2007 Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council election

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Map of the results of the 2007 Redcar and Cleveland council election. Labour in red, Liberal Democrats in yellow, Conservatives in blue and independents in grey.

The 2007 Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Redcar and Cleveland Unitary Council in England. The whole council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.[1]

Background[edit]

At the last election in 2003 Labour lost their majority on the council, after winning 23 seats, compared to 15 for the Liberal Democrats, 13 Conservatives and 8 independents.[2] A coalition between the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and independents then took control of the council.[3]

In 2004 a Labour councillor for Guisborough, and former deputy leader of the party, Keith Pudney, became an independent,[4] before becoming a Liberal Democrat in 2005.[5] However, also in 2005, Labour gained a seat in Westworth from an independent at a by-election.[6] A final change came in February 2007 when David Tomlin resigned from the Labour party after being convicted for falsely claiming benefits.[7] This meant that before the 2007 election Labour had 22 seats, the Liberal Democrats 16, Conservatives 13, East Cleveland Independents 2, the Independent Group 5 and 1 independent,[8] with the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and the 2 East Cleveland Independents forming the administration, while Labour and the other independents were in opposition.[9]

In total 160 candidates stood for the 59 seats that were being contested at the election.[8] The council already had the best female representation of any council in North East England with 30 women councillors and 75 of the candidates were female.[9] The candidates comprised 50 from Labour, 42 Liberal Democrats, 37 Conservatives, 4 British National Party and 27 various independents.[9] Meanwhile, 7 sitting councillors stood down at the election, Christopher Beadle, Keith Blott, Bill Goodwill, Barbara Harpham, Keith Pudney, Alma Thrower and David Tomlin.[8]

Election result[edit]

Labour made a net gain of 6 seats, to go to 28 seats on the council, 2 short of a majority.[10] The gains came at the expense of the Liberal Democrats who dropped 3 to 13 seats and the Conservatives who were down 2 to 11 seats.[10] 7 independents were also elected, 4 in the Independent Group, 1 Loftus Ward Independent, 1 East Cleveland and Guisborough Independent and 1 East Cleveland Independent.[10]

Following the election the Labour group leader, George Dunning, became the new leader of the council, after Labour got the support of 2 independents, Mike Findley and Mary Lanigan.[11]

Redcar and Cleveland local election result 2007[12]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 28 7 1 +6 47.5 37.5 34,980 +1.4%
  Liberal Democrat 13 0 3 -3 22.0 23.6 22,014 -2.8%
  Conservative 11 0 2 -2 18.6 23.7 22,152 -1.9%
  Independent 4 0 2 -2 6.8 11.6 10,815 +3.7%
  Loftus Ward Independent 1 0 0 0 1.7 1.2 1,137 +1.2%
  East Cleveland and Guisborough Independent 1 1 0 +1 1.7 1.1 984 +1.1%
  East Cleveland Independent 1 0 0 0 1.7 0.6 559 -3.4%
  BNP 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 731 +0.8%

Ward results[edit]

