2008 Winchester City Council election

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

The 2008 Winchester Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Winchester District Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Campaign[edit]

One third of the seats were being contested with the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour each contesting all 19 seats.[3] The Conservatives, who ran the council since the 2006 election were defending 6 seats compared to 11 for the Liberal Democrats and 2 independents.[4] Among the councillors who were defending seats were the Conservative council leader, George Beckett, and the Liberal Democrat group leader Therese Evans.[3] Other candidates included 2 independents, 7 from the United Kingdom Independence Party and 4 from the Green Party.[3]

The Conservatives defended their record of running the council saying that they had improved services while keeping council tax rises below the rate of inflation.[4] Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats criticised the Conservatives over housing and development in the council area.[4]

During the campaign a Conservative activist in Whiteley ward, John Hall, was charged after a police investigation over electoral fraud offences.[5]

Election result[edit]

The results saw the Conservatives just maintain their one-seat majority after losing two seats to the Liberal Democrats in St Barnabas and Whiteley wards, but gaining one seat back in St Michael and taking one seat from an independent in Shedfield.[6]

Winchester Local Election Result 2008[7]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Liberal Democrat 12 2 1 +1 63.2 46.0 15,511 +6.2%
  Conservative 6 2 2 0 31.6 43.3 14,609 -7.0%
  Independent 1 0 1 -1 5.3 3.6 1,225 +0.3%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 4.4 1,492 +0.0%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 1.4 456 +0.8%
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 1.3 451 -0.2%

Ward results[edit]

