The 1999 Eastbourne Borough Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Eastbourne Borough Council in East Sussex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Liberal Democrats lost overall control of the council to no overall control.[1]

After the election, the composition of the council was

Election result

The Conservative party gained two seats from the Liberal Democrats to move the two parties level on 15 seats each.[3][4] This was the first time the Liberal Democrats had not had a majority in eight years,[4] but they retained control through the mayor's casting vote.[3] Overall turnout at the election was 32.36%, slightly up on the 31.77% at the 1998 election.[3]

Eastbourne local election result 1999[2][3]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Conservative 5 2 0 +2 50.0 46.0 9,992 +6.0%
  Liberal Democrats 5 0 2 -2 50.0 42.4 9,206 -5.8%
  Labour 0 0 0 0 0 10.4 2,265 +0.2%
  Liberal 0 0 0 0 0 0.7 149 +0.2%
  Green 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 116 +0.5%

Ward results

Devonshire[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mark Roberts 839 45.0 +2.2
Liberal Democrats Brian Jones 812 43.6 +0.9
Labour Barrie Smith 213 11.4 -3.1
Majority 27 1.4 +1.3
Turnout 1,864 33.9 +2.8
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Downside[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Maurice Skilton 1,219 61.5 -8.0
Conservative John Stanbury 615 31.0 +10.3
Labour Steven Wallis 148 7.5 -2.3
Majority 604 30.5 -18.3
Turnout 1,982 34.1 +1.8
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Hampden Park[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Olive Woodall 1,035 58.4 -1.2
Labour Alan French 407 23.0 -3.0
Conservative Jeanie Sowerby 329 18.6 +4.2
Majority 628 35.5 +1.9
Turnout 1,771 29.2 +0.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Langney[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Beverley Berry 1,464 62.8
Conservative Len Meladio 567 24.3
Labour Agnes Reid 299 12.8
Majority 897 38.5
Turnout 2,330 23.5 +0.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Meads[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Stevens 1,841 73.8 -0.2
Liberal Democrats Margaret Ticehurst 358 14.4 -11.6
Labour Peter Worster 179 7.2 +7.2
Green Sally Boys 116 4.7 +4.7
Majority 1,483 59.5 +11.5
Turnout 2,494 37.4 -1.0
Conservative hold Swing
Ocklynge[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Ron Parsons 1,121 47.6 +3.7
Conservative Sandie Howlett 1,108 47.1 -1.5
Labour James Brook 125 5.3 -2.2
Majority 13 0.6
Turnout 2,354 42.6 +5.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
Ratton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Barbara Goodall 1,376 63.9 +1.5
Liberal Democrats Jon Harris 425 19.7 -0.3
Labour Emile Habets 204 9.5 -2.0
Liberal Maria-Theresia Williamson 149 6.9 +0.9
Majority 951 44.2 +1.8
Turnout 2,154 34.7 -0.8
Conservative hold Swing
Roselands[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Neil Stanley 1,293 66.5
Conservative Roger Gristwood 444 22.9
Labour Jonathan Pettigrew 206 10.6
Majority 849 43.7
Turnout 1,943 29.1 +0.2
Liberal Democrats hold Swing
St Anthony's[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Patrick Bowker 1,499 54.2 +0.1
Liberal Democrats Richard Ellis 999 36.1 +1.5
Labour Robert Rossetter 267 9.7 -1.6
Majority 500 18.1 -1.4
Turnout 2,765 34.4 +0.6
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing
Upperton[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Graham Marsden 1,374 66.3 +13.3
Liberal Democrats Linda Beckmann 480 23.2 -14.4
Labour Eileen Cronin 217 10.5 +1.1
Majority 894 43.2 +27.8
Turnout 2,071 30.7 -2.5
Conservative hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Eastbourne". BBC News Online. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b "How the nations voted". The Times. 8 May 1999. p. 48.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Borough elections". Eastbourne Borough Council. Archived from the original on 28 November 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Poll-axed". The Argus. 7 May 1999. Retrieved 14 December 2011.