The fifth full elections for Guildford Borough Council took place on 1 May 1987.[1] The Conservatives retained control of the council winning 30 of the 45 seats on the council. This represented one net loss for the Conservatives, relative to the 1983 council elections. Labour retained its 6 councillors. The SDP-Liberal Alliance won 9 seats, a net gain of two seats on the 1983 council elections. No independents were elected to the council, one had been elected in 1983.


Three wards partly or wholly changed hands in the 1987 council elections relative to the 1983 council elections. The SDP-Liberal Alliance gained one councillor from the Conservatives in Stoughton and gained a further councillor from the Conservatives in Normandy.

The Conservatives gained one councillor in Tillingbourne from an independent.


In 1982, the Local Government Boundary Commission recommended the transfer of the southern part of Send parish to West Clandon parish.[2] This measure was implemented by Statutory Instrument 1984 No 411 known as the Guildford Parishes Order, which adjusted the ward boundaries at the same time. That Order also produced a number of minor changes to other Guildford parish boundaries the most significant of which, other than the Send-Clandon boundary change, was the transfer of the easterly part of Shalford parish to St Martha's parish in Tillingbourne ward.

Results

Ash[3] (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Ades 1699
Conservative Rosemary Hall 1524
Conservative Michael Cole 1518
Alliance Alan Hillier 1459
Alliance George Dowdell 1318
Alliance Angela Pink 1228
Labour Kevin Jenkinson 281
Labour Peter Green 279
Labour Geoffery Smith 276
Majority 59
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Ash Vale (top 2 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joan Golding 1166
Conservative Kary Lloyd-Jones 1114
Alliance Janet Dallison 981
Alliance George Walsh 980
Labour Brian Mountain 175
Labour Bryan Rogers 133
Majority 133
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Christchurch (top 2 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Hodges 1444
Conservative Rodger Marjoribanks 1384
Alliance Gordon Hall 531
Alliance Kate Mercer 529
Labour Peter Waterhouse 88
Labour Mary Wu 81
Majority 853
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Clandon & Horsley (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jennifer Powell 2474
Conservative Douglas May 2453
Conservative Gillian Drakeford 2349
Alliance Peter Webb 789
Alliance Alan Ridler 750
Alliance Roland Boissevain 701
Labour Meriel Beynon 190
Labour Joan Haimes 176
Labour Keith Parfitt 140
Majority 1560
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Effingham (only 1 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Antony Page 673
Alliance Frank Oxford 205
Labour John Rowley 55
Majority 468
Conservative hold Swing
Friary & St. Nicolas (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance Richard Marks 1788
Alliance Robert Blundell 1773
Alliance Jay Mercer 1645
Conservative Leonard Boxall 972
Conservative Philip Hooper 957
Conservative Lewis Short 933
Labour Sheila Barbour 311
Labour Angela Gunning 305
Labour Brenda Ecclestone 301
Majority 673
Alliance hold Swing
Alliance hold Swing
Alliance hold Swing
Holy Trinity (top 2 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Elizabeth Cobbett 1196
Conservative Tony Allenby 1147
Alliance Gordon Bridger 1079
Alliance Graham Maynard 965
Labour Martin Ecclestone 115
Labour Diane O'Keefe 112
Majority 68
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Lovelace (only 1 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jon Catten 521
Alliance John Hartley 426
Labour June Shepperd 65
Majority 95
Conservative hold Swing
Merrow & Burpham (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Paul Johnson 2409
Conservative Timothy Hargrave 2379
Conservative Jennifer Jordan 2345
Alliance Paul Green 1535
Alliance Margaret Fricker 1504
Alliance Julie Schoefield 1433
Labour Michael Hornsby-Smith 437
Labour Malcolm Hill 413
Labour Margaret Rogers 367
Majority 810
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Normandy (only 1 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance Wendy Gardiner 630
Conservative John Lockyer-Nibbs 618
Labour Phelim Brady 59
Majority 12
Alliance gain from Conservative Swing
Onslow (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance Lynda Strudwick 1356
Alliance Tony Philips 1295
Conservative Bernard Parke 1151
Alliance Braith Harris 1113
Conservative Kenneth Johns 954
Conservative Mary Johns 896
Labour Carmel Rodgers 410
Labour Joseph Bullock 385
Labour Florence Flynn 377
Majority 38
Alliance hold Swing
Alliance hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Pilgrims (top 2 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Derek Pinks 1031
Conservative Malcolm Williamson 1006
Alliance Nicolette Clark 373
Alliance Evelyn Mellor 341
Labour Estelle Margereson 104
Labour Richard Rogers 95
Majority 633
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Pirbright (only 1 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Catherine Cobley 520
Alliance Mary Laker 362
Labour Cecilia Brindle 21
Majority 158
Conservative hold Swing
Send (top 2 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Keith Taylor 910
Conservative Geoffrey Smith 888
Alliance Gloria Henson 499
Alliance Anne Lambe 483
Labour Alan Barnes 110
Labour Barbara Dinnage 87
Majority 389
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Shalford (only 1 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sarah Stewart 922
Alliance Leonard Grugeon 712
Majority 210
Conservative hold Swing
Stoke (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bill Bellerby 2039
Labour Sallie Thornberry 1471
Labour Heather Tipton 1320
Conservative Robert Gregory 555
Conservative Paul Fleming 476
Conservative Amelia Harris 470
Alliance David Hopkins 359
Alliance Brian Johnston 317
Alliance John Hutt 289
Majority 765
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Stoughton (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance Christopher Fox 1552
Alliance Sue Fox 1401
Alliance Jayne Holder 1386
Conservative Ralph Jordan 1086
Conservative Shelia Knight 943
Conservative Rosemary Safford 901
Labour Michael Belford 373
Labour Michael Gunn 366
Labour William Saunders 352
Majority 300
Alliance hold Swing
Alliance hold Swing
Alliance gain from Conservative Swing
Tillingbourne (top 2 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barbara Pattman 1498
Conservative Nicholas Brougham 1295
Labour Prosper Dowden 516
Majority 779
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Independent Swing
Tongham (only 1 candidate elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Percy Davies 316
Alliance Gilbert Molkenthin 237
Labour Elizabeth Bullock 64
Majority 79
Conservative hold Swing
Westborough (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Doreen Bellerby 1491
Labour Jack Patrick 1344
Labour John Woodhatch 1202
Alliance Peter Anderson 586
Alliance Norman Needham 580
Conservative Michael Fisher 565
Conservative Anthony Horne 562
Alliance Helen Beckett 538
Majority 616
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Worplesdon (top 3 candidates elected)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Clare Griffin 1862
Conservative Shirley Lloyd 1730
Conservative Roy Price 1723
Alliance Arthur Crocker 1562
Alliance Margaret Scott 1557
Alliance Trevor Stables 1327
Independent Bill Williams 606
Labour Jeffrey Brindle 162
Labour Harold Richards 128
Labour Thomas Walder 127
Majority 161
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ Results were published in the Surrey Advertiser 8 May 1987 edition.
  2. ^ See p22 Local Government Commission for England Final Recommendations on the Future Electoral Arrangements for Guildford in Surrey, September 1998
  3. ^ Gains and losses are shown here relative to the 1983 election. Alan Hillier, the SDP-Liberal Alliance candidate, held one of these Ash seats going into the election following an earlier by election victory. If gains and losses were displayed relative to the position entering the election this seat would show a gain for the Conservative , plus 2 Conservative holds, rather than the 3 Conservative holds shown here. Ash is the only ward, in the 1987 elections, where the gain, loss and hold figures differ depending on whether you measure them from the previous full council election in 1983 or from the parties position going into the election.