1998 Merton London Borough Council election


Elections for the London Borough of Merton were held on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Merton London Borough Council in London, England. This was on the same day as other local elections in England and a referendum on the Greater London Authority; in the latter, Merton voted in favour of creating the Greater London Authority by 72.2% on a 37.6% turnout.[2]

1998 Merton London Borough Council election
 1994 7 May 1998 2002 

All 57 council seats on
Merton London Borough Council
Turnout38.0% (11.5%)[1]
  First party Second party
 
Party Labour Conservative
Last election 40 seats, 50.3% 10 seats, 31.3%
Seats won 39 12
Seat change 1 2
Popular vote 57,753 43,021
Percentage 44.2% 32.9%
Swing 6.1% 1.6%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Party Liberal Democrats Merton Park Residents
Last election 3 seats, 12.5% 3 seats, 3.6%
Seats won 3 3
Seat change
Popular vote 18,881 4,415
Percentage 14.4% 3.4%
Swing 1.9% 0.2%

Council leader before election

Mike Brunt
Labour

Council leader after election

Mike Brunt
Labour

The whole council was up for election and the Labour Party stayed in overall control of the council, despite losing one seat.[3]

There were some minor ward boundary changes which came into effect in December 1994; these affected Merton's boundaries with Sutton and Croydon.[4] However, the number of council seats remained at fifty-seven. This would be the last election under these boundaries: in 2002, the number of seats was increased by 3 and all ward boundaries were redrawn.[5]

Results


The incumbent Labour majority administration lost two seats to the Conservatives and gained one seat from Longthornton and Tamworth Residents Association, whose last councillor was elected in 1994 and no longer sat for the party; the party did not contest the election.[5][6]

Merton Park Ward Residents Association and the Liberal Democrats maintained their three seats each in Merton Park and West Barnes respectively.[5]

Merton Local Election Result 1998[7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 39 1 2 1 68.4% 44.2% 57,753 6.1%
  Conservative 12 2 0 2 21.1% 32.9% 43,021 1.6%
  Liberal Democrats 3 0 0 0 5.3% 14.4% 18,881 1.9%
  Merton Park Residents 3 0 0 0 5.3% 3.4% 4,415 0.2%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0% 4.8% 6,301 2.3%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0% 0.2% 216 n/a
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0% 0.2% 205 n/a