Brotton (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Hogg 858
Labour Richard Rudland 728
Labour Peter Scott 647
Liberal Democrat Valerie Miller 637
Liberal Democrat Kay Walker 581
Conservative Andrew Morgan 422
Liberal Democrat Norma Morris 405
Conservative George Bolton 365
Independent Christine Swales 280
Turnout 4,923 36.1
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Coatham (2)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Josie Crawford 415
Liberal Democrat Irene Curr 372
Labour Theresa Cave 305
Independent Edward Dolan 289
Independent Jimmy Willis 285
Labour Peter Todd 260
BNP Paul Harrison 137
Conservative David Taylerson 113
Turnout 2,176 33.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Dormanstown (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Vilma Collins 858
Labour Cliff Houlding 805
Labour Ray Goddard 758
Liberal Democrat Derek Grimshaw 414
Liberal Democrat John Curr 412
Liberal Democrat Marjorie Paskin 386
Conservative Stuart Bell 374
Turnout 4,007 33.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Eston (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Ann Higgins 890
Labour Olwyn Peters 857
Independent Liz Beadle 841
Labour John Simms 812
Independent Vincent Smith 781
Labour Beryl Dunning 780
BNP Wayne Burdett 174
Liberal Democrat Carol Smith 120
Conservative Russell Hutchinson 113
Liberal Democrat Colin Crawford 86
Liberal Democrat Patricia Todd 67
Turnout 5,521 37.6
Independent hold Swing
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Independent hold Swing
Grangetown (2)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Lynn Pallister 557
Labour Peter Dunlop 476
Liberal Democrat Angela Draper 154
Liberal Democrat Arthur Clarke 132
Turnout 1,319 24.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Guisborough (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Denise Bunn 1,058
Conservative Anne Franklin 999
Labour Joe Keenan 999
Conservative Bill Clarke 997
Labour Bill Suthers 915
Conservative Brian Gent 884
Liberal Democrat Judith Carter 299
Turnout 6,151 38.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Hutton (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Jeffery 1,646
Conservative Valerie Halton 1,620
Conservative Peter Spencer 1,478
Labour Shelagh Holyoake 681
Turnout 5,425 40.8
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Kirkleatham (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Norman Davies 698
Labour Brenda Forster 691
Labour Mark Hannon 660
Liberal Democrat Carol Johnson 508
Liberal Democrat Alan Langner 503
Liberal Democrat Ann Plummer 502
Conservative Joy Bishop 438
Turnout 4,000 33.5
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Lockwood[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
East Cleveland Independent Stephen Kay 559 63.5
Labour Peter Briggs 239 27.1
Conservative Joan Bolton 83 9.4
Majority 320 36.3
Turnout 881 55.9
Independent hold Swing
Loftus (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Mary Lanigan 1,068
Labour Eric Jackson 808
Loftus Ward Independent David Fitzpatrick 585
Independent Linda Bell 547
Labour Allan Greening 529
Labour Gerry Dickinson 416
Independent Wayne Davies 335
Loftus Ward Independent Stephanie Aplin-Wakefield 289
Loftus Ward Independent Roger Lings 263
Conservative Jennifer Bell 186
Conservative Mary Dadd 157
Turnout 4,713 41.4
Independent hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
Longbeck (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Mike Findley 1,143
Conservative Norah Cooney 738
Conservative Vera Moody 697
Independent Norman Brown 495
Conservative Vera Rider 486
Independent John Wilkinson 427
Labour Vic Jeffries 422
Labour Denis Sewell 375
Labour Susan Cleary 334
Liberal Democrat Norman Brown 180
Liberal Democrat Victoria Reyer 171
Liberal Democrat Patricia Swales 158
Turnout 5,626 38.2
Independent hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Newcomen (2)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Christopher Abbott 725
Liberal Democrat Glynis Abbott 637
Independent Chris McGlade 346
Independent Rachel Woolley 249
Labour Anthony Senior 204
Conservative Judith Petite 111
Turnout 2,272 38.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Normanby (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Billy Ayre 913
Labour Wendy Wall 848
Labour Carole Simms 825
Liberal Democrat Amanda Proud 733
Liberal Democrat Ann Wilson 661
Liberal Democrat Steven Abbott 658
Conservative Paul Jackson 443
Conservative Gillian Dadd 389
Turnout 5,470 37.8
Labour gain from Independent Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Ormesby (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Glyn Nightingale 1,140
Liberal Democrat Eric Empson 1,082
Liberal Democrat Irene Nightingale 1,038
Conservative Jacqueline Watson 366
Labour Marian Fairley 360
Turnout 3,986 36.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Saltburn (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Philip Thomson 1,080
Conservative Joan Sands 1,018
Conservative John Robinson 947
Labour Joan Guy 857
Labour Tom Blenkinsop 791
Labour Cyril Hammond 724
Turnout 5,417 41.8
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Skelton (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Briggs 1,225
Labour Dave McLuckie 1,080
Labour Helen McLuckie 1,004
Conservative James Carrolle 672
Conservative Michael King 667
Conservative Stephanie Hinson 642
Independent Colin Harbinson 354
Independent Debbie Harbinson 342
BNP Kevin Broughton 171
Turnout 6,157 43.0
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
South Bank (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Jeffrey 874
Labour Pearl Hall 852
Labour Sylvia Szintai 751
Independent Alan Green 260
BNP Dawn Castle 249
Conservative Dorothy Hutton 179
Liberal Democrat Gail Leggett 169
Liberal Democrat Richard Ovens 138
Liberal Democrat Alexandra Stamp 45
Turnout 3,517 30.1
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
St. Germains (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Marjorie Moses 1,218
Liberal Democrat Margaret Wilson 1,107
Liberal Democrat Deborah Dowson 1,088
Labour Ray Hensby 546
Conservative Joan Moody 541
Labour Craig Laskey 503
Conservative John Rider 498
Turnout 5,501 43.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Teesville (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sheelagh Clarke 1,269
Labour George Dunning 1,157
Labour Norman Pickthall 999
Independent Jim Higgins 630
Conservative Stewart Dadd 402
Liberal Democrat Sheila Clarke 287
Liberal Democrat Branda Dale 263
Liberal Democrat Helen Hadfield 240
Turnout 5,247 40.3
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
West Dyke (3)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Joyce Benbow 1,313
Liberal Democrat Michael Carling 1,122
Liberal Democrat Mary Ovens 1,054
Independent Malcolm Burton 744
Conservative Andrew Gilbey 520
Labour Andrew Scott 435
Turnout 5,188 37.6
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Westworth (2)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
East Cleveland and Guisborough Independent David Williams 544
Conservative Carole Jeffery 541
Conservative Derrick Langley 528
East Cleveland and Guisborough Independent Tressa Cooper 440
Labour Jim Marvell 415
Turnout 2,468 39.4
Independent gain from Labour Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Zetland (2)[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Norma Hensby 438
Conservative Robert Stanway 422
Liberal Democrat John Hannon 413
Conservative Jean White 390
Labour Marilyn Norton 384
Liberal Democrat Paul Smith 381
Independent Roy Myers 297
Independent Hazel Willis 212
Turnout 42.6
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "May 2003 Election Results". Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Duo quit Labour for the LibDems". Evening Gazette. The Free Library. 11 April 2005. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  6. ^ "May 2005 Election Results". Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  7. ^ Haworth, Simon (15 February 2007). "Shamed". Evening Gazette. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  8. ^ a b c "160 candidates for Borough Council election". Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
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  10. ^ a b c "Negotiation will start to work out coalition". The Northern Echo. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Leader promises council services will be improved". The Northern Echo. 18 May 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
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