1990 Merton London Borough Council election
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All 57 council seats on
Merton London Borough Council
Turnout53.7% (Increase3.9%)[1][2]
  First party Second party
 
Party Labour Conservative
Last election 25 seats, 35.7% 29 seats, 41.1%
Seats won 29[3] 22
Seat change Increase4 Decrease7
Popular vote 76,583 74,857
Percentage 42.2% 41.3%
Swing Increase6.5% Increase0.2%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Party Merton Park Residents Longthornton and Tamworth Residents
Last election New party 3 seats, 2.3%
Seats won 3 3
Seat change Increase3 Steady
Popular vote 5,567 3,822
Percentage 3.1% 2.1%
Swing n/a Decrease 0.2%

Council leader before election

John Elvidge
Conservative

Council leader after election

Geoff Smith
Labour

Elections for the London Borough of Merton were held on 3 May 1990 to elect members of Merton London Borough Council in London, England. This was on the same day as other local elections in England and Scotland.[1]

The whole council was up for election and the Labour Party gained overall control of the council from the Conservatives with a majority of one seat.[1][4]

Background

See also: Merton local elections § 1986-1990

At the last election, the Conservatives had gained a majority of one seat. In October 1989, they lost a by-election in Merton Park to Bridget Smith of the Merton Park Ward Residents Association, which had contested the by-election in opposition to the proposed extension of the A24 relief road.[5][6] This by-election result hung the council, but the Conservatives continued to govern Merton as a minority administration.[6]

This was the first whole council election which was contested by the MPWRA.

Results

The Conservatives lost their one-seat overall majority of the council to Labour, who themselves gained a one-seat overall majority of the council. The Merton Park Ward Residents Association won all three seats in Merton Park from the Conservatives; they have since maintained these seats in subsequent elections.[4]

Merton Local Election Result 1990[1][n 1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 29 4 0 Increase4 50.9% 42.2% 76,583 Increase6.5%
  Conservative 22 0 7 Decrease7 38.6% 41.3% 74,857 Increase0.2%
  Merton Park Residents 3 3 0 Increase3 5.3% 3.1% 5,567 n/a
  Longthornton and Tamworth Residents 3 0 0 0 5.3% 2.1% 3,822 Decrease0.3%
  Liberal Democrats 0 0 0 0 0% 6.5% 11,741 n/a
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 2.8% 5,106 n/a
  West Barnes Independent Residents 0 0 0 0 0 1.5% 2,781 n/a
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.5% 932 n/a

In Durnsford, incumbent Conservative councillor and future Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May topped the poll. This was the last election she contested in Merton.