Ward results


Abbey (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Susan Assinen* 1,162 46.6 -3.8
Labour John Carter 1,138 45.6 -7.0
Labour Mohammad Karim 1,101 44.1 -4.4
Conservative Margaret Connon 578 23.2 -1.2
Conservative Andrew Leek 535 21.5 -3.6
Conservative James Holmes 523 21.0 -2.3
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Barker 478 19.2 +7.5
Liberal Democrats Michael Roe 349 14.0 +3.9
Liberal Democrats John Houlihan 319 12.8 +4.9
Green Jacqueline Barrow 265 10.6 -7.5
Green Mark Coxon 223 8.9 N/A
Green Syed Naqvi 156 6.3 N/A
Turnout 6,827 34.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Cannon Hill (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Mannion* 1,354 44.5 -1.5
Labour Brian White* 1,308 43.0 -2.4
Labour Charles Lucas* 1,269 41.7 -3.8
Conservative Michael Grundy 1,090 35.8 +2.1
Conservative David Gillmor 1,088 35.8 +3.9
Conservative Joan Pethen 1,060 34.8 +2.5
Liberal Democrats Peter Larkin 459 15.1 -0.6
Liberal Democrats Christopher Oxford 352 11.6 -3.4
Liberal Democrats Mark Surey 329 10.8 -3.4
Green John Barker 166 5.5 +0.3
Turnout 8,475 45.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Colliers Wood (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sheila Knight* 1,298 47.9 -8.9
Labour George Reynolds 1,293 47.8 -16.5
Labour Adrian Holt 1,099 40.6 -14.9
Green Thomas Walsh 960 35.5 +9.3
Green Jacqueline Ward 597 22.1 N/A
Green Lois Walters 567 20.9 N/A
Conservative Margaret Ali 324 12.0 -4.2
Conservative Andrea Graham 319 11.8 -4.8
Conservative Kenneth Butt 315 11.6 -2.6
Liberal Democrats Laura Kirwan 288 10.6 -1.6
Liberal Democrats Marek Siemaszko 161 5.9 N/A
Turnout 7,221 36.8
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Dundonald (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Barbara Bampton 1,233 47.8 -4.9
Labour Michael Brunt* 1,128 43.8 -9.3
Labour John Pickover* 1,000 38.8 -7.8
Conservative John Elvidge 661 25.6 -4.8
Conservative David Daly 609 23.6 -5.4
Conservative Andrew Hall 587 22.8 -5.0
Green David Bezkorowajny 446 17.3 +6.9
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Taylor 388 15.1 +2.3
Liberal Democrats Blaise Eglington 369 14.3 +2.1
Liberal Democrats Rosamund Packer 364 14.1 +2.7
Green Jennifer Barrow 285 11.1 N/A
Green Christina Langley 240 9.3 -1.1
Turnout 7,310 41.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Durnsford (2)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Joyce Paton* 813 43.3 -1.7
Labour Mark Thompson 805 42.9 -0.9
Conservative Elisabeth Mitchell 668 35.6 +0.5
Conservative Tariq Ahmad 635 33.8 -1.3
Liberal Democrats Sally Harlow 280 14.9 +1.3
Liberal Democrats Stephen Harbron 193 10.3 -2.6
Green John Garrett 119 6.3 +0.5
Turnout 2,878 43.3
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Figge's Marsh (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Geraldine Stanford* 1,396 59.6 +5.3
Labour Daniel Connellan* 1,298 55.4 +0.7
Labour Andrew Judge* 1,285 54.9 -1.2
Conservative Richard Aitken-Davies 596 25.5 -4.6
Conservative Kathleen Lewis 526 22.5 -7.0
Conservative Mohammed Qureshi 450 19.2 -8.6
Liberal Democrats Malcolm Geldart 339 14.5 +5.0
Green Francis Cluer 172 7.3 +1.3
Turnout 6,062 31.1
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Graveney (2)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Linda Kirby* 908 62.2 -0.9
Labour Joseph Abrams* 898 61.5 +1.7
Conservative Maureen Jewson 240 16.4 -4.4
Conservative Anton Nadarajah 229 15.7 -3.1
Liberal Democrats James McKenna 194 13.3 +2.4
Liberal Democrats Marc Plessier 120 8.2 -1.2
Green Emma-Ruth Crowhurst 77 5.3 +1.7
Turnout 2,666 33.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Hillside (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Harwood 1,254 47.7 +1.3
Conservative David Williams* 1,222 46.5 +0.4
Conservative Christopher Grayling 1,194 45.4 -0.7
Labour Christine Bickerstaff 804 30.6 +0.6
Labour Brian Luff 683 26.0 -3.7
Labour Laurence North 649 24.7 -2.4
Liberal Democrats Carmel Fowler 521 19.8 +1.0
Liberal Democrats Joan Pyke-Lees 479 18.2 +0.1
Liberal Democrats Kamaljit Sood 377 14.3 -4.1
Green Margaret Garrett 231 8.8 +1.3
Turnout 7,414 36.9
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Lavender (2)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edith Macauley 971 62.3 -4.4
Labour Malcolm Searle* 862 55.3 -5.1
Conservative John Jewson 302 19.4 +1.1
Conservative Michael Miles 264 16.9 +0.4
Liberal Democrats Bernard Conway 242 15.5 +3.6
Green Sarah Miskin 139 8.9 N/A
Turnout 2,780 28.8
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Longthornton (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Cairns 1,371 50.4 +10.6
Labour Abdus Chaudhry 1,314 48.3 +9.5
Labour Karen Livingstone 1,279 47.0 +10.8
Conservative David Jeffreys 910 33.4 +17.9
Conservative Geraldine Kirby 843 31.0 +17.5
Conservative Ramdehol Dookhie 790 29.0 +15.8
Liberal Democrats Tariq Ahmad 318 11.7 +5.3
Liberal Democrats Dean Juster 298 10.9 N/A
Liberal Democrats Heather Hurst 297 10.9 N/A
Turnout 7,420 37.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Longthornton and Tamworth Residents Swing
Labour hold Swing
Lower Morden (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Terence Daniels 1,424 47.3 +6.7
