2008 Maidstone Borough Council election

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Map of the results of the 2008 Maidstone council election. Conservatives in blue, Liberal Democrats in yellow and independents in white. Wards in grey were not contested in 2008.

The 2008 Maidstone Borough Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Maidstone Borough Council in Kent, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from 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, but did not have a majority. [3] The council however was run by a coalition of the other groups, with the Liberal Democrats leading an alliance with Labour and the independents. [3] Between them these groups had 28 seats, until the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Peter Hooper, after he was arrested in relation to a computer-related crime, left them with the same number of seats as the Conservatives. [3]

19 seats were being contested in the election, with the Conservatives defending 8 and the Liberal Democrats 7. [3]

Election result

The results saw the Conservatives gain a majority of the council after making a net gain of 2 seats, in what was the first time any party had a majority on the council for 25 years. [4] The Conservatives went up to 29 seats, while the Liberal Democrats dropped one seat to 20. [4] The Labour group leader Morel D'Souza was defeated in Fant ward and his party was reduced to just 1 seat. [4] Meanwhile, the independents went up by 1 seat to have 5 seats on the council. [4] Overall turnout in the election was 35.58%. [5]

Maidstone Local Election Result 2008 [5] [6]
PartySeatsGainsLossesNet gain/lossSeats %Votes %Votes+/−
  Conservative 1031+252.649.716,328+0.5%
  Liberal Democrat 701-136.832.710,732-0.5%
  Independent 210+110.54.01,311-1.4%
  Labour 002-206.72,215+0.8%
  Green 000006.01,981+0.7%
  UKIP 000000.8263+0.8%

Ward results

Allington [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Robertson1,43759.6-4.3
Conservative Jeff Curwood72430.0+1.2
Labour Marianna Poliszczuk1084.5-2.8
UKIP Gareth Kendall863.6+3.6
Green Amanda Evans572.4+2.4
Majority71329.6-5.5
Turnout 2,41242.9+0.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Barming [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Independent Fay Gooch55251.9+51.9
Conservative Cass Jappie47444.5-40.2
Labour Wendy Hollands383.6-2.6
Majority787.3
Turnout 1,06454.2+0.3
Independent gain from Conservative Swing
Bearsted [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Richard Ash1,93774.7+4.7
Liberal Democrat Steven Hunter48118.5+0.0
Green Ian McDonald1766.8-4.5
Majority1,45656.1+4.5
Turnout 2,59439.7-3.2
Conservative hold Swing
Boughton Monchelsea and Chart Sutton [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Independent Mike Fitzgerald75989.9+19.8
UKIP Keith Woollven8510.1+10.1
Majority67479.9+35.6
Turnout 84442.0-8.0
Independent hold Swing
Boxley [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Wendy Hinder1,60778.8+11.6
Liberal Democrat John Doherty32115.7-9.6
Green Patricia Marchant1115.7+5.7
Majority1,28663.1+21.3
Turnout 2,03931.4-1.5
Conservative hold Swing
Bridge [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative James Ross67144.8+3.4
Liberal Democrat David Pickett64042.7-7.8
Labour Sally Willcox1006.7+6.7
Green Angela Wooi885.9-2.2
Majority312.1
Turnout 1,49935.3+0.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Coxheath and Hunton [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative John Wilson1,35450.9+3.8
Liberal Democrat Moira Walter1,20645.4-2.4
Labour Michael Casserley993.7-1.3
Majority1485.6
Turnout 2,65948.3+0.6
Conservative hold Swing
East [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Democrat Patrick Sellar1,33156.7+2.6
Conservative Edward Winstanley87937.4+1.8
Green James Shalice1395.9+2.1
Majority45219.2+0.7
Turnout 2,34937.3-4.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Fant [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Stephen Paine67933.3+9.7
Liberal Democrat Fran Smith56227.6-12.6
Labour Morel D'Souza47023.1+10.4
Green Stuart Jeffery32616.0-1.8
Majority1175.7
Turnout 2,03732.7-0.9
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Headcorn [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Richard Thick1,16466.7+5.8
Green Penny Kemp58133.3-5.8
Majority58333.4+11.5
Turnout 1,74545.2+3.3
Conservative hold Swing
Heath [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Democrat Bryan Vizzard56245.4-3.4
Conservative Mark Mears51841.8-1.2
Labour Patrick Coates836.7-1.5
Green Andrew Waldie756.1+6.1
Majority443.6-2.2
Turnout 1,23830.2-3.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
High Street [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Democrat Denise Joy73843.9-2.9
Conservative Paul Butcher61136.3+3.4
Labour Richard Coates1529.0-2.2
UKIP John Stanford925.5+5.5
Green Wendy Lewis895.3-3.8
Majority1277.6-6.3
Turnout 1,68228.6+0.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Marden and Yalding [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative John Verrall1,50672.9+10.2
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Samme32015.5-4.5
Labour Edith Davis24011.6+1.4
Majority1,18657.4+14.7
Turnout 2,06635.2-1.3
Conservative hold Swing
North [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Paterson1,01259.4+5.4
Conservative Jeff Tree55232.4+4.6
Green Derek Eagle1418.3+0.2
Majority46027.0+0.7
Turnout 1,70529.3-2.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
North Downs [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Daphne Parvin59976.9+17.4
Liberal Democrat John Watson9612.3-2.9
Green Sarah Goodwin8410.8+10.8
Majority50364.6+20.5
Turnout 77939.2-6.3
Conservative hold Swing
Park Wood [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Democrat Robert Field44754.1+20.0
Conservative Susan Yates25831.2+0.3
Labour Liz Stevens12214.8-20.1
Majority18922.9
Turnout 82724.5-4.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Shepway North [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Christopher Garland1,09160.6+6.8
Labour Gill Annan37520.8+1.3
Liberal Democrat Peter Batt22012.2+1.3
Green Stephen Muggeridge1146.3-0.2
Majority71639.8+5.5
Turnout 1,80028.7-1.3
Conservative hold Swing
Shepway South [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Conservative Bob Hinder52551.9+15.9
Labour Ken Stevens32432.0-5.1
Liberal Democrat Maria Sotelo-Moratinos16316.1+3.0
Majority20119.9
Turnout 1,01223.7-1.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
South [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Liberal Democrat Ian Chittenden1,19648.2
Conservative Scott Hahnefeld1,17947.6
Labour John Randall1044.2
Majority170.7
Turnout 2,47941.6+0.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

References

  1. "Maidstone". BBC News Online . Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  2. "National: Full election results". The Guardian . 3 May 2008. p. 45.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Voters head to the polls in local elections". kentnews.co.uk. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  4. 1 2 3 4 "Tories take control in Maidstone". BBC News Online. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 "Election Results 2008" (PDF). Maidstone Borough Council. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  6. "Local elections 08 nationwide results". The Times . 3 May 2008. p. 14.