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The 1983 Colchester Borough Council election for the Borough of Colchester took place in 1983. They were held on the same day as the 1983 general election.

Results summary

1983 Colchester Borough Council election
Party This election Full council This election
Seats Net Seats % Other Total Total % Votes Votes % +/−
  Conservative 13 Steady 65.0 22 35 58.3 18,499 45.9 +0.9
  Labour 3 Decrease 3 15.0 13 16 26.7 10,381 25.8 +1.2
  Alliance 3 Increase 3 15.0 2 5 8.3 10,249 25.4 +0.3
  Tiptree Residents 1 Steady 5.0 2 3 5.0 1,170 2.9 +0.1
  Independent 0 Steady 0.0 1 1 1.7 0 0.0 –2.5

Ward Results

There were 20 councillors elected from the same number of wards.

Berechurch

Berechurch
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour T. Graves 997 42.4 -1.9
Conservative N. Knell 735 31.2 +2.3
Alliance H. Anderson 569 26.4 -0.4
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

Castle

Castle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative T. Humphreys 1,187 46.5 +9.3
Labour K. Taylor 804 31.5 -6.8
Alliance D. Locke 562 22.0 -2.5
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Copford & Eight Ash Green

Copford & Eight Ash Green
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative C. Dymond 755 68.6 -4.3
Alliance B. Trusler 174 15.8 N/A
Labour B. Smith 172 15.6 -11.4
Majority
Turnout 50.4
Conservative hold Swing

Great & Little Horkesley

Great & Little Horkesley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. Willey 549 68.3 -9.8
Alliance P. Hills 184 22.9 N/A
Labour L. Shelley 71 8.8 -13.1
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Great Tey

Great Tey
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Browning 551 76.0 -4.6
Labour R. Price 89 12.3 -7.1
Alliance M. Maxam 85 11.7 N/A
Majority
Turnout 44.8
Conservative hold Swing

Harbour

Harbour
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance T. Brady 959 37.6 +7.2
Labour Jim Orpe 946 37.1 -5.5
Conservative S. Rae 644 25.3 -1.7
Majority
Turnout 46.2
Alliance gain from Labour Swing

Lexden

Lexden
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance Ian Trusler 1,427 54.0 +15.6
Conservative T. Wilson 1,114 42.2 -13.1
Labour G. Rose 101 3.8 -1.2
Majority
Turnout 64.3
Alliance gain from Conservative Swing

Mile End

Mile End
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative D. Fulford 1,055 58.3 +7.3
Labour M. Bryan 431 23.8 -7.2
Alliance R. Baker 323 17.9 -0.1
Majority
Turnout 75.8
Conservative hold Swing

New Town

New Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance J. Coleman 1,110 49.1 -3.4
Labour D. Williams 629 27.8 +0.1
Conservative J. Clarke 520 23.0 +3.2
Majority
Turnout 48.2
Alliance gain from Labour Swing

Prettygate

Prettygate
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Howgego 1,248 45.3 -0.7
Alliance Martin Hunt 1,176 42.7 +5.5
Labour P. Kent 329 12.0 -4.8
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Pyefleet

Pyefleet
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Parsonson 548 66.3 -9.6
Alliance A. Stevens 185 22.4 N/A
Labour H. Bryan 94 11.4 -12.7
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Shrub End

Shrub End
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F. Wilkin 887 37.6 +0.4
Alliance S. Cawley 883 37.4 -3.3
Conservative I. Foster 590 25.0 +2.9
Majority
Turnout 38.3
Labour hold Swing

St. Andrews

St. Andrews
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. Crookes 1,385 56.6 +2.1
Conservative N. Elcombe 653 26.7 +4.4
Alliance P. Brady 408 16.7 -6.4
Majority
Turnout
Labour hold Swing

St. Annes

St. Annes
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Pawsey 1,063 45.2 +9.5
Labour A. Rawal 895 38.0 -1.9
Alliance M. Bayliss 396 16.8 -8.1
Majority
Turnout 49.8
Conservative hold Swing

St. Johns

St. Johns
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative B. West 1,148 61.4 +0.9
Alliance A. Hayman 471 25.2 +2.1
Labour F. Rogers 251 13.4 -3.0
Majority
Turnout 50.9
Conservative hold Swing

St. Marys

St. Marys
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative P. Spendlove 1,431 61.5 +4.4
Alliance C. Curtis 526 22.6 -5.9
Labour J. Pearsall 369 15.9 +1.5
Majority
Turnout 46.2
Conservative hold Swing

Stanway

Stanway
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative P. Holloway 1,129 61.7 +12.4
Alliance W. Sandford 382 20.9 -10.5
Labour R. Lister 318 17.4 -1.9
Majority
Turnout 43.6
Conservative hold Swing

Tiptree

Tiptree
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tiptree Residents J. Webb 1,170 53.8 +9.6
Conservative J. Crowe 748 34.4 -0.3
Labour S. Simmonds 258 11.9 -9.2
Majority
Turnout 33.7
Tiptree Residents hold Swing

West Mersea

West Mersea
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Williams 1,357 71.0 +7.8
Alliance B. Packard 429 22.5 -8.9
Labour J. Kent 124 6.5 +1.3
Majority
Turnout
Conservative hold Swing

Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M. Last 1,474 54.5 +11.6
Labour J. Baylis 1,231 45.5 -8.8
Majority
Turnout 45.0
Conservative hold Swing