1999 Wychavon District Council election

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The 1999 Wychavon District Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Wychavon District Council in Worcestershire, 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 the Conservatives were the largest party on the council with 18 seats, but the Liberal Democrats with 17 seats ran the council with the support of the 10 Labour councillors and there were also 4 independent councillors.[2] 49 seats were up for election in 1999, but the Conservatives won two seats in Harvington and Norton and Wickhamford without opposition.[3]

Election result[edit]

The Conservatives gained 11 seats to take control of the council with 29 councillors,[4] in only the second time after 1987 that the Conservatives won a majority on the council.[5] Both the Liberal Democrat leader of the council, John Grantham, and the Labour group leader John Wrenn were among the councilors to be defeated at the election.[4]

Wychavon local election result 1999[6][7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 29 +11 59.2 45.6 21,636
  Liberal Democrat 11 -6 22.4 27.9 13,242
  Labour 5 -5 10.2 15.3 7,245
  Independent 3 0 6.1 8.6 4,098
  Ind. Conservative 1 0 2.0 1.8 875
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.7 309

Ward results[edit]

Badsey[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Sonya Ealey 362 58.1
Conservative Paul Middlebrough 181 29.1
Labour Fiona Watson 80 12.8
Majority 181 29.1
Turnout 623 28.2
Bowbook[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Margaret Rowley 570 69.3
Conservative Anthony Warren 252 30.7
Majority 318 38.7
Turnout 822 45.4
Bredon[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Lewis 576 51.2
Liberal Democrat Linda Stone 480 42.7
Labour Ross Hayman 69 6.1
Majority 96 8.5
Turnout 1,125 50.6
Bretforton and Offenham[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat George Bourne 300 43.8
Independent Hazel Mitchell 175 25.5
Independent Junay England 154 22.5
Labour Susan Hocking 56 8.2
Majority 125 18.2
Turnout 685 35.7
Broadway (2 seats)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Folkes 587
Conservative Stuart Bates 571
Independent Terence Waldron 349
Labour Brian Chilver 215
Turnout 1,722 39.3
Dodderhill[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Charles Richardson 312 67.7
Labour Eve Freer 102 22.1
Independent Derek Prior 47 10.2
Majority 210 45.6
Turnout 461 29.7
Drakes Broughton[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Ralph Mason 419 63.1
Conservative Michael Whitehead 177 26.7
Labour Anne Frazier 68 10.2
Majority 242 36.4
Turnout 664 35.2
Droitwich Central (3 seats)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Pamela Davey 1,049
Conservative David Hall 1,017
Conservative Hugh Hamilton 996
Labour Sheila Neary 804
Labour John Wrenn 791
Labour Bill Baker 769
Turnout 5,426 36.2
Droitwich South (3 seats)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Barratt 1,398
Conservative Eileen Hope 1,360
Conservative Donald Lawley 1,238
Liberal Democrat Graham Gopsill 873
Liberal Democrat Josephine Wilkinson 852
Liberal Democrat Pamela Jackson-Smith 822
Independent Ronald Waters 593
Turnout 6,314 34.5
Droitwich West (3 seats)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Peter Pinfield 633
Labour Keith Rogers 590
Labour Roy Seabourne 561
Conservative Royston Hadland 406
Conservative Laurence Evans 396
Conservative Paul Sharpe 390
Turnout 2,976 22.7
Eckington[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Wright 438 50.9
Liberal Democrat Andrew Wall 305 35.5
Labour Priscilla Cameron 117 13.6
Majority 133 15.5
Turnout 860 42.0
Elmley Castle[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Malcolm Meikle 553 70.9
Liberal Democrat Richard Neath 178 22.8
Labour Warwick Holland 49 6.3
Majority 375 48.1
Turnout 780 52.3
Evesham East[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Richard Hicks 189 36.4
Conservative David Alesbury 181 34.9
Independent Ronald Stow 99 19.1
Green Norbert Tucker 50 9.6
Majority 8 1.5
Turnout 519 28.4
Evesham Hampton (3 seats)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Smith 915
Conservative James Griffiths 815
Liberal Democrat John Payne 536
Liberal Democrat Timothy Haines 408
Liberal Democrat Helen Martin 366
Labour Robin Lunn 363
Turnout 3,403 33.0
Evesham North[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Josephine Sandalls 350 57.0
Labour Stephen Selby 264 43.0
Majority 86 14.0
Turnout 614 32.3
Evesham South (2 seats)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald Cartwright 857
Conservative Martin Jennings 768
Labour Susan Hayman 456
Liberal Democrat Julie Steer 398
Liberal Democrat Diana Brown 385
Turnout 2,864 25.6
Evesham West[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Worrall 287 62.7
Conservative Tony Dolphin 171 37.3
Majority 116 25.3
Turnout 458 23.4
Fladbury[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Bernard Lee 479 56.2
Independent Thomas Mitchell 374 43.8
Majority 105 12.3
Turnout 853 51.8
Hanbury[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Anthony Hotham 305 78.8
Liberal Democrat Donald Aldridge 82 21.2
Majority 223 57.6
Turnout 387 41.2
Hartlebury[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Muriel Mathews 401 59.1
Liberal Democrat David Terry 277 40.9
Majority 124 18.3
Turnout 678 32.5
Havington and Norton[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Clive Holt unopposed
Honeybourne and Pebworth[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Thomas Bean 401 68.4
Conservative Caroline Spencer 130 22.2
Labour Rebecca Such 55 9.4
Majority 271 46.2
Turnout 586 34.3
Inkberrow[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Ind. Conservative Audrey Steel 591 52.6
Liberal Democrat Renate Phillips 451 40.2
Labour Bruce Thomas 81 7.2
Majority 140 12.5
Turnout 1,123 45.7
Lenches[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Lee 281 64.6
Liberal Democrat Martyn Cracknell 82 18.9
Labour Martin Davey 72 16.6
Majority 199 45.7
Turnout 435 45.8
Lovett[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andrew Christian-Brookes 405 76.0
Liberal Democrat Judith Cussen 128 24.0
Majority 277 52.0
Turnout 533 37.8
North Claines (2 seats)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Anthony Miller 573
Conservative Paul Coley 472
Conservative John Jeffrey 421
Liberal Democrat Janet Saunders 404
Turnout 1,870 42.8
Ombersley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jean Dowty 525 72.2
Liberal Democrat David Parkinson 202 27.8
Majority 323 44.4
Turnout 727 42.2
Pershore Holy Cross (2 seats)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Richard Hampton 471
Conservative Trudy Burge 466
Liberal Democrat John Grantham 456
Liberal Democrat Charles Tucker 412
Labour Lynda Fotherington 145
Turnout 1,950 35.1
Pershore St Andrews (2 seats)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Victor Smith 754
Liberal Democrat Shirley Newman 405
Independent Kenneth Chambers 357
Green David Shaw 259
Labour Emma Kirbyson 252
Turnout 2,027 36.3
Pinvin[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Malcolm Argyle 595 59.5
Conservative Gary Robinson 405 40.5
Majority 190 19.0
Turnout 1,000 46.2
Somerville[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Gerald Barnett 544 81.8
Labour Stanley Banks 121 18.2
Majority 423 63.6
Turnout 665 42.8
South Bredon Hill[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Adrian Darby 356 53.9
Ind. Conservative Rupert Ellis 284 43.0
Labour Robert Kirbyson 20 3.0
Majority 72 10.9
Turnout 660 61.9
Spetchley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Adams 559 61.4
Liberal Democrat Barrie Redding 352 38.6
Majority 207 22.7
Turnout 911 39.0
The Littletons[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Richard Lasota 652 64.4
Liberal Democrat Penelope Christison 324 32.0
Labour Jon Baker 36 3.6
Majority 328 32.4
Turnout 1,012 45.8
Upton Snodsbury[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Tucker 488 57.4
Conservative Lynn Gorman 362 42.6
Majority 126 14.8
Turnout 850 51.3
Wickhamford[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Noyes unopposed

