1999 Stratford-on-Avon District Council election

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The 1999 Stratford-on-Avon District Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Stratford-on-Avon District Council in Warwickshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

Before the election the Liberal Democrats ran the council as a minority administration with the support of the independents.[3] The Liberal Democrats held 23 seats, compared to 18 for the Conservatives, 9 independents and 5 Labour seats.[4] 19 seats were contested in the election with both the Liberal Democrats and independents defending 7, compared to only 3 for the Conservatives and 2 for Labour.[4]

The Conservatives were hoping to gain the 10 seats they needed in to win a majority on the council and pledged to sort out the finances of the council, increase CCTV and improve the management of tourism.[4] However the Liberal Democrats defended their record in control of the council saying that they had eliminated the council's debts, while reducing council tax levels to the lowest yet.[4] Meanwhile, Labour were aiming to make a couple of gains and said they would try and ensure more of the council's money was spent outside of the town centre.[4]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives become the largest party on the council with 24 seats after making 6 gains, but failed to win a majority.[5] This meant that the independents, despite losing 2 seats, held the balance of power on the council with 7 councillors.[6]

Stratford-on-Avon Local Election Result 1999[7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 9 +6 47.4
  Liberal Democrats 5 -3 26.3
  Independent 4 -2 21.1
  Labour 1 -1 5.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stratford-on-Avon". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
  2. ^ "Britain votes: Local Council Election Results". The Independent. 1999-05-07. p. 12.
  3. ^ Worrall, Boris (1999-04-13). "Labour fearing the worst as town hall battles loom". Birmingham Post. p. 4.
  4. ^ a b c d e Summers, Deborah (1999-04-23). "Much ado about the battle for council power". Birmingham Post. p. 4.
  5. ^ "Success for hospital campaigners as town turns". Birmingham Post. 1999-05-07. p. 7.
  6. ^ "At-a-glance guide to how the councils stand". Birmingham Post. 1999-05-08. p. 3.
  7. ^ "How the nations voted". The Times. 1999-05-08. p. 48.