Ward Results

Abbey (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Marie-Louise de Villiers* 1,769 49.8
Labour Geoffrey Martin* 1,665 46.9
Labour Ian Scott* 1,620 45.6
Conservative Diana Harris 1,216 34.2
Conservative Kenneth Butt 1,195 33.7
Conservative Philip Thorley 1,116 31.4
Liberal Democrats Pauline Barry 391 11.0
Green (UK) Wendy Flood 320 9.0
Liberal Democrats Leonard Harvey 315 8.9
Liberal Democrats Jean Spencer-Phillips 304 8.6
Independent Grace Giddins 73 2.1
Turnout 3,556 51.4
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Cannon Hill (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Thelma Earnshaw* 1,900 47.7
Conservative Joan Pethen* 1,880 47.2
Conservative Colin McCaul 1,834 46.0
Labour David Chapman 1,448 36.4
Labour Geoffrey Lightfoot 1,447 36.3
Labour Brian White 1,382 34.7
Liberal Democrats Peter Larkin 563 14.1
Liberal Democrats Patricia Pearce 504 12.7
Liberal Democrats Stephen van Dulken 490 12.3
Turnout 3,990 59.7
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Colliers Wood (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Siobhain McDonagh* 2,079 61.1
Labour Sheila Knight* 1,834 53.9
Labour Reginald Flegg 1,694 49.8
Conservative Maureen Petty 922 27.1
Conservative Marcus Money-Chappelle 871 25.6
Conservative Babubhai Patel 725 21.3
Green (UK) Thomas Walsh 696 20.5
Turnout 3,410 45.8
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Dundonald (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sandra Cowling* 1,649 45.2
Labour Michael Brunt 1,516 41.6
Conservative John Elvidge* 1,424 39.1
Labour Charles Lucas 1,373 37.7
Conservative Christopher Grayling 1,354 37.1
Conservative Julian Samways 1,275 35.0
Green (UK) David Bezkorowajny 643 17.6
Liberal Democrats Richard Ladmore 363 10.0
Liberal Democrats John Houlihan 355 9.7
Liberal Democrats Stephen Katz 353 9.7
Turnout 3,653 59.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Durnsford (2)[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Theresa May* 1,063 43.9
Conservative Barry Edwards 1,049 43.3
Labour Arthur Kennedy 913 37.7
Labour Nina Scowen 852 35.2
Liberal Democrats Susan Knibbs 317 13.1
Liberal Democrats Philip Rumney 246 10.1
Green (UK) Keith Parke 187 7.7
Turnout 2,424 59.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Figge's Marsh (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Proctor 1,930 49.5
Labour Daniel Connellan* 1,892 48.6
Labour Geraldine Stanford 1,864 47.8
Conservative David Lincoln 1,470 37.7
Conservative Lisa Preuveneers 1,424 36.5
Conservative Gladys Viola 1,338 34.3
Green (UK) Julie Gates 389 10.0
Turnout 3,903 54.3
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Graveney (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Linda Kirby* 1,399 65.3
Labour Joseph Abrams* 1,328 61.9
Conservative David Woodhouse 607 28.3
Conservative Angela Scantlebury 567 26.4
Turnout 2,157 50.6
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Hillside (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stephen Ashcroft* 1,875 56.2
Conservative Ralph Kenber 1,799 53.9
Conservative David Williams 1,788 53.5
Labour Christine Bickerstaff 771 23.1
Labour William Bailey 718 21.5
Labour Laurence North 666 19.9
Green (UK) Richard Miller 533 16.0
Liberal Democrats George Greene 518 15.5
Liberal Democrats Maja Katz 455 13.6
Liberal Democrats Andrew Watson 430 12.9
Turnout 3,339 51.8
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Lavender (2)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Anthony Colman 1,327 65.9
Labour Nathan Lee 1,324 65.8
Conservative John Ratcliffe 561 27.9
Conservative Keith Whipp 472 23.4
Turnout 2,015 50.6
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Longthornton (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Longthornton and Tamworth Residents Robert Elgin* 1,315 37.2
Longthornton and Tamworth Residents Malcolm Searle* 1,260 35.6
Longthornton and Tamworth Residents Gillian Elgin 1,247 35.3
Labour Cyril Gallant 1,101 31.1
Labour Ronald Spurway 1,080 30.6
Labour Sheila Spurway 1,010 28.6
Conservative Pauline Blythe 981 27.8
Conservative Douglas Grahame 881 24.9
Conservative Renee Donnelly 880 24.9
Turnout 3,540 48.5
Longthornton and Tamworth Residents hold Swing
Longthornton and Tamworth Residents hold Swing
Longthornton and Tamworth Residents hold Swing
Lower Morden (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Welsh 1,967 51.0
Conservative Janet Jones* 1,945 50.4
Conservative Peter Morss 1,864 48.3
Labour Eric Blackmore 1,447 37.5
Labour John Holland 1,390 36.0
Labour William Maguire 1,303 33.8
Green (UK) Robert Burrows 449 11.6
Turnout 3,867 57.6
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Merton Park (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Merton Park Residents Bridget Smith* 1,947 48.1
Merton Park Residents Desmonde Child 1,815 48.1
Merton Park Residents Neville Beddoe 1,805 47.8
Conservative Harold Turner* 1,181 31.3
Conservative Anne Sparrow 1,174 31.1
Conservative John Day 1,141 30.2
