2007 Maidstone Borough Council election

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Map of the results of the 2007 Maidstone council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and independent in white. Wards in grey were not contested in 2007. Maidstone 2007 election map.png
Map of the results of the 2007 Maidstone council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and independent in white. Wards in grey were not contested in 2007.

The 2007 Maidstone Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2007 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]

Contents

After the election, the composition of the council was

Background

Before the election the Conservatives were the largest party on the council with 27 seats, compared to 20 Liberal Democrats, 4 Labour and 4 independent councillors. [3] 20 seats were up for election, with 2 of these in Bridge and South wards being by-elections after the resignation of the previous councillors. [3]

The Conservatives held the seats of Detling and Thurnham and Sutton Valence and Langley without a contest after no other candidates stood in those seats. [3] In total 64 candidates stood in the election, comprising 20 Conservatives, 16 Liberal Democrats, 11 Green party, 10 Labour, 5 independents and 2 British National Party. [3] As well as the by-elections, 2 sitting councillors did not stand in the election, Liberal Democrat John Williams from Coxheath and Hunton ward and independent Janetta Sams from Harrietsham and Lenham ward. [3]

Election result

The results saw no party win a majority on the council after the Liberal Democrats made a net gain of 1 seat from the Conservatives. [4] This reduced the Conservatives to 26 seats and was a disappointment for them as Maidstone had been one of the party's top 10 targets in the 2007 local elections. [4] Overall turnout in the election was 37.68%. [3]

Maidstone Local Election Result 2007 [3] [5]
PartySeatsGainsLossesNet gain/lossSeats %Votes %Votes+/−
  Conservative 912-145.049.215,968+2.5%
  Liberal Democrats 921+145.033.210,773+2.5%
  Independent 200010.05.41,762-0.2%
  Labour 000005.91,905-5.3%
  Green 000005.31,722+0.8%
  BNP 000001.0329+1.0%

Ward results

Allington [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Democrats Cynthia Robertson1,51763.9+1.3
Conservative Jeff Curwood68428.8+2.6
Labour Marianna Poliszczuk1747.3+1.3
Majority83335.1-1.3
Turnout 2,37542.7+1.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Bearsted [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Allan Bradshaw1,93570.0+28.7
Liberal Democrats Sheila Chittenden51018.5+18.5
Green Edward Wallace31911.3+6.8
Majority1,42551.6
Turnout 2,76442.9+0.4
Conservative hold Swing
Boxley [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Malcolm Greer1,41567.2+1.5
Liberal Democrats John Doherty53425.3+1.5
BNP Gareth Veitch1587.5+7.5
Majority88141.8-0.1
Turnout 2,10732.9+4.3
Conservative hold Swing
Bridge [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Democrats David Pickett74650.5+12.8
Conservative Martin Cluett61141.4-2.0
Green Andrew Waldie1208.1-2.8
Majority1359.1
Turnout 1,47734.7+1.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Coxheath and Hunton [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Democrats Colin Parr1,23947.8-0.3
Conservative John Wilson1,22147.1+0.4
Labour Michael Casserley1305.0-0.2
Majority180.7-0.8
Turnout 2,59047.7+5.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Detling and Thurnham [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative John Horneunopposed
Conservative hold Swing
Downswood and Otham [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Independent David Marchant40550.8-25.5
Independent Gordon Newton23028.9+28.9
Conservative Mark Hodges16220.3+1.6
Majority17522.0-35.6
Turnout 79737.9+8.9
Independent hold Swing
East [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Democrats David Naghi1,38654.1+16.5
Conservative Jamie Devlin91235.6-16.0
Labour Michael Beckwith1676.5-0.3
Green James Shalice973.8+3.8
Majority47418.5
Turnout 2,56241.4+2.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Fant [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Democrats Nick Schnell77340.2+2.9
Conservative James Ross45423.6-2.5
Green Stuart Jeffery34217.8+5.1
Labour Keith Adkinson24512.7-4.4
Independent Carol Vizzard1095.7-1.1
Majority31916.6+5.5
Turnout 1,92333.6+4.3
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Harrietsham and Lenham [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Independent Tom Sams94145.8+45.8
Conservative Gary Cooke83440.6-16.9
Liberal Democrats Stephen Morris23011.2+11.2
Green Sarah Goodwin502.4+2.4
Majority1075.2
Turnout 2,05548.1+7.0
Independent hold Swing
High Street [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Democrats Fran Wilson75846.8+0.6
Conservative Paul Butcher53332.9-1.3
Labour Richard Coates18211.2-1.3
Green Wendy Lewis1489.1+9.1
Majority22513.9+1.9
Turnout 1,62127.8+2.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Leeds [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Peter Parvin63984.7+15.8
Labour Elizabeth Stevens11515.3+2.3
Majority52469.5+18.7
Turnout 75440.1-1.4
Conservative hold Swing
Loose [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Ben Sherreard41350.4+7.9
Liberal Democrats Hugh Laing35843.7-8.2
Green Angela Wooi485.9+5.9
Majority556.7
Turnout 81944.5+3.4
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Marden and Yalding [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Annabelle Blackmore1,32462.7-9.7
Liberal Democrats Carol Jacques42220.0-7.6
Labour Edith Davis21610.2+10.2
Green Ian McDonald1517.1+7.1
Majority90242.7-2.2
Turnout 2,11336.5+1.0
Conservative hold Swing
North [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Democrats Marvyn Warner97354.0-3.4
Conservative Jeff Tree50027.8-0.4
Green Derek Eagle1458.1+0.6
Labour Patrick Coates1065.9-1.0
Independent Maureen Cleator774.3+4.3
Majority47326.3-2.8
Turnout 1,80132.0-1.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Shepway North [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Marion Ring98953.8+6.3
Labour James Carney35919.5-4.3
Liberal Democrats Geoffrey Samme20110.9+10.9
BNP William Hitches1719.3+9.3
Green Stephen Muggeridge1196.5-3.1
Majority63034.3+10.6
Turnout 1,83930.0+0.1
Conservative hold Swing
South (2) [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Democrats John Wilson1,234
Liberal Democrats Ian Chittenden1,139
Conservative Keith Andrews1,113
Conservative Alan Chell1,102
Green Penny Kemp183
Turnout 4,77140.7
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative Swing
Staplehurst [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Richard Lusty1,12770.1+3.4
Liberal Democrats Thomas Burnham27016.8-3.8
Labour John Randall21113.1+0.4
Majority85753.3+7.2
Turnout 1,60835.7-0.6
Conservative hold Swing
Sutton Valence and Langley [3]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Paulina Stockellunopposed
Conservative hold Swing

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References

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  2. "National: Elections 2007: Town and country go to the polls". The Guardian . 4 May 2007. p. 6.
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  4. 1 2 "Lib Dems victory in Prescott's back yard". The Press and Journal . 4 May 2007. p. 13.
  5. "Results". The Times . 5 May 2007. p. 83.