1998 Maidstone Borough Council election

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The 1998 Maidstone Borough Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Maidstone Borough Council in Kent, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control. [1]

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Kent County of England

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After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrats (UK) Political party in the United Kingdom

The Liberal Democrats are a liberal political party in the United Kingdom. Currently led by Jo Swinson, the party has 18 Members of Parliament in the House of Commons, 96 members of the House of Lords, 16 members of the European Parliament, five Members of the Scottish Parliament and one member in each of the Welsh Assembly and the London Assembly. It was in a coalition government with the Conservative Party from 2010 to 2015. Policy decisions are made on a one-member, one-vote basis of party members attending the Liberal Democrat Federal Conference, which is held twice per year.

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Conservative Party (UK) Political party in the United Kingdom

The Conservative Party, officially the Conservative and Unionist Party, known informally as the Tories, and historically also known as the Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom. The governing party since 2010, it is the largest in the House of Commons, with 288 Members of Parliament, and also has 234 members of the House of Lords, 4 members of the European Parliament, 31 Members of the Scottish Parliament, 11 members of the Welsh Assembly, 8 members of the London Assembly and 7,445 local councillors.

Election result

Overall turnout in the election was 27.35%. [2]

Maidstone Local Election Result 1998 [3] [4]
PartySeatsGainsLossesNet gain/lossSeats %Votes %Votes+/−
  Liberal Democrat 8-444.443.6
  Labour 4+222.230.7
  Conservative 4+222.223.8
  Independent 2011.1

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References

  1. 1 2 "Policy and politics: Local Elections: Analysis: Council poll results". The Guardian . 9 May 1998. p. 16.
  2. "Election of Maidstone Borough Councillors - Thursday 2 May 2002" (PDF). Maidstone Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
  3. "Local Elections results". The Times . 9 May 1998. p. 46.
  4. "Local Election Results, 1999". Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-03-03.