1999 Rother District Council election

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The 1999 Rother District Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Rother District Council in East Sussex, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.[1]

Background[edit]

Before the election both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats had 16 councillors, while there were 8 independents and 5 from the Labour party.[2] Among the councillors who stood down at the election were the independent councillors, Clifford Jordan and George Shackleton, from Rye and Liberal Democrat Jill Theis of Crowhurst and Catsfield ward.[2]

The Conservatives won all 3 seats in Bexhill Collington ward without opposition.[2]

Election result[edit]

Rother local election result 1999[3]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 28 +12 62.2
  Liberal Democrats 8 -8 17.8
  Labour 5 0 11.1
  Independent 4 -4 8.9

By-elections between 1999 and 2003[edit]

Bexhill Central[edit]

Bexhill Central by-election 7 June 2001[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative 934 43.3 -11.9
Liberal Democrats 739 34.2 -10.6
Labour 486 22.5 +22.5
Majority 195 9.0
Turnout 2,159
Conservative hold Swing

Bexhill St Mark's[edit]

A by-election was held in Bexhill St Marks on 7 June 2001 after the death of Conservative councillor and leader of Rother council Ivor Brampton.[5][6]

Bexhill St Mark's by-election 7 June 2001[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative 2,110 63.2 +16.1
Liberal Democrats 779 23.3 +1.1
Labour 452 13.5 -17.2
Majority 1,331 39.8
Turnout 3,341
Conservative hold Swing

Fairlight[edit]

A by-election was held in Fairlight on 1 November 2001 after the Conservative councillor S. Ashworth resigned her seat.[7] It was held for the Conservatives by Roger Bird with a majority of 213 votes.[7]

Fairlight by-election 1 November 2001[4][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Bird 437 66.1 +8.2
Independent Alwyn Lutman 224 33.9 +33.9
Majority 213 32.2
Turnout 661 44.2
Conservative hold Swing

Old Town[edit]

Old Town by-election 17 October 2002[4][8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats James Wood 369 48.6 +13.6
Labour Keith Bridger 197 25.9 -9.7
Conservative Peter Botting 194 25.5 +0.0
Majority 172 22.6
Turnout 760 24.1
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rother". BBC News Online. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Election background: Parties battle over district with an independent streak". East Sussex County Publications. NewsBank. 24 April 1999.
  3. ^ "How the nations voted - Election". The Times. NewsBank. 8 May 1999. p. 48.
  4. ^ a b c d "Local Authority Byelection Results". Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Bexhill St Marks Ward". Rother District Council. 5 February 2001. Archived from the original on 1 March 2001. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Death of leader - statement from Rother DC". Local Government Chronicle. 22 January 2001. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Fairlight Ward Election Results". Rother District Council. 2 November 2001. Archived from the original on 10 May 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Main parties fend off byelection challengers". theguardian.com. 18 October 2002. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Election results for Bexhill Old Town ward held on 17th October 2002". Rother District Council. 21 October 2002. Archived from the original on 4 October 2002. Retrieved 14 July 2014.