1998 St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council election


The 1998 St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council in Merseyside, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result


Both the Labour and Liberal Democrat group leaders said that they were pleased with the election results.[3] Labour held control of the council after winning 13 of the 19 seats contested, leaving the party with 42 councillors.[1] However the Liberal Democrats gained a seat in Newton East from Labour to have 10 seats and there was a vote swing from Labour to the Liberal Democrats.[1][3] Meanwhile, the Conservatives gained 1 seat, after taking Rainford, to have 2 councillors.[1][3]

St Helens local election result 1998[1][3]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 13 0 2 -2 68.4 53.3 15,856
  Liberal Democrats 5 1 0 +1 26.3 31.7 9,430
  Conservative 1 1 0 +1 5.3 14.4 4,297
  Socialist Labour 0 0 0 0 0 0.6 182

Ward results


Billinge and Seneley Green[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bessie Griffin 1,184 65.4
Conservative Joan Hall 335 18.5
Liberal Democrats Richard Ferry 291 16.1
Majority 849 46.9
Turnout 1,810
Labour hold Swing
Blackbrook[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Linda Maloney 658 71.0
Liberal Democrats Stephen Broughton 187 20.2
Conservative Margaret Harvey 82 8.8
Majority 471 50.8
Turnout 927
Labour hold Swing
Broad Oak[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Pinder 914 71.5
Liberal Democrats Pauline Partington 275 21.5
Conservative Edna Ashby 50 3.9
Socialist Labour Ronald Waugh 40 3.1
Majority 639 50.0
Turnout 1,279
Labour hold Swing
Eccleston[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Teresa Sims 1,544 64.9
Conservative John Goodacre 418 17.6
Labour Stephen Glover 416 17.5
Majority 1,126 47.4
Turnout 2,378
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Grange Park[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Terence Hanley 667 59.3
Liberal Democrats David Evans 271 24.1
Conservative Catherine Lindon 187 16.6
Majority 396 35.2
Turnout 1,125
Labour hold Swing
Haydock[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Swift 1,178 71.7
Liberal Democrats Carole Worthington 205 12.5
Conservative Judith Collins 169 10.3
Socialist Labour Andrew Rimaitis 90 5.5
Majority 973 59.3
Turnout 1,642
Labour hold Swing
Marshalls Cross[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats John Beirne 1,127 71.2
Labour Ronald Cooke 415 26.2
Conservative Jill Jones 40 2.5
Majority 712 45.0
Turnout 1,582
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Moss Bank[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Carole Kavanagh 1,329 54.4
Labour Michael McGough 1,025 42.0
Conservative William Highcock 88 3.6
Majority 304 12.4
Turnout 2,442
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Newton East[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Neil Taylor 928 49.2
Labour Thomas Chisnall 799 42.4
Conservative Brian Honey 158 8.4
Majority 129 6.8
Turnout 1,885
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing
Newton West[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Keith Deakin 1,028 66.2
Liberal Democrats David Crowther 403 25.9
Conservative Stephen Holt 123 7.9
Majority 625 40.2
Turnout 1,554
Labour hold Swing
Parr and Hardshaw[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mark Arnold 743 79.9
Liberal Democrats Michael Ellis 133 14.3
Conservative Thomas Brooke 54 5.8
Majority 610 65.6
Turnout 930
Labour hold Swing
Queens Park[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patricia Ireland 782 65.2
Liberal Democrats Vivienne Lavery 306 25.5
Conservative Margaret Bolton 112 9.3
Majority 476 39.7
Turnout 1,200
Labour hold Swing
Rainford[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Brown 1,293 54.1
Labour John Appleton 933 39.1
Liberal Democrats Sharon Birch 162 6.8
Majority 360 15.1
Turnout 2,388
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Rainhill[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Phillip Speakman 1,054 63.8
Conservative Richard Seddon 376 22.8
Liberal Democrats Kenneth Knowles 222 13.4
Majority 678 41.0
Turnout 1,652
Labour hold Swing
Sutton and Bold[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Brian Spencer 1,353 58.4
Labour Derek Maylor 912 39.4
Conservative Herbert Williams 51 2.2
Majority 441 19.0
Turnout 2,316
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Thatto Heath (2 seats)[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patricia Robinson 862
Labour Sheila Hudson 722
Liberal Democrats Carol Pearl 156
Liberal Democrats John Brown 130
Conservative Albert Pearson 108
Socialist Labour Michael Perry 52
Turnout 2,030
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
West Sutton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Robinson 671 73.3
Liberal Democrats Darren Makin 185 20.2
Conservative Charmian Pyke 60 6.6
Majority 486 53.1
Turnout 916
Labour hold Swing
Windle[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Graham Whiteside 893 52.3
Conservative Anthony Rigby 593 34.7
Liberal Democrats Audrey Ashall 223 13.0
Majority 300 17.6
Turnout 1,709
Labour hold Swing

By-elections between 1998 and 1999


Marshalls Cross

Marshalls Cross by-election 21 January 1999[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats 848 69.0 -2.2
Labour 352 28.6 +2.4
Conservative 16 1.3 -1.2
Socialist Labour 13 1.1 +1.1
Majority 496 40.4 -4.6
Turnout 1,229 19.9
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

Newton West

A by-election took place in Newton West on 21 January 1999 to replace Labour councillor Martin Schofield.[5] The seat was gained for the Liberal Democrats by Virginia Taylor with a majority of 145 votes over Labour's Thomas Chisnall after a 25% swing.[5]

Newton West by-election 21 January 1999[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Virgnina Taylor 842 53.2 +27.3
Labour Thomas Chisnall 697 44.0 -22.2
Conservative Brian Honey 44 2.8 -5.1
Majority 145 9.2
Turnout 1,583 19.6
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Swing

Thatto Heath

Thatto Heath by-election 21 January 1999[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour 493 76.1 +3.3
Liberal Democrats 61 9.4 -3.8
Conservative 47 7.3 -1.9
Socialist Unity 47 7.3 +2.4
Majority 432 66.7
Turnout 648 9
Labour hold Swing

References


  1. "Local Elections results". The Times. NewsBank. 9 May 1998. p. 46.
  2. "Local government election results". The Independent. NewsBank. 8 May 1998.
  3. "Leaders salute poll results". Lancashire County Publications. NewsBank. 14 May 1998.
  4. "Local Authority Byelection Results - January 1999". Local Authority Byelection Results. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  5. "Lib Dems oust Labour". Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside Counties Publications. NewsBank. 29 January 1999.