2007 Gravesham Borough Council election

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2007 Gravesham Borough Council election
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  2003 3 May 2007 2011  

All 44 seats in the Gravesham Borough Council
3 seats needed for a majority
 First partySecond party
 
Party Conservative Labour
Last election21 seats, 55.3%23 seats, 43.0%
Seats won2816
Seat changeIncrease2.svg7Decrease2.svg7
Popular vote13,7868,918
Percentage54.8%35.5%
SwingDecrease2.svg0.5%Decrease2.svg7.5%

Gravesham UK local election 2007 map.svg
Map of the results of the 2007 Gravesham council election. Labour in red and Conservatives in blue.

Council control before election


Labour

Council control after election


Conservative

The 2007 Gravesham Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Gravesham Borough Council in Kent, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from the Labour party. [1]

Contents

Background

Before the election Labour had run the council since 1995 and since the 2003 election had 23 seats, compared to 21 for the Conservatives. [2] The Conservatives had therefore needed to gain 2 seats to take control from Labour. [2]

Election result

The results saw the Conservatives gain control of the council from Labour, the first time the Conservatives had control of the council in 20 years.[ citation needed ] The Conservatives moved to 26 seats after winning 54% of the vote, while Labour dropped to 16 seats on a 40% vote share. [3] Overall turnout at the election was 36.4%, up from 31% at the 2003 election. [3]

The Conservative gains included taking all 3 seats in the wards of Painters Ash and Singlewell from Labour. [3] The Conservatives also held the seats in Whitehill where the two sitting councillors, George Lambton and Derek Robinson, had stood as independents after being deselected by the Conservatives before the election. [3] The leader of the Conservatives on the council, Michael Snelling, said "I am over the moon. I think we have exceeded our expectations.", while the Labour council leader, John Burden said he planned "to come back in four years' time". [3]

The election in Meopham North was postponed after the death of one of the Conservative councillors Malcolm Burgoyne on 25 April. [4] The delayed election in Meopham North was held on 21 June and saw the Conservatives hold both seats in the ward. [5] The Conservative leader, Michael Snelling, was one of the two winners in Meopham North and as a result was able to then become the new leader of the council. [3]

Gravesham Local Election Result 2007 [6] [7]
PartySeatsGainsLossesNet gain/lossSeats %Votes %Votes+/−
  Conservative 2870+761.954.813,786-0.5%
  Labour 1607-738.135.58,918-7.5%
  Liberal Democrats 000005.81,459+5.0
  Green 000002.0491+1.1
  Independent 000001.5383+1.5
  Monster Raving Loony 000000.5114+0.5

Ward results

Central (3) [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Greta Goatley 1,081
Conservative Bronwen McGarrity 1,041
Conservative Samir Jassal 998
Labour Lana Aitchison727
Labour Mukhtar Goraya667
Labour Maureen Newell651
Turnout 5,16543+6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Chalk [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Leslie Hills 501 76.6 +10.6
Labour Colin Pritchard15323.4-10.6
Majority34853.2+21.2
Turnout 65438+0
Conservative hold Swing
Coldharbour [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Susan Howes 564
Labour Rosemary Leadley 535
Conservative Murray Barrett383
Conservative John Stubbings364
Turnout 1,84631+9
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Higham (2) [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Patricia Oakeshott 994
Conservative Bryan Sweetland 799
Labour Eileen Rice251
Green Gwen Easdown197
Labour Leslie Howes190
Turnout 2,43141+4
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Istead Rise (2) [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative David Turner 1,023
Conservative Kenneth Jones 1,013
Labour Douglas Christie185
Labour David Webber170
Turnout 2,39144+5
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Meopham North (2) [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Michael Snelling 681
Conservative Laura Hryniewicz 662
Liberal Democrats James Willis200
Liberal Democrats Gillian McGill178
Green Richard Crawford104
Labour Mary Williams59
Labour Pamela Sales57
Monster Raving Loony Lord Toby Jug31
Turnout 1,97229.0
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Meopham South and Vigo (2) [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Leslye Boycott 853
Conservative Ray Collins 767
Labour Mark Waterfield209
Green Ann Wakeman190
Labour Colin Meredith162
Monster Raving Loony Lord Toby Jug83
Turnout 2,26436+6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Note: The election in Meopham North was delayed to 21 June due to the death of a candidate.

Northfleet North (3) [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Ronald Bowman 886
Labour Tanmanjeet Dhesi 849
Labour Andrea Webb 841
Conservative Clarice Masterson437
Conservative Eileen Tuff431
Conservative Arthur Fitz-Simon417
Liberal Democrats Bruce Parmenter178
Liberal Democrats James Willis178
Liberal Democrats Emily Slight166
Turnout 4,38332+11
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Northfleet South (3) [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour James Loughlin 740
Labour John Burden 730
Labour Narinder Thandi 706
Conservative John Nichols551
Conservative Julia Burgoyne510
Conservative Anne Welldon463
Liberal Democrats Gillian McGill192
Turnout 3,89231+5
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Painters Ash [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Harold Craske 874
Conservative Adrian Warburton 812
Conservative Peter Barbuti 790
Labour John Thompson779
Labour Dick Target770
Labour Harry Smith743
Liberal Democrats Amanda Crane248
Liberal Democrats Ian Stevenson220
Liberal Democrats Mervyn McGill195
Turnout 5,43143+7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Pelham (3) [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Makhan Singh 967
Labour Jane Cribbon 956
Labour Derek Sales 943
Conservative Christopher Barnes759
Conservative Doreen Fairbrother694
Conservative Laura Hryniewicz658
Liberal Democrats Robert McGill203
Liberal Democrats Jodi Parmenter148
Turnout 5,32839+6
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Riverside (3) [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Lyn Milner 753
Labour Richard Smith 752
Labour Lee Croxton 738
Conservative Juliet Baker469
Conservative Heather Frost450
Conservative Helen Skellorn447
Turnout 3,60929+4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Riverview [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Lambert 777
Conservative David Hurley726
Labour Kenneth Green407
Labour Robin McLauchlan378
Turnout 2,28836+1
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Shorne, Cobham & Luddesdown (2) [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Alex Moore 1,295 43.8
Conservative Robin Theobald 1,255 42.4
Labour Rita Mitchell2056.9
Labour Dorothy Riley2036.9
Turnout 2,95848+8
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Singlewell (3) [8]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Sara Langdale 786
Conservative John Cubitt 763
Conservative Conrad Broadley 750
Labour Peggy Mersh633
Labour Hopeton Robinson593
Labour Stephen Webb569
Liberal Democrats Sheila Scott201
Turnout 4,29532+9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Westcourt (3) [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Colin Caller 662
Labour John Caller 636
Conservative Graeme Biggs 613
Conservative Thomas Ballard612
Labour Brian Newell602
Conservative Teresa Sweetland585
Turnout 3,71029+4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Whitehill (2) [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Diane Marsh 675
Conservative Glen Handley 670
Labour Brian Francis382
Labour Alfred Mersh371
Independent Derek Robinson164
Independent George Lambton153
Turnout 2,41540+3
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Woodlands (3) [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative William Dyke 1,034
Conservative Mick Wenban 1,013
Conservative Anthony Pritchard 966
Labour Carole Bowman356
Labour Andrew Delapena329
Labour Peter Leadley323
Liberal Democrats David Bigelow237
Independent Ronald Stanford219
Turnout 4,47737+8
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

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