Bishop's Waltham[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Jean Hammerton 832 38.9 -7.7
Conservative Michael North 650 30.4 -6.7
Liberal Democrat Brandy Blunt 553 25.9 +13.7
UKIP William McNally 57 2.7 +2.7
Labour David Picton-Jones 47 2.2 -1.8
Majority 182 8.5 -1.0
Turnout 2,139 41.1
Independent hold Swing
Boarhunt & Southwick[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Cooper 294 50.4 +0.3
Liberal Democrat Steve Nicholls 273 46.8 +7.3
Labour James Ross 16 2.7 -1.2
Majority 21 3.6 -7.0
Turnout 583 58.4 -0.3
Conservative hold Swing
Colden Common and Twyford[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Peter Mason 1,118 53.0 -6.0
Conservative Sue Evershed 942 44.6 +6.0
Labour Timothy Curran 51 2.4 +0.0
Majority 176 8.4 -12.0
Turnout 2,111 50.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Compton and Otterbourne[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Beckett 954 51.7 +7.6
Liberal Democrat Suzanne Hudson 820 44.4 -6.0
UKIP Christopher Barton-Briddon 48 2.6 -2.0
Labour Clare McKenna 23 1.2 +0.3
Majority 134 7.3
Turnout 1,845 57.7
Conservative hold Swing
Denmead[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Michael Read 1,611 78.1 -2.4
Liberal Democrat Anne Stoneham 379 18.4 -1.1
Labour Michael Chaplin 73 3.5 +3.5
Majority 1,232 59.7 -1.3
Turnout 2,063 39.7
Conservative hold Swing
Kings Worthy[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Robert Johnston 938 53.8 +9.3
Conservative John White 747 42.9 -8.1
Labour Elaine Fullaway 58 3.3 -1.2
Majority 191 10.9
Turnout 1,743 51.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Littleton and Harestock[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Jacey Jackson 970 59.9 +2.1
Conservative Patrick Cunningham 627 38.7 -1.7
Labour Brian Fullaway 23 1.4 -0.4
Majority 343 21.2 +3.8
Turnout 1,620 57.7
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Olivers Battery & Badger Farm[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat David Spender 1,251 68.0 +19.3
Conservative Sally Owen 497 27.0 -21.2
Green Jim Kirkpatrick 59 3.2 +3.2
Labour John Elliot-Smith 34 1.8 -1.3
Majority 754 41.0 +40.5
Turnout 1,841 56.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Shedfield[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Linda Gemmell 695 50.1 +5.6
Independent Stuart Jones 393 28.3 -9.7
Liberal Democrat Michael Toole 170 12.2 +12.2
Labour Patricia Hayward 66 4.8 -0.8
UKIP Douglas Reed 64 4.6 +4.6
Majority 302 21.8 +15.3
Turnout 1,388 44.7
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
St. Barnabas[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Allan Mitchell 1,401 53.3 +10.2
Conservative Anne Saunders 1,157 44.0 -5.6
Labour Adrian Field 72 2.7 -0.2
Majority 244 9.3
Turnout 2,630 55.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
St. Bartholomew[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Jim Maynard 1,085 51.7 -2.7
Conservative Miff Kayum 711 33.9 -3.6
Green Jo Woodman 163 7.8 +7.8
Labour Denis Archdeacon 98 4.7 +0.3
UKIP Lawrence Hole 42 2.0 +2.0
Majority 374 17.8 +0.9
Turnout 2,099 43.8
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St. John and All Saints[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat John Higgins 611 39.8 -3.5
Labour Antony De Peyer 458 29.8 +4.5
Conservative Ann Jones 390 25.4 -2.5
UKIP Geoffrey Barrett 78 5.1 +1.6
Majority 153 10.0 -5.4
Turnout 1,537 32.9
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St. Luke[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Lucille Thompson 792 52.4 -0.7
Conservative Rob Ducker 542 35.8 +2.6
Labour Patrick Davies 178 11.8 +2.6
Majority 250 16.6 -3.3
Turnout 1,512 36.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St. Michael[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Sanders 1,166 51.6 -7.1
Liberal Democrat Lynda Banister 900 39.8 +6.4
Green Alison Craig 99 4.4 +4.4
Labour Albert Edwards 63 2.8 -2.0
UKIP David Abbott 33 1.5 -1.6
Majority 266 11.8 -13.5
Turnout 2,261 48.2
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
St. Paul[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Ray Love 953 57.7 -1.2
Conservative Kathleen Jeffreys 489 29.6 -7.2
Green Bridget Leyden 135 8.2 +8.2
Labour Tessa Valentine 74 4.5 +0.2
Majority 464 28.1 +6.0
Turnout 1,651 36.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
The Alresfords[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Simon Cook 1,505 57.8 +28.0
Conservative Barbara Jeffs 923 35.5 -19.2
UKIP David Samuel 129 5.0 -3.7
Labour Robin Atkins 45 1.7 -5.0
Majority 582 22.3
Turnout 2,602 53.5
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Whiteley[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Vivian Achwal 551 53.5 +6.0
Conservative Mark Wheeler 459 44.6 -4.9
Labour Barry Jones 20 1.9 -1.1
Majority 92 8.9
Turnout 1,030 45.2
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing
Wickham[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Therese Evans 857 64.8 +3.7
Conservative Karen Jeffreys 442 33.4 -3.2
Labour Andrew Rudge 23 1.7 -0.6
Majority 415 31.4 +6.9
Turnout 1,322 43.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Wonston and Micheldever[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Barry Lipscomb 1,313 74.3 +11.0
Liberal Democrat Simon Hobson 384 21.7 -5.6
Labour Nigel Lickley 70 4.0 +0.1
Majority 929 52.6 +16.6
Turnout 1,767 42.3
Conservative hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winchester". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. ^ "National: Full election results". The Guardian. 3 May 2008. p. 45.
  3. ^ a b c "Winchester city council nominations". Southern Daily Echo. 8 April 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Winchester gears up for city elections". This is Hampshire. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Man charged over election fraud". BBC News Online. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Election 2008: Tories cling on to power in Winchester district". The News. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "District Election Results 2008". Winchester City Council. Retrieved 3 February 2010.


Preceded by
2007 Winchester Council election
Winchester local elections Succeeded by
2010 Winchester Council election