Labour Theresa Debono 487
Labour Hassan Asmal 480
Socialist Labour Sharon Hayward 154
Green Denise Bennett 94
Conservative Peter Cuthbert 78
Conservative Doris Daly 76
Conservative Alam-Zeb Khan 71
Turnout 5,724
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Canonbury East (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Dearth 1,101
Liberal Democrats Richard Washington 1,026
Labour Andrew Bosi 750
Labour Peter Lewis 574
Green Judith Kleinman 92
Conservative Timothy Devlin 72
Conservative Duncan Reed 59
Turnout 3,674
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

Canonbury West (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Angela Ribezzo 985
Liberal Democrats Barbara Smith 955
Labour Diane Brace 544
Labour Nicholas Stewart 480
Conservative Carol-Anne Aitken 89
Conservative Richard Campbell 88
Green Robert Turner 54
Turnout 3,195
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Clerkenwell (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Sarah Ludford 1,783
Liberal Democrats Bruce Neave 1,449
Liberal Democrats George Allan 1,427
Labour Timothy Clark 762
Labour Harriet Quiney 672
Labour David Northcott 576
Green Raymond Cunningham 259
Conservative Gordon Dear 162
Conservative Nicholas Roberts 132
Conservative Margaret Reese 118
Turnout 7,340
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Gillespie (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Greening 966
Labour Nigel Mason 751
Liberal Democrats Philip Middleton 336
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Rorison 312
Green Sara Meidan 276
Conservative John Shields 101
Conservative Rifat Bairam 87
Turnout 2,829
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Highbury (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mary Creagh 1,107
Labour Maureen Leigh 1,052
Labour Jenny Rathbone 1,033
Green Christopher Ashby 748
Green Malcolm Powell 522
Green Patricia Tuson 513
Liberal Democrats Kathleen Williams 330
Liberal Democrats Mark Hornby 321
Liberal Democrats Sheila Thornton 313
Conservative Andrew Brooke 227
Conservative Jean-Paul Floru 199
Conservative James Barbaras 191
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Turnout 6,556
Highview (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ruairi McCourt 766
Labour Jennifer Sands 720
Green Michael Holloway 223
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Griffiths 177
Green Michele Wilson 169
Liberal Democrats Ursula Craig 148
Conservative Simon Matthews 58
Conservative Bruce Picking 55
Turnout 2,316
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Hillmarton (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Doreen Scott 1,028
Liberal Democrats Edward Featherstone 998
Labour Antonia Benedek 781
Labour Phil Kelly * 780
Green Mark Chilver 165
Conservative Roy Taft 82
Conservative Mahendra Oza 59
Turnout 3,893
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Hillrise (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Clinton 1,036
Labour Milton Babulall 948
Labour Sheila Camp 940
Liberal Democrats Heather Eggins 426
Liberal Democrats James Sanderson 371
Liberal Democrats Philip Vaughan 328
Conservative Maureen Campbell 255
Green Victoria Olliver 255
Conservative Simon Cooper 180
Conservative Bryan Wilsher 143
Turnout 4,882
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Holloway (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Margot Dunn 1,338
Liberal Democrats Barry Kempton 1,290
Liberal Democrats Douglas Taylor 1,262
Labour Catriona Munro 838
Labour David Sayer 830
Labour Robert Dowd 828
Green Sheena Etches 138
Conservative Alan Reese 99
Conservative Mark Rittner 94
Conservative James Rooke 91
Turnout 6,808
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Junction (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Janet Burgess * 1,104
Labour Talal Karim 940
Labour Sandra Marks 934
Liberal Democrats Margaret Lally 430
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Sidney 347
Liberal Democrats Alford Reeves 319
Green Angela Royston 284
Green Ajay Burlingham-Johnson 271
Conservative Charles Sharman 167
Conservative Anthea Ward 152
Turnout 4,948
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Mildmay (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patrick Haynes 1,056
Labour Jennette Arnold 1,022
Labour Michael Boye-Anawomah 941
Liberal Democrats Anna Berent 621
Liberal Democrats Andrew Crudgington 500
Liberal Democrats Derek Jackson 493
Green Grant Gilbert 290
Conservative Adam Duguid 277
Conservative Oriel Hutchinson 273
Conservative Gary Moores 252
Independent Margaret McDonnell 135
Turnout 5,860
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Quadrant (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats David Barnes * 1,161
Liberal Democrats Laura Willoughby 992
Labour Philip Bird 689
Labour Caspar Bowden 569
Conservative Rebecca Baty 274
Conservative Oliver Judge 239
Green Susan Wilkinson 141
Green Stefan Tobler 88
Turnout 4,153
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
St George's (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rosemary Blackmore 1,357
Labour Walter Burgess 1,165
Labour Shonagh Methven 1,147
Liberal Democrats Jody Beveridge 503
Liberal Democrats Paul Fox 464
Green Mary Adshead 450
Liberal Democrats Julian Glover 411
Conservative Allan Saile 216
Conservative Rosemarie Totvanian 161
Conservative Glenn Timmermans 152
Turnout 6,026
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
St Mary (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Isobel Cox 1,299
Liberal Democrats Joan Coupland 1,298
Liberal Democrats Richard Heseltine 1,272
Labour Jessica Bawden 815
Labour Paul Convery 796
Labour Paul Jackson 796
Green Mjka Scott 149
Conservative Tracey Braddick 118
Conservative Stephen McMinnies 88
Conservative Lisa Ruffell 79
Turnout 6,710
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
St Peter (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Maria Powell 1,548
Liberal Democrats Stephen Hitchins 1,480
Liberal Democrats Christopher Pryce 1,373
Labour Paula Beattie 515
Labour Nicholas Butcher 460
Labour Jenina Pendry 350
Green Ura Kiefer 155
Conservative Thomas Duke 138
Conservative Peter Warren 94
Conservative Ian Sparham-Souter 90
Turnout 6,203
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Sussex (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Meg Hillier * 884
Labour Daniel Bonner 859
Liberal Democrats Graham Baker * 856
Liberal Democrats Hewa Jaff 719
Green Robin Latimer 99
Green Swadesh Poorun 54
Conservative Raymond Muggeridge 38
Conservative John Wilkin 33
Turnout 3,542
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Thornhill (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Perry 828
Labour Edna Griffiths 735
Liberal Democrats Patricia Peel 411
Liberal Democrats Michael Aspell 376
Green Nicola Baird 143
Conservative Stanley Morris 142
Conservative Stephen Kreppel 139
Turnout 2,774
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Tollington (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Roger McKenzie 1,178
Labour Barbara Sidnell 1,149
Labour Derek Sawyer 1,103
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Macmillan 418
Liberal Democrats Matthew Ryan 386
Green James Goggin 385
Liberal Democrats David Tibbs 358
Turnout 4,977
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

References


  1. "Local Elections results". The Times. 9 May 1998. p. 46.
  2. Harding, Luke. "Mugging shock for Labour on leader's old patch". The Guardian. p. 15.
  3. "How London voted for a mayor". The Guardian. 9 May 1998. p. 16.
  4. https://londondatastore-upload.s3.amazonaws.com/docs/LBCE_1998-5-7.pdf
  5. "Policy and politics: Local Elections: Analysis: Council poll results". The Guardian. 9 May 1998. p. 16.