Conservative Janet Jones* 1,397 46.4 +5.6
Conservative Peter Morss 1,310 43.5 +6.8
Labour Cyril Gallant* 1,051 34.9 -7.9
Labour Nicholas Draper* 1,012 33.6 -7.6
Labour Anna Monks 973 32.3 -7.2
Liberal Democrats Patricia Pearce 357 11.8 -4.2
Liberal Democrats David Holloway 357 11.8 N/A
Liberal Democrats Graham Stacey 268 8.9 N/A
Green Stephen Boulding 137 4.5 -4.2
Turnout 8,286 45.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Merton Park (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Merton Park Residents Desmonde Child* 1,506 51.6 -5.3
Merton Park Residents Bridget Smith* 1,496 51.2 -5.8
Merton Park Residents John Nelson-Jones 1,413 48.4 -9.2
Conservative Mark Coote 811 27.8 +8.4
Conservative Ronald Cox 775 26.5 +8.0
Conservative Gavin Muncey 739 25.3 +6.8
Labour Michael Fitzgerald 531 18.2 -1.3
Labour Aejaz Khan-Zada 473 16.2 -2.7
Labour Roger Stephens 468 16.0 -2.4
Liberal Democrats John O'Boyle 202 6.9 +2.3
Turnout 8,414 43.0
Merton Park Residents hold Swing
Merton Park Residents hold Swing
Merton Park Residents hold Swing
Phipps Bridge (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Munn* 1,386 57.3 -1.3
Labour Paul Harper* 1,362 56.3 -2.1
Labour Judith Saunders* 1,176 48.6 -4.9
Conservative Sally Lundie 598 24.7 +3.2
Conservative Barbara Mansfield 584 24.2 +4.5
Conservative Roger Farrance 521 21.5 +3.1
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Pizey 328 13.6 +2.7
Green Robin Bannister 258 10.7 N/A
Turnout 5,629 31.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Pollards Hill (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Cole* 1,248 61.3 -0.4
Labour Russell Makin 1,065 52.4 -10.0
Labour Mohammad Syed 1,026 50.4 -1.9
Conservative Pauline Blythe 552 27.1 +2.9
Conservative Jason Garbutt 418 20.5 -2.0
Conservative Harris Chong 317 15.6 -5.0
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Wren 204 10.0 -5.8
Liberal Democrats Paul Whitehead 191 9.4 N/A
Green Keith O'Neill 130 6.4 N/A
Turnout 5,151 33.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Ravensbury (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Philip Jones* 1,294 55.9 -8.2
Labour Peter Smith* 1,229 52.3 -10.3
Labour Peter McCabe* 1,215 51.7 -10.8
Conservative Thelma Earnshaw 560 23.8 +4.2
Conservative Roderick McLeod 508 21.6 +3.2
Conservative Cyril Mitchell 479 20.4 +3.6
Liberal Democrats Violet Jennings 330 14.0 +1.6
Independent Terence Sullivan 205 8.7 +5.9
Green Nicholas Miskin 143 6.1 -0.5
BNP Ian Dell 88 3.7 N/A
Turnout 6,051 36.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Raynes Park (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Margaret Brierly* 1,375 44.1 -2.2
Conservative Robert Bell* 1,310 42.0 -2.1
Conservative Neville Beddoe 1,272 40.8 -2.4
Liberal Democrats David Hurst 965 30.9 +11.3
Liberal Democrats Gail Moss 922 29.6 +8.5
Liberal Democrats Louise Pugh 915 29.3 +9.9
Labour Shoshana Foster 725 23.2 -10.1
Labour Anne Taulbut 662 21.2 -8.9
Labour Haribhai Patel 580 18.6 -11.2
Green Brian Parkin 191 6.1 -1.0
Turnout 8,890 43.4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
St. Helier (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dennis Pearce 1,178 52.3 -10.0
Labour Eunice Martin 1,083 48.1 -10.0
Labour Michael Spacey* 1,025 45.5 -10.7
Conservative Keith Guy 696 30.9 +7.6
Conservative Gordon Raymond 566 25.1 +2.7
Conservative Anne Williams 565 25.1 +4.8
Liberal Democrats Caroline Plessier 346 15.4 +4.6
Green Susan Boulding 233 10.3 +5.0
BNP Robert Andrews 128 5.7 N/A
Turnout 5,806 35.6
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Trinity (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Vivien Guy 1,082 46.0 +1.7
Labour Kingsley Abrams* 1,061 45.1 -1.8
Labour Paul Barasi* 981 41.7 -2.4
Conservative Dorothy Kilsby 696 29.6 -0.7
Conservative Nicholas Brewer 689 29.3 +0.2
Conservative Alan Hogg 657 27.9 -1.2
Liberal Democrats Peter Hutchison 411 17.5 -0.7
Liberal Democrats Neil Rennie 368 15.6 -1.1
Liberal Democrats Bonita Ralph 360 15.3 -1.5
Green Stephen Gardiner 230 9.8 +2.8
Turnout 6,535 37.8
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Village (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Allan Jones* 1,337 57.8 +1.4
Conservative Samantha George 1,330 57.5 -0.8
Conservative Christopher Houseden 1,328 57.4 -0.6
Labour Martin Holman 534 23.1 +4.9
Labour Denise Leggett 494 21.4 +2.8
Labour Kenneth Wilshire 467 20.2 +3.4
Liberal Democrats Philip Rumney 317 13.7 -8.2
Liberal Democrats Anthony Dix 300 13.0 -6.4
Liberal Democrats Richard Tibbetts 298 12.9 -5.1
Green Ernest Dennis 191 8.3 +1.9
Turnout 6,596 36.4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
West Barnes (3)[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Jennifer Willott 1,360 42.4 +5.9
Liberal Democrats Iain Dysart* 1,317 41.1 +6.1
Liberal Democrats Nicholas Harris* 1,251 39.0 +5.4
Labour Barry Edwards 916 28.6 +0.1
Labour Stephen Nixon 882 27.5 ±0.0
Labour Patrick Loughran 855 26.7 -2.1
Conservative Linda Batchelor 816 25.4 -2.7
Conservative David Jessop 799 24.9 -2.8
Conservative Roderick Scott 780 24.3 -2.7
Green Julian Davidson 145 4.5 -0.8
Turnout 9,121 46.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

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