By-elections between 1999 and 2003[edit]

Evesham East[edit]

A by-election was held in Evesham East on 9 November 2000 after the resignation of Labour councillor Richard Hicks.[8] The seat was gained for the Conservatives by Andy Dyke with a majority of 25 votes over Labour candidate Steve Selby.[8]

Evesham East by-election 9 November 2000[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Andy Dyke 270 52.4 +17.5
Labour Steve Selby 245 47.6 +11.2
Majority 25 4.9
Turnout 515 28.9 +0.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Dodderhill[edit]

A by-election was held in Dodderhill on 16 May 2002 after the death of Conservative councillor Charles Richardson.[9] The seat was held for the Conservatives by Judith Pearce with a majority of 58 votes over independent candidate Warren Lewis.[9][10]

Dodder Hill by-election 16 May 2002[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Judith Pearce 264 40.1 -27.6
Independent Warren Lewis 206 31.3 +21.1
Liberal Democrat Derek Prior 108 16.4 +16.4
Labour Chris Barton 81 12.3 -9.8
Majority 58 8.8 -36.8
Turnout 659 38.9 +9.2
Conservative hold Swing

Drakes Broughton[edit]

A by-election was held in Drakes Broughton on 18 July 2002 following the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Ralph Mason.[11] The seat was gained for the Conservatives by Paul Middlebrough with a 3-vote majority over Liberal Democrat Josephine Wilkinson.[12]

Drakes Broughton by-election 18 July 2002[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Paul Middlebrough 373 50.2 +23.5
Liberal Democrat Josephine Wilkinson 370 49.8 -13.3
Majority 3 0.4
Turnout 743 39.4 +4.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

References[edit]

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  10. ^ a b "Byelection woe for Labour". The Guardian. 17 May 2002. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Date set for election". Worcestershire, West Midlands, Herefordshire, and Shropshire Counties Publications. NewsBank. 17 June 2002.
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