Labour Patrick O'Sullivan 625 16.6
Labour Edmond Ceci 619 16.4
Labour Nicholas Morgan 594 15.7
Turnout 3,777 59.3
Merton Park Residents gain from Conservative Swing
Merton Park Residents gain from Conservative Swing
Merton Park Residents gain from Conservative Swing
Phipps Bridge (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Paul Harper* 1,798 49.8
Labour Keith Harris 1,778 49.2
Labour Gerard Harkin 1,671 46.3
Conservative Paul Nash 1,124 31.1
Conservative Michael Miles 1,071 29.7
Conservative Barry Theobald-Hicks 966 26.7
Liberal Democrats Stephan Brocklesby 375 10.4
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Snelling 352 9.7
Independent Richard Law 319 8.8
Liberal Democrats Marek Siemaszko 281 7.8
Turnout 3,619 47.1
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Pollards Hill (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Frederick Flatt 1,651 48.1
Labour Maria Dingwall 1,582 46.1
Conservative Barbara Mansfield* 1,352 39.4
Labour Mohammad Syed 1,349 39.3
Conservative William Hall 1,290 37.6
Conservative David Justice 1,166 34.0
Independent John Cole* 540 15.7
Turnout 3,438 53.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Ravensbury (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David Cowling 1,982 56.1
Labour Philip Jones* 1,941 54.9
Labour Peter McCabe* 1,914 54.1
Conservative Alfred Atkins 990 28.0
Conservative Janette Williams 964 27.3
Conservative Keith Guy 945 26.7
Liberal Democrats Philip Knight 268 7.6
Liberal Democrats Susan Simmonds 254 7.2
Liberal Democrats Anthony Dix 242 6.8
Green (UK) Helen Willis 190 5.4
Turnout 3,539 53.7
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Raynes Park (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Aitken-Davies* 2,062 54.5
Conservative Andrew Chamberlain* 2,010 53.1
Conservative Kathleen Lewis 1,973 52.2
Labour David Herbert 1,087 28.7
Labour David Heaton 980 25.9
Labour Alison Morgan 975 25.8
Green (UK) Ian Funnell 496 13.1
Liberal Democrats Richard Tibbetts 429 11.3
Liberal Democrats David Whiting 422 11.2
Liberal Democrats Samantha Vanes 407 10.8
Turnout 3,784 54.2
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
St. Helier (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alec Leaver* 1,980 56.2
Labour Geoffrey Smith* 1,879 53.4
Labour Andrew Vail 1,831 52.0
Conservative Donald Carr 1,123 31.9
Conservative Gordon Mackay 1,100 31.2
Conservative Peter Reid 1,086 30.8
Green (UK) Stephen Boulding 363 10.3
Turnout 3,528 54.1
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Trinity (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kingsley Abrams* 1,254 40.4
Labour Mazhar-Ul Khan 1,165 37.5
Labour Christopher Watson 1,157 37.3
Conservative Ian Mortimer 1,009 32.5
Conservative Hugh Treseder 954 30.7
Conservative Brian Terrett 951 30.6
Liberal Democrats Neil Rennie 658 21.2
Liberal Democrats Deborah Richardson 649 20.9
Liberal Democrats Alison Willott 594 19.1
Green (UK) Keith O'Neill 389 12.5
Turnout 3,105 54.2
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Village (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dirk Hazell* 1,958 62.6
Conservative Allan Jones* 1,915 61.3
Conservative John Watson* 1,888 60.4
Labour Nicholas Draper 522 16.7
Labour Denise Leggett 520 16.6
Labour John Gumbley 489 15.6
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Robins 479 15.3
Green (UK) Vaughan Flood 451 14.4
Liberal Democrats John Field 378 12.1
Liberal Democrats Marilyn Rumney 349 11.2
Turnout 3,130 53.0
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
West Barnes (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dorothy Truman* 1,792 44.9
Conservative Percy Marchant 1,731 43.4
Conservative Michael Menhinick 1,698 42.6
Labour Nigel Duncan 1,217 30.5
Labour Barry Edwards 1,144 28.7
Labour Laurence Naylor 1,088 27.3
West Barnes Independent Residents Roger Logan 961 24.1
West Barnes Independent Residents Brian Parkin 918 23.0
West Barnes Independent Residents John Nicholson 902 22.6
Turnout 3,990 57.5
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ The Liberal Democrat vote count includes three candidates who stood in Phipps Bridge under the description of "Liberal Democrat Focus Team".

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Minors, Michael; Grenham, Dennis. London Borough Council Elections 3rd May 1990 (PDF). London Datastore. London Research Centre. ISBN 1852611154. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. ^ London Borough Council Elections 8 May 1986 (PDF). London Residuary Body - Research and Intelligence Unit. 1986.
  3. ^ "Merton Council Elections 2002" (PDF). Merton Electoral Services. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Merton Council Election Results 1964-2012" (PDF). Merton Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Merton Park Ward Residents Association". mertonpark.org.uk. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Forum Issue No. 40" (PDF). Autumn